AUSTIN, Texas, November 30, 2017 — High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, announces the addition of the Athena and Clydesdale divisions for the upcoming triathlon season, beginning with the 2018 Rookie Triathlon. The inclusion of the two divisions will introduce triathlon to new participants while creating more energy and competition on race day.
“I’m thrilled that High Five Events is making triathlon more approachable by introducing the Clydesdale and Athena categories to their races,” said CC Rowe, 2016 Athena Masters 70.3 National Champion. “As an active member of the national Athena community, I’m looking forward to finally being able to compete in my division in my backyard!”
On race day, athletes registered for the Athena Division must be at least 165 pounds and athletes registered for the Clydesdale Division must be at least 220 pounds. These divisions will start with their age group. For award purposes, Athenas and Clydesdales are split into two sub-groups, 39 and under and 40+ (Masters), and will be awarded first, second, or third based on their Rookie or Veteran status. The Athena and Clydesdale divisions will also be included with Jack’s Generic Triathlon and the Kerrville Triathlon Festival.
“We ask for participant feedback and one thing that’s been requested is the addition of the Athena and Clydesdale divisions,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “We believe that listening to our past and current participants will lead to an increase of new athletes excited about triathlon.”
The Rookie Tri will take place in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, May 6. This award-winning triathlon consists of a 300m swim in Decker Lake, an 11.2-mile bike ride in a protected lane around the lake, and a two-mile run through Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. Rookie Tri has an aquabike and relay options for race day. The relay team can consist of two or three members and the aquabike completes the swim and the bike only.
In addition to the new divisions, Rookie Tri has three other divisions: Rookie (first or second triathlon), Veteran (completed more than two triathlons), and Open. Rookies and Veterans start the swim in their division based on their age group, with two participants entering the water every few seconds. This keeps the divisions friendly and competitive. The Open Division allows participants to begin regardless of age, with a mass swim start. Registration is live for the 2018 Rookie Triathlon.
About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 100 years’ combined experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) for news and updates.