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A few spots remain in Monday’s Life Time Tri CapTex

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 24, 2013

Good luck to everyone competing in Monday’s Life Time Tri CapTex, formerly known as the CapTexTri.

The race, which is capped at 3,000 entrants, is nearly sold out. Online registration is closed, but a few spots remain. Arrive at Sunday’s packet pickup and expo early enough and you might be able to grab one of the few remaining slots.

Cost is $160 for the Olympic distance race, $140 for the sprint distance and $120 for the even shorter First Tri.

Which leads us to some interesting facts about last year’s edition of the CapTexTri. Competitors came from 34 states and eight foreign countries. Most were educated, middle-aged folks earning a good income.

The median age in 2012 was 34. Thirty-seven percent of participants were women and 63 percent were men. Seventy percent had college degrees. Their median income was more than $75,000.

I’m not racing Monday, but I’m heading down to Auditorium Shores to watch thousands of athletes leaping into Lady Bird Lake, zipping around the Capitol on their bicycles and running along Riverside Drive, slinging sweat and straining muscles as they go.

The U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships is part of Monday’s lineup. Expect to be inspired by those athletes, which include amputees and blind athletes.

Sunday’s Life Time Tri CapTex Health & Fitness Expo, set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, is free and open to the public.

Drop by to check out more than 50 vendors selling athletic gear, food and drink samples, Q & A sessions and a bounce house for the kids. From 1-3 p.m., 55 cyclists will participate in something called Cyclepalooza, a free two-hour ride to the beats of Austin disc jockey DJ Hexum.

The race kicks off early Monday. The first waves - the pro athletes - will start at 6:45 a.m. The age group Olympic distance waves will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the sprint distance waves at 9:10 a.m. and First Tri waves about an hour later.

Pro triathletes will be competing for $30,000 in prize money.

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