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A record number of triathletes, more than 1800, registered for The Most Scenic Triathlon in Texas

A record number of triathletes registered for the 2019 Kerrville Triathlon, including this female sprint finisher posting in front of the Kerrville Tri sign.

Congrats to all the 2019 Kerrville Tri finishers!

More than 4000 triathletes and their friends and family traveled to Kerrville, Texas, for the 9th annual Kerrville Triathlon Festival. A record number of triathletes, more than 1800, (most in event history) registered for the Most Scenic Triathlon in Texas. Participants gave their all on a course highlighted by swimming in Nimitz Lake, cycling through the Texas Hill Country, and running along the Guadalupe River. Participants were treated to fajitas, cold beer, snacks, and an opportunity to recover in the refreshing waters of the Guadalupe River after crossing the finish line. Kerrville Tri also launched best pricing for 2020, which ends on Tuesday, Oct. 8th.

“This is my favorite race and the course is beautiful,” said Meredith Townley, who completed the quarter distance (3:22:07) on Sunday. “I love the hometown feel that Kerrville and the Hill Country provide and how everyone – vendors, sponsors, spectators, etc. – truly supports everyone else!” 

The Most Scenic Triathlon in Texas

A record number of triathletes registered for the 2019 Kerrville Triathlon, including these triathletes floating the Guadalupe River in their Kerrville Tri floats!

Participants float the Guadalupe River after crossing the 2019 Kerrville Tri finish line!

The family-friendly Kerrville Triathlon Festival took place from Friday, September 27th, to Sunday, September 29th. It featured two days of triathlon action and a bustling two-day expo. Six different events were featured, sprint, quarter, half, aquabike, relays, and a kids fun run. The Debra Zapata Sprint distance, sprint relay, and kids fun run took place on Saturday. All other events, including the quarter and the half, took place on Sunday. Before the action began, participants, volunteers, and friends and family went to the annual Friday night Kerrville Tri Mixer. Inn of the Hills, the host hotel, hosted the Mixer and the expo and packet pick up. Grammy award-winning artist and Debra Zapata sprint participant Shawn Colvin sang Saturday’s national anthem.

“I love registering for and completing an affordable half distance triathlon in the Texas Hill Country,” said Michelle Bonathan, Kerrville Triathlon half distance open division female champion (5:22:50). “The support and energy from the spectators and volunteers were top-notch!”

Peter Murray (1:02:01), of Austin, Texas, won Saturday’s sprint event. Marla Briley (1:14:23), of Austin, Texas, won the female division. Sunday’s winners and their times follow: quarter – female winner, Jami O’Toole (2:34:38), male winner, Mark Saroni (2:03:20); half – female winner, Michelle Bonathan, male winner, Jack Cartwright (4:53:58). Results for Saturday and Sunday are available. 

Perks for record number of triathletes

A record number of triathletes registered for the 2019 Kerrville Triathlon, including these future triathletes at the free kids fun run.

The kids take off at the free kids fun run!

New for 2019, participants received a Kerrville Triathlon-branded float and recovered in the Guadalupe River after crossing the finish line. Athletes received a belt buckle finisher’s medal, customized shirt, and commemorative hat. They also received a reusable custom water bottle, personalized race bib, and swim cap. They enjoyed a free post-race meal including fajitas from H-E-B, fruit, snacks, and the ever-popular beer garden. The event also had professional timing and photography. A great volunteer crew, thousands of supportive spectators, and an electric finish line festival will showcase why the Kerrville Triathlon is one of the best triathlons in Texas. Photos can be found on the Kerrville Triathlon Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds in addition to the website.

The Kerrville Triathlon would like to thank sponsors H-E-B, City Limit Cycles, the City of Kerrville, Kerrville Fire Department, Kerrville Police Department, Kerr County Sheriff’s Department, Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Peterson Health, Jack and Adam’s Fredericksburg, SPIbelt, Peak Fitness, MO-RANCH, Hill Country Bicycle Works, Grape Juice, Mamacita’s, Camp Gladiator, and Gatorade.

The expo is a chance for participants to visit our sponsors and vendors and check out what they have to offer. From retail opportunities to discovering new products, below are the expo highlights you can’t miss! There are also tons of chances to get some cool prizes, giveaways, and discounts on other events.

The Kerrville Triathlon expo takes place at the host hotel, Inn of the Hills, which is conveniently located right across the street from T1! It is open to the public, so bring your friends with you. They can shop while you get your packet. Check out the weekend schedule and plan your packet pick up visit.


Fleet Feet Austin

Visit our friends at Fleet Feet Austin and snag some cool gear before it’s gone! They’ll also have hydration and nutrition for your last-minute needs.

Jack & Adam’s Bicycles 

Josh and his crew at Jack & Adam’s Fredericksburg will have tons of great deals including Tifosi sunglasses and AirRelax recovery pants. You have to try these things out, they are awesome and you are going to be so glad you bought them when you are recovering on Sunday.

Ballroom C

Course Talks! Check the schedule and be sure to come to the course talks. The Friday course talk will focus on the Sprint Distance and the Saturday Talk will focus on the Quarter and Half Distance events. We will be going over everything from transition setups, using the shuttles, and course maps.

Camp Gladiator 

Camp Gladiator is now in Kerrville! This awesome crew of trainers will be there to answer your questions and get you set up with a workout routine and a community to support you.

Rookie Triathlon

The Rookie Triathlon will have bean bag toss where you can win prizes. Rookie Triathlon is a sprint triathlon (300m swim, 11.2-mile bike, 2-mile run) that will take place in May 2020. Make sure you check out their expo-only deals!!

Austin Marathon

Visit the Austin Marathon to chat with their team about race day! Thinking about registering for the Austin Marathon, half marathon, 5K, or Manzano Mile? Register at their booth and learn about all the awesome things in store for 2020, including Finisher Shirts for all 26.2 Finishers.

Mo Ranch

Mo Ranch donates kayaks every year for our lifeguards to use and keep the swim course safe. Mo Ranch has great opportunities for family getaways year-round. Stop by for a chat and check out beautiful Mo Ranch.

The Orginal Worm & Myobuddy Massager 

These two companies both have great products to help you keep your muscles happy. Be sure to stop by both booths and get some muscle release work in.

Kerrville Triathlon

We are already looking forward to 2020! Stop by the Kerrville booth to get information on signing up early for next year and taking advantage of special pricing. You can also find Course Maps and ask questions you have about race day.

Plus a lot more!