Get ready to hit the trails or race a triathlon!

It used to be that races pretty much dried up when the summer heat came along in Central Texas. Not so anymore. Endurance athletes have plenty of options to choose from as summer begins, including triathlons, trail races and more. Here are some highlights of upcoming events:

  • The River’s Edge  Trail Race 50K, 25K, 10M, 5M, and 1M trail run takes place on Saturday, May 25 at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. There is a staggered race start from 7: 30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Taking advantage of the park’s trail system, the course features scenic and single-track dirt trails linking multiple parks together as runners hug the banks of the San Gabriel River.
  • The CapTex Triathlon kicks off at 7:00  a.m. on Monday, May 27 at Auditorium Shore and features three events: Rookie Distance – 300m swim, 12.3 mile bike, 2 mile run; Sprint Distance – 750m swim, 12.3 mile bike and 3.1 mile run; and Olympic Distance – 1500m swim, a 24.3 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. The race begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake  followed by the bike course which takes athletes down historic Congress Avenue. The run  course goes up Riverside Drive and through Butler Park before concluding with an out-and-back leg on South First Street to Auditorium Shores.
  • A longtime Austin favorite, Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run 5K is an evening run, starting at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. This year’s course starts at Auditorium Shores before heading  downtown, continuing alongside Lady Bird Lake and the Butler Trail on Cesar Chavez and finishes by looping around at MoPac and returning to Auditorium Shores.
  • Luling is proud to present the Thumpin’ 5K on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 a.m. The 5K course is three laps around Zedler Park on an unpaved route.
  • Texas Trail Running Festival Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K is set Saturday, June 8 at Krause Springs in Spicewood. There is a staggered race start from 7: 00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The single-track event features Krause Springs, one of Texas’ best swimming holes. Plan on making a day out of it with swimming, live music, outdoor movies, free prize giveaways, food trucks, games, family and kids zone, bounce houses.
  • Dive into the 17th Annual Lake Pflugerville Triathlon at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 at Lake Pflugerville. The event features a sprint race and an Olympic distance race. The Sprint distance is a 500-meter swim; 13.2-mile bike ride; and a 3-mile run around the lake on a flat crushed granite trail. The Olympic distance is the same course, but participants will do two laps of each leg.