Sunday, November 8, 2009

2009 Texas Tri Series Finished

The 2009 Texas Tri Series wrapped up with the annual Finisher Party at Pure Austin Quarry Lake. Christina Chien and Yancy Arrington received top honors as the overall women's and men's winners. Dan Kirkley was the lucky winner of the New Belgium Brewery Cruiser Bike from amongst the other all star volunteer candidates. Winners of the grand prize of free entries to all of the 2010 events were Brian Dodson, Nancy Edmonds, Heather Herrick, and Julie Wolf.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Categories for Couples Triathlon

We've switched up the categories for 2010. We've add a bunch of new categories in order to split up some of the larger groups. The awards will following the new categories. The categories for 2010 are as follows:
Friends - Male
Mostly Strangers - Male

Friends - Female
Mostly Strangers - Female

Friends - Mixed
Mostly Strangers - Mixed
More than Friends

Newlyweds (married less than 5 years)
Mid-life Crisis (married 5 to 15 years)
Golden Years (married more than 15 years)

Father & Son
Father & Daughter
Mother & Daughter
Mother & Son


Individual Male
Individual Female

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Austin Tri Recycles 90% of all trash

The Austin Triathlon was able to recycle 90% of all the trash generated at the event. Many thanks to all of the event staff and volunteers who made this possible.

The Austin Triathlon has planned carefully to reduce the amount waste created at this event. Food items are designed to be hand held, requiring very little serving dishes or plates and all beverages are served in recylable containers. In addition, The Austin Triathlon is one of the first events in Austin to removed bottled water from the event. Instead of plastic bottled water, each participant received a souvenier reusable bike bottle filled with City of Austin water. Participants could re-fill the bottle at one of the many water moster stations.

Check out our recycling report for the facts.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cunningham, Ficker win AVIA Austin Triathlon

Austin, TX – Local professional triathletes Richie Cunningham and Desiree Ficker win the 3rd annual AVIA Austin Triathlon.

Richie Cunningham dominated the event by leading right from the gun. Andrew Yoder mounted an early charge on the bike but was forced to drop due to illness. Cunningham cruised through the 10 kilometer run to win by a margin of 3 minutes. James Cotter and James Bales grabbed second and third place, respectively.

Desiree Ficker and Kelly Handel treated everyone to a show with a competitive race throughout. Ficker used a strong bike and run to overcome the deficit to Handel after the swim. Terra Castro rounded out the podium to make it a trio of Austin women.

2000 participants and thousands of spectators enjoyed the beautiful weather and Austin’s hospitality. All were welcome at the renowned post race carnival.  The Austin Triathlon is annually held on Labor Day in the heart of downtown Austin. High Five Events is proud to partner with AVIA and Jack & Adam’s Bicycles to produce this event. Visit for more information.

  1. Richie Cunningham 1:53:26
  2. James Cotter 1:56:29
  3. James Bales 1:57:55
  4. Derek Yorek 1:58:22
  5. Paul Terranova 2:00:09
  6. Joe Thorne 2:01:27
  7. Derick Williamson 2:03:14
  8. Lon Breitenbach 2:04:17
  9. Todde Withycombe 2:04:24
  10. Dion Harrison 2:05:18
  1. Desiree Ficker 2:06:21
  2. Kelly Handel 2:06:52
  3. Terra Castro 2:10:01
  4. Mina Pizzini 2:11:12
  5. Tracy Robertson 2:11:19
  6. Sierra Snyder 2:11:57
  7. Jolene Wilkinson 2:15:36
  8. Natasha Van Der Merwe 2:18:34
  9. D’Ann Arthur 2:19:06
  10. Lianne Evans 2:19:15
About High Five Events
High Five Events is a multi-sport event production company and the official race director for Jack & Adam’s Bicycles events. High Five Events produces many of the largest triathlons in Texas, including The Austin Triathlon and the Texas Tri Series, and provides event management consulting and equipment leasing services to over 30 events per

About Jack and Adam’s Bicycles
Located in Austin, TX, Jack and Adam’s Bicycles is a complete triathlon and road cycling store. Founded in 2004, it has been voted Best Triathlon Store in Texas every year since its inception. The store is renowned for its friendly service, incredible product support, and community involvement.

About American Sporting Goods
AVIA is a leading supporter of the sport of triathlon. It’s sponsorships include the AVIA Wildflower Triathlon and an entire team of professional triathletes including Kenny Souza, Scott Tinley, Conrad Stoltz, Eduardo Sturla, Heather Wurtele, Trevor Wurtele, Tyler Stewart, Amanda Felder, Angela Naeth, Alexis Smith, Steven Sexton, Wendy Mader, and Pip Taylor. Please visit American Sporting Goods (ASG) is a manufacturer of performance athletic footwear and apparel based in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Brands under the ASG umbrella include AVIA, And 1, ryk√§, Nevados, Yukon, NSS, APEX, Turntec and Triple Five Soul.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Brandon & Amy Marsh take top spots at 2010 Rookie Triathlon

The 6th annual Rookie Triathlon, held May 10th in New Braunfels, Texas, saw professional triathlete husband and wife team Brandon and Amy Marsh take first place overall for the men and women, respectively. Brandon Marsh fought off a hard charging field of pro and athletes while Amy Marsh cruised to victory with a comfortable margin. Both athletes use PureSport during their training and racing. Roughly 800 participants filled the venue at the Texas Ski Ranch for fun-filled day of swimming, cycling, and running.

The gun went off at 8 AM sharp on what would turn into a very hot and humid day. As usual, the open wave included virtually all of central Texas’s male elite athletes, including Brandon Marsh, James Bonney, Jamie Cleveland, James Bales, Jason McMillian, Derrick Williamson, Patrick Evoe, Todd Gerlach, and Paul Terranova. Amy Marsh had less company in the women’s field, with Desiree Ficker and Andrea Fisher on volunteer duty for the day. The pros and age groupers laid down some speed at the super sprint distance of a 300 meter open-water swim, an 11 mile ride through the beautiful Texas countryside, and a quick 2 mile run.

Participants, volunteers, and spectators were welcomed into finish line carnival with an iced towel and recovery drink from PureSport. The goodies continued with hamburgers, fresh fruit provided by Texas Iron, Kook Kones ice cream, New Belgium Beer, free massage from Advanced Rehab, and a souvenir bike bottle from T3, and gifts from TYR, Trigger Point, Clif, Skeese Greets, and Jack & Adam’s Bicycles.

High Five Events and Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, the producers of the event, received many compliments on the successful event, including the following from a long time participant and volunteer: “I've been coming to these events for many years. After each event I think that you have pulled off the perfect race. Then, I come again next year and the event is even more perfect. I don't know how you guys do it!"

The 2010 event is tentatively scheduled for Mother Day, May 9th. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Austin Tri named best in Texas

Competitor Texas magazine has announce The Austin Triathlon as the best triathlon in Texas for 2008. "No longer “the other” triathlon in downtown Austin, the Austin Triathlon (Labor Day Weekend) has become a favorite of Austin triathletes and those from around the state."