2019 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital
Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28
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 2019 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 sixth 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

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 read more about 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 2008. Click here to learn more.

The Houston Texans and Kids Triathlon, Inc. are proud to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital on the 2019 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 course map!

Free parking will be available in the Blue Lot of NRG Stadium for all participants, spectators, and volunteers with a PRINTED parking pass for the event. A $12 fee will apply without a pass. Please enter the Blue Lot at gates 8 or 9 off of Kirby Drive.

Click here to download and print parking pass!

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 27 and 28. 

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.

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. We offer a discounted room rate at our partner hotel.

Hotel information:

Holiday Inn – NRG / Med Center
8111 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Kids Triathlon – Attendees Room Block
Call: 1-866-644-0370
Block Code: K9D

Please click below to review each of the three important pre-race emails that were set our to participants.

Email #1
Junior Email #2 | Senior Email #2

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.

The Houston Texans are proud to help build a generation of healthy, active, and responsible kids.

To learn more about PLAY 60, click here.

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 2019 event: 

  • Lagenia Clark (Founder of Justin’s Triumph)
  • Shelda Moll (Leader of Kids Triathlon, Inc.)
  • Adrienne Saxe (Director, Community Development for the Houston Texans)
  • Heidi Brasher (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 2019.

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

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