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.

Starting in 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.


All events at the Kerrville Triathlon Festival will use a two transition area format. T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run) are in different locations approximately 2 miles apart. Participants will ride their bicycles during the event from T1 after the swim to T2, where they will begin the run.

Only participants are allowed in transition, friends and family (including children) must wait outside of transition.

There will be mechanics just outside of T1 for any last minute needs and with bike pumps for airing up your tires. Once transition closes, you will not be allowed back in so make sure and arrive early.

After packet pick-up there is MANDATORY bike check-in and run bag drop. This will require a trip to T1 with your bike and a trip to T2 to drop your run bag. Please see the course maps for the locations of T1 and T2. Mandatory Bike and Run Bag check-in is at the following times:


Friday 4 PM – 7:30 PM Bike Check-In at T1 and Run Bag Check-In at T2
Saturday 5:30 AM to 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.


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.


Athletes will receive 3 bags with their packet. These are important to make sure your belongings are where they need to be one race day. Here is how they are used:

  • Run Gear Bag: This bag should be used to hold all of the items needed for transitioning from the bike to the run, see example. This bag must be checked into T2 on the day prior to the event,
  • Bike Gear Bag: After the swim, all of your swim gear will be transported from T1 to T2, so that all of your belongings are in T2 after the race. Anything you wear during the swim that you will not take with you on the bike must be placed into the Bike Gear Bag after the swim. This typically includes goggle, swim cap, and a wetsuit.
  • Dry Clothes Bag:  Any clothes that you wore to the race site that you will not be using during the race must be placed into the Dry Clothes Bag. You must drop off your bag at the designated location outside T1 before swim start.


Body Marking

Body Marking happens in front of transition. Each participant will have their numbers written on the top of each arm and above their knees. Their “triathlon age” which is how old they will be on December 31 of the year is written on their right calf. Relay teams get an R on the left calf.  Participants must be body marked before entering transition.

Racking Your Bike

Transition will have racks assigned to each age group. It is open racking within your age group. You must be body marked and wearing your athlete wristband before you enter transition.

Morning Bags

After the swim, all of your gear will be transported from T1 to T2, so that all of your belongings are in T2 after the race. You will drop your Dry Clothes Bag off at the designated location outside of T1. You will leave your bike bag on the ground at your transition spot. Everything must inside the bag, items that are outside the bag will not be brought to T2 and are at risk of being lost.


Hanging Your Run Bag

Racks are by distance and Age Group. You will tie your run bag to the rack, no more than 8 bags per rack. Everything must stay inside the bag and nothing can be left of the ground. Leave even spacing, knowing that you will be needing to fit 8 bikes on to the rack when you come in from the bike course.

Reclaiming Your Other Gear Bags

Your bags will be brought to T2 from T1 and organized by your bib number. Communicate with the volunteers to reclaim your gear bag, you will need to have your bib that matches the bags. It is important that you have clearly marked your bags with the stickers provided.

Bike Check-Out

Bikes will not be allowed out of Transition until the final cyclist has completed the bike course. It will be announced when transition is open for bike check out. You will need to have your wristband on to enter transition and have the matching number to the bike to take it out. 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.


Relays will have one chip assigned for the group. The team members will meet in the corral next to the relay rack to exchange the timing chip. After the bike, the team member will rack their bike and then proceed to the corral to pass the chip to the runner. Team members must wait in the corral and are not allowed to wander transition. Be sure to have an idea of your team mates timing so that you are there when they return. All relay team members receive a finisher medal that can be picked up at the finish line. 2 person relay groups will split the disciples 2 and 1.

Aid Stations

The Half and Quarter Distance run course will have aid stations at approximately each mile.  The Aid Stations for the Sprint Distance will have Water and Gatorade. Aid Stations for the Quarter & Half will be stocked with water, Gatorade, pretzels, and fruit.

The CLIF Shot Energy Zone will be at Aid Station #1, which will be passed twice for the Quarter Distance, and four times for the Half Distance.

At each station, there will be medical personnel from Peterson Medical who can provide injury assessment and first aid. There will also be EMTs in vehicles roaming the course for athletes in need of assistance.

Finish Line Festival

Finally, we get to the important part! The Finish Line Party is stocked with goodies, good music, and fun fun fun! The finish line area is open to the public so feel free to invite family and friends to come experience the excitement while you are out crushing the course.

H-E-B is providing some top notch food for all participants and the Jack & Adam’s Fredericksburg will be keeping the grills hot and the food coming throughout the day! There will be bountiful refreshing drinks and yummy snacks as well as a beer garden, flowing with local beer from, for participants over 21 ! Make sure you have your yellow band on, this not only gets you in transition but also into the beer garden. Food and drinks are for participants only.

There is free water in the water monsters to everyone, so spectators should make sure you pack your reusable water bottle. All participants will be given a Custom Kerrville Water bottle when they cross the finish. Food & drink for spectators may be available for purchase, and may be free at some vendors.

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