Tri Tyler Half in Tyler, TX
Race Type: Triathlon
Distance: 70.3 (Half-Ironman)
Very well organized race. Small, but doesn’t feel like a small race. Great tune-up opportunity and early enough in the season that it’s a good benchmark race.
Neutral. The race site is southeast of Tyler. You could theoretically drive out there the morning of the race if you got on the road by 4:00, but it’s better to stay the night before in Tyler. Plenty of low-cost hotels nearby.
Swim was nice and goes parallel to the shore. Wetsuit legal this year. The half distance starts a little before the shorter distances but you’ll likely find that you’re swimming over and around slower swimmers from those events as you approach the finish.
The bike is 100K and not 56 miles, so the total race distance is actually 76.3. The bike course is pretty hilly with several climbs which will find you in the easiest gear you have. Several screaming downhills too. The road can be rough in spots too. Prepare to fend for yourself with bike course nutrition. I think there were only 4 aid stations on the bike, and I don’t recall that they had anything other that they had anything other than water.
The run is 4 loops, which is great for practicing your run pacing. I ran each loop progressively faster. Flat run course and it can get hot if it’s a sunny day.
Nice spring day. Started in the mid-50s but warmed quickly into the low 80s on the run. Sunny and light wind.
Was the weather normal? Yes
MISC HELPFUL INFO
Link to Garmin/Polar/Etc. Course File:
Great race…sort of an odd distance which actually makes it nice if you’re using this as a tune-up race. Probably not a destination race for a first-timer. Very light crowd support so don’t expect a big production. But if you’re looking for a solid low-key race, definitely put this on your list!
ABOUT THE SWAG
SWAG Rating: 2
About the SWAG:
I’m not big on swag so it didn’t bother me. Decent pull-over long-sleeve jacket and that was about it.
Spectator Friendliness Rating: 5
4 loop run makes it very spectator friendly for the swim and run. Bike course is not good for spectators since it’s a lot of 2-lane country roads.
Submitted by: Chris Kraft