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2018 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital
Saturday, April 21  & Sunday, April 22
Houston, Texas

The Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Kids Triathlon, Inc., have partnered to bring you the 2018 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital. It is expected to be the largest USATriathlon sanctioned kids triathlon in the world for the fifth year in a row with more than 3,000 participants ages 6 to 15. Thousands of families will gather for the interactive triathlon expo days and tons of racing fun. The Houston Texans are proud to support this PLAY 60 initiative, helping to build a generation of healthy, active and responsible kids.

The Houston Texans Kids Triathlon will be held at:

NRG Stadium
Two NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054

Please click here for registration information.

USA Triathlon Waiver
Through a cool, new advancement in our registration software, we are now able to distribute race / bib #'s in advance. This means everyone will receive a special email on Thursday, April 19, 2018 with your actual race number for the weekend.  As long as you bring this number - and your USA Triathlon Liability Waiver - with you, you will be able to go directly to your Packet Pick-Up Tent. If you do not bring this you will have to go through a separate line to complete it. 
The USAT Waiver & Release of Liability MUST BE completed by a parent or legal guardian before any kid will be allowed to race. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. Again, you will not get your race packet until we receive this completed form. Extras will be available on-site, if needed.

Race Information Emails
Important Race Info Email 3 Juniors – to be sent later
Important Race Info Email 3 Seniors – to be sent later

Official Race Results
Please check back here after the race for results.

Race Photos
Please check back here after the race for photos.

Training Guide courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
The Houston Texans and Kids Triathlon, Inc. are proud to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital on the 2018 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. To prepare yourself or your child for the race, Texas Children’s Hospital has put together a guide that offers nutrition advice, an endurance training plan and safety tips so all participants will train properly and perform their best on race day. This tool is FREE so make-sure to download and print today!

To download the guide, click here.

The race will be held on a closed course at NRG Park in the shadow of NRG Stadium!  Water stations, race volunteers, and safety personnel will be positioned throughout the race. The pool, transition area, and start line will be in the Green Lot which is bordered by Westridge on the south, Kirby on the east, Murworth to the north, and Lantern Point to the west. Please note: Murworth will be closed to through traffic for the safety of participants.

Click here for map.

Free parking is available in NRG Stadium’s Blue Lot for all participants, spectators, and volunteers with a parking pass for the event. You must print and bring the below parking pass with you for the expo and raceday, otherwise a $12 fee will apply. No digital copies will be accepted. 

While triathlon is not known as a spectator sport, kids triathlons are different.  They are exciting and fast-paced. In addition, they attract a lot of fans – including moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and siblings. In total, we expect more than 10,000 fans to join our participants at the NRG Stadium on April 21 and 22.

With this many people on-hand, we do everything possible to design a course that is safe and provides spectators with the opportunity to see their athletes swim, bike, run and finish.  However, it will take some moving around to see everything.  Here are a few important details all spectators will need to know:

• Only registered athletes are allowed in the transition area. We will have hundreds of volunteer’s on-hand to help each athlete, and we want the kids to accomplish this goal as independently as possible.
• For safety reasons, every race packet includes a set of matching wrist bands (with a unique, identifying number). These are designed to be torn apart with one placed on the wrist of the athlete and the other placed on the wrist of a parent or legal guardian. We will hold each athlete at the finish line until the matching wrist band is presented.
• Only registered athletes and volunteers are allowed on the race course. This is critical for the safety of all participants and will be strictly enforced.  Please listen to all volunteers and police as they are there to ensure the safety of your child.
• If you are the parent of an athlete, please make sure they are 100% ready to race. We trust your judgment to determine they are able to safely complete the swim, bike and run portions of the event.

What ages are eligible to compete?
As an event that is sanctioned by USATriathlon, we are required to follow their rules.  One of these rules governs age. This means our event is open to kids ages 6 to 15. However, it is not quite that simple. USAT does not go by the age of the athlete on race day. Instead, your triathlon age is your age as of 12/31 of the current year.
For our 2018 event, this means that all kids will race at their age as of 12/31/18. For example, if your child was born during June 2009, they will be 8 on race day; however, they will actually be a 9-year-old triathlete for all of 2018.
This is not really that big of a deal once you understand it. However, it does impact a few different groups of kids:
First, all kids born in 2012 are eligible to participate (assuming they can swim 100 yards safely; bike 3 miles without training wheels; and run). For example, we will have many kids who are actually 5 on race day.  However, they are 6-year-old triathletes because they will turn 6 before the end of the year.
Second, kids born in 2002 are not eligible to participate. There will be some kids who are 15 on race day, but they will turn 16 before the end of 2018. As a result, they are officially 16-year-old triathletes, and they are no longer able to participate in kids triathlons.
Finally, kids who were born in 2007 need to pay close attention to the age rule for 2018. While the majority of these kids will be 10 years old on race day, they will all be 11 years old on 12/31/18.  This makes them 11- year-old triathletes for the entire season, and it means they are racing in the Senior Division (and with longer race distances).  We do make exceptions for first-time triathletes who want to start with the shorter distances, but we need to coordinate this in advance. Please contact our Event Director or Race Director to discuss this option.
How old is my child?
Your triathlon age is different than your actual age.  Please read the details above.
What are the actual race distances?
For Juniors ages 6-10: Swim is 100 yards, Bike is 3 miles, and the Run is 1/2 mile
For Seniors ages 11-15: Swim is 200 yards, Bike is 6 miles, and the run is 1 mile
Please see the question above regarding the difference between “race day” age and “triathlon” age as it could affect the distances your child is racing.  This is especially important for kids born in 2007.

Hotels & Travel
We welcome race participants that are traveling from all over the region to be a part of the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. William P. Hobby Airport is less than 30 minutes from the stadium, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport is less than 40 minutes from the stadium both are home to hundreds of flights each day.

Event Hotel:
Holiday Inn Houston S – NRG Area
8111 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054

Please click here to book.
Block Code: KD8

To use the booking link, please manually enter the arrival and departure date, this will not automatically populate. Date selection is located in the middle of the website page. Once the dates have been entered the block code (KD8) will show to let guests know they are booking within the group block. Click on “check availability” to view room and rates. The attendees group rate is $99.

To book by phone, please call the central reservation team directly at 1-866-644-0370 and provide the group block code “KD8.”

Event Hotel: 
Holiday Inn Houston S – NRG Area
8111 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Please click here to book. (Link: https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=HOUAD&_PMID=99801505&GPC=KD8&viewfullsite=true)
Block Code: KD8
To use the booking link, please manually enter the arrival and departure date, this will not automatically populate. Date selection is located in the middle of the website page. Once the dates have been entered the block code (KD8) will show to let guests know they are booking within the group block. Click on “check availability” to view room and rates. The attendees group rate is $99.
To book by phone, please call the central reservation team directly at 1-866-644-0370 and provide the group block code “KD8

Houston Texans PLAY 60
In October of 2007, the NFL launched the NFL PLAY 60 initiative. This program is a national health and fitness campaign focused on improving the health and wellness of our youth by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. In this spirit, the Texans were proud to be one of the Founding Partners of the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. This event helps teach kids swimming and bike safety, and it encourages thousands of families to be active together.

Texans players, coaches, and Cheerleaders will be appearing throughout the community to help get kids ready and excited to race. The Houston Texans are proud to help build a generation of healthy, active, and responsible kids.

To learn more about PLAY 60, click HERE.

Race Committee
It is not a coincidence that the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon became the largest kids triathlon in the world in only 3 years. In fact, it is largely due to the incredible efforts of a team of volunteers. These folks form the Organizing Committee for this wonderful event, and they work tirelessly to ensure everything comes together to create an amazing experience for the participants, sponsors and spectators. Their goal is to make each year better than the last.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking these community leaders of the 2018 event:
• Lagenia Clark (Founder of Justin’s Triumph)
• Shelda Moll (Leader of Kids Triathlon, Inc.)
• Adrienne Saxe (Director, Community Development for the Houston Texans)
• Emmarie Clark (Senior Director of the YMCA of Greater Houston)

The first modern triathlon was held in 1974 in San Diego. In 2000, triathlon became an Official Olympic Sport for the first time as part of the Sydney Olympic Games. Since then, it has been recognized as one of the fastest growing sports in the world. And, kids triathlons have been an important part of this trend.

In 2009, Kids Triathlon (a 501(c)3 entity) helped organize its first triathlon for kids in Jacksonville, FL. Nearly 500 youth (ages 5 to 15) participated, making it the largest first-time kids triathlon ever held. The First Coast Kids Triathlon continued to grow over the next 3 years to more than 1,700 participants in 2011 becoming the largest kids triathlon in the USA.

This success attracted the attention of USATriathlon (the governing body of the sport in the U.S. under the auspices of the U.S. Olympic Committee), the NFL PLAY60 initiative, and the YMCA. Together, these organizations pooled resources to expand the event into Nashville in 2011. Over the ensuing years, Kids Triathlon, Inc. grew into the largest kids triathlon series in the world with events in six cities and more than 8,000 participants in 2014.

The first Houston Kids Triathlon was held in April 2012 and has grown every year. The Houston Texans and the YMCA of Greater Houston were Founding Partners of the event. In 2014, the Houston Kids Triathlon became the largest kids triathlon in the world and more than 3,000 participants are expected for 2018.

In 2015, the event officially became the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. In the true spirit of Texas, it continued to be the same great event – only bigger and better.

For more information on Kids Triathlon, Inc. and on kids triathlon events in other cities, click here.

Media credentials are available for race weekend as well as for what kids are doing to prepare for the big race. Please utilize the information below to reach out to us, and we will do everything possible to help.

Tom Gildersleeve, Event Director
Kids Triathlon, Inc.
Email:  tgildersleeve@comcast.net
Phone: (904) 610-9921

Contact Us
Because the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon is organized largely through a group of volunteers, we do not have a permanent, physical address in the Houston area. For this reason, it is easiest to contact us through either email or phone and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Race Director
 Chris Reese
 Email:  Chris.KidsTriathlon@gmail.com
 Phone: 904.448.2464

Event Director
 Tom Gildersleeve
 Email: Tgildersleeve@comcast.net
 Phone: 904.610.9921

Group & Team Coordinator
 Lagenia Clark
 Email: LageniaC@comcast.net
 Phone:  281.830.5411

Event Organizer
 Shelda Moll
 Email: SheldaMoll@yahoo.com
 Phone:  904.448.2114