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 Mike Beckman of the Houston Lions Club. While your kids can check out the Natural Playground with rocks, water feature, large sand play area and a labyrinth. 

If you sign up after September 8th, you will not get a T-Shirt. 

This event is limited to 300 participants.

Registration Fees

Kayak Closed

Canoe Closed

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

Relay Closed

Relay teams are back this year!

Kayak - Rental Closed

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

Canoe - Rental Closed

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 September 1st no rentals are available.

Relay - Rental Closed

Relay teams are back this year! After September 1st no rentals are available. Your team can choose between renting a Kayak or Canoe during the sign up process.

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Event Schedule

  • September 23 6:00 AM CDT - Race day registration opens: walk up registration is $70 and does not include a t-shirt

  • September 23 8:30 AM CDT - Race Start

  • September 23 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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