Texas IronmanWritten by The-Woodlands-Guide
The Woodlands Texas Ironman
The tenth Annual Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas previously scheduled to be run through The Woodlands on April 24 has been postponed and may now be held this fall. TWG! is excited that World Triathlon Corporation has selected The Woodlands for its Ironman Texas event as this world-class event is expected to bring major international exposure to The Woodlands as well as extended recognition for the surrounding community. As of 2015, The Woodlands Township is contracted to host Ironman Texas through 2020. The Woodlands Texas is also host to several other annual sporting including Run Thru The Woods, 10 For Texas Fun Run, The Muddy Trails 5K, The Woodlands Marathon, the Woodforest Bank Triathlon, as well as a wide assortment of festivals, concerts, and much more. The Ironman competition is estimated to generate about $20 million in economic investment to The Woodlands area.
The Woodlands Texas Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride* and a 26.2-mile run, and athletes must complete the three disciplines in succession within a 17-hour time frame. Ironman Texas competitors will begin with a swim across Lake Woodlands, entering the water at Northshore Park and finishing at Town Green Park near Market Street, which will serve as a transition area. From there athletes will begin the bike course that will take them west through The Woodlands before heading south through Spring and Harris County, and then returning to The Woodlands where the final portion is a marathon 26.2-mile run course entirely within The Woodlands that concludes with a spectacular finish at Waterway Square.
IronMan Texas Competition Outline
The point-to-point swim takes place in Lake Woodlands. Athletes will enter the water at Northshore Park and swim toward South Shore Park. After reaching the turn-around buoy, athletes will head back toward North Shore Park, turn slightly right and swim the west end of the Woodlands Waterway, exiting at Town Green Park, which will serve as the transition area to the biking portion of the race.
The bike course has incurred significant changes over the years Ironman Texas has been held in The Woodlands. As such, the new course will start out at Town Green Park, then go left on Lake Robbins, left on Grogan's Mill, right on Woodlands Parkway (where riders will ride up and back on the eastbound lanes), u-turn at Cochran's Crossing, right on Grogan’s Mill Road (which becomes Sawdust Road) and exit The Woodlands for Spring where riders will turn right on Budde Road, and left on Pruitt Road before turning right on I-45 southbound feeder, and southward into Harris County. Next, they will turn right on Springswoods Village Parkway, left on Holzwarth Road, left onto the Grand Parkway feeder, right on I-45 feeder, veer right on Spring Stuebner exit, curve left onto Spring Stuebner Road, left on Northgate Crossing Boulevard, right on Hardy Toll Road, u-turn on Hardy Toll Road (staying on the southbound side), u-turn for second loop on Hardy Toll Road, after second loop exit on Northgate Crossing, right on I-45 feeder, u-turn on I-45 feeder (contra-flow), coming back into Montgomery County and finally re-entering Spring, then The Woodlands again with a left on Pruitt Road, right on Budde Road, left on Westridge Drive, right on South Park, left on Sawdust, right on Sawmill, left on Grogan's Mill Road, and finally right on Lake Robbins Drive to finish back at Town Green Park and transition to the final, running leg of the triathlon.
The Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas will offer 75 coveted slots to the Ironman World Championship, taking place during October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Additionally, there will be a prize purse of $100,000 for distribution among the top professional male and female finishers. See the 2018 Ironman Texas race results here.
The three-loop run course takes place entirely within The Woodlands. Make a right out of the transition area on to The Waterway until the turnaround point, then left onto the trail adjacent to Grogan's Mill Road, left onto Lake Woodlands Drive, westward out of Town Center. The next left will take runners into Northshore park to follow the trail before turning left onto Panther Creek Drive, which they'll follow across until making a left onto Woodlands Parkway, eastward past South Shore Park before entering Eastshore by turning left on Lake Front Circle, and then left again onto East Shore Drive. Following along the shores of Lake Woodlands, runners will turn left on Majesty Row, right on North Bay Place, then bearing left toward the Waterway Path System. Once on the Pathway runners will turn right once on the Waterway Path System which they will follow towards the end of the Waterway Path System before turning right on Timberloch Place, then right on Woodloch Forest Drive, a left on Waterway Square Place, left on the Waterway Path System and head towards The Woodlands Mall and back towards the transition area. To complete the second and third loop continue on the Waterway Path System and follow it until the turnaround point and turn left on trail adjacent to Grogan's Mill Road. After third loop, turn right on to Waterway Square Place to reach the finish line. The bicycle course has undergone several changes each year from the original 2011 course to better accommodate vehicular traffic, as well as increase athlete safety. The running course has also seen some modifications since 2011 as the finish line has been relocated from Market Street's Central park to Waterway Square Park on The Waterway.