Friday, March 26, 2010

100 More Spots added to Rookie Tri

The Rookie is just about full.  Don't panic if you have not signed up yet.  We have been able to make an agreement with the Texas Ski Ranch that, when coupled with the course improvements, will allow the venue to hold 100 more participants.  So, if you forgot to sign up there is still time.  However, we don't expect these 100 extra spots to hang around for long.

Other Rookie Updates

  • We just order 1100 water bottles.  Each finisher will receive a souvenir bottle filled with ice cold water at the finish line.
  • We've got a new tech tee provider this year, and we just received the Rookie test print and the shirt is great:  Check out the design below:
  • The awards will be license plates just like the t-shirt. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Team LIVESTRONG at The AVIA Austin Triathlon

We don’t live in the same city or compete in the same events, but we’re one team. What unite us are hope, courage and determination. We are more than one. We ride. Run. Walk. Swim. We fight. We are the cyclist facing a long uphill climb in honor of his mother. We are the runner finishing a first marathon in memory of her brother. We are the cancer survivor crossing a 5k finish line after completing treatment. Whatever your strengths, whatever your goal, whatever your personal battle, you can make a difference. We are more than one. Join us in the unfinished fight at

Sign up for the Austin Tri, participate with Team LIVESTRONG, and raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) and the fight against cancer. The LAF is an official partner of The Austin Triathlon. Reserved spots are available at the early registration rate for Team LIVESTRONG. Team members will race in LAF gear and have access to their own personal webpage as well fundraising tools and sample materials online, all of which will help make meeting the fundraising goal easy so they can concentrate on the real challenge - training for the tri. Click here for more info.

The History of Generic

A lot of people will tell you that they think the name "Jack's Generic Triathlon" is very clever or funny. You might even agree, but do you know why? Here's the story behind the name and the theme:

Jack's Generic Triathlon was founded by Jack Murray in 2003, at a time when he thought many triathlons had forgotten about the participants. Events had become so focused on getting big sponsors, accommodating pro athletes, and trying to look good that they sometimes neglected the actual product - the race. Athletes ended up paying more, but their racing experience was actually less. Jack had the idea to put on a race with very little pomp & circumstance, yet at the core be a great race. It would be well organized, safe, good value, and of course, fun. From the outside, it wouldn't look terrific, but the participant experience would be great. It reminded him of the generic isle at the supermarket: It's the same quality products, sometimes even better, but you don't have to pay for the fancy packaging. And hence, the name Jack's Generic Triathlon was born.

While today, more than 7 years after the first Jack's Generic Triathon (JGT as we call it), our races do have a lot more fancy packaging, but at their core they still try to preserve the values of Jack's Generic. Each race is designed, planned, and priced with you, the everyday triathlete in mind.

Rookie Course Improvements

The 2010 edition of The Rookie Triathlon will feature some course improvements that should create a better experience for all on race day. First, we have order several cubic yards of sand that will be placed at the swim exit. The sand will make a much nicer exit from the water and it should really help to keep the bottom mud from getting stirred up by all the swimmers. This will keep everyone looking good for their race photos. Second, the finish line will be moved to the south side of the cable lake. This creates many advantages, the most significant being the elimination of the pre & post race "people jams" around the finish line. The run finish will now cirlce the cable lake before entering the finish chute. Detailed maps of the course improvements can be found on the course section of the website.