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Athletes Compete in the Sold Out 2019 CapTex Triathlon

SOLD OUT LIFE TIME TRI CAPTEX KICKED OFF TRIATHLON SEASON IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ON MEMORIAL DAY

2,000 Athletes Competed in the 29th Annual Premier Olympic Distance Event

AUSTIN, Texas – May 27, 2019 – 2,000 triathletes crossed the finish line at the sold out 29th annual Life Time Tri CapTex, presented by Verizon – one of the nation’s most popular triathlons and a tradition in Central Texas since 1991.

Austinites were joined by triathletes on Memorial Day from eight countries and 33 states for the 32-mile swim-bike-run event that began in Lady Bird Lake, followed by a bike ride up Congress Avenue to the Capitol and back south for a loop along Cesar Chavez Street. Finally, the triathlon concluded with a run that looped through West Riverside, Butler Park, Barton Springs Road and finished at Vic Mathias Shores.

The top performers were Mark Saroni (1:54:07) and Sierra Snyder (2:06:40). Saroni raced his first Life Time Tri CapTex in 2003 at 14-years-old, and this was his first win after six previous attempts and hundreds of other triathlons over the past eight years. He is currently a triathlon trainer at Paragon Training in San Antonio.

Today was Snyder’s seventh Life Time Tri CapTex and her second first place win since 2010. Snyder is a  mother of two and a Physician Assistant at St. David’s Healthcare. She dedicated her victory today to her father who she recently lost.

“The Life Time Tri CapTex was sold out for the first time in a decade and we are incredibly honored to have the immense support from the CapTex triathletes and Austin community,” said Life Time Tri Brand Manager Scott Hutmacher. “It’s particularly special for us to host the triathlon on Memorial Day and to honor our nation’s fallen heroes who inspire countless Americans to work hard, sacrifice and push themselves past known limits. For so many of us, that’s what competing in triathlons is all about.”

Returning to the 2019 event, 121 triathlon clubs were represented in the Team Challenge competition. Finish times from a team’s fastest performers were combined using cross-country scoring. Winning teams earned trophies and cash prizes.

The CapTex Tri is the final qualifying event into the 2019 Life Time Tri Championship race that will be held on July 21, 2019 at the Verizon New York City Triathlon. 200 of today’s top performers will qualify for the invitation-only event, competing among the nation’s best amateur athletes for $60,000 in cash and prizes.

Today’s International Distance winners include:

  • Professionals: Sierra Snyder (2:06:40), Pablo Gomez (1:59:25)
  • Overall Amateurs: Chelsea Tiner (2:12:43), Mark Saroni (1:54:07)
  • First Responders: Megan Kinne (2:54:18), Scott Tonder (2:02:39)
  • Collegiates: Ilana Friedman (2:41:19), Ian Rostagno (2:09:43)
  • Paratriathlete: Marlon Wynne (2:35:16)

Official results for all race finishes are available here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/36095/results/Event/843739/Results.

LIFE TIME TRI SERIES

The 2019 Life Time Tri CapTex is one of the eight events around the country that are part of the Life Time Tri Series, which is committed to providing premier triathlon experiences in iconic U.S. destinations that include Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, South Beach, and Tempe, AZ, in addition to Austin. For more information, visit www.captextri.com.

The Life Time Tri CapTex is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including the Miami Marathon, the New York City Triathlon, the Leadville Race Series, and the Dirty Kanza.

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2019 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

The Capital of Texas Triathlon is back for a 29th year of racing!

Since 1991, this race has been a fixture in the local multisport arena – and the only triathlon held in downtown Austin. Continuing on last year’s positive trend, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, specifically with:

  • Live Video Streaming!  For the first time in event history, the CapTex Tri will be live streamed in its entirety.
  • Pre Race Open Water Swim! All 2019 CapTex Triathletes are welcome to attend a pre-race swim on Saturday, May 25 at Quarry Lake. Details and RSVP here.
  • A New Finish Experience!  Life Time is proud to unveil an innovative (and Texas-sized) finish experience at CapTex.
  • New Finisher Medal Sculpture!  The huge, 3.5” CapTex Tri finisher medals can be assembled to create a unique, silver-plated, 9.4” tall water bottle display sculpture. Details here. Visit us at the Expo to claim your topper.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a 29th-timer, please take a few minutes to review this year’s guidebook.

> Download the 2019 CapTex Tri Athlete Guide

The interactive Athlete Guide offers course maps, schedules, wave start assignments, venue maps and much more. Last-minute event details to be communicated via email, website and social media platforms prior to – and throughout – race weekend.

Download the Athlinks App
Additionally, reference the CapTex Tri event schedule, maps and other pertinent information from the Athlinks app.

Get ready for an incredible holiday weekend.
We look forward to seeing you at the start line on Memorial Day!

CapTex Tri 101 Webinar

Looking for an iconic destination race? Curious what the Life Time Tri CapTex experience is all about? Ready to start training? Join our free webinar for an insider’s perspective. Get to Know the #CapTexTri during the:

CapTex Tri Race Day 101 Webinar
Wednesday, March 20 | 7 p.m. CT
This one-hour webinar will cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Swim, Bike & Run Course overviews
  • Race-day logistics
  • Upcoming Swim Clinics & Splash ‘n Dashes
  • Training programs
  • Travel tips and more!

Participant Access

  • Webinar link: http://bit.ly/2Bn0n1a
  • Webinar password: captex (if necessary)
  • Dial-in: 1-877-896-5921, Access Code: 435 353 6915#

Questions?
Please contact us at info@captextri.com

2019 Life Time Tri Series Medal Sculpture

Life Time is proud to unveil a new finisher medal concept across the 2019 triathlon season, recognizing both indoor and outdoor triathletes, as well as encouraging multi-event participation.

All Life Time Tri finishers can celebrate their accomplishments in unison. Not only will Life Time’s outdoor tri finishers continue to receive a commemorative, 3.5″ finisher medal, but all 2019 Life Time Indoor Tri participants will receive a 3.5″ finisher coin when they continue their journey at one of Life Time’s signature outdoor triathlons. The concept applies to both individuals and relay teams alike.

In a unique twist, both the finisher coin and medals can be assembled to create a unique, silver-plated, 9.4″ tall water bottle display sculpture. The concept recognizes and rewards multi-race participation, where those who finish multiple outdoor events have the ability to “build” taller sculptures. Each event’s finisher medal creates a new layer in forming a complete bottle.

Note: The 2019 Life Time Tri CapTex medal design will be unveiled separately.

How It Works
The finished sculpture consists of three types of components, illustrated below:

  1. Indoor Tri Base Coin (1): Those who completed a 2019 winter or spring Life Time Indoor Tri event can earn a 3.5″ finisher coin, which can be used as the base foundation for the bottle sculpture.
  2. Outdoor Tri Finisher Medals (9): Participants have the ability to collect up to nine individual race finisher medals across the 2019 outdoor season, each of which forms a separate layer of the bottle. The medal designs are .75″ thick, similar to a hockey puck shape. Special grooves will ensure the medals remain neatly layered when laid on their side and stacked.
  3. Multi-Race Bottle Topper (1): Finally, the sculpture’s top portion is earned when athletes compete in two or more outdoor Tri Series events across the 2019 season. Read the Special Implications section below for more details.

How to Obtain the Components
The full sculpture consists of a maximum 11 unique pieces, exclusively issued from two points:

  • Pre-Race Expos: Both the Indoor Tri Coins and Multi-Race Bottle Toppers will be distributed from a Life Time Tri promotional booth located at each outdoor triathlon’s scheduled Expo or Packet Pick-Up. Upon visiting the booth, qualifying individuals must:
    • Indoor Tri Base Coins: Present proof of completing at least one of the 2019 Life Time Indoor Tri completion. Qualifiers are limited to a maximum of one coin each.
    • Multi-Race Bottle Toppers: Present proof of registration for a second 2019 Life Time outdoor triathlon. Qualifiers are limited to one topper each.
  • Finish Lines: Individual race finisher medals will be presented to all participants immediately after crossing the Finish Line. A total of eight regular finish medals will be available through the 2019 season, with an additional (ninth) medal available exclusively to Life Time Tri Series Championship event finishers:
    1. South Beach Triathlon (4.14)
    2. Life Time Tri CapTex (5.27)
    3. Life Time Tri Minneapolis (7.13)
    4. New York City Triathlon (7.21)
    5. Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint (8.24)
    6. Chicago Triathlon (8.25)
    7. Life Time Tri Tempe (9.15)
    8. Escape to Miami Triathlon (9.22)
    9. Life Time Tri Series Championship (7.21)

Special Implications
The special nature of the new medal concept will impact some markets in unique ways:

  • South Florida Athletes: Those enrolled in the Miami Challenge will automatically qualify for the Bottle Topper piece, which will be available at the South Beach Triathlon Packet Pick-Up. Proof of the 2019 Escape to Miami Triathlon registration must be presented.
  • Chicagoland Athletes: Those competing in both the (Saturday) SuperSprint and (Sunday) Sprint/International events, as well as all Triple Challenge participants, will automatically qualify for the Bottle Topper piece.
  • Life Time Tri Series Championship Athletes: Championship event finishers will receive two separate medals (both the New York City Triathlon and Championship events).
  • Life Time Tri Series 7-Pack Purchasers: Those who enrolled in the inaugural Series 7-Pack program are in a great position to build those bottles!

Additional Details
Qualifying individuals do not need to pre-register or enroll in any type of formal program. Simply show-up on-site at each race venue to claim your bling.

Both Indoor Triathlons Base Coins and Multi-Race Bottle Toppers will be available at the Life Time Tri promotional booth. Quantities are limited to the first 1,000 and 500 individuals respectively.

Components must be picked-up exclusively in person at each event (they cannot be mailed) on an individual basis only. Just like the standard packet pick-up process, participants are not allowed to pick-up components for others. No exceptions will be made.

The medal distribution applies to individual and relay team participants at any distance, subject to each event’s registration capacities. Each relay team member must submit proof of participation in another event to claim their components.

As the 2019 tri season commences, we plan to keep tabs on those athletes with the tallest bottles to date, rewarding the ultimate winners with big swag, complimentary 2020 race entry and lots of bragging rights!  We want to know: #HowBigIsYourBottle?

Should you have other questions about the 2019 medal concept, please don’t hesitate to email us at events@lt.life.
Otherwise, get ready for a BIG season of bling!

2018 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

 

The Capital of Texas Triathlon is back for a 28th year of racing!

Since 1991, this race has been a fixture in the local multipart arena – and is now the only triathlon held in downtown Austin.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a 28th-timer, please take a few minutes to review this year’s guidebook. The interactive Athlete Guide offers course maps, schedules, wave start assignments, venue maps and much more. Last-minute event details to be communicated via email, website and social media platforms prior to – and throughout – race weekend.

> View the 2018 CapTexTri Athlete Guide

 

New Rules Released
The CapTex Tri will adhere to a new set of event rules, created specifically for all 2018 Life Time Tri events. These rules apply to all triathletes: able-bodied, para and professional alike. Please review the rules within the Athlete Guide and view the video at LifeTimeTri.com/Resources/Rules for more insight.

 

Download the Athlinks App
Additionally, reference the CapTex Tri event schedule, maps and other pertinent information from the Athlinks app. NOTE: Additional functionality will continue to come online during the 2018 season.

 

 

 

Get ready for an incredible holiday weekend.
We look forward to seeing you at the start line on Memorial Day!

CapTex Tri Numbers at a Glance

Curious what to expect at this year’s CapTex race? Check out some of our historic numbers, as well as our preliminary registration trends below.

Given the advent of new, non-competitive start options (primarily the “First-Timer” and “Friends & Family” divisions), this year’s event has already attracted 25% growth in first-time triathletes.

On the other end of the spectrum, more veteran triathletes have registered with the hope of qualifying into the inaugural 2018 Life Time Tri Championship event. The top three finishers in all competitive International-distance divisions will earn one of 132 slots into the New York City event on July 1.

More details to be revealed as race weekend approaches.
#CapTexTri #LifeTimeTri #IfINeverTri

What To Expect in the 2018 Life Time Tri Series

 

The 2018 Life Time Tri season is about to get interesting…

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking some bold steps next year, launching a myriad of new initiatives that the industry hasn’t yet seen.

Our goal is to make the sport of triathlon a bit more friendly for new athletes, as well as enhance the experience of our seasoned veterans.

Why? It’s simple. We need to bring new life to short course triathlon.

Like any industry, if we’re to remain relevant to our existing marketplace, or even consider tapping into new audiences, we’ve got to adapt. We must find ways to convince veterans to have another go. We must invent opportunities for millennials to consider short course triathlon in their evoked set of personal activities.

While we’ll continue producing high-value events in iconic destinations, no longer can our incredible team label ourselves as “event producers.” Instead, we now consider ourselves to be in the Athlete Development business. Each of us are responsible for motivating, educating and physically preparing our customers for the challenge at hand. Make no mistake, this is all heavy lifting – and it’s needed.

After 12+ years in this sport, we continue to believe that short course triathlon still has its place in the endurance universe. We want to inspire and influence the multisport lifestyle for years to come, which is why our 2018 season will focus on these four initiatives:

  • We will simplify our approach.
  • We will increase accessibility to the party.
  • We will incorporate convenience into our sport.
  • We will rekindle the fun factor.

Allow me to explain…

Simplify
Let’s start with pricing. This year, all event prices include both registration fees and insurance. If you’ve ever attempted to explain the concept of secondary participant coverage fees to a non-triathlete, you understand.

Then, there’s the inclusion of both Coaches and Race Officials at each of our 2018 races. If you participated in our 2017 events, you likely observed the “Ask A Coach” booth at the Expo. This will be a standard next year, staffed by race-familiar experts whose duty is to offer complimentary, face to face guidance – from education to motivation, whatever it takes to reduce confusion and/or enhance the athlete experience.

Speaking of our Race Officials, you may notice something a bit different from them in 2018: actual athlete interaction. New penalty assessment is here. Gone are the days of being surprised with 2 or 4-minute additions to your finish times. Now, should an Official experience a rule infraction, they will automatically communicate with the offender – who will subsequently be directed to a penalty tent placed beyond T2. Much like Ironman and ITU, athletes will serve time penalties while on-course. Once they cross the finish line, there are no modifications to timing – which alleviates many historic awards ceremony issues. Stay tuned for full details on the 2018 rules.

Accessibility
Our goal is to make triathlon more diverse and more appealing to the masses. That means we need to be prepared to offset typical barriers to entry, often educational, physical training or financially-focused.

As for education, we will continue to offer free programs in every market, from Tri101 webinars, to fully-immersive first-timers’ programs. We will also offer physical training options, from online training plans to complimentary swim clinics to comprehensive (fee-based) in-club coached sessions. Of course, we’ll continue to support Women For Tri, local Para Tri organizations, inner-city development programs, and others looking to expand triathlon’s reach.

We’re also excited about our new scholarship program. We get it – triathlons are not cheap! To support those in financial need, Life Time Tri is proud to introduce a unique program to ease the possible financial burden. Twelve race entries will be donated across each of our events. Learn more.

Indoor Triathlons return on January 21, 2018. This national event series is the ultimate promotional opportunity for our sport. Last year, more than 6,000 individuals (the majority with zero triathlon experience) participated in the 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike and 20-minute run events. At only $30 each, these are hot commodities (and each limited to 100 participants). Like our outdoor races, registration opens November 1. Details here.

By the way, the 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon returns to general entry this year. Gone is the lottery process, which started back in 2010. With 4,000 slots up for grabs, and now accessible to a first-come, first-served audience, this race will quickly sell out.

Convenience
Simply put, triathlon is anything but convenient. Tons of gear. Early mornings. Long waits. This sport can test anyone’s patience. Where we can, we’ll expand the model in place at the Chicago Triathlon, with flexible transition access, allowing for late check-ins or early check-outs.

In 2018, we will offer beginner-friendly starts at all races. During registration, participants will notice a new set of “race divisions,” where they select from either Competitive or Recreational groups. These new divisions (e.g. First-Timers, Friends + Family) will begin at separate times from the often intense, veteran triathletes. Allowing athletes to start with, and participate alongside, others of their choosing is long overdue. Further, some events will feature “Early Bird” or “Late Owl” start options – scheduled at the extreme ends of the day. Because these individuals are taken out of typical Age Groups, they are designated as Recreational athletes, thus not eligible for competitive awards. Capacities will vary by event.

Another convenience we’re incorporating into select event is race day Packet Pick Up. Available to the first 25 individuals at South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis and Tempe (more races to come), athletes will be able to skip the Expo and check-in on race morning – a huge convenience for those with busy weekend plans, or those hoping to avoid hotels. A $25 convenience fee will apply.

The Fun Factor
If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?  We’re taking a stand, rolling-up our sleeves and mandating that everyone enjoy themselves while participating in our events! Sure, it’s OK to be (a bit) serious, but in the end, we want to see your smiling faces at the finish line. Staff and volunteers will be there to greet you, and to properly “knight” you with some new hardware. Through our partners at Athlinks, we’ll eventually be able to celebrate first-timer finishes and PRs, too – right in the finish chute!

Last week, we debuted the 4-person Mixed Relay competition in San Diego – to rave reviews! In the near future, we plan to unveil more experimental race formats like this, offering unique iterations of the classic swim-bike-run format. Chicago’s Triple Challenge will certainly return in 2018, as well as a new “Double” format in select markets.

Finally, it doesn’t get more exciting that the 2018 Life Time Tri Championship event, held within the 2018 2XU NYC Tri on July 1. We’re recognizing and rewarding the fastest athletes across the Life Time Tri Series with a blowout in NYC! Free biking shipping, a $50K prize purse and VIP access is only the beginning. Two qualifying races remain: South Beach (with expanded qualification standards [6-deep] due to Escape to Miami’s cancellation) and CapTex in Austin.

 

So, that’s our plan. We realize this is a lot, but it’s all necessary. Necessity stimulates innovation. Innovation leads to growth. Or so we hope.

Over the next 13 days, and forthcoming weeks and months, we’ll continue to deep dive into each of these innovative programs, philosophies and opportunities. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 1 at noon when registration opens for all 2018 events.

Let’s do this!

Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher
Brand Manager, LIFE TIME Tri

Last Minute Race Reminders

 

As final preparations for the 27th annual #CapTexTri are underway, following is a comprehensive list of important items for all athletes, volunteers, spectators and event staff:

Remember, please monitor Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri for the latest updates regarding weather, traffic and general event information.

We look forward to an incredible Memorial Day!

2017 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

It’s time, ATX! CapTex is just around the corner.

Since 1991, the Capitol of Texas Triathlon has become a fixture in the multisport spotlight – not only in central Texas, but also among the other seven races in the national Life Time Tri Series. CapTex is undoubtedly one of the most popular triathlons in the country. That tradition continues in 2017.

New this year is our Team Challenge Competition – a fun, free, group racing concept for local teams to earn bragging rights, prizes AND cash!  Learn more, download your team roster and get ready to rumble on Memorial Day.

As we prepare for the 26th Anniversary of the holiday tradition, please review the 2017 Athlete Guide for a full list of event details, timelines, course information, maps and more.

> View the 2017 Athlete Guide

Best wishes for those final race preparations.
We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day!

Open Water Swim Clinic – April 30

Join us on April 30 for a special open water swim clinic with Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy! Their team of certified coaches will walk you through a discussion on swimming in open water, followed by a guided in-water practice swim. This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills and feel comfortable in the water leading up to race day!

 

Head over to Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy to learn more and register.