The second TriRock Austin presented by REI, formerly known as the Austin Triathlon, is set for this Monday in the heart of Austin, Texas. The race showcases the urban setting of downtown, starting with a swim in Lady Bird Lake, a closed bike course that goes over the Congress Street Bridge and a run along the Auditorium Shores running path. The race will feature two distances: a sprint (700-meter swim, 16.7-mile bike and 3.1-mile run) and Olympic (1500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run). The city of Austin is known as an active and cycling-friendly community, and it’s a popular training base for pro triathletes, such as Michael and Amanda Lovato, Kelly Williamson, and Brandon and Amy Marsh.
Highlighting the start list is two-time Ironman world champion Chris “Macca” McCormack of Australia. He’ll be competing in the sprint-distance race. Also racing for the overall sprint title will be George Childress of The Woodlands, Texas. In the Olympic-distance race, last year’s winner Jamie Cleveland, who won in a time of 1:58:23, will be back to defend his title. He’ll be competing against Steve Wilson from Georgetown, and in the Olympic-distance women’s race Tatiana Vertiz from San Antonio will be going for the overall title.
Below is a breakdown of the age-group competitors who will be competing Monday in the sprint- and Olympic-distance races.
Total number of age groupers: 1,800
Youngest participant: 15
Oldest participant: 75
49% of the competitors will be racing the Olympic distance
40% will be racing the sprint distance
11% will be racing the Olympic and sprint relays
63% of participants are men/37% women
20% (338 total) of the competitors will be racing their first triathlon at TriRock Austin
13%: Have completed one triathlon
26%: Have completed 2-5 triathlons
11%: Have completed 6-9 triathlons
26%: Have completed 10-49 triathlons
4%: Have completed 50 or more triathlons
Check back on Labor Day for more from Austin. Learn more at TriRockSeries.com.