Katy Triathlon broadens appeal with new race categories, return of pre-race party
Organizers of the Katy Triathlon are introducing two new race categories and the return of a pre-race party in an effort to broaden the appeal of the annual event slated for Sunday, Sept. 23.
Now in its new home in Katy’s Cane Island, the Katy Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike will incorporate a two-stage aquabike race (500-meter swim followed by a 15-mile bike ride) and a three-stage duathlon (three-mile run followed by a 15-mile bike ride and three-mile run).
“The new events give individuals who may not be up for a triathlon the opportunity to compete in shorter and different two-sport races,” said Paul Kurt, co-chair of the 26thannual race presented by the Rotary Club of Katy.
The triathlon course features a 500-meter swim followed by a 15-mile bike ride and a three-mile run.
“We’re seeing quite a bit of interest in the new events,” Kurt added. “Those of all ages are excited about the opportunity to come out and participate while raising money for a great cause.”
Proceeds from registration fees for the 2018 Katy Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike will benefit need-based and character scholarships for graduating Katy ISD seniors. Since its inception, the event has funded more than $300,000 in scholarships and $175,000 for an endowment for the Katy ISD’s dual-credit program.
This year’s event also marks the return of a pre-race party to be held Saturday, September 22 in the Cane Island Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway.
From 3 to 6 p.m., those registered for the triathlon, duathlon or aquabike race can bring up to three guests for a free salad-and-pasta dinner along with beer, live music and inflatables for the kids. Race packets also will be available for pick up on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cane Island Amenity Village.
“We have this beautiful setting in Cane Island so it just made sense to bring the pre-race party back,” says Kurt. “It’s a chance for participants and their families to unwind, have fun and toast to their success the next morning,”
To register for this year’s Katy Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike events and for more information, go to www.katytriathlon.com.