Hill Country Kids & Family Tri

Event Date

Sat, Jul 19, 2014


Kyle, TX

About This Activity

Individual child division is open until Sunday, July 13.  Team division is full and closed.

AS OF WEDNESDAY, JULY 9th if you sign up you will NOT receive a t-shirt.  Guaranteed t-shirt deadline was June 30th.  I was able to extend that to today but as of right now if you sign up, there is most likely no t-shirt for child or adult.

Race Distances

  • Juniors (5-6) Swim 25 yards / Bike 1.6 k / Run 1 k
  • Juniors (7-8, 9-10) Swim 100 yards / Bike 6 k / Run 1 K
  • Seniors (11-15) Swim 200 yards / Bike 9 k / Run 2 K
  • Parents Swim 200 yards / Bike 9 k / Run 2 K

 Entry Fees & T-shirt Guaranteed Date

  • Youth $40.00 until June 15th
  • Youth $45.00 from June 16th - July 13th
  • Family Team $80.00 until June 15th = one parent and one child
  • Family Team $90 from June 16th - July 13th, 2014 = one parent and one child
  • Registration closes July 13th, 2014 or when the race becomes full.
  • T-shirts are guaranteed until June 30, 2014.  NO guarantee of t-shirt after this date. 
  • Kids who sign up as a team are eligible for individual age category awards and team awards

Withdraw/Refund Policy

  • No refunds.

 USAT Membership Required

  • All athletes must be a member of USAT and will be required to provide proof of USAT membership along with photo ID at packet pickup.  
    • You may purchase a year or one day USAT membership when registering for our race online. 
    • You may purchase a year or one day USAT membership at packet pickup (we HIGHLY prefer that you sign up online).
    • You may purchase a USAT annual membership online at www.usatriathlon.org 

 Weather Contingency

  • We will have an hour postponement contingency due to bad weather.  
  • We may cancel the adults’ division if time allows for us to hold the kids’ divisions but not the parents’ division. 
  • The racecourse may be altered due to unsafe conditions.  
  • There will be NO refunds. 

 Bike Inspections

  • Every athlete must have a sticker on their bike from Arrowhead Bicycles in Kyle, Jack and Adams, Bicycle Sport Shop or their local shop indicating that their bike and helmet has been checked for safety and is the proper size.  
  • Please take your child and their bike and helmet to one of these locations for inspection.  
  • Helmets are required and will also be checked for proper size and fit.  
  • We reserve the right to pull an athlete from the race due to an unsafe or improperly sized bike or helmet.  

Packet Pickups

You may NOT pick up another racers packet except for your child’s.  No exceptions!  This is USATs rule not ours!  A parent/guardian will be required to sign a USAT waiver for his/her child.      

  1. Wednesday, July 16th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at 1379 Kids located at 2727 Exposition Blvd, Suite 121, Austin, TX 78703. 512-474-1379.
  2. Friday, July 18th from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Seton Medical Center Hays in the Learning Center; 6001 Kyle Parkway; Kyle TX 78640; 512-504-5000 THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP (unless you are coming from out of town as in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and you email kathyswimbikerun@gmail.com with this request).

Kids Clinics

  • 5:00 & 6:00 pm on Friday, July 18th at McNaughton Pool.
  • Transition and course review for kids.
  • After picking up your packet at Seton Hospital in Kyle drive to the neighborhood to check out the course and clinic.


  • The course starts with a pool swim at McNaughton Pool.  
  • Flotation devices are allowed this year only for the 5-6 year old category.  A swimmer must be able to swim his/her distance.  
  • Swimmers are allowed to hold on to the side of the pool or stand if rest is needed.  
  • Swimmers cannot hold onto the lane line ropes as our system is unique allowing for flip turns and eliminating the need to swim under the lane ropes. 
  • The swim will be a staggered start with swimmers entering the water every 10 seconds according to his or her estimated swim time.  Faster racers start first in each age category.  It is very important that you enter the correct estimated swim time for your child's race distance.  This ensures that slower racers do not have to battle faster racers swimming past/over them.  
  • We start the next swim wave (5-6 / 7-8 / 9-10 / 11-12 & 13-15 grouped together) when the current age category is off the bike course.  
  • We will have a minimum of three lifeguards present as well as additional volunteers.  We will have two swim angels in the water as well. 
  • Swim caps provided in the race packets are mandatory.


  • The racer must wear his bib number pinned to his/her shirt or wear a race belt with the number.  Bib numbers are assigned by age category.  
  • The bike and run courses are closed to car traffic with volunteers and off duty police officers lining the course to ensure safety.  
  • We have two cyclists riding the course throughout the race monitoring safety and leading the kid’s category leader.  
  • No training wheels are allowed this year even for the 5-6 year age category because of time constraints.  Kids with training wheels have not had the experience in the past to maintain an appropriate pace for keeping the race on schedule for our allotted road closure time. 
  • No headphones are allowed on the course.  
  • A health care provider is at the finish line for first aid and emergency injury care.  
  • Your child is responsible for knowing his/her loop count on the bike course.  The 7-10 year old kids can get very confused.  We highly recommend that parents walk to the turn off for additional bike loops or the finish line and help ensure that their child has completed the correct number of bike loops before heading for the finish line.  
  • We also highly recommend that you drive, walk or bike the bike course with your child on Friday and make sure they understand how many loops they need to do for their age category and where the turn off is for additional loops or finish line.  
  • See race website for course maps and loop count.  Please notify us if your child does not bike the correct number as this will take an award away from the deserving athlete.  

Parent Division

  • Team division = one parent and one child.
  • We have included an optional parent mini tri that will start after the kids’ race.  This is one of the coolest features of our race!!!  
  • Parents and families love the chance to race on the same day!!  
  • Parents watch their kids compete and then kids cheer on their parents.  
  • The adult race starts when the 11-15 year olds are off the bike course. 
  • Year after year we have parents and kids who look forward to this race because of the opportunity to train and race together.  Rivalries even exist between teams.  
  • We do not provide day care for your child while you are racing.
  • Team awards are given by age kids age category with male and female combined.


  • Racers – Park in the school lots.  Transition is closed until last adult racer is off bike course.  You will not be able to leave race until between 10:30 and 11:00 am because our course is closed.
  • Spectators – If friends or family members are coming to watch and need to leave before the race is over, they may park on a side street that is NOT on the racecourse!!!!!!  TELL friends and family they may not park on the racecourse!!!
  • Volunteers - Park in the school lots.  Transition is closed until last adult racer is off bike course.  You will not be able to leave race until between 10:30 and 11:00 am because our course is closed.  If you made prior arrangements with the volunteer coordinator to leave early, park on a side street that is not on the racecourse.
  • IF you park on a side street that is NOT on the course, please make sure you are not blocking a mailbox


  • Transition opens at 5:45 am.  
  • Body marking and bike sticker checks will take place before the athlete enters the transition area.  
  • Bikes are racked according to age group and size of bike. The front or back wheel must touch the ground.  Our transition captain reserves the right to move your child's bike to the correct size rack if you do not rack your child's bike properly.   We have the appropriately sized racks.  
  • Your racer may place their triathlon gear on a 2’ by 1’ towel next to the tire on the ground.  You may NOT use a full size towel.  This takes up too much room. 
  • Consult with a transition volunteer if you have questions or problems on race day.  They are nice people who will help you.  It may take a few minutes but they will help you
  • Transition closes to all racers at 6:40 am sharp.  
  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site, park, get helmet and bike checked for sticker, get body marked, set up your transition area, and pick up your chip timer.  
  • No spectators will be allowed in the transition area during the race.  Our volunteers in transition will help your child.

Body Marking

  • Will take place as you enter and exit transition.

Chip Timing

  • Pick up your Cadence chip timer for your ankle as you exit transition.


  • Conducted by Camp Gladiator personal trainers from 6:00 am to 6:45 in front of the pool.

Pre-race Meeting

  • Mandatory pre-race meeting begins at 6:45 am inside the pool area.  

Awards & Amenities

  • Every racer will receive a finisher’s medal.  
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for boys and girls (5-6), (7-8), (9-10) (11-12) (13-15) as well as for family team awards by child age category.  We will combine the child’s race time with his/her parent’s time for a team family time
  • Post-race food, face painting, water slide and awards will follow each race category in the playground area. 
  • Awards will occur at approximately 11:00 am at the finish line.


  • We encourage all parents and supporters to line the course and cheer on the racers.
  • Our course design enables parents to easily cheer at different points but we ask everyone to please stay on the side of the street across from the pool and school on the bike and run course.
  • If you want to view transition after the swim, the best way is to exit the pool and go around the back of the pool to get close. Then you will have to run back around the pool to see the child on the bike course. This is slightly inconvenient to the parent who wants to see everything up close but for safety reasons we have to set the course up this way.
  • Respect the lawns of the Plum Creek neighborhood.  Do NOT walk on the grass!!!  Please stay on the sidewalk.  Please stay out of curbside gardens.  We received complaints last year and in order to continue this event we need to maintain good relationships with the residents.


  • Pure Joy Foundation. We were approached by Sophia a kids' tri racer and her dad, Eric Kottke.  Sohia's first race was the Hill Country Kids & Family Tri several years ago and now she wants to utilize her sport to raise money for this charity.  She and her family have a goal of competing in triathlons around the world to raise awareness and funds for the Pure Joy Foundation and the work they do to bring clean drinking water to the South Sudan.  Every year the Hill Country Tri Club donates funds raised from the kids tri to a local organization.  This year we decided to direct our donation to the Austin based organization Pure Joy Foundation and offer kids the chance to raise money for them and to support Sophia, a long time participant in our event.  We think it is a great idea to give kids the chance to raise money for a charity as part of the challenge of competing.  So check out the Pure Joy Foundation's website: www.purejoyfoundation.org.  100% of the funds donated go to the the South Sudan.  All administrative costs are paid for by the founders of the organization! 

Contact Info


Event schedule and times

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Transition Opens: 5:45 am

Race Starts: 7:00 am

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