Practice open water swimming and more on May 4 for your upcoming triathlon

By: Woodlands Online Staff
| Published 01/19/2024


THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Woodlands Township is providing three chances to up your game for the Woodlands Triathlon. While the main event takes place on May 11, six days beforehand – on May 4 – you can take part of one, two, or three special events to help you prepare for the big race.

Township will offer Open Water Swim Day, First Timer's Clinic, and Complimentary Race Clinics

Open Water Swim Day – 8 to 10 a.m.
Practice open water swimming for a 500-meter triathlon. No instruction provided. Walk-up registration welcome. Participants will be able to swim the course as much as needed during the allotted time period. Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and The Woodlands Fire Department will be onsite. Ages 13 and up. Fee: $15

First Timer's Clinic: Race Review & Open Water Swim Practice – 8 to 10 a.m.
This course and its instructor – Sandra Sutherland, IM and USAT certified coach – educates triathletes in the fundamentals of completing sprint-distance triathlons. Participants will learn swim, bike, run, transition techniques, and maps, as well as follow a checklist for race day. Take away a weekly workout plan. Ages 13 and up. Includes Open Water Swim Day. Fee: $35 Resident; $40 Non-Resident. Preregistration required.

For more information regarding Open Water Swim Day or the First Timer’s Clinic, call 281-516-7348 or email for more information.

Complimentary Clinics include:

Finish Strong Coaching Pre-Race Meetings
Have questions about Race Day? Finish Strong Coaching will be offering informative Q&A Sessions during Open Water Swim. Pre-Race Meetings will take place at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend a Pre-Race Meeting, especially first-time triathletes. The meetings are not long, focus on safety and give competitors a chance to ask questions. The meetings will conclude with a brief transition overview including how to properly rack your bike and improve transition times.

Bikeland Flat Tire Clinics
Bikeland of The Woodlands will be offering Flat Tire Clinics during Open Water Swim at 8 and 9 a.m. Participants will be given a brief overview of how to properly manage flat tires while on the course or during other cycling activities.

To sign up for one of the Finish Strong Coaching or Bikeland Clinics listed above, please email

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