Kerrville Triathlon Festival

Course Description

Each distance of the Kerrville Tri will begin with a swim in scenic and calm waters of Nimitz Lake formed by the dammed Guadalupe River that flows through town. Just a short distance from the swim exit is the transition for the bike course,T1. T1 is located in the grassy field behind the Family Sports Center, on Hwy 16 at the intersection of Guadalupe St.

The famous bike course leaves T1 for a ride through the historic downtown district. From here the Half and Quarter Distance will continue out of town for a fast ride through rolling ranch country side and by creek fed water crossings. The Quarter Distance will do one loop and the Half Distance will do two full loops. Bikes will make a loop back into downtown Kerrville for the second transition area (T2) located at Louise Hayes Park.

New for 2015, the Kerrville Triathlon Run course is held entirely on the Kerrville River Trail. This scenic trail follows the Guadalupe River from Louise Hayes Park all the way to Kerrville Schriener Park. The Half Distance will complete two 6.55 loops, while the Quarter and Sprint Distances run courses will be a single loop.

Course Distances

Half Distance: 1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run.
Half Distance Aquabike: 1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike.
Quarter Distance: 1000m Swim, 29 mile Bike, 6.4 mile Run.
Quarter Distance Aquabike: 1000m swim, 29 mile Bike
Debra Zapata Sprint Distance: 500m Swim, 14.5 mile Bike, 5 Km Run.

Course Maps

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  Swim Course
Bike Course
  Run Course
Site Map

Elevation Profiles

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Half Bike Course Elevation Profile (1 Loop)
Sprint Bike Course Elevation Profile (1 Loop)

Water Temperature

Water temperature is usually in the mid 70s in late September, so the swim will likely be wetsuit legal. The Kerrville Ponding Lake on the Guadalupe River is controlled and regulated by the City of Kerrville.

Transition Area Format & Checkin In/Out Bike and Run

To take advantage of all of Kerrville's beauty and landscape, all distances will feature a two transition format. This means that T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run) are in different locations! Please see the course maps above for the locations of T1 and T2.
Reminder: After packet pick-up bike check-in and run bag drop is mandatory, so remember to plan ahead for extra time to visit both transtion locations within the set times.

Sprint Distance
Friday 4 PM - 7:30 PM  Bike Check-In at T1 and Run Bag Check-In at T2
Saturday 5:30 AM - 6:30 AM  Packet Pickup and Run Bag Check-In at T2, followed by Bike Check-In at T1
*It is strongly recommenced that you check in your bike and run bag on Friday, if possible.
Half & Quarter Distance
Saturday 1 PM - 5:30 PM  Bike Check-In at T1 and Run Bag Check-In at T2
Saturday Bike and Run Bag Check-In is MANDATORY. There is no check-in on race day.

Bikes will not be allowed out of Transition until the majority of cyclists have completed the bike course. Participants will be allowed back into transition after they finish, but bikes may not be removed from the racks. Please be courteous to your fellow participants.

Aid Stations & On Course Nutrition

Bike Course

The Half Distance will have 3 aid stations on the bike course, at approximately miles 17, 29, and 43. The Quarter will have 1 aid station at mile 17. The aid stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, and Clifbar product. There are no aid stations on the Sprint bike course.

Please visit our bike aid station sponsors: Eco Haus and Dave's Place in Center Point.

Run Course Aid Stations

The Half and Quarter Distance run course will have aid stations at approximately each mile. The stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, pretzels, and fruit. The Aid Stations for the Sprint Distance will only have Water and Gatorade. There will also be EMTs on vehicles roaming the course searching for athletes in need of assistance.
Finish Line Medical - Presented by Peterson Regional Medical Center
The finish line medical tent is staffed by Physicians and staff from Peterson Regional Medical Center

The finish line medical tent is and supplied to treat common triathlon related injuries and illness, and to begin stabilization procedures for more severe problems. Any race participant who requests assistance will be evaluated in the medical tent and treated based on event protocols for athlete medical care. The medical team may authorize transportation to a nearby hospital in case of serious injury or illness, but will likely be able to manage any medical need an athlete will have including stitches, splints for injury, and bandages.

Race Rules
This event will use USA Triathlon Age Group rules.

The Half & Quarter Distances Events have the following cut-off times enforced:
End of Swim: 1:15 from start of last swim wave of Half (9:07 AM)
Bike Mile 43: 4:30 from start of last swim wave of Half (12:22 PM)
End of Bike: 5:30 from start of last swim wave of Half(13 mph average) (1:22 PM)
Run Halfway: 7:00 from start of last swim wave of Half (2:52 PM)
Finish Line: 8:30 from start of last swim wave of Half (4:22 PM)