This “doable”, non-swimming triathlon is set in the Root River valley in scenic Bluff Country.  

The first triathlon was held 1998 by the City of Houston. Participation is open to men and women of every age (young people of 17 years and younger with the consent of their guardian).

Participants begin by canoeing or kayaking 6.8 miles down river from Houston to Mound Prairie. Then they hop on their bikes for an 7.9 mile road-ride back to Houston. Some hills  “en route” are challenging and demand an extra effort.  The race wraps up with a 3 mile, fairly level run, starting on the Root River trail and then through the streets of Houston. 

The finish is at the Band Shell in beautiful Trailhead Park where the award ceremony will take place around noon by Mayor Connie Edwards of Houston. While your kids can check out the Natural Playground with rocks, water feature, large sand play area and a labyrinth. 

Sign up before May 7th to get your race shirt!

This event is limited to 400 participants.

Registration Fees

Kayak

Closed
May 15 - Apr 30 $50.00
May 1 - May 16 $60.00

Canoe

Canoes require two participants. If you don't have a partner, one will be assigned.

Closed
May 15 - Apr 30 $50.00
May 1 - May 16 $60.00

Relay

Relay teams are back this year!

Closed
May 15 - Apr 30 $90.00
May 1 - May 16 $110.00

Kayak - Rental

Select this registration if you would like to borrow a kayak for the event. After May 1st no rentals are available.

Sold Out
May 15 - Apr 30 $80.00
May 1 - May 16 $95.00

Canoe - Rental

Select this registration if you would like to borrow a canoe for the event. If you rent the canoe, your partner should choose the regular canoe option. After May 1st no rentals are available.

Sold Out
May 15 - Apr 30 $80.00
May 1 - May 16 $95.00

Relay - Rental

Relay teams are back this year! After May 1st no rentals are available.

Closed
May 15 - Apr 30 $120.00
May 1 - May 1 $140.00

Race Results Provided By:

Check your 2016 Root River Triathlon results here!

Event Schedule

  • May 21 6:00 AM CDT - Race day registration opens: walk up registration is $70 and does not include a t-shirt

  • May 21 8:30 AM CDT - Race Start

  • May 21 12:00 PM CDT - Awards Ceremony (after the last finisher)

Contact Information

Event Location

Houston Nature Center, West Plum Street, Houston, MN, United States

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