Tri again: HITS Triathlon to return to Marble Falls
August 22, 2013, 9:00 pm by Emily Zendt
Marble Falls hasnít seen the last of the HITS triathlon that snarled traffic on US 281 earlier this year.
The competition, which drew nearly 1,000 athletes in late April, will return next year, but this time will run a much different course designed to minimize traffic, Marble Falls City Council members decided Tuesday.
The 2014 route will send cyclists south on US 281 on one lane that will be closed to motor vehicle traffic after they complete the swim portion of the race in Lake Marble Falls.
The racers will transition from bike to on foot at the Wayne and Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center Scott & White instead of at Lakeside Park, and will continue the final portion of the competition on the shoulder of TX 71. The racers are expected to be out of Marble Falls by 10 a.m. on race day.
"It would not affect our traffic or our community after that,Ē said City Manager Ralph Hendricks, who worked with a focus group of local business owners and athletes to determine the possibility of a 2014 race.
"I attended a meeting about it and I voted for the event. I
am for it ó I think itís a good thing for the city,Ē said Paul Brady, owner of
River City Grille, who mentioned that restricting the amount of time athletes
can spend in the water before being retrieved would play a big part in cleaning
up traffic on race day.
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