Martindale Triathlon

42nd Annual Martindale Triathlon Oct. 31, 2020

The Martindale Tri is reputed to be the oldest triathlon in Texas. It is brought to you by the Texas Canoe and Kayak Racing Association.  It is unique in that the swim leg has been replaced by a paddle leg (canoe, kayak, or SUP) down the beautiful San Marcos River.  The Tri kicks off with a 7-mile run through the quaint little town of Martindale, TX.  Next up is the bike, which covers 16.5 miles of rolling hills just outside of Martindale and Staples.  Finally, a 5.5 mile paddle from Shady Grove Campground (aka Spencer Canoes) down to the 1977 bridge in Staples.  Sign up solo, as a two-person team (one person runs, the other bikes, and both paddle) or as a three-person relay (one person per leg). Join us for a day of fun, competition, and the traditional post-race meal.

Online registration will open in the spring of 2020

Visit our facebook page for the Tri here.

Important Dates



Race Day Schedule – Saturday, October 31 @ Shady Grove Campground

7:00am – 8:00am On-site race day registration

7:00am – 8:45am Race packet pickup and race check-in (ALL COMPETITORS MUST check in 30 minutes prior to race start on race day)–All racers must sign insurance waivers (We are using Paddlesport Risk Management)

8:15am Race briefing

9:00am Race start

12:30pm Meal

1:00pm Awards

Divisions are men’s, women’s, mixed (tandem and relay), and masters (over 40–all team members must be over 40 to compete in masters) in each class (solo, tandem, and relay).


ALL COMPETITORS MUST check in 30 minutes prior to race start on race day.

Start: Shady Grove Campground, 9515 FM 1979, Martindale, TX

Finish Line: Staples Bridge FM 1977

Here is a map of the course:


Race will start at 9:00 am Saturday.  Enter online or pre-register on site on Friday from 6-9pm.  Race day registration available from 7am-8am!


Need to rent a canoe or kayak? Call Holly at Paddle With Style.


Camping is also available at Shady Grove Campground. Please call them at  (512) 357-6113 to make a reservation.

Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors!!



If you are interested in sponsoring the 2019 race (and having your logo on our webpage, shirts, and flyers), please contact our race director, Patty Geisinger: