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Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

The Woodlands Texas Ironman 2016

The sixth annual Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas was held May 14, 2016 in The Woodlands. TWE! 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 is also host to several other annual sporting including Run Thru The Woods, 10 For Texas, The Muddy Trails 5K, The Woodlands Marathon, the CB&I Triathlon, as well as a wide assortment of festivals, concerts, and more. The Ironman competition is estimated to generate about $20 million in economic investment to The Woodlands area.


Do you want to participate in the Memorial Hermann IronMan Texas? Register here.

iron man competition 2011 the woodlands texasAn 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. * Note: the 2016 bike course has been shortened to 94 miles. See more detail below.


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 2016 Ironman Texas race results here.

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IronMan Texas Course 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 down the Lake Woodlands waterway system before finishing at Town Green Park, which will serve as the transition area.

Bicycle Race
For 2016, the bike course has faced a number of challenges which have modified it significantly from previous years. Not only have road construction projects impacted the routes used in the past, but just weeks before IronMan Texas, torrential flooding rains fell on the area, and a significant part of the intended route in Harris County and specifically the Spring Creek Greenway was found to have washed away during the flooding. Due to the late occurrence of this severe weather impact and inability to find additional mileage, a 94-mile bike course will be used on race day.


As such, the new course will start out at Town Green Park, then go right on Lake Robbins, right on Six Pines, right on Timberloch, left on Grogan’s Mill, right on Sawmill Road and exit The Woodlands for Spring. Next, riders will turn left on Sawdust Road, right on S Park Drive, left on Westridge Road, right on Budde Road, left on Pruitt Road, right on I-45 southbound feeder, and southward into Harris County. Next, they will turn right on Crossington Way, right on Energy Dr, left on Springwoods Village Parkway, left on Holzwarth Road, right onto the Grand Parkway feeder, left u-turn over Grand Parkway, left on Grand Parkway feeder, right on I-45 feeder, left on Spring Stuebner, right on W Hardy Road, left on Caroline, right on Aldine Westfield, left on Spring Creek Drive, right on Birnamwood Boulevard (counter-flow), left on Cypresswood Drive (counter-flow), left on Loop under Cypresswood at Equestrian Center, left on Cypresswood Drive (correct flow), right on FM 1960, right on Hardy Toll Road feeder/Hardy Road, left u-turn on Hardy Road, right on FM 1960, right on Cypress Slough (Cypress Preserve Park), right on I-45 feeder, right on Spring Park Center, left on Spring Point Drive, right on E Cypresswood Drive, right on to the exit towards Hardy Road, left on W Hardy Road, left on East Louetta Road, right on Lexington Road, left on Spring Cypress Road, right on I-45 feeder and veer right towards the u-turn under I-45, then left on u-turn under I-45, right on Spring Stuebner Road, right on Northcrest Drive, left on W Rayford Road, right on Augusta Pines Parkway, left on Augusta Pines Drive, right on Strake, and back into The Woodlands. Then turning right on Creekside Green Drive, left on Creekside Forest Drive, left on Blairs Way, left on Wendtwoods, right on Creekside Green Drive, right on Kuykendahl Road, exiting The Woodlands again before turning right on Hufsmith-Kuykendahl Road, right on Stanolind Road, right on FM 2978, right on FM 2920, right on Snook Lane, left on Hufsmith Rd (turns into Brown Rd), right on FM 249, right on Zion, and merging left into E Hufsmith Road, before going south on Hufsmith Kuykendahl. From there, it will be a right on Stuebner-Airline, right on FM 2920, right on FM 2978, coming back into Montgomery County and finally re-entering The Woodlands again with a right on Greenmoor Drive, right on May Valley Circle, right on May Valley Drive, right on W Branch Crossing Drive, right on Ashlane Way, right on McBeth Way, right on Woodlands Parkway, right on Flintridge Drive, right onto S Panther Creek Drive, right on Woodlands Parkway once more, a 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.


Foot Race
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 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. Following along the shores of Lake Woodlands, runners will turn left on Majesty Road, 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. Additional course details are available on the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas Web site.


maps for the ironman swim course, bike course and run course

* These Maps are not scaled and only offer an approximation of the routes. Larger IronMan Texas maps are available for download: Swim Course - Bike Course - Run Course. Congratulations to all those that completed this fantastic event! TWE! is looking forward to the 2016 IronMan Texas.

For detailed information regarding traffic impacts before, during and after the Ironman Texas, check out the official Ironman Texas Traffic Impact document for 2016 for reference, or call the traffic hotline at 346 225-6109 the day of the race.

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Would you like to volunteer to help out with the Ironman Texas? Thousands of volunteers are needed in order to make the Ironman Texas a successful, fun event for participants, spectators, and area residents and businesses. Visit the official Ironman Texas Volunteer information page to register as a volunteer. Do you want to participate in the Memorial Hermann IronMan Texas? Register here.

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