With the adult race again sold out, kids —and now dogs — still have a chance to participate in the 2012 Memorial Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon, set for Aug. 4 and 5.
This is the first year for a “Doggie Duathlon” to be added to the Bridgeland Triathlon events, which will pit dogs and their owners against other canine lovers in a 200-meter swim and a one-mile run Aug. 4.
“We got the idea from a similar event at Austin’s annual Capital of Texas triathlon, which has as many as 250 dog-and-owner teams,” says Aaron Palaian, owner and race director of Onurmark Productions, which manages the Bridgeland race. “We’re really excited to bring it to Bridgeland. There are only a few of these events around the country and I think this will be Houston’s first Doggie Duathlon.”
Dogs will be classified by weight, with Frisbees awarded to winners in each category. As with other dog events, pets must be up-to-date on shots. Dogs also must be older than four months to compete. For online registration and other event details, visit http://onurmark.net/BridgelandTri_DoggieDu.html.
Registration also is continuing for the Bridgeland Kids Triathlon, with kids as young as six competing in a 100-meter pool swim, a two-mile bike ride and a three-quarters of a mile run Aug. 4 after the Doggie Duathlon. The young participants will be split into categories: ages 6 and 7, 8 and 9, 10 and 11 and ages 12 and up. Register online at http://onurmark.net/BridgelandTri_KidsTri.html
“This is a great event for the kids,” Palaian says. “Because it’s tied to an adult triathlon, they get to experience all the hoopla of the big show.”
Plus, he and his staff — all racers — work to ensure the course is accurate and safe and the event is well funded. This year’s finishers will split a $2,500 purse and all racers and supporters will enjoy a post-event party in Bridgeland.
“The setting also is very important,” Palaian says. “Not only do racers enjoy a point-to-point swim in Bridgeland, but the transitions are great and the landscape gives the racers a country club atmosphere that inspires them to continue as they begin to tire.”
Volunteers are needed, and volunteering is a great way to experience the excitement of the event, Palaian explains. For more details, visit www.bridgelandtri.com.
Bridgeland is again setting the stage for another Memorial
Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon, a kids’ event and — for the
first time — a Doggie Duathlon