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Riva Row Boat House is located at 2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands, TX 77380. It is located east of the Boardwalk Apartments and south across The Waterway Town Green Park.
Lakes Edge is located at 1970 Hughes Landing Blvd. The Woodlands, TX 77380. It is located next to the Lakes Edge Apartment Complex in Hughes Landing, just south of Restaurant Row.
Riva Row Boat House offers approximately 20 parallel parking spaces along Riva Row. Suggested parking for Lakes Edge Boat House is in the Whole Foods Parking Garage in Hughes Landing.
The Boat Houses operate on a seasonal schedule. Please call 281-210-2065 for current hours of operation. The last kayak is rented approximately one hour before sunset for a one-hour rental.
Payment, a signed waiver and a valid I.D. as a deposit.
No. If a single kayak is rented, the person who signed the waiver form is the only person that can use the kayak. If a double kayak is rented, then only the two people who signed the waiver form can use the kayak. Thus, there is no transferring of kayak or SUP rentals among people in a group. Please note: the Riva Row Boat House does offer group rates.
Yes. The boat houses do not rent or sell any fishing gear, so be sure to bring your own.
If thunder is heard or lightning is seen, then kayak operations will be closed until 30 minutes has passed with neither thunder nor lightning occurring. If you and your party are out on the lake, then go to Northshore, Southshore, The Cove, or Lakes Edge Boat House and find shelter until the weather passes.
First, check the weather before visiting either Boat House and be sure to bring what you will need; jacket, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. The boat houses sell water and sports drinks only, so come prepared for your trip. Due to the nature of kayaking, you can expect to get wet and may want to bring a towel or extra change of clothes with you. Riva Row Boat House offers small lockers, but patrons must bring their own locks.
Reservations can be made for both Boat Houses at www.rivarowboathouse.com or www.lakesedgeboathouse.com.
Yes! Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are simple to operate and our friendly staff will go over proper paddling and steering techniques before you leave the dock.
Riva Row Boat House offers 30 tandem kayaks; some can hold up to 450 pounds and others can hold up to 950 pounds. Typically, this would be two adults and possibly a small child. There also are 26 single kayaks in various lengths and 10 SUPs, with a 350-pound weight capacity. Lakes Edge Boat House offers 6 tandems that will hold up to 500 lbs and 4 solo kayaks that will hold up to 325 lbs.
You are allowed anywhere on Lake Woodlands. Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are not allowed in the upper Waterway. Public docks are located at Northshore and Southshore Parks, The Cove and in Hughes Landing.
No, the Boat House has life jackets for all sizes, including for your dog! If you have your own personal life jacket, it can be used provided it is U.S. Coast Guard approved. All people renting kayaks/SUPs from the Boat House must wear a life jacket at all times.
Most of the kayaks are large enough to hold small bags or coolers (no glass or alcohol, please). Riva Row Boat House offers small lockers for you to store items that you might not want to get wet. Please bring your own lock, as locks are not provided by the Riva Row Boat House. Riva Row Boat House is not responsible for lost or stolen items. The stand-up paddle boards have limited storage. We recommend leaving large bags, purses or valuables locked securely off-site. Lakes Edge Boat House does not offer personal storage or lockers but small items can be taken on the kayak.
Yes, dogs are allowed to ride in the kayaks.Dogs ride for no additional charge. A limited number of life jackets are available for dogs. Dogs are not allowed on the SUPs or swan boats.
No, the facility you rent from is the same facility you must return your equipment to (except during weather or medical emergencies). Remember, a photo ID or credit card is left as a deposit at the rental facility you visit and all equipment must be returned in order to pick up your ID.
The boats can fit up to 4 people with a maximum weight of 700 lbs. Recommend to have 2 adults and 2 minors in the boat, with weight distributed as evenly as possible for a smooth ride.
At least one person on the boat must be over 16 years old. Riders under 18 must have a waiver signed by an adult, as with all other boats.
Dogs are not allowed on the swan pedal boats or stand-up paddle boards. Dogs are allowed only on kayaks in Lake Woodlands.
No, each rental is $25 for the first hour and $5 for each hour after that. This is priced for each boat, not person. Group discounts are available for kayaks only.
Short term rentals have become popular in destination locations like The Woodlands. Please visit Short-Term Rental Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Yes, ALL house repainting requires a permit. You must fill out and submit a Home Improvement-Color application. For a complete list of applications and submission instructions, please visit the Residential Application Forms page.
If you feel adversely impacted by a particular situation, the best thing to do is contact your neighbors directly. Texas law requires that the owners of land ensure that the placement of any improvement or landscaping does not halt or impede the flow of water or redirect it or increase the amount of water flowing off of or onto neighboring land. Enforcement of this requirement is by the neighboring landowners.
Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID‑19. The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. DSHS always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
The Woodlands Township is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Houston area and are in communication with our local, state and federal partners. We will continue to stay informed of the situation and its potential impact to our area and will act as needed at the recommendations of our local and state health agencies. Additional updates will be provided as necessary. Please visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
The Woodlands Township, as a special purpose district and not a city, does not have the authority to regular private retail business.
In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Woodlands Township Board of Directors voted on Monday, March 16, 2020, to close the Township parks system, which includes recreational activities, such as swim lessons. If you have further questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, can confirm Montgomery County’s sixth positive COVID-19 case. For the latest information, please visit our website, as we have regular updates throughout the day: http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/covid19.
If you have an approved Special Event Permit for an event through May 10, 2020, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department for a refund, or identification of a new date after May 10, 2020, by calling 281-210-3900 or email email@example.com.
The soccer and tennis ladder leagues have been canceled for this upcoming week, but are set to resume the following week, if feasible. Softball is on as scheduled. Please be sure to check The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Facebook page for further updates. https://www.facebook.com/townshipparksandrec/.
Paper (newspaper and inserts, junk mail, white and mixed office paper); corrugated cardboard and paperboard; aluminum and tin food containers; juice, soup and milk cartons; plastics #1 –5, 7; glass bottles and jars; and telephone books.
The burning rules change monthly. Please view the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's website for rules and information on controlled burns.
You may also apply online.
Please visit www.thewoodlandsincorporationstudy.com for the most up-to-date FAQs and information.
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The best way to determine if The Woodlands Township Property Tax has been paid on the property or properties you own, check the Tax Assessor Collector website for either Montgomery County or Harris County. The phone number is 936-539-7897.
The Woodlands was built as an unincorporated master-planned community within Montgomery County and the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. This means that prior to 1999, the City of Houston had the ability to annex The Woodlands with a vote of the Houston City Council. Parts of The Woodlands were also built within the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Conroe. In 1999, an agreement was signed that in essence put a moratorium on the ability for Houston to annex The Woodlands and on the ability for The Woodlands to incorporate.
In late 2007, The Woodlands Township signed an agreement with the City of Houston, as well as the City of Conroe, that will allow The Woodlands to contribute to projects of regional and mutual benefit (such as better access to the Houston Medical Center or extending the Hardy Toll Road) in exchange for those cities releasing The Woodlands from potential annexation for a period of 50 years. This agreement gives The Woodlands freedom to determine its future governance once the moratorium agreement expires. Based on legal requirements related to these agreements, the earliest date that an election could be held to determine whether or not The Woodlands residents choose to become a city was May 2014.
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors took action on Friday, August 13, 2021, to place Incorporation on the ballot for the election on November 2, 2021. Two propositions will appear on the November 2, 2021 ballot. Proposition A creates the City of The Woodlands and sets its maximum initial tax rate. Proposition B depends on Proposition A passing. Proposition B transfers the rights, responsibilities and authorities of the Township to the new City of The Woodlands, dissolving the Township. Registered voters in The Woodlands can vote "for" or "against" the propositions. For more information on The Woodlands Township election, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/NovemberElection.
Current rates can be viewed online at the Montgomery County website.
The forms to apply for these exemptions can be requested at the appropriate Central Appraisal Districts. In Montgomery County, call 936-756-3354, Metro Line 936-441-2186, or visit the Montgomery Central Appraisal District website. If in Harris County, call 713-957-7800 or visit the Harris County Appraisal District website
Residents can register for programs and events online, by phone at 281-210-3950 or in person at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park or The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park.
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department is monitoring a number of the trees that have the potential to be a hazard versus removing them in anticipation that many will return to their normal vibrancy in the spring of 2012.
If the trees do not show signs of life next year, they may have to be removed. Please call The Woodlands Township at 281-210-3900 or submit an online Service Request.
If you can, avoid watering during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Check with The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency for water restrictions. Currently, odd addresses may water on Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. and on Friday nights from 8 p.m. to Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Even addresses may water on Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. to Thursday mornings at 6 a.m. and on Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to Sunday morning at 6 a.m.
Only fifth and sixth graders are allowed to attend.
The event is from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and parents should arrive to pick up their children between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.
No. Once participants have signed in at the Rec Center door, no one is allowed to leave until a parent or guardian comes inside the building and picks them up.
Participants are allowed in the gym, lobby and on the outdoor patio/basketball court, which is fenced. During special activities additional rooms or amenities may be added.
Yes. Gorilla Hole is supervised by The Woodlands Township Recreation Center staff, who coordinate the event and have experience developing fun and positive activities for youth of all ages.
Activities include shooting hoops, dancing, relay races, theme-related contests, special activities and more.
The admission fee is $8/person. Most concession items are $1/item. On some nights, we even offer “Meal Deals” which 2 slices of pizza, 1 piece of candy and 1 soda for only $5.
Registration is available on this website (click the "Register for Rec Programs" icon and enter the program number) or by contacting The Woodlands Township Recreation center at 281-210-3950. Walk up registration is also available. For more information about the available swim clinics and triathlon training, please see the Action Guide.
Yes, as long as space is available. To reserve a court, please visit Tennis and Pickleball Court Schedules and Online Reservations.Peak Times (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.)FEES: $10 (per hour) – Resident Non-Peak $12 (per hour) – Resident Peak $24 (per hour) – Non-Resident
Please refer to the Township’s Interactive pathway map on this Web site or pick one up at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, 77381.
As in any emergency, if you see something that needs police, fire, or ambulance assistance please call 911 immediately. Otherwise, please report any unsafe situation or suspicious behavior immediately to the Aquatics Leadership representative at the pool. They will react accordingly and alert our full time staff as needed. If you do not feel comfortable or confident directing your concern to the staff in person, or if your concern is related to the staff members themselves, please call Parks and Recreation at 281-210-3900.
Safety breaks allow time (10 minutes at the end of each hour) for children under the age of 16 to take a break from swimming. This helps prevent fatigue in young swimmers, provides a break for water and food and is a good reminder to use the restroom. It allows the lifeguards staff to verify that everyone is able to exit the pool safely.
* Due to large number of people in the pool at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center it is not feasible to hold safety breaks in allotted time, so Safety Breaks are not regularly conducted. Under the Lifeguard Program Coordinator’s direction, staff may occasionally call a break to conduct a safety (similar to a fire drill).
A thunder break occurs when a staff member hears thunder and/or sees lightning from inside of the pool fence. The pool will close and all guests (lap swimmers included) will be asked to exit the pool and stay back at least 10 feet from the edge of the water. Lifeguards will get down from elevated stations.
The pool will reopen no more than 30 minutes after the last thunder or lighting occurrence. If the skies are clear immediately after the thunder is heard (blue overhead with a storm nearby), the pool will reopen in less time— just 15 minutes after the last occurrence. In most cases guests will be allowed to remain on the deck while the storm passes. In extreme inclement weather (not including “shelter in place” orders) guest may be asked to entirely exit the facility for their own safety. These precautions are taken in accordance with American Red Cross lifeguard training procedures and follow guidelines set forth by the National Lightning Safety Institute.
Only in rare cases, the pools do not close for rain alone unless it rains hard enough that the bottom of the pool cannot be seen by the lifeguard staff. This precaution is taken in accordance with the American Red Cross lifeguard training procedures.
Yes, but please keep the receipt you are given when you enter the pool. The receipt is the only way to verify when you entered and who you paid for on that day. They can bring the receipt to a member of the Aquatics Leadership team at the pool before leaving. The Leadership will mark the receipt with a “RAIN CHECK” stamp/ Leadership team members can answer any questions about the Rain Checks. Rain Checks are transferable between all Village pools expect Rob Fleming Aquatic Center. Rain Checks to the other 13 Village Pools cannot be redeemed at Rob Fleming due to the difference in admission fees.
Guests may enter a Woodlands Township pool with either a daily pool pass or a punch card. Daily passes and punch cards can be purchased at the Rob Fleming Recreation Center and Bear Branch Recreation Center front desk or any pool with cash, check, or a credit card. You will be asked to show proof of residency in one of The Woodlands’ villages in order to receive resident discounted rates. Please visit our Pool Fees and Schedules page. Pool Pass Procedures
Yes! We accept credit cards for daily passes, punch cards and season passes.
The Woodlands Township offers three options for purchasing or renewing a Season Pass:
1. Register online2. Register in person at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center.3. Register over the phone by calling 281-210-3950
A person is considered a resident of The Woodlands if they can show proof of residency in one of the Villages of The Woodlands. Proof of residency may be a current Texas ID with a valid address, or a current utility bill from a valid address with their name on it. New residents can even use finalized closing documents from their home purchase. Leadership staff strive to work positively with residents to verify residency. The pool staff have a copy of the latest street map published by The Woodlands Development Company.
A person is considered a resident of The Woodlands if they can show proof of residency in one of the Villages of The Woodlands. Proof of residency may be a current Texas ID with a valid address, or current utility bill from a valid address with their name on it. New residents can even use finalized closing documents from their home purchase. Leadership staffs strive to work positively with residents to verify residency. The pool staff has a copy of the latest street map published by The Woodlands Development Company. Pool Pass Procedures
Yes, everyone who enters the pool area must pay the daily fee or have a valid punch card or season pass.
Yes! But please keep your receipt. The receipt is the only way we can verify when you entered a pool and who paid for that day. A daily pass is good for the entire day and can be used at any pool location on the day of purchase, expect Rob Fleming Aquatic Center. Rob Fleming is not included due to the different entry fee.
To enter the pool facility without an adult, children age 11 or younger must be accompanied by someone at least 16 or older.
No, the diving board s and main pool slides can only be used by those who can swim the entire length of the pool without assistance. In general, life jackets and other flotation devices are not allowed in the deep end of the pool for any reason. Parents should wait out of the water or at minimum outside of the dive well. (Swim tests may be required by the lifeguard staff.)
No person taller than 48 inches is allowed in the baby pool unless they are actively supervising a small child or need to remain close to a supervising parent. All children 10 years and under must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older when using the baby pool. This includes the slide feature and will be enforced during safety breaks.
In accordance with Texas Dept. of Health (TDH) guidelines, only diapers designed for swimming (such as Little Swimmers®) may be worn in the pool. Children who are not potty trained are encouraged to stay in the baby pool only.
Yes! All 14 pools can be rented for private events, but only outside of pool’s regular hours. The pools cannot be reserved for private events during public pool hours. Pool rentals are available for any evening during the pool season. The rental fee is not the same for all pools; it is tiered and is based on the size of the facility and staffing requirements. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 281-210-3900 for reservation or more information. Pool Rental Information
Red Hot Pool Day is a part of the Township’s Fourth of July Celebration. Each pool is decorated by the Aquatic staff. The pools serve free snacks and refreshments until they run out. They also have games and activities for the children at each of the safety breaks from noon to 4 p.m. The pools will close at 6 p.m. to allow residents and staff to attend Red, Hot, Blue events.
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department employs over 320 lifeguards each summer, with about 95 on duty at any given time. Every lifeguard is American Red Cross certified in Lifeguarding Waterfront lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillation (AED), BBP, and Oxygen Administration. All facilities have at least four (4) certified lifeguards on duty, including the Aquatics Leadership representative at the desk. Our larger pools have anywhere from seven to 18 lifeguards on duty, including the Aquatics Leadership representative. Rob Fleming Aquatics Center lifeguards also hold Waterpark certifications.
Staff members are required to wear Township-issued name tags that display at least their first name and last initial. If you have a concern about a staff member and are not readily able to get a name, please make note of the date, time, pool location, and a general description of the guard. Then call Parks and Recreation at 281-210-3900 so we can address your concern.
Yes, but glass containers and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Aquatics staff may ask to look inside the cooler to ensure the safety of all patrons at the facility. If anything prohibited is found, you will be asked to return the item(s) to your locked vehicle. Lifeguard staff are not allowed to “hold” items behind the counter.
No, all of our pools are alcohol free. The inherent risk of drinking alcohol in a swimming environment prohibits the consumption of alcohol in the pool area. In addition, Aquatics Leadership staff may ask visibly intoxicated or drug-impaired persons to leave the facility for their own safety as well as the safety of others. In rare cases, the Aquatics staff will call on Park Rangers or local law enforcement to assist.
No, all of our pools are smoke-free areas. Ashtrays are conveniently located at the entrance to the pool facility and smoking should be done at least ten feet from the entry gate as a courtesy to those coming and going from the pool. This policy includes the use of electronic cigarettes, vaping, etc.
Yes! All of The Woodlands Township swimming facilities are ADA compliant. All facility entrances and parking lots are appropriately marked and graded. All pools have both a portable lift for entry to the water and hand rails at the pool entry steps. Please ask the lifeguard staff if assistance is needed and they will gladly accommodate.
Township Aquatics staff follow all Texas Dept. of Health (TDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for handling, controlling, and containing any and all bodily fluids. Depending on the amount, level of exposure, and type of fluid involved, the pool may be closed anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. In these scenarios the required closure time begins as soon as the contamination is safely removed from the water. The most common occurrence is when a young swimmer has a brief nose bleed or minor ‘spit up’ event, and in those cases the chemicals already in the water will safely handle any reasonable exposure risks. If chemical levels are in question at all, the pool will be cleared.
In more extreme cases, the pool may be closed for 30 to 120 minutes while chemical adjustments are made and clean-up undertaken. The length of time depends on the chlorine residual in the water at the time of the incident.
In rare cases, a liquid fecal incident may cause the pool to be closed for the remainder of the day and possibly into the following day. The dangers of chlorine-resistant bacterial contamination take up to 13 hours to safely treat and may require further time afterward to completely clean-up.
Yes! It is called The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch. It is facilitated through The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department. To find out if there is a Watch program in your neighborhood, please email The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department or call 281-210-3800.
To answer your questions and get you started, please call The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department at 281-210-3800.
The Woodlands does have a low crime rate. That is exactly why we have an active watch program in our community. We want to keep the crime rate low. The best time to get involved in a watch program is before a community has a lot of crime. The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch provides residents with information they can use to help keep their families and neighborhoods from becoming victims of crime.
For emergencies, please call 911. Report a Concern Online
If you’re caught racing in someone else’s number, you will be blacklisted and not be able to race our races and possibly others for a lengthy period of time. DON’T RISK IT!
Race management monitors the weather closely in the weeks and days leading up to the race. As safety is paramount for this race, staff will be following a comprehensive race contingency plan. This plan includes alternative options in the event weather or other issues impact the race or race course, and modification of the event is necessary to maintain participant safety and/or road opening times. Race modifications may include but are not limited to delay of race start time, shortening of race course(s), or cancellation of the event.
100% of your entry fee will be refunded until the specified deadline. We have a "no refund policy" in regards to weather cancellations of any kind as well as changes to the race after registration. Unforeseen changes can occur at any time no matter how finalized anything seems to be. Any changes made to the race are done after careful consideration, usually due to safety concerns that arise after the race has been planned. We do everything we can to create a better, safer, more enjoyable experience for all participants. Entry fees are not transferable between years. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Transfers must be completed by the specified deadline.
Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas participants will receive a technical shirt and hat.. Participants competing in the 3.1 Armadillo Run will receive a T-shirt. One 4 Texas participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. All participants will receive a race bib at packet pickup, as well as post-race food and beverages and a finisher's medal upon crossing the finish line.
Yes, the race will be capped. The 10-mile race will be capped at 850; the 5K at 500; and the One 4 Texas at 200.
No. Participants will need to remove all existing chips, D-tags or bib tags from previous races to avoid potential timing issues.
You may keep it or throw it out. Race management will not need it back.
If you are picking up your packet on Race Day, it is recommended to arrive an hour early in case of lines. Otherwise, no later than 45 minutes prior to your race start typically provides enough time to warm up, stretch and/or visit the restrooms. Please see our Event Schedule for details.
No. Parking is FREE.
This will depend on your personal needs. All participants must bring their race bib, which must be visibly worn. Recommended items include water bottle, small pre-race snack, changes of clothes for after the race, recovery nutrition, endurance fuel such as Gu packets, race belt, hat/visor, sunglasses, sunscreen and/or rain/winter gear. Check the forecast to determine if you should dress up or down according to the current weather conditions.
Headphones are permitted, but STRONGLY discouraged. Participants who choose to wear headphones must remain aware of race officials, traffic and other runners.
Pets are not permitted on the course, but are welcome at the Venue as long as they are leashed, picked up after and owner-controlled at all times. Participants caught with a pet on the course will be disqualified.
No. Any non-registered pacers will be stopped immediately, and the person they are pacing will be disqualified.
Restrooms are located inside Northshore Park. Port-a-lets will also be positioned on the course. See maps for exact locations.
The start and finish line is in the Northshore Park parking lot.
Spectators can print course maps to plan where they want to watch prior to the race start time(s). The start and finish line is a great place to cheer on your runner and watch other participants as they cross the finish line. Other popular places along the route include The Woodlands Waterway and Town Green Park. Spectators must be mindful of vehicular traffic and participants along the course. See maps for details.
Yes. The "Texas-sized" Post-Race Party will provide athletes food, drink and music.
The Post-Race Party will take place at Northshore Park. The athlete food area will be located in the pavilion area on the south side of the park. After getting your food and drinks, head to the stage area to enjoy music and sponsor booths.
You will need your race bib to access the Athlete Food Tent.
There are limited quantities of each size. Shirt sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis based on the size you registered for. Participants will not be able to switch shirt sizes at packet pickup. If you would like to switch your shirt size, you may only do so on Race Day by visiting the Packet Pickup Tent.
All participants will receive a race bib at packet pickup, as well as post-race food and beverages and a finisher's medal upon crossing the finish line.
Yes, the race will be capped at 500.
You may keep it or discard it. Race management will not need it back.
If you are picking up your packet on Race Day, it is recommended to arrive an hour early in case of lines. Otherwise, no later than 45 minutes prior to your race start typically provides enough time to warm up, stretch and/or visit the restrooms. Please see our Event Schedule for details. NOTE - Only participants who registered and paid for Race Day Packet Pickup may do so. There is an additional fee for Race Day Packet Pickup.
Headphones are permitted, but are STRONGLY discouraged. Participants who choose to wear headphones must remain aware of race officials, traffic and other runners.
Pets are allowed at the post-race venue, but not on the course. Participants caught with a pet on the course will be disqualified.
Per USATF sanction and insurance requirements, strollers are not permitted on the course. For the comfort and safety of all participants, baby strollers, baby-joggers, in-line skating and bicycles are all prohibited on any course.
Permanent restrooms are located next to the stage, near the playground.
The 5K start line is on Creekside Forest Drive near the Lodge. The 5K finish line is also on Creekside Forest Drive near the Bluebonnet Field.
The start and finish lines are a great place to cheer on your favorite runner, and watch other participants as they cross the finish line. Spectators must be mindful of vehicular traffic and participants along the course. See maps for details.
Yes. The Post-Race Party will provide athletes with crawfish plates, an alternative food item, drink and Zydeco music. Spectator concessions will be available for purchase. Participants and attendees are encouraged to visit the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off area to sample each team's crawfish and vote for their favorite team at The Woodlands Township tent.
The Post-Race Party will take place at Rob Fleming Park. The Athlete Food Area will be located in the concessions windows near the stage. After getting your food and drinks, head to the park area to enjoy music, children's activities, the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off and to visit our sponsor booths. You will need your race bib to access the Athlete Food Area.
You will need your race bib to access the Athlete Food area.
Your bike will be set up on a bike rack in the transition zone. Transition will be organized by age group. Only registered athletes will be allowed in transition. Transition will open at 5 a.m. on race day and close at 6:45 a.m. Athletes will only be allowed to access their items in transition upon completion of the swim leg and bike leg. Transition will reopen at 10:30 a.m.
The transition is the period of time between each sport segment/leg. The time between the swim and the bike is called T1, and the time between the bike and the run is called T2. The time you spend in transition is counted towards your overall time for the race. All races will have a transition zone, with row after row of bike racks. Each athlete will place his or her bike on a bike rack. You will place a towel right next to your bike, and all of the gear you will need during the race must fit on your towel. Examples of items you'll place on your towel will include: Running shoes, helmet (a MUST), cycling shoes if you use them, your race number (must be worn during the run), sunglasses, socks, any clothes you'd like to put on over your swimsuit, etc.
Many triathlons with an open water swim (in a lake, ocean or river) will have wave starts. It is safer to start the athletes in waves rather than all at once. Waves are determined by age and gender. Athletes must go out in their assigned wave and wear the provided swim cap. If a participant begins the race in the incorrect wave, they will be disqualified.
The biggest difference between swimming in open water and training in a pool is that there are no lane lines and there is no side to hang on to if you get tired. Some open water courses are out-and-back, and others look more like a loop. Either way, the course is marked with buoys. It is important to sight (look up and see where you are) every so often so you swim fairly straight. If you're uncomfortable being shoulder-to-shoulder with other participants, you may want to consider waiting 10 or 20 seconds after the bullhorn sounds to beginning swimming to give others the opportunity to get out on the course. Most triathlons will have safety canoes and kayaks out on the water, along with lifeguards. If you begin having trouble during the swim, wave your hands and a rescue boat will be at your side soon. Open water swimming can sometimes be wavy or choppy, depending on weather conditions.
Everyone must wear a swim cap for safety reasons. A swimmer is easier to see in the water if they're wearing a swim cap. All athletes who start in the same wave will have the same color cap on, which provides race management with an easy visual indicator to help keep a closer count on athletes exiting the water by age group. You must wear the swim cap you were provided at Packet Pickup.
Yes. There are lots of triathletes who ride mountain bikes. You may want to consider adding "slicks." Slicks are smooth tires, which would be faster on the roads than the tires that come stock on mountain bikes. Keep in mind that if you plan to race regularly or are looking at competing in races longer than sprint distance, you may want to consider a road bike or tri bike.
Are your knees bumping into your chin? Do you risk serious injury every time you try to get off the seat of your bike? It is important that you can adjust your seat so that there is only a slight bend in your knee when your foot and pedal are both at the 6 o'clock position. You should also be able to stop and get off your bike without injuring yourself. Bikes come in all sizes, and the seat post can be adjusted somewhat to ensure the height of your bike is correct for you. There are other important factors to consider, for example: Does your seat need to be adjusted forward or back? Is your seat level? Are the handlebars too far away or too close? If your bike is not fitted properly for you, you risk serious injury after prolonged riding. Take your bike in to a local bike shop and have them take a look for you.
All participants must wear their race number (sometimes called a bib) during the run portion of a triathlon. Some athletes put on shorts and/or a t-shirt over their swimsuits after the swim, and simply pin their bibs to their shorts or shirts before the race. For those athletes who race in their swimsuits (or tri suits), there is nothing to pin their bib to. They use a race belt, or tri-belt, which is a very simple stretchy band with two plastic prongs to attach a race number. As these athletes leave the transition zone in T2, they clip the belt (with the bib already attached) around their waist, and continue to the run segment.
It is important to drink water, during training and during a race, especially in the heat. Even becoming slightly dehydrated can impair your performance by a surprising amount. Sports drinks are formulated to be absorbed by your body better than water. Be sure to train with the fluids you plan to use on race day. It is important that you consume a full bottle of fluid during the bike portion of a triathlon. If you are uncomfortable removing your bottle and drinking while riding, practice during training so you can stay steady while you drink.
The Woodforest Bank TRI is a USA Triathlon (USAT) Sanctioned event. Per USAT rules, this is a requirement and there will be no exceptions.
50% of your refund will be refunded until the specified deadline.
Your packet will contain a Woodforest Bank TRI participant shirt, hat or visor, race/running bib, bike number, helmet number, swim cap and timing chip.
Yes. The race will be capped at 1,000 participants.
If you do not check your bike in the evening before, you will need to arrive early enough to set up your gear in transition, get body marked, warm up, stretch and/or visit the restrooms. Transition will open at 5 a.m. and close promptly at 6:45 a.m.
This will depend on your personal needs. All participants must bring their race bib, swim cap, bike number and helmet number. Bike and helmet numbers must be attached before entering transition. You must have bar end plugs for your bike. Officials will be checking for these. Other recommended items include water bottle, small pre-race snack, change of clothes for after the race, recovery nutrition, endurance fuel such as Gu packets, race belt, hat/visor, sunglasses, sunscreen and/or rain/winter gear. Check the forecast to determine if you should dress up or down according to the current weather conditions.
Per USAT Competitive Rules, headphones/earbuds/portable music devices are prohibited.
Portable restrooms will be located in transition. Permanent restrooms are located near the pergola/covered area in the west side of the park.
Swim out is located inside Northshore Park, east of the playground area. The finish line is located on the east bound lanes of Lake Woodlands Drive near Northshore Park.
Yes. The Post-Race Party will provide food, drink and music for athletes.
The Post-Race Party will take place in Northshore Park. The Athlete Food Area will be located in the Pavilion area on the south side of the park. After getting your food, head to the stage area to enjoy music and sponsor booths.
Spectators can print course maps to plan where they want to watch prior to the race start. The swim out and finish line areas are great places to cheer on your favorite athlete and watch other participants as they begin the race and cross the finish line. Other popular places include Northshore Park, Lake Woodlands Bridge and Town Green Park. Spectators must be mindful of vehicular traffic and participants along the course. See maps for details.
Please see The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau's website.
Looking to use The Woodlands Express to reverse-commute to your job in The Woodlands? It’s easy. Simply board one of our “turn” buses in Downtown Houston in the morning and ride to one of the Park & Ride lots located in The Woodlands. “Turn” buses are vehicles that return to The Woodlands for pick-ups after the first morning run and have destinations signs reading, “Returns to Research Forest”, “Returns to Sawdust”, or, “Returns to Sterling Ridge”.
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The Woodlands Express runs on Milam St. in the morning and has nine stops. The stops are marked on METRO bus signs as Route #299. Board at any of those stops to begin your trip. For a map of the stops, please refer to the Downtown Houston route map.
There are a few options to get to your destination from the Park & Ride lot once you arrive.
During afternoon/evening service, board the bus at the Park & Ride lot. Once downtown, The Woodlands Express uses Louisiana St. You can get off at any of the stops along the way. For a map of the stops, please refer to the Downtown Houston route map:
Tickets are sold as round-trips and cost $13.00. You can purchase a book of 20 round-trip tickets for $260.00. Tickets are available at any of the Park & Ride terminals.
No. Parking is free.
The morning and evening schedules are listed below. Please note:
Currently, reverse-commute is only offered from our Downtown Houston stop locations.