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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 May 4th, you will not get a T-Shirt. 

This event is limited to 400 participants.


Online registration is now closed, we will have walk up registration available on race morning!

Registration fees 179 spots remaining

Kayak Limited spots available

    1. $55.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $60.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

Canoe / 2 Person Kayak Limited spots available

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

    1. $55.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $60.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

Relay Limited spots available

Relay teams are back this year!

    1. $125.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $130.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

Kayak - Rental Limited spots available

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

    1. $90.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $95.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

Canoe - Rental Limited spots available

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.

    1. $90.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $95.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

Relay - Rental Limited spots available

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

    1. $160.00
      May 19 - Jun 1
    2. $165.00
      Jun 2 - May 14
      Register

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Event Schedule

  • May 18 6:00 AM CDT - Race day registration opens: walk up registration is $70 and does not include a t-shirt

  • May 18 8:30 AM CDT - Race Start

  • May 18 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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