Firethorne will host two triathlons in one weekend this October with its first-ever Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series Race No. 9 for children on Saturday, October 29 at 8 a.m., followed by the 19th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, October 30 from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Both USA Triathlon-sanctioned races will be positioned in and around the 1,400-acre Firethorne residential community on FM 1463, near the crossroads of the I-10 West corridor, Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway in Katy/Fulshear.
“We are pleased to introduce the Kiwanis Kids Triathlon to Firethorne this year and welcome back the Katy Triathlon for the third year,” says Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.
Organizers expect approximately 200 participants for the children’s race and 900 in the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne coming from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and the state.
The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne encompasses a 16-mile bike race, a three-mile run and a 500-meter swim in Lake Firethorne. Rotary Club of Katy has sponsored the Katy race for more than 10 years, according to President-Elect Dr. Ralph Brock. The Club organizes more than 40 of its own member-volunteers, in addition to helpers from Cinco Ranch High School FBLA, Rotary Interact Club and Boy Scouts to orchestrate the Katy Triathlon.
The Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series Race No. 9, open to children ages 6-12 (birth years 1999-2004), will vary its course length according to birth year/age group. The swimming leg will be held in Firethorne’s new competitive lap pool. For registration for the USA Triathlon-sanctioned race, visit: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/75756.
The Sunday cycling route for adults will include sections of FM 1463 and US Hwy. 90 within the Katy city limits.
“Firethorne opened a six-lane, 25-yard-long competitive lap pool earlier this summer that is an ideal place for residents to train,” says veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.
Katy Triathlon registration is open and continues through October 25. The complete fee structure and deadlines are posted on the event website, katytriathlon.com.
The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in Katy ISD. In July, the Rotary Fund awarded $21,000 in scholarships, $1,500 each to 14 graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, call Vicki Rao, 281-391-3655.
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