By DAVID SWEARINGEN
STEPHENVILLE (September 15, 2016) – So you think that you want to compete in a triathlon?
First, you need to know that there are different levels of triathlons. The entry level triathlon is the Sprint Triathlon. Next is the Olympic level, and finally, the Ironman level. The different levels have the same events, but the distances in the particular events get longer at each level. In these events, the same doping rules apply that apply to the World Olympic Triathlons. The Cross Timbers Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned race so all USAT rules will apply.
The Cross Timbers Sprint Triathlon (CTST) is the brainchild of local Stephenville resident, Steve Monson. This year’s event will be the 9th Annual Cross Timbers Sprint Triathlon. Steve has been a resident of the area for well over 30 years. He graduated from Cleburne High School in 1967 and from Tarleton State University in 1971. He has been married 32 years to Ronda Monson, who currently teaches third grade and has taught in Stephenville for 32 years. Steve has personally completed about 10 triathlons himself.
The CTST is a reverse triathlon, so the traditional order of events will be reversed. Competitors will run a 5k, then bike 13.6 miles, then swim 300 yards. The 5k run and the 13.6 mile bike event will both start at the corner of Rome and W. Vanderbilt Streets by Tarleton’s Wisdom Gym. The 300-yard pool swim will be at the TSU Wisdom Gym Pool located across from the 5k and 13.6 mile race start. Race entrants will park on the east side of the Tarleton State University Football Stadium. Staging area will be directly across from the TSU Wisdom Gym Pool.
The race begins at 8 a.m., rain or shine. This race would not be possible if not for the 40 or more TSU students that volunteer to help at this event.
Athletes need to register sooner rather than later as the race date is quickly approaching. The entry fee is $55 on or before 5 days prior to race date and $65 afterwards, beginning at midnight on the 4th day prior to race day and through the day of the race.
You can enter online at www.active.com, or via the CTST website (crosstimberssprinttriathlon.com): click the registration tab to print and scan/email or snail mail your entry to Steve Monson, PO Box 1967, Stephenville, Texas 76401. USAT requires either current membership or day pass for a fee of $12 (this is in addition to the registration fee) due upon check in at the race along with the completion of a liability waiver from USAT. The waiver will be provided for you at check in. Race entrants will receive a race t-shirt (if entered 7 days before race day), free lunch and prizes.
Please DO NOT mail paper entries after Sept. 19. Online entries close at midnight on Sept. 23. Participants can receive a $10 discount on their entry fee if the are a prior year entrant. The running routes and the biking routes can be viewed on the website.
Packet Pickup will be at Grumps Restaurant, 1645 W. South Loop, in Stephenville, between 7 and 9 p.m. the day before the race, Sept. 23. Or packets can be picked up on race day (Sept. 24) at the TSU Swimming Pool from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Entries will be accepted on race day, but you will not be guaranteed a CTST t-shirt. A briefing on race details will be at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 at the corner of Rome and W. Vanderbilt Streets by the TSU Wisdom Gym. The TSU Pool is also located in the Wisdom Gym.
Steve is a big fan of the triathlon and said he had a strong desire to bring this event to the Stephenville community. This year’s event will be the 9th annual and awards will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each of the men’s and women’s divisions, with the exception of the Clydesdale and Athena divisions where only first place will be awarded.
Thank you to Amanda Akins for her photos from last year’s triathlon. Steve Monson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-680-4876 for any questions.