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Course Description

Debra Zapata Sprint Distance: The Sprint Distance course is a 500 meter swim, 15 mile bike, and a 5 Km run.
Intermediate Distance: The Intermediate Distance is a 1000 meter swim, a 29 mile bike, and a 6.4 mile run.
Half Distance: The Half Distance course is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile Run.

The swim start and finish are below the transition area on the grass directly behind the Family Sports Center, located on Hwy 16 at the intersection of Guadalupe St. The first transition area (T1) for all events is located in the grass behind the Family Sports Center. The second transition area (T2) is located in downtown Kerrville, on the grounds of Notre Dame school, near the finish line. The finish is at the center of Kerrville, at the intersection of Water St. and Earl Garrett St.

Course Maps

Swim Course
    Bike Course
Run Course
    Site Map

About the Kerrville Triathlon Run Course

The first two years of the Kerrville Triathlon, the run course followed Water St. to G St., crossed the G St. bridge, and then headed off road on grass and mulch trails into Louise Hays Park before turning around for the return trip to the finish line. The City of Kerrville is currently renovating Loise Hays Park and constructing a brand new river trail that will provide incredible running routes for Kerrville residents and participants of the Kerrville Triathlon. Louise Hays Park is closed during this construction and access to the current trail network is restricted due to the construction of utilities that coincide with the River Trail construction. Therefore, for 2013 and possibly 2014, the Kerrville Triathlon Run course will use a new route that remains entirely on the streets. The course is mostly flat, with the exception of the small hill going over and back on the G St. bridge. The Run Course Map above shows this new route.

Please visit kerrvilletx.gov/rivertrail for complete information on the park renovations and the new River Trail.

Elevation Profiles


Half Bike Course Elevation Profile (1 Loop)

Sprint Bike Course Elevation Profile (1 Loop)

Run Course Elevation Profile (1 Loop)

Transition Areas

All events at the Kerrville Triathlon Festival will use a two transition area format. Participants will ride their bicycles during the event from T1 after the swim to T2, where they will begin the run. Prior to the event, there will be mandatory bike check-in and gear bag drop. This will require a trip to T2 and T1 before the event starts. Complete details are available on the Event Details page.

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.

Bike Course Aid Stations & On Course Nutrition

The Half Distance will have 3 aid stations on the bike course, at approximately miles 17, 29, and 43. The Intermediate will have 1 aid station at mile 17. The aid stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, and CLIF Bar 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 Intermediate 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.

At each station there will be certified athletic trainers, provided by Medicine in Motion, who can provide injury assessment and first aid. There will also be EMTs on vehicles roaming the course searching for athletes in need of assistance.

CLIF Shot Energy Zone

CLIF Bar is proud to be the Official Nutrition Sponsor of the Kerrville Triathlon. That means we'll be on course with CLIF Shot® Energy Gel. The CLIF Shot Energy Zone will be at Aid Station #1, which will be passed twice for the Intermediate Distance, and four times for the Half Distance.. Please refer to the official Kerrville Triathlon course maps above.

What is CLIF Shot® Energy Gel?
Clif shot energy gel is an easily digested source of carbohydrates and electrolytes for performance athletes during activity. It is the only energy gel made with 85-90% organic ingredients giving athletes essential nutrition for performance.

New to CLIF Shot?
Simply put, CLIF Shot® Energy Gel provides quick energy to athletes while racing and training. With our new formula and flavors, getting energized between breaths has never been easier.

How do you eat CLIF Shot Energy Gel?
Generally, performance athletes need to consume 200-400 calories per hour from all sources, such as gels, chewables, bars and Drinks. We recommend consuming one packet 15 minutes before activity, followed by 2-3 packets per hour during activity to help support your needs.

Why is CLIF Shot better?
Effective - CLIF Shot provides scientifically backed ingredients in quantities high enough to improve performance.
Easy to use packaging - CLIF Shot’s packaging is designed to be seamless to use in motion – it stows easily, then opens and delivers quickly so you won’t miss a beat.
Taste - CLIF Shot is field tested to taste great when racing and training, putting your taste buds on overdrive.
Organic - CLIF Shot uses the highest level of organic ingredients possible.

For more product information, visit clifbar.com.

Finish Line Medical - Presented by Medicine In Motion

The finish line medical tent is staffed by High Five Events Medical Director, Dr. Martha Pyron. Dr. Pyron, founder of Medicine in Motion, is board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine and a former team physian for Penn State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Weather Contingency Plan

In the event of foul weather, the start time of this event may be delayed by up to 1 hour. Should the weather conditions be unsafe for the swim, this event will be changed to a bike-run utilizing the same distances as the triathlon. The duathlon will use a time trial start based upon the same order. If the weather makes it too dangerous for cycling, the event will become a 5 Km run for all participants.

Race Rules

This event will use USA Triathlon Age Group rules.

The Half & Intermediate 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)