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2010 Clear Lake International Triathlon proves Houston knows how to host a race

Crossing the finish line at the 2010 Clear Lake International Triathlon after a long race.
Crossing the finish line at the 2010 Clear Lake International Triathlon after a long race.
Kelly Smith, www.runningacrosstexas.com

For yet another year the Clear Lake Triathlon has given local and visiting athletes an excellent venue to strut their stuff. The event consisted of two events, a sprint distance and an Olympic distance. The swim was in the lovely brown, shallow water of Clear Lake and the first wave went off promptly at 7:00 AM on Saturday, August 28.

The Olympic consisted of a 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and a 10K run. The sprint distances were .5K, 20K, and 5K respectively. Both events were flat and fast, except for the bike, which took riders over the Kemah Bridge. It's hard to enjoy the view when you're in oxygen debt.

Not surprisingly, both events filled up well before race day, which filled all available parking to capacity. The toughest thing about the race was the Texas heat, not bad on the swim and bike, but it really ramped up for the run, especially for the triathletes doing the Olympic distance.

The official results haven't been posted yet, but follow this link for Clear Lake Triathlon photo coverage. Want another taste of the Kemah Bridge, this time on foot? There's still time to register for the 2010 Toughest 10K, which is slated for September 18. And yes, it will still be hot.

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