Race Is First in America At a Crystal Clear Lagoon
(Texas City, Texas – Racers as far away as San Antonio were in Texas City in late October to participate in the Lago Mar Aquathon & 5K — the first time ever a multi-sport event has been hosted in a crystal clear lagoon in the United States.
The aquathon consisted of a 400-yard point-to-point swim followed by a 5K run for ages 12 and up. A youth aquathon and a 5K road run were also held. All events ended at the Lago Mar lagoon where participants and spectators enjoyed the community’s Oktober Lagoonfest celebration.
“It was an amazing event and we were pleased to see participants brave the colder weather that came through to take part in what I think will make a huge difference in multi-sport racing,” said event organizer Chris McWatters of Bayou City Tri Series. “Holding our event at the Lago Mar lagoon solves the problem of low visibility swim courses, providing a safe environment for racers. We are proud to organize this historic event as the first-ever sporting event on a crystal clear lagoon in America.”
Male and female first-, second- and third-place overall winners were awarded for the aquathon and separate 5K race.
The aquathon’s top finishing male was Thomas Street of Katy with an overall time of 28:07.2. James Caron of Sugar Land finished second with a time of 29:39.6 and Raul Gutierrez of Houston placed third with a time of 31:55.5. Finishing first among the female racers was Claire Barrie of Houston with a time of 29:01.3. Moriah Dowding of Houston finished the aquathon in 31.14.1 minutes to place second. The third-place finisher was Trisha Stavinoa of San Antonio with a time of 31.33.9.
The top 5K racers were, in order, Christopher Hanton, Steve Sievert and Carlos Serrano.
“We were so pleased with this aquathon, that next year we’re aiming to host a full-blown Olympic Distance Triathlon,” McWatters said. “We’ve already started working on the logistics and will hopefully know what the next race will be by early next year.”
The Lago Mar lagoon measures 12 acres and is the largest in Texas, largest in the nation by shoreline perimeter and the longest in the United States. It offers a mile of shoreline — more than any other Crystal Lagoons amenity in the nation. It holds 24 million gallons of water and the lagoon’s liner system is large enough to cover the entire Houston Galleria mall or 14 NFL football fields. The lagoon surface is equivalent to an approximate 1,350 home swimming pools.
“It’s hard to imagine just how big this lagoon is until you see it,” said Uri Man, Chief Executive Officer of The Lagoon Development Company. “The lagoon being part of a master-planned community helps to promote a healthy active lifestyle. What we are creating here in Lago Mar is going to be the ultimate destination for family fun. I’m happy to see it can also be of service to multi-sport athletes looking for a cool and safe environment in which to compete.”