FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — The HITS Triathlon series hits the road and Lake Marble Falls on April 25-27, but only two days — Saturday and Sunday — are scheduled for racing.
The HITS Triathlon holds events across the country as participants earn points in the overall standings or just compete in one event. The series culminates with a HITS National Championship in Palm Springs, Calif., in December.
One of the things that sets the HITS event in Marble Falls apart is, instead of just one or two distances, it offers athletes four distances from sprint to full.
Even those not jumping into Lake Marble Falls, hopping on a bike or lacing up their running shoes can find something to do at the HITS Triathlon. The event includes the HITS Fitness Expo on each day (2-7 p.m. April 25, 6 a.m.-midnight April 26 and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27.)
Lakeside Park, 100 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls, and Scott & White Medical Center, located just west of the U.S. 281 and Texas 71 intersection, serve as the epicenters for the event. The competitors start at Lakeside Park with the swim and transition to the bike ride before heading out of town.
When the competitors switch to the running portion after the bike ride, they won’t have to return to Marble Falls to lace up their shoes. Instead, they will complete the bike portion at the Scott & White facility south of Marble Falls and take off on the run from there.
The run, and thus triathlons, also finish at the medical facility.
The event does send many athletes onto area roads, so drivers are asked to be aware and patient. The course includes cyclists on U.S. 281 heading south out of town and Texas 71 going west of the 281-71 intersection and returning to the hospital parking lot. In the full and half distances, cyclists also will be on FM 3347 and RR 962.
The running portions will be on Texas 71 west of the 281-71 intersection.
On April 26, the competitors in the half and full distances hit the lake at 7 a.m. with the bike leg immediately following their exit from the water.
On April 27, the sprint competitors start going at 7 a.m. with the Olympic distance athletes following at 7:40 a.m.
The full triathletes are tackling a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. The half is, well, half those distances. So on Saturday, drivers can expect some competitors to be on the roads throughout most of the day.
Go to hitstriathlonseries.com/marble-falls-tx for more information on the event or a look at the course maps.