Seven feet below safe
Tri again: Drought-ravaged Lake Houston forces Tri Girls to cancel swim portionof Sunday triathlon
Chalk another victim up to the state's raging drought.
One of the most popular entry-level triathlons in our area, the Tri Girl Sports Sprint Triathlon at Lake Houston, reluctantly found itself succumbing to Mother Nature's evil clutches for this year's race, scheduled for Sunday.
"After meeting with the parks officials, we are cancelling the swim portion of the triathlon," race director Carrie Godfrey posted on the Tri Girl Sports website.
The swim portion — the event's first leg — is particularly important. It often serves to thin out and separate the packs of competing athletes in the popular pastime of triathlons.
"[We] went to the race site today and attempted to walk into the lake," Godfrey continued. "The lake is currently seven feet below 'normal' level. There are plans to refill the lake with water from Lake Conroe; however, this action will not take place until after the race."
"When [we] walked over 100 yards into the lake, the water was only calf deep," she said. "The lake floor was scattered with objects that would be dangerous to bare feet (clam shells, fish hooks, etc)."
The statistics — and the race directors — don't lie. Lake Houston is abnormally low and there will be no triathletes merrily trouncing its surface this year.
"Since we were not willing to walk through the mud in our bare feet and dodge the objects, we cannot ask the same of our athletes. We feel it would be unsafe and the parks officials requested that we not allow the swim portion."
The swim portion will be replaced with a one-mile run, effectively changing the event from a triathlon into a duathlon.