Root River Triathlon


Come Join Us Saturday May 21, 2016 in Houston Minnesota for our annual Lion's Root River Triathlon



Canoe 6.8 Miles
Bike 7.9 Miles
Run 3.0 Miles


Do something different this year.


This “doable”, non-swimming triathlon is set in the Root River valley in scenic Bluff Country.  


The first triathlon was held 1998 by the City of Houston. Participation is open to men and women of every age (young people of 17 years and younger with the consent of their guardian!!)


Participants begin by canoeing or kayaking 6.8 miles down river from Houston to Mound Prairie. Then they hop on their bikes for an 7.9-mile road-ride back to Houston. Some hills  “en route” are challenging (% grade) and demand an extra effort.  The race wraps up with a 3.0 mile, fairly level run, starting on the Root River trail and then through the streets of Houston. 

The finish is at the Band Shell in beautiful Trailhead Park where the award ceremony will take place around noon. (While your kids can check out the Natural Playground with rocks, water feature, large sand play area and a labyrinth. (But to name a few.)














Map of the complete Root River Triathlon

Root River height gage

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General Information

Participants will register as individuals.  Participants in canoes or double kayaks will accrue a separate time for each leg of the race.  The total time of each participant will determine his or her placing.  Singe and double kayaks and canoes will race together in all heats.  There are no seperate heats for kayaks, double kayaks or canoes.

Participants MUST wear life vests during canoeing or kayaking and helmets while biking.

Water will be available at the race start, all transitions, and every mile of the run.

The Root River bottom is sand but the shoreline may be muddy. A change of shoes is recommended.

NOTE - Registration is limited to the first 400 participants. Only 100 Canoe/ Kayak rentals are available.!

Packet Pick Up - Race Day
Check in at the registration table at the Nature Center located on West Plum Street (intersection of Hwy. 76 and Plum Street) to receive a bib number, timing chip, and t-shirt.

Final Instructions - Race Day
Get final instructions at 8:10 a.m. at the canoe staging area. Staggard canoe/kayak start with 5 minute intervals beginning at 8:30am.

Bike & canoe/kayak check in on Race-day.
You must check your bike in at the Mound Prairie Bridge transition area starting at 6:15am. Bike check-in area can only be entered from cty hwy 21 and must be exited south on cty hwy 25 and then west on hwy 16 back to Houston. This area closes promptly at 8:00 am. You cannot compete if your bike is not checked in.

Canoes, kayaks and bicycles can be retreived at at their respective transition areas after showing the bib number that is coherent with thew participants bib number.  The transsition areas will be manned until 13:30 p.m.
Those providing their own canoes/kayak, paddles & vests must check them in at the canoe start area beneath the Root River Bridge at Hwy. 76.

Public parking lots at the Nature Center, behind Farmer's Elevator on North Jefferson, behind Root River Market, and Barista's Coffee Shop.
If parking at canoe to bike leg, you must park SOUTH of Root River Bridge on County Road 25 and return to Houston on Highway 16W!!

All participants will receive a T-shirt.  Refreshments will be available at the Bandshell..

Showers are available at the Nature Center.

Gear Pick Up - Post Race

Awards Ceremony: Be sure to join your fellow competitiors at the Nature Center park shelter for the presentation of awards a half-hour after the last participant finishes at about noon. Complete race results are available at: and then follow lint to race results.

Trophies for the 1st place for overall male and female.

Medals: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each age-group.
Age groups will be 20 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, and 60 and older.

Refund Policy
"No refund, no excuses and that means YOU." In the event of inclement weather, we will make every attempt to wait for an all clear from the local Law enforcement and proceed. If after 1 hour the weather prevents us from proceeding the race may be cancelled to do an act of God.

Waiver and Release
I know that participating in a canoe/bike/run multi-sport event is a potentially hazardous activity. I assume all risks associated with participatory in this event including, but not limited to: falls; contact with other participants or spectators or the effects of the weather or water-including heat, cold, high humidity, traffic, or the conditions of the river, road surface, or trail; all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry. I, for Myself and anyone entitled to act for my behalf waive and release the Houston Lions and all other sponsors of the event, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that Liability might arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the Foregoing to use any photographs, motion picture, or record of this event for any legitimate purpose.



Additional Location Information
The canoe start will be at the Sand Dredge West of the Highway 76 Bridge over the Root River.
The 1st transition will be at the canoe-landing West of the Mound Praire Bridge on Highway 25 over the Root River
The 2nd transition will be at the Natural Playground in Trailhead Park.

The finish will be at the Bsandshell in Trailhead Park

The Award Winning Ceremony will be at the Bandshell in Trailhead Park.

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About this Houston Lions Event

The Houston Lions Club present the 17th Annual Root River Triathlon.

*Canoe/kayak 6.8 miles
*Bike 7.9 miles
*Run 3.0 miles

The motto of the Lions Club is WE SERVE.

The objectives of the Lions Club are as follows:

*To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.

*To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

*To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community.

*To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutal understanding.

*To provide a forum for open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

*To encourage service-minded women and men to serve their community without personal financial rewards, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works, and private endeavors.

All proceeds from this event benefit local and international Lions projects.

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Triathlon Pictures



Getting Instructions

Coming into Landing

Crossing Finish Line - Timing Pad

First Heat Getting Ready

Down the Root River We Go

View from Bridge on HWY 76 

Thanks for your interest in the Houston Lions Root River Triathlon

For more information, you may contact one of our members, or contact us in writing at Houston Lions Club, 409 S Sheridan Street, Houston, MN 55943

Houston Minnesota Lions Web Page

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