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2012 Digital Race Guide

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Table of Contents
Our Generous Sponsors .................................................................................................... 4 About Kemah & From the Race Director .................................................................................................... 7 Driving Directions & Lodging .................................................................................................... 8 Event Parking .................................................................................................... 9 Road Closures & Health & Fitness Expo .................................................................................................. 10 Schedule of Events .................................................................................................. 12 Packet Pickup .................................................................................................. 14 Race Number Placement .................................................................................................. 15 Boat Loading Procedures (Olympic) .................................................................................................. 16 Boat Map .................................................................................................. 17 Swim Start Procedures .................................................................................................. 18 Swim Waves & Start Time Information .................................................................................................. 19 Swim Course(s) Map .................................................................................................. 20 Bike Course Information .................................................................................................. 22 Bike Course Map .................................................................................................. 23 Run Course Information .................................................................................................. 28 Run Course Map .................................................................................................. 29 Timing & Results + Transition & Bike Check .................................................................................................. 32 Transition & Site Map .................................................................................................. 33 Prize Purse & Awards .................................................................................................. 36 ESCAPE From Alcatraz Qualification Standards .................................................................................................. 37 Past Olympic Winners & Times .................................................................................................. 38 Rules & Restrictions .................................................................................................. 39 First-Timer Advice .................................................................................................. 41 Onurmark Giving Challenge .................................................................................................. 43 Frequently Asked Questions .................................................................................................. 46 Volunteer Information .................................................................................................. 47

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About The City of Kemah


Kemah is named for the Indian word meaning wind in my face. Located on Galveston Bay, where a constant breeze and endless family entertainment abound; we are only 25 minutes south of Houston, 25 minutes north of Galveston in the Bay Area. Whether its water sports, dining, shopping, or just wanting somewhere to spend the day, Kemah, Texas is the place. The city of Kemah is a small community, and the friendliness and open arms of the people who live and work here is unlike any other.

From The Race Director - Aaron Palaian


Hello Everyone and welcome to the 2012 Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon! This year we have over 1,700 registered to race which is a 350 increase from 2011. This years race has a number of improvements including a one-day race combining both the sprint and Olympic races, a better, faster, more organized boat start for the Olympic swim, a faster/straighter bike course, and a run course that is even safer for athletes and opens more traffic flow throughout the city of Kemah. We are very excited for this years races. Kemah is our Superbowl and we cannot wait to provide you all a race to remember for years to come! We still need volunteers and we always need lots of spectators out there to line the race courses ins-and-outs and finish line to cheer on every racer out there giving their all. Thank you for your support!

Transition - Pro Bike Area

Swim Exit - Wetsuit Strippers


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Driving Directions
From the North: I-45 S to NASA Road 1 E to 146 S. From the South: I-45 N to 518 E to 146 N. From the East: I-10 W to 146 S. From the West: I-10 E to 45 S to 610 E to 225 E to 146 S. In Kemah: The Health & Fitness Expo, Packet Pickup, Post Race Party, and Transition are all located in the 6th street city parking lot. This parking lot is located behind the Visitors Center off of Bradford & 6th Street. Kemah Visitors Center - 604 Bradford, Kemah, Texas 77565

Hotel / Motel Lodging


Holiday Inn SOLD OUT 805 Harris Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 (800) 465-4329 Hilton Clear Lake OPEN ROOMS 3000 NASA Rd. 1 Houston, TX 77058 (281) 333-9300 Boardwalk Inn SOLD OUT 8 Waterfront St. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 334-9880 Passport Inn & Suites OPEN ROOMS 601 Texas Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 334-4855 The Palace Inn SOLD OUT 1411 Highway 146 Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 538-0077 Super 8 Kemah SOLD OUT 1413 Highway 146 Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 549-4118

Bed & Breakfasts


Texas Pelican SOLD OUT 408A Bay Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 538-3900 Clipper House Inn OPEN ROOMS 710 Bradford Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 (866) 887-3534 Kemah Escape OPEN ROOMS 617 9th St. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 538-3200 Seaside Inn OPEN ROOMS 503 Bay Avenue Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 334-3636 Captains Quarters OPEN ROOMS 701 Bay Ave. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 334-4141 Edgewater Inn SOLD OUT 1447 Bayshore Dr. Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 334-3636

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Event Parking
There will be no charge for parking to anyone arriving prior to 10am on Sunday the 29th. The Kemah Boardwalk has been very generous by allowing us to parking in their lots. Please respect that by either visiting the boardwalk after the triathlon or helping us to free up their parking before noon. We would prefer that athletes park in the order of the numbers on the map below. You may use Kipp or Bradford to access the parking lots. VIP lots are meant for sponsors, Elites/Pros, Onurmark Coordinators, and Onurleft Sports Athletes. All other athletes are expected to park in the other green lots numbered 1-3 below. We will start with 3 and work to 1 as they fill. If we fill all of those lots overflow parking is located near the base of the bridge and/or in the grass along Carolyn Street on the other side of 146.

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Road Closures
There will not be many roads that are 100% closed leading up to, or during, the triathlon on Sunday, April 29. Below are the roads and corresponding dates of all roads effected. Thursday (26th) - Sunday (29th) - Full Closure Harris between 6th & 7th Streets. Saturday (28th) - Slow Traffic Kipp, Bradford, Texas, 6th & 7th Street. Sunday (29th) Full Closure 7th Street Sunday (29th) - Slow Traffic / Lane Closures 146 North & South tapered to one inside left lane for vehicular traffic. 197 West will be tapered to one inside left lane for vehicular traffic. 197 East will be tapered to one outside right lane for vehicular traffic. Kipp, Texas, 6th & 7th Street will not be closed but will be slow to all vehicles.

Health & Fitness Expo


Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 10am-5pm - Next to Transition in the 6th Street Parking Lot. Look for the huge white tent. Unless you have paid for race morning packet pickup (during online registration), the expo will be the last chance you have to pickup your packet if you do not come to early packet pickup on the 21st at Fleet Feet. We cannot make exceptions to these guidelines. We will have numerous sponsors on hand sampling and selling products and doing demonstrations all day long. Checkout the map below to see what sponsors will be present at this years expo.

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One Course three distances


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Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 21, 2012 11AM-5PM - Early Packet Pickup Fleet Feet Sports Houston 6590 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057 This will be your ONLY chance to pickup your packet prior to the packet pickup at the expo the day before the race. Sunday, April 22, 2012 7:00am - Pre Race Clinic Checkin 7:30am - Swim Clinic Begins 7:55am - Swim Clinic Ends 8:00am - Swim Practice Begins 8:45am - Swim Practice Ends 8:50am - Transition Clinic Begins 9:30am - Transition Clinic Ends 9:35am - Run Practice Begins 11:00am - Run Practice Ends 11:00am - Pre Race Clinic Ends Saturday, April 28, 2012 5:30am - 5k Registration & Packet Pickup Begins 6:45am - 5k Registration & Packet Pickup Ends 6:45am - Kids Tri Registration & Packet Pickup Begins 6:45am - Kids Tri Transition Opens 7:00am - 5k Fun Run Starts 7:15am - Post Race Party Begins 7:45am - 5k Fun Run Awards Ceremony Begins 8:00am - 5k Fun Ends 8:00am - Kids Tri Registration & Packet Pickup Ends 8:15am - Kids Tri Transition Closes 8:30am - Kids Triathlon Begins 9:30am - Kids Triathlon Awards Ceremony Begins 9:45am - Kids Triathlon Ends 10:00am - Post Race Party Ends 10:00am - Expo & Packet Pickup Begins Noon - Athlete Briefing (Expo) Noon - Bike Check-In Begins (optional) 4:00pm - Athlete Briefing (Expo) 5:00pm - Expo Ends 5:30pm - Packet Resell Begins 6:30pm - Bike Check-In Ends (optional) Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:45am - Parking & Transition Open 5:10am - Boat Loading Begins 5:40am - Transition Closes for Olympic Athletes 6:00am - Boat Loading Ends 6:10am - Boat Leaves 6:45am - Olympic Pro/Elite Males Start 6:46am - Olympic Pro/Elite Females Start 6:50am - Olympic Time Trial Swim Boat Starts 7:00am - Transition Closes for Sprint Athletes 7:25am - Sprint Swim Starts 8:00am - Post Race Party Begins 10:45am - Awards Ceremony Begins 11:30am - All Races & Post Race Ends

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CONROE
10 Mile, 5 Mile, 1 Mile Kids Run

November 2012

Packet Pickup Locations, Dates & Times


Fleet Feet Early Packet Pickup Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11am-5pm - Fleet Feet Sports Houston - 6590 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057 This will be your ONLY chance to pickup your packet before the expo & event the following weekend. If you cant get your packet on this date, or at the expo the following Saturday then be sure to select race morning packet pickup during online registration. Expo Packet Pickup - Day Before the Race Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 10am-5pm - Next to Transition in the 6th Street Parking Lot. Look for the huge white tent. Unless you have paid for race morning packet pickup (during online registration), the expo will be the last chance you have to pickup your packet. We cannot make exceptions to these guidelines and you mut pickup your own packet. IF YOU CANNOT MAKE EITHER OF THE PACKET PICKUPS... We do have a $15 option you may pay before April 15 that reserves your packet for race morning packet pickup. We only have 100 spots for this and its first-comefirst-serve. For instructions on how to add your name to the race morning pickup list (if you didnt already do so during registration) please contact Kathy Pinon at katpinon@att.net. Packet pickup on the 21st, 28th, or $15 for race morning (while spots last) are the ONLY options for pickup.

Packet Pickup Procedures


Government Issued State Photo ID and USA Triathlon ID or 1-Day Pass Have your government issued ID and USA Triathlon card (for annual members) with you and ready to present to the volunteer at check in. The volunteer that checks your ID(s) will also issue you a wristband based on the race you are competing in. ORANGE SPRINT DISTANCE wristbands are for the sprint distance race and BLUE OLYMPIC DISTANCE wristbands are for the International (Olympic) distance race. USAT LICENSES: If you selected that you did not have a USAT License during online registration you were automatically charged an additional $12 to cover the fee. If you said you had one then you were supposed to put in your USAT Number and expiration date. If you selected you had one but did not enter the info we will need it at packet pickup. If you selected you had a license and you do not you will need to pay $12 before you can pickup your packet. Race Packet Go to the table that corresponds to your race number and show the volunteer your wristband with your race number on it to receive your race packet. The volunteer will hand you your race packet which includes: race bib, helmet sticker, frame stickers, latex swim cap, and event T-shirt. Please check your packet to make sure you have all listed items. Disposable Timing Chips and Disposable Ankle Straps Go to the timing chip tables and tell the volunteer(s) your number. They will give you your disposable orange Chronotrack Timing Chip. Be sure that you also grab a orange disposable ankle strap to secure it to your left ankle. Once you have your chip and strap be sure to double check your info by running it over the timing mat. Your info will pop up on the screen for review. If any information is incorrect, please let the volunteer know that is stationed in that area.

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Race Number Placement


BIKE HELMET STICKER
(stick on front of helmet)

(always display on your front while running)

RUN BIB NUMBERS

BIKE FRAME STICKERS


(stick on both sides)

RACE BIB POSITIONING (w/ elastic race belt)

RACE BIB POSITIONING (w/ safety pins)

STICK HERE
(both sides)
TRANSITION WRISTBAND

OR
OR HERE

OR

(both sides)
TIMING CHIP

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Boat Loading Procedures


The Olympic distance triathlon will be a boat start. The Colonel Paddlewheel boat from Moody Gardens will dock at the Kemah Boardwalk on Saturday night, April 28, 2012. Loading at the north end of the Kemah Boardwalk will begin at 5:00am and END AT 6:00am on Sunday morning. IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE BOAT BY 6:00AM YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. DO NOT BE LATE! THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO IF YOU MISS THE BOAT. Follow the map (right) to the loading zone. The loading zone is approximately 1/4 mile from transition so allow at the very least 30 minutes for walking and loading. Be sure to bring as little as possible. We will have a couple coolers of water and Gatorade on the dock outside the boat for those that would like to fill their bottles. This year you will be aloud to bring a plastic water bottle on board with you. There will be bathrooms on the boat in case of emergencies but all participants should use the rest room before boarding the boat. Once youve boarded the boat you will not be permitted to leave. Anything left on the boat will be trashed or donated to charity. It is about a 30 minute boat ride from the docks to the swim start. We recommend waiting until the boat is well on its way out before putting your wetsuit on as the weather will most likely be warm and you do not want to overheat.

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Olympic Swim Boat Start Map


THIRD FLOOR

KEMAH TRIATHLON BOAT START


PORT
TO SECOND FLOOR

STERN

ATHLETES 600-699
TO SECOND FLOOR

ATHLETES 700-799

ATHLETES 800-899

BOW

STARBOARD

SECOND FLOOR

PORT
TO FIRST FLOOR

STERN

ATHLETES 300-399
TO FIRST FLOOR

ATHLETES 400-499

ATHLETES 500-599

BOW

STARBOARD

FIRST FLOOR

PORT

TO JUMP

STERN

ATHLETES 200-299

ATHLETES 61-199

PROS & ELITES 1-60

BOW
JUMP! JUMP!

TO JUMP

STARBOARD

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE 900 ATHLETES ON THE BOAT. THAT IS SIMPLY THE NUMBER RANGE WE CREATED IN ORDER TO BE SURE WE HAD A LOT OF EXTRA NUMBERS TO REASSIGN AND SWITCH PEOPLE AROUND IF NEEDED WITHOUT HAVING TO REASSIGN OVER ALREADY USED NUMBERS.

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Pro/Amateur Elite Invitational Olympic Wave Starts


Once the boat arrives at the swim start some 1500 meters from the swim exit Captain Joe will anchor the Colonel and the race will be ready to begin. The pro/amateur invitational wave starts will go first. Males (gold caps) start at 6:45am. One minute after the males go off the female pros/elites will dive in. Both of the pro/amateur waves will start by holding onto the outside railing of the boat and diving in head first. Four minutes after the female pro/elite wave goes off the rest of the field will begin their time trial start at 6:50am.

Olympic Boat Start


Once the athletes are on board the Colonel they will be taken nearly 1 mile offshore into Galveston Bay where they will exit the boat in a time trial manner (2-6 at a time) jumping from the edge of the boat (3-5 feet high). As each athlete exits onto the bow of the boat they will cross a timing mat. Once their timing chip (attached to ankle) crosses the mat their time begins so exiting the boat quickly, but safely, is essential. From the boat its a straight swim following the buoy line all the way to the Kemah shoreline. How fast do you think we can unload 800 athletes from the boat? Improving on last year we will have 2 exit points and better timing that will have mats picking up athletes as they leap. This means well be able to clear the boat much faster than last year. Our goal is to have everyone in the water with 10 min. That means NO HESITATION! As you approach the edge have your area of water youre jumping to picked out and leap to it with your hands on your goggles to hold them in place. Once youre in the water start swimming immediately to clear the way for the next jumper. There is very little, if any, time between jumping athletes so everyones got to pick their spot, jump to it, and start swimming the second they hit the water. Those athletes that hesitate will be cleared to the back of the line and given another chance to jump once everyone else has left the boat.

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Olympic Pros/Elites Diving Wave Start & Age Grouper Time Trial Start
Although competitors will be sorted and corralled according to race numbers (age groups), all athletes on the boat will be jumping off in time trial fashion and will all have the same color swim caps. There are no official wave starts. Remember, time trial means you cross the mat, your time starts, you jump and swim for shore. Wave 1 - 6:45am - Gold Caps - Male Pros/Amateur Elites (diving) Wave 1 - 6:46am - Gold Caps - Female Pros/Amateur Elites (diving) Time Trial Start - 6:50am - Red Caps Males & Day Glow Pink Caps Females & Relays (jumping feet first)

Sprint Swim Waves & Cap Colors


Unlike the Olympic Distance Triathlon the 500 meter Sprint Distance will be an in water start from buoys at the end of a dock and will be a clockwise rectangle having 8 waves of swimmers all with different color swim caps. Wave 1 - 7:25am - Day Glo Green Cap - Males 29 & Under + Collegiate Males Wave 2 - 7:29am - Silver Cap - Males 30-34 + Clydesdales Wave 3 - 7:33am - White Cap - Males 35-39 Wave 4 - 7:37am - Royal Blue Cap - Males 40-49 Wave 5 - 7:41am - Red Cap - Males 50 & Over Wave 6 - 7:45am - Purple Cap - Females 29 & Under + Collegiate Females + All Relays Wave 7 - 7:49am - Kelly Green Cap - Females 30-39 Wave 8 - 7:53am - Pink Cap - Females Over 40 + Athenas

SPRINT S

WIM

AR TAGING START S PRE

EA
IN-WATER STAGING AREA 1 4 min to start

ANNOUNCER & MUSIC

START AREA

WAVE 4 WAVE 8 WAVE 7 WAVE 6 WAVE 5

WAVE 3

WAVE 2

WAVE 1

IN-WATER STAGING AREA 2 8 min to start

E ONLY THLET IT SWIM A - NO EX SPRINT TO STAGING NCE ENTRA

VIP ENTRANCE

OLYMPIC & SPRINT FIN ISH

WETSU

IT STRIP

PERS
HUGE RED INFLATABLE AT SWIM FINISH GREAT FOR SIGHTING OFF OF.

VIP AREA

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Swim Course Map

Swim Cutoff for the Olympic Tri - 8:10am - 4:00 per 100/m Pace - 56 min 15 sec Swim Cutoff for the Sprint Tri - 8:10am - 3:24 per 100/m Pace - 18 min 45 sec 20 Kemah Triathlon - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - www.KemahTri.com

All swimmers must wear their provided swim cap.

Bike Course Information


We have made some great changes to the bike course(s) this year. We have chosen to return to using 7th street to exit from transition to Highway 146. We will loop all cyclists under 146 via the underpass in North Kemah that goes under the Kemah Bridge (146). We also take the Olympic bike course all the way south into Texas City and use Highway 197 to extend the far ends of the course instead of using 96 and League City. 1. All athletes will exit transition on the south side of the parking lot on Harris Street. The bike in/out chute will go from Harris to 7th street before athletes are allowed to mount their bike on the mount/dismount line under the big inflatable. 2. Athletes are to mount their bikes after the mount/dismount line. Those mounting by putting their leg over while not moving should go past the line and pull as far to the right as possible to make way for those that run and jump onto their bike to mount. Please be sure to have your gears set to easy so that you can effectively and quickly mount your bike. 3. Once on 7th athletes will then turn right into the right hand lane of Highway 146. 4. After a very short distance heading north on 146 cyclists will exit (before the Kemah Bridge) so that they can follow the cones and loop around under the bridge to rejoin Highway 146 heading south in the right hand lane. 5. Once heading south on Highway 146 cyclists will do so for 6 miles (Sprint) or 10 miles (Olympic) before making a turn. 6. Just before the Dickinson Bayou Bridge on Highway 146 sprint athletes will exit the highway and follow the cones to loop under the bridge (146) and rejoin heading back north towards Kemah. Olympic distance athletes will not exit but continue south on 146 over the Dickinson Bayou Bridge into Texas City and to 197. 7. Olympic distance riders will turn right on 197 and go down about 2 miles before making a u-turn and coming back to Highway 146. The u-turn will be taken in the last media break before the light and Highway 3.
BE AWARE: Be extra cautious on the 197 area of the course. There is a golf course about 1 mile down 197 before the turnaround. There will be plenty of police presence on the course but it never hurts for athletes to be extra careful when out there. The intersection of the 146 feeder and 197 will be busy as well. Just be on alert and be paying extra close attention. When u-turning this will be the only part of the course where cyclists will be in the left lane. ALL OLYMPIC DISTANCE CYCLISTS ARE TO USE THE LEFT LANE OF 197 AFTER THE U-TURN WHEN HEADING EAST BACK TO 146. THIS IS THE ONLY SECTION OF THE ENTIRE COURSE WHERE THE LEFT LANE IS USED BY CYCLISTS. OTHERWISE ALWAYS USE THE RIGHT LANE. SPRINT COURSE ATHLETES ALWAYS USE THE RIGHT LANE.

8. Once cyclists make there way back to 146 via 197 the will have to turn left under 146 and cross 2 lanes of traffic. This should not be a problem as there will be Texas City officers there to control vehicular traffic. 9. Turn left off 197 onto the 146 feeder. Stay in the right lane, all the way back to Kemah. 10. Riders will remain on the feeder for about a mile before the feeder permanently merges back with the main highway. 11. Follow 146 all the way back to Kemah. 12. All athletes turn right on 7th street and dismount bikes on the line then run them through the chute into transition.

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Bike Course Map

Bike Cutoff for the Olympic Tri - 10:03am - 14mph - 1 hr 42 min 49 sec
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A race to the finish line


By Nancy V Mills, APR

One month before participating in his first Ironman, Ryan Almon strained his back. Suddenly his dream of crossing the finish line faded and his rigorous training seemed wasted. Because the 37-year-old triathlete had recently completed performance testing at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann, he called Kim Gandler, a sports biomechanist on the Institutes human performance team. What Almon received from the Institute was intense physical therapy and unexpected encouragement that allowed him to complete the Florida Ironman in 13 hours, 50 minutes. Three weeks prior to Ironman, I couldnt even get on the bike, said Almon. I could swim and run, but the physical act of leaning over was too painful.

A visit with William Mosi Jones, M.D., a sports medicinetrained physician affiliated with the Institute and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, revealed that Almon had several bulging discs, including one that was herniated 15 millimeters. Therapy with Memorial Hermann physical therapists Talal Hariri, D.P.T., and Franz Valenzuela, D.P.T., provided exercises to lessen Almons pain. Dr. Valenzuela also coached Almon on how to identify and avoid dysfunctional movement patterns that triggered his pain. With each session, I improved, said Almon. More than anything, the staff at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann gave me the confidence and knowledge that I was capable of competing. Gandler said the Institutes work with athletes covers both the physical and mental preparation to perform. Transitioning to triathlons Years earlier, because of back problems, Almon was encouraged by his primary care physician to lose weight and strengthen his core muscles. As a result, he started running marathons, completing the first one alongside his father. He also biked the BP MS 150. So in 2009 when a coworker persuaded him to participate in a triathlon, it seemed like a logical progression. After that sprint triathlon, Almon progressed to an Olympic distance event and then a half Ironman before he decided to attempt the Florida Ironman in November 2011. Laughing at how he swam the breaststroke rather than freestyle in his first eight triathlons, the outgoing Almon said its not his main goal to better his time with each triathlon.

Instead, he enjoys participating at whatever speed he can and relishing the moment. Nothing compares with crossing the finish line of an Ironman, said Almon as he looks forward to racing in eight triathlons in 2012, including Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas. With each race, Ive been underprepared, but that has given me the motivation to improve my fitness level, to do better and train more for the next event, said the school yearbook sales representative who has lost 60 pounds over the last five years. Smarter training is what led Almon to undergo performance testing at the Institute while preparing for the Florida Ironman. He has recently started using the results of his lactate threshold profile to help him train for his first event of 2012, the Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon. Lactate threshold is based on different things, but for me its about monitoring my heart rate so I dont burn out before hitting the finish line, he said. When you know your lactate threshold, you can train your body to make less lactate and clear it faster, which can increase your performance, added Gandler.

Almon also underwent the Kcal/hour test at the Institute. This test measures expended calories per hour while running and cycling, so an athlete can determine nutritional needs. Penny Wilson, Ph.D., a registered dietician on the Institutes human performance team, counseled Almon on ways to better fuel his body. A circle of encouragement These days, Almon trains upwards of 15 hours weekly. The encouragement he received has gone full circle as he convinced his 68-year-old father to join him in a triathlon last year. In 2012, Almons triathlons will be a family affair. His dad will join him in three races while his brother, sister and mom will complete the family trio by each competing in a single event. I was impressed with the testing at the Institute, but what was more important was the support I received as a budding weekend athlete, said Almon. At Memorial Hermann, they were able to support me and tell me where I needed to be careful to meet the goals I set, because they are knowledgeable about the sports Im participating in. To learn more about how the Institute can help you compete at your highest level, call the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann at 713.704.2200 or visit ironman.memorialhermann.org.

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Run Course Information


As in past years this years run course will use Kipp Street, the Kemah Boardwalk, and the Kemah Bridge. One change for this year is that we will not be going under the Kemah Bridge into Clear Lake Shores and we will not be running on the Northbound side of 146 or looping under 146 on the Seabrook side of the Kemah Bridge. These changes should simplify the run course, make it safer, and also open up traffic flow on the highway and in the City of Kemah. 1. Runners will exit the south side of Transition this year instead of the east side. 2. Turn left out of transition onto 7th Street. Porta-cans will be on your left & a hydration station will be on your right. 3. Turn right on Kipp Avenue and proceed all the way into South Kemah. 4. Turn right on Clien and go to 146 where youll make a u-turn and head back towards Kipp. There will be a hydration station just after the u-turn (close to mile 1). 5. Turn left on Bayshore. 6. Turn left on Bell Road. 7. Turn right on Kipp Avenue and run North on Kipp all the way to the roller coaster where you will pickup another hydration station around 7th street (close to mile 2). 8. Turn right behind Starbucks and go under the roller coaster to connect with the boardwalk. 9. Follow the cones around the boardwalk/shoreline towards the Aquarium and behind the parking garage. 10. Follow the cones behind the parking garage and turn right into the marina parking lot just before Bradford. 11. Follow the cones south through all marina parking lots running along side and parallel to Bradford. This is also the place of our third hydration station (close to mile 3). 12. Turn right and run through south side marina parking lot, parallel to 6th Street, to connect to Texas. 13. Turn right on Texas and follow Texas around all parking lots to get near the base of the Kemah Bridge. 14. Follow the cones to loop up onto the shoulder of 146 heading north up the Kemah Bridge. Near the bridge you will hit a hydration station (close to mile 4 and mile 5). 15. Once over the bridge and in Seabrook make a u-turn, before the exit ramp, and head back towards Kemah. 16. On the way over the Bridge towards Seabrook you use the shoulder. On the way back to Kemah you run in the right lane (against traffic) next to the shoulder. Runners have a line of cones separating them from each other and a line of barrels or larger channelizing devices separating them from vehicular traffic. 17. Once back over the bridge runners will follow the same path they took to the bridge to get back to the south side parking lot of the marina. 18. Turn right on Bradford and cross the Bradford & 6th Street intersection. 19. Turn right onto 6th street and run in the right lane of traffic (coned off) against traffic. 20. Turn left onto Harris Street and your finish!

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Run Course Map

Run Cutoff for the Olympic Tri - 11:30am - 14min per mile - 1 hr 26 min 48 sec
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One Course three distances


OLYMPIC 1.5K SWIM + 40K BIKE + 10K RUN SPRINT .75K SWIM + 20K BIKE + 5K RUN FIRST TRI .4K SWIM + 10K BIKE + 5K RUN Registration and more information at CapTexTri.com

Timing Chips & Results


About Your Timing Chip This is what your timing chip will look like. You will receive this at packet pickup. The chip is disposable and will come with a disposable strap. When fitting the strap to your left ankle be sure to not make it too tight or too loose. A strap that is put on too tight may rub and irritate your ankle throughout the race. Those chips put on too loose will move around and also irritate and in worse case possibly even slip off. Put your chip and strap on just snug enough to have a little movement and be comfortable. The strap is not neoprene but is soft enough that it should not irritate your ankle. Once you button the strap you cannot remove it witouth scissors. You also want to be sure that you scan your chip on our reader mat during packet pickup to verify your information. If it all looks good youre all set. If anything is incorrect we can fix that for you on site and get you on your way. If, for whatever reason you do not scan your chip, do not worry. Scanning your chip is only available to give you piece-of-mind. If your participant information (website) is listed correctly then youre all set. Also know that scanning your chip does not activate your chip in any way. Activation happens when you cross the mat during the swim on race morning. The chips and straps are all disposable. This means that if you pickup your packet and cannot make the race you do not need to mail the chip back. When you cross the finish line you do not need to have your chip removed. Simply remove it when you get home and throw it away.

Results - Available after the race at www.EZtoregister.com & www.KemahTri.com We are planning on having three different methods to check your results. 1) Our huge results board with the sprint race on one side and the Olympic race on the other all sorted by age groups. 2) Kiosks that will have the ability to print a results receipt based on your race number. 3) A scrolling digital screen with all the results listed in order of finishing time. If you have any issues please contact Gary Mulvihill with Run Wild Sports Timing - gmulvihill@aol.com

Transition & Bike Check-In - Map On Next Page


Early Bike Check: Noon-6:30pm on Saturday, April 28. Bikes are secured by chain link fencing and guarded overnight. Race Day Bike Check-In: After being body marked, your bike brakes and end caps (if you have any) will be checked before you are allowed to enter transition. If you have mechanical issues, Houston Cycling Centres can help and will be located near the bike check-in point. Helmet Check: Must be worn with chin strap buckled at all times while on your bike. Also be sure that you have a helmet that contains a CSPC sticker on the inside. Not sure what that is? Ask your local bike shop.

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Transition & Post Race Map

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BIKE IN/OUT USES BRICK PARKING SPOTS

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WHATS YOUR REASON2RACE?


Overall female winner Catriona Morrison congratulating C-Different Athletes as they cross the finish line at the 2011 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas.

Onurmark believes in giving athletes of all levels a competitive advantage. and we encourage you to strive for and reach your peak level of performance. This season, in addition to providing you an excellent racing experience, we are excited to support you in yet another way by offering you a chance to partner with a charity and give yourself another Reason2Race. For more information visit www.KemahTri.com > Give Back.

Prize Purse & Awards


Pro/Elite Prize Purse - Olympic Only $999 male and $999 female and then $1,500 for male primes and $1,500 for female primes making the total prize purse $4,998. Each broken down as follows: 1st Overall: $500 2nd Overall: $250 3rd Overall: $125 4th Overall: $75 5th Overall: $49 Swim Prime: $500 Bike Prime: $500 Run Prime: $500 Intivational - Pros & Amateur Elites - Olympic Only Invitational competitors are not eligible for Age Group awards, but the overall winners come from this group regardless of the fastest Age Group times. The winning invitational male wins the overall mens race. The winning elite woman wins the overall womens race. Awards will be presented to the top five male and female finishers in the Invitational division. Swim, Bike, & Run Primes - Olympic Only Primes can come from ANYONE IN THE RACE! The only restriction is that the fastest swim, bike, and run prime prize winners must complete the race in a certain amount of time to remain eligible. Males must still turn in under a 2:20 total finishing time and females must turn in under a 2:25 to qualify for the prime purse. Overalls - Sprint Only The fastest male and female finishers in the sprint race taken from the age groups. Masters - Both Olympic & Sprint Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in the age groups that are over 40 years of age. Age Groups - Both Olympic & Sprint Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: Under 20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Clydesdales & Athenas - Both Olympic & Sprint Awards will be presented to the top three finishers 39 years and under and the top three finishers 40 years and over for both the Clydesdale (200lbs.+) and Athena (150lbs.+) divisions. Collegiates - Both Olympic & Sprint Awards will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers in this division. Relays - Both Olympic & Sprint Relay team awards will include top three overall male relay, overall female relay, and overall mixed relay teams.

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Alcatraz Qualification
Qualifications earned at the 2012 Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon (Olympic distance only) are good for either the 2012 or 2013 ESCAPE from Alcatraz Triathlon! ESCAPE spots are not available to Clydesdales, Athenas or Collegiates. Below are the ESCAPE from Alcatraz slot allocations for the 2012 Kemah Olympic Distance Tri. Slots will roll down up to 5 deep in each age group. First come first serve and you must be present to except your spot. Male Invitational Overall Winner Female Invitational Overall Winner Male Masters Overall Winner Female Masters Overall Winner 24 and Under - 1st Place 25-29 - 1st Place 30-34 - 1st Place 35-39 - 1st Place 40-44 - 1st Place 45-49 - 1st Place 50-54 - 1st Place 55-59 - 1st Place 60-64 - 1st Place 65-69 - 1st Place 70+ - 1st Place 3 Spots to Relays 1 spot given to each winning team (female, male, coed). Each team decides who goes. 1 to Title Sponsor Additional ESCAPE From Alcatraz Triathlon Qualifying Information The Escape to Alcatraz Triathlon Series was developed in 2003 as an additional option for those aspiring for a coveted spot in one of the most unique and exciting triathlons in the world - The ESCAPE from Alcatraz Triathlon. The Kemah Triathlon is proud to be the newest Qualifying Race and the only one in the south Midwest region of the United States. Click here for additional information straight from the ESCAPE from Alcatraz Triathlon website. PLEASE NOTE: These are the LAST qualifying slots given ANYWHERE in the World to the race! The ESCAPE takes place on June 10, 2012. Winners MUST be present at the awards ceremony to claim their spot as a Qualifier, NO EXCEPTIONS! If the winner is not present then the Qualifying slot will go to the next highest place that is present. Only 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winners are eligible for the Qualifying spot. Once a spot is earned, the winner will still be responsible for entry fees into the 2010 race and any subsequent travel expenses. Unclaimed entries will be rolled down as much as 5 places deep via email. Winners will be notified within 1 week prior to completion of the event.
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Past Olympic Winners & Times


Pro Males 1:49:36 - Andrew Yoder 1:51:02 - Trenezo Bozzone 1:53:01 - Chris Lieto Pro Females 2:02:54 - Angela Naeth 2:04:51 - Becky Lavelle 2:06:41 - Sam Warriner Elite Males 2:00:03 - Dean King 2:01:23 - Frank Sarosdy 2:01:23 - Grant Glauser Elite Females 2:14:10 - Joanna Fiddler 2:15:24 - Shannon Radle 2:18:47 - Sarah Gray Male Masters 2:14:10 - Tom Stus Female Masters 2:22:34 - Kimberly Hager Under 20 Males 2:25:17 - Rodrigo Abascal 2:25:54 - Steven Emmerson 2:37:27 - Timothy Tirada 20-24 Males 2:15:28 - Matt Schmitt 2:17:52 - Peter Wenzel 2:24:15 - Brandt Rensmeyer 20-24 Females 2:41:50 - Ally Green 2:57:29 - Sabrina Haun 3:09:57 - Kendall Zurbuchen 25-29 Males 2:08:59 - Stephan Verdeyen 2:13:17 - Andrew Cashion 2:15:16 - Eric Eichner 25-29 Females 2:19:40 - Grace Benes 2:30:18 - Stephanie Baird 2:33:40 - Stephanie Melkonian 30-34 Males 2:16:56 - Jonathan Sterchy 2:17:02 - Paul Donavan 2:18:56 - Scott Peterson 30-34 Females 2:25:16 - Courtney Baird 2:25:34 - Kathy Sanford 2:27:24 - Katy Stibrich 35-39 Males 2:18:53 - Matthew Conner 2:19:09 - Brett Blankner 2:19:19 - Patrick McLendon 35-39 Females 2:31:49 - Cristina Thibodeaux 2:38:13 - Lisa Cavallera 2:50:04 - Jenny Holzaepfel 40-44 Males 2:16:29 - Adam Wilk 2:17:02 - Timothy Monk 2:17:25 - Michael Wright 40-44 Females 2:31:56 - Carolyn Muirhead 2:34:05 - Wendy Hammerman 2:34:24 - Linda Trinkle 45-49 Males 2:20:08 - Ed York 2:21:01 - Douglas Hartung 2:22:27 - Todd Cooper 45-49 Females 2:42:32 - Lisa Yarrow 2:52:14 - Karen Williams 2:52:14 - Lislie Russell 50-54 Males 2:21:29 - Kent Morris 2:22:37 - Stephen ONeil 2:26:44 - Mark Haas 50-54 Females 2:31:55 - Jody Berry 2:53:38 - Colleen Kelso 2:54:09 - Jama Henderson 55-59 Males 2:17:27 - Scott Hammond 2:28:01 - Bill Reese 2:32:27 - David Green 55-59 Females 3:50:48 - Annabella Green 60-64 Males 2:31:21 Michael Dwyer 2:46:16 - Phillip Deprang 2:56:26 - John Kelly 60-64 Females 3:12:50 - Susan Skyler 3:18:07 - Sandy Parker 4:04:45 - Susan Coumoyer 65-69 Males 2:47:57 - Ben Harvie 3:17:36 - Glen Mace 3:28:48 - James Grotta Under 40 Clydesdales 2:30:54 - Chris Isenberger 2:43:45 - Grant Roberts 2:44:05 - Steve Lang Under 40 Athenas 3:09:46 - Toby Liss 3:14:12 - Ashley Thigpen 3:44:07 - Stephanie Rollings Over 40 Clydesdales 2:33:24 - Stephen Daniel 2:36:43 - Scott Pinkston 2:37:26 - Brian Perry Over 40 Athenas 3:13:23 - Jane Sudell 3:15:25 - Cathy Mordaro 4:23:35 - Raelyna Nunley All Male Relay Teams 2:14:18 - Chicken Out 2:17:47 - Tru Tri Sports 2:19:46 - Hamstring All Female Relay Teams 2:30:59 - Two Hard Basket 3:19:29 - The Her Icanes Mixed Relay Teams 2:11:48 - 3 For The Win 2:44:52 - Guy, Gal, Weezer 2:56:02 - Inspired by Tacos

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USA Triathlon & Onurmark Productions Rues & Restrictions


1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification 2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition. 3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty 4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participants equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. Penalty: Variable time penalty 5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking-riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken-once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. Penalty: Variable time penalty 6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Referees discretion 7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification 8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty 9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission. 10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited. 11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Penalty: Variable time penalty

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First-Timer Advice - Quoted from www.BeginngerTriathlete.com


The Night Before Essential items for your race bag: Wetsuit (if legal) Swim goggles Suntan lotion Bike shoes Socks Helmet Sunglasses Run shoes Hat or visor Towel Race recovery bottles Energy gels/bars Toilet paper Race clothes Race numbers Number Belt Plastic bags for rain cover Race Day Early bird gets the worm Know where youre going, and give yourself time to get there. Get to the race early! There may be lines up to 45 minutes before the event. Rack your bike the day before if you can. Attend the race briefing the day before and morning of the race. If you are new, then the race briefing is essential. It tells you what to expect during the race, and small changes that may have occurred. It also goes over the courses again which can be confusing especially if more than one distance is being run simultaneously. The Expo Pickup your packet if you havent already and walk around and get into the spirit of the race. Transitions Walk from the swim finish to the transition entrance to your bike. Walk from your bike to the bike transition exit. Walk from your bike to the run exit. Do it again . Lay out your transition area on your bed the night before to ensure you have everything. Bring a sports bag to pack gear into the triathlon venue. Transition Setup Tips Rack and secure your bike the day before if you can make it out to pre race bike check-in. Find your number on the racks and rack your bike by the back of the seat on that number. Place a bath towel on the ground parallel to my bike. Take race belt with number for run and place running shoes on top of number (some will safety pin their number on their shirt, but putting on a dry shirt while youre wet is very hard to do. Make sure that the tongue of your shoes and laces are open. Buy elastic laces for your shoes so you dont have to fumble with tying laces. It will be harder than you think. Place bike shoes on the towel directly behind running shoes. Loosen up the straps and ensure theyre open and readyplace socks inside Place hydration for the bike on the bike and any for the run near your shoes. Run through everything mentally to double-check and make sure that I havent forgotten anything. Now reset your bike computer if you have one. Double-check to make sure your bike is in the right gear (small chain ring in front and a gear that you can easily push coming out of Transition One). Other Pre-Race Preparation Warm up and stretch - enough to break a sweat and get the blood moving to your muscles. If you can, jump in and swim a few laps so youre not jumping in cold. Stay warm inbetween -- throw on a sweatshirt or jacket that you can hand off to a friend before you jump in. Relax & Wait Use the time to warm up, then find a quiet place to relax. Warm up and stretch again before you start your race. Sip on water, but dont overfill yourself - take in about 6 oz. H2O.

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Overall female winner Catriona Morrison congratulating C-Different Athletes as they cross the finish line at the 2011 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas.

Onurmark believes in giving athletes of all levels a competitive advantage. and we encourage you to strive for and reach your peak level of performance. This season, in addition to providing you an excellent racing experience, we are excited to support you in yet another way by offering you a chance to partner with a charity and give yourself another Reason2Race. For more information visit www.KemahTri.com > Give Back.

Onurmark Giving Challenge


About the Onurmark Giving Challenge Onurmark believes in giving athletes of all levels a competitive advantage, and we encourage you to strive for and reach your peak level of performance. This season, in addition to providing you an excellent racing experience, we are excited to support your racing success in yet another way. We invite you to participate in the Onurmark Giving Challenge. We have found that there is at least one characteristic that all athletes share, the desire to reach our finish line. Most often we have different motivations for doing so, yet we all have the same end result in mind reaching the finish line. Participating in the Onurmark Giving Challenge will provide you yet another way to reach that goal. Through this challenge, you will be able to share your racing goal with your friends, family and community perhaps in a way you never have before. You make them part of your success. You experience what most of us have at one point or another - sharing your goals with others makes them happen! With this challenge, we invite you to choose a Reason2Race. Select one of our six partner charities,and let racing for one of them make a difference for you! Whatever your goal is for this triathlon: doing your first Sprint or Olympic tri, beating last years time, setting your Personal Record (PR) whatever it may be, take the Onurmark Giving Challenge and share your goal with your community and friends. Watch how including others in your journey has your success become a reality! If you have any questions or comments please contact Reason2Race at info@reason2race.com Requirements for Onurmark Challenge Athletes 1. Choose a Reason2Race. See the list of our 6 partner charities on the page to the left. Learn about your Reason2Race by watching their video on www.onurmark.net then select the charity for which you would like to race. 2. Complete your race registration at www.onurmark.net. Participating athletes must be registered for and race in one of the following TX3 Series Races: Memorial Hermann Kemah, Bridgeland, and/or Houston Triathlons. Race entries are not provided through the Onurmark Giving Challenge. Athletes entered in any distance race, including relay participants, may join the Onurmark Giving Challenge. 3. Fundraising. An athlete may begin fundraising only AFTER they have an official entry into one of the TX3 races. Funds may be raised through fundraising events, personal donations or fundraising pledges. Athletes may use the assistance of other people in collecting/raising funds for their charity; however, all funds must be collected expressly for the Onurmark Giving Challenge. 4. Set up your Reason2Race fundraising page. Use this page to craft your message and share your story with others. Add your picture, personal text and your motivation for taking the Onurmark Giving Challenge. Visit our charities page where you will choose the charities for which you want to race and setup your page. 5. Collect and track donations. Onurmark does not collect any funds for the Onurmark Giving Challenge. Online donations can be made via your Reason2Race fundraising page. All checks must be made payable to the charity for which you are racing. The athlete is responsible for sending offline donations (cash or checks made payable directly to the charity) to his/her charity within two weeks following the race. All offline donations (cash and checks) must be tracked using the athletes Reason2Race page/account, the official athlete donation tracking system. 6. Employee verification. The athlete may not be employed by the charity for which funds are being raised.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What type of Triathlon is this and what are the distances? A: This is two distance event weekend consisting of a Sprint (1/2k Swim, 20k Bike, & 5k Run) and an Olympic (1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run). Q. How many years has this triathlon taken place? A: 2012 will be the 3rd year of the event. Q. Who can participate in the triathlon? A: The race is open to professional triathletes, amateur elites, age group amateurs, and relay teams. Q. How many entry spots are available to participants? A: The race is capped at 1,750 entries for 2012. This is a 800 limit for the Olympic Distance and 950 for the Sprint. This will be increasing each year as demand calls for it. For now this is primarily due to the capacity on the boat and the time constraints on the race course. Q. Is this a good race for first-timers? A: The sprint race is a great event for first timers and other athletes of all levels. The Olympic event is a bit more challenging not just because of the longer distances but due primarily to the boat start, windy bike, and run that finishes by going over and back on the Kemah Bridge. Beginners are welcome and will have a great time at either race. Q. Where does the race take place? A: The race is held in and around the beautiful City of Kemah, Texas at the 6th Street Parking Lot at 6th and Bradford. Q. When will the race take place? A: The race is usually in April. 2012s date is Sunday, April 29. Q. What is the weather and water temperature in early April in Kemah, Texas? A: Generally, the weather is lower to upper 80s. The water temperature in the Bay is generally around 75-80 degrees. Q. What is the TX3 Triathlon Race Series and how can I participate? A: The TX3 Triathlon Race Series consists of the Memorial Hermann Kemah, Bridgeland, and Houston Triathlons. Those wishing to do all 3 races may sign up for the entire series all at once and receive a discount on registration. Those registered for the series are also eligible for the rankings and awards at the end of the year. All those that that register for the series all at once or complete each race separately will receive a commemorative item. Q. What is the best way to get around town? A: The best way to get around Kemah is to walk. The Kemah Boardwalk has many things to do and places to eat. Additionally, there is an amusement park and a lot of little shops throughout the city. Everything is easily within walking distance from hotels and transition. Q. Where can I park on race day? A: Any parking lots that are open should be ok to park in. Please obey closed lots and signage. See parking map.

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Volunteering Information
Important Volunteer Policies: All minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their shift. All volunteers per event will receive a volunteer T-shirt and for shifts over 5 hours, a meal will be provided. For students groups volunteering, there must be one adult per 10 students. Volunteers must work their entire shift to ensure safety for all and full donations. Important Volunteer Guidelines: All minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their shift. All volunteers per event will receive a volunteer T-shirt and for shifts over 5 hours, a meal will be provided. For students groups volunteering, there must be one adult per 10 students. Volunteers must work their entire shift to ensure safety for all and full donations. Stipends Are Available For Groups That Volunteer - Email cheryl.stitt@sbcglobal.net for more information. Tired of car washes, door to door cookie sales, bake sales, and other fund-raisers? Earn more in 4-6 hours than you ever could selling cookies.We need a lot of volunteers for our races to be successful and the easiest way to up our volunteer numbers is to enlist the help of large groups, teams, and/or clubs. The more volunteers you bring from your group the bigger donation we will give. All volunteers will be asked to sign-up online. When doing so, please ask everyone volunteering for your group to put your groups name in the comment box. This will ensure your club receives credit for their hours. Our Group Donation Scale is as Follows: 25 volunteer positions = $350 donation 50 volunteer positions = $750 donation 75 volunteer positions = $1,000 donation 100 volunteer positions = $1,250 donation 125 volunteer positions = $1,500 donation 150 volunteer positions = $1,750 donation 175 volunteer positions = $2,000 donation 200 volunteer positions = $2,250 donation Please let us know if your group will be volunteering. Also, feel free to contact us with any further questions/clarifications you may have. We look forward to working with your group! Please visit www.KemahTri.com to sign up to volunteer. If you have any questions or wish to send us a group roster please email Cheryl Stitt, cherylstitt@sbcglobal.com

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