What is the Captain Kids Triathlon?

The Captain Kids Triathlon at Moody Gardens is one of the only stand alone kid’s triathlon in the area. It consists of a safe swim in the Lazy River at Palm Beach, a safe bike throughout the beautiful Moody Gardens property and a fun run on the Moody Gardens grounds finishing with a loop through Palm Beach and a stroll through Pirates Alley! The main goals of the race directors are to provide a safe atmosphere for the kids to enjoy a race of their own!

How old is my PIRATE?

Your Pirate will either be classified as a MiniMate or a Mate. MiniMates are ages 6-10. Mates are ages 11-14. Your PIRATE’S age will be the age he/she is at the end of this calendar year - 12/31/2018. If your PIRATE turns 15 years old at any time during 2015, he/she will not be eligible to compete in this event.

What are the race distances?

MiniMate distances – 100 meter swim – 2 mile bike – ½ mile run

Mate distances – 200 meter swim – 4 mile bike – 1 mile run

Who Qualifies for the Captains Wave?

If your athlete is on a racing team, has a coach, routinely places in other youth races and wants to test their skills against the other experienced athletes, then they qualify to compete in the Captains Wave. They should be familiar with all aspects of triathlon, including rules and regulations for youth triathlons (drafting, spacing, passing, etc). They should have competed in a number of triathlons PRIOR to this event. If you are unsure, ask your coach or please feel free to email the Captain Kids Crew and we will be glad to discuss with you.


Note: A race timeline will be posted on the race site. Upon completion of their race, athletes in the Captain Wave will not be permitted to re-enter transition until the last finisher of the Mates Race is finished.


What time should I be at the race site?

You should get to the race site as early as possible. There will be over 500 kids setting up their transitions. The transition area will open for all athletes at 5:30 AM. Bike numbers should be placed on the bike BEFORE entering transition.  Please remember that your PIRATE must also be body marked that morning (volunteers will be there to help) and they must get their timing chip on race morning. Please plan accordingly. The transition area will be closed at 7:00 AM for the Mates and 7:15 for the MiniMates.

Will I be able to assist my PIRATE in transition before the race?

YES, however, only one adult will be allowed in the transition area to help your PIRATE set up their transition area. Please wear your bracelet if you plan to accompany your child in transition. Once their transition area is ready to go, please be considerate of the other competitors and clear the transition area.

Will my PIRATE be safe throughout the race?

ABSOLUTELY! We have recruited the finest Deckhands to help the Captain and his crew. The swim is in a restricted area with Palm Beach Lifeguards. The bike course will be well staffed with Deckhands as well. There will be a sag vehicle for anyone who may need it. Also, Bicycle World of Houston will have bike support before the race and during the race. They will have technicians roaming the bike course to make sure your PIRATE returns to T2 safely. The run is also lined with Deckhands and includes one water station. We will have Deckhands continuously monitoring the run course to encourage your PIRATE to get to the Finish Line at Pirates Alley. NOTE: You MUST have your matching bracelet provided at Packet Pick-up to collect your child after the finish line – NO EXCEPTIONS! This is for yours and your PIRATES security. We ask that someone be at the finish line to get your PIRATE out of the pen after they finish.

How do I reconcile with my PIRATE after the race?

After your PIRATE crosses the finish line, they will be corralled into a finishing pen. In your PIRATES race package, there will be 2 matching bracelets. One MUST be worn by your PIRATE and the other MUST be worn by the person collecting your child. For everyone’s safety, there will be no exceptions to this rule. We ask that you become familiar with the finishing area before your PIRATE begins their race.

When will my PIRATE be done?

The Mates will walk the plank first this year. We will begin the race at approximately 7:30AM. The MiniMates will be called to the transition area after the last Mate completes the bike portion of the race. We will not start the MiniMates before the last Mate finishes the race. We anticipate the Mates to be done around 8:30AM. Once they are finished, we will gather the MiniMates and prepare them to walk the plank as soon as the course is safe to compete. Please refer to the Schedule of Events for more details.

What should I expect on race day?

You should expect to see 550 of the happiest PIRATES in the world as they compete in a fun, safe atmosphere. A lot of preparation has been put into the safety of your PIRATE. The course is fun and fast. Please arrive early and stay for the post race festivities at Palm Beach.

Will there be an awards ceremony after the race?

YES!! New for this year, we will have an awards ceremony inside Palm Beach. We are planning on starting the awards at approximately 11am. We ask that each participant clear the transition area of all their belongings before going to the awards ceremony so the Captain and his crew can clean up.

How can I pick up my PIRATE’S bike after the race?

You must have your PIRATES race number to collect their bike and gear after the race. There will be NO Exceptions. Your PIRATE does not have to be with you to collect their gear. The Transition area will be open to all athletes after the race after the last MiniMate has safely completed the bike course. Please have patience with our Deckhands as we begin to clear transition.

What time will Palm Beach be open after the race?

Palm Beach will be open from 10 AM – 3PM. You must have a wristband on to enter Palm Beach after the race. Entry is restricted to athletes and three other guests/family members. Concessions will be open and lifeguards will be on hand to monitor the water park.  Coolers are NOT permitted inside Palm Beach.

Who can enter Palm Beach after the race?

The Captain has reserved Palm Beach for the day for a private party. Only athletes, family and friends (3 other than the athlete) that have the appropriate wristband can enter the park. The wristbands will be provided in your PIRATES race package.

Where is the best place to watch my PIRATE race?

One unique part of the Captain Kids Triathlon is the layout of the course, allow you to easily move from one area to another to watch your PIRATE complete each part of the race. Please note that certain areas of Palm Beach are restricted to the athletes ONLY.  Rest assured you can easily see your PIRATE as they exit the swim area to enter T1.  Please stay out of the way of the athletes as they complete the race. No outside assistance is allowed. Most of the Deckhands are experienced triathletes and can assist your PIRATE in completing the race. You won’t want to miss the finish line as your PIRATE collects his or her treasure! 

What is the Schedule of Events?

Please refer to the Schedule of Events section of the website. We will update it as things change.

Is Captain Kids Triathlon Timed?

YES!! RunFAR timing will be timing the event again this year. Please remember that your PIRATE must get their chip on race morning under the appropriate banner. The chip is to be worn on the left ankle. If you need assistance, please ask. Final results will be posted after the race and a link to results will be sent out as soon as available.

How can I become a Deckhand?

The Captain is always looking for more Deckhands to make up his crew. If you wish to help out, please follow the link to the Deckhand sign up page on the website.  We’ll provide you with a tshirt as well!

I cannot be at the race but I would like to help – what can I do?

The Captain is always looking for sponsors or donations. Please give to the Race Charity – Live Love Landon. Landon’s story and a link to donate can be found on the event website. It is a great cause and extra support is always welcome!

How do I become a sponsor of Captain Kids Triathlon?

The Captain is always looking for more sponsors for the race. If you would like to become a part of the Captain Kids Triathlon, please contact us through our website www.captainkidstri.com or message us on our facebook page. We would appreciate any assistance or donation.

Schedule of Events


Thursday, September 9th

12pm - 6pm

Packet Pick Up




Saturday, September 11th

1pm - 6pm
Packet Pickup – Moody Gardens Hotel & Conference Center

One Hope Blvd

Galveston Island, TX  77554


Sunday, September 12th – RACE DAY 2021




 5:15 am         Deckhands Arrive

 5:30 am         Transition Area Opens (Mates and Mini Mates)

 6:50 am         Transition Area Closes (Mates)

 7:00 am         Transition Area Closes (Mini Mates)

 7:10 am         National Anthem

 7:15 am         Captains Team Trophy Announced - Group Photo at Finish Area

 7:30 am         Walk the Plank!!! (Race Starts – See approximate time line for various groups below)

10:00 am        Palm Beach opens for you to enjoy until 3pm!

10:45 am        All bikes should be retrieved out of transition by this time

11:00 am        Awards (approximate time) – Held at Palm Beach



Race Rules



Membership and Eligibility

1. All Youth participants shall compete based upon their age on December 31 of the year of the event.

2. The minimum age for Youth competition is six years and the maximum is 15 years of age on December 31 of the year of the event.

3. Youth participants must be Youth members of USA Triathlon. Youth Membership in USA Triathlon is available to all persons, age 17 and under, in good standing with USA Triathlon who, along with their parents or guardians, submits a completed application, pay the required membership fee, and comply with all the requirements determined by USA Triathlon to be applicable to Youth Membership.


4. Race officials reserve the right to require proof of age from each participant in the form of a birth certificate or other official proof of age document. Failure to produce a proof of age document may result in disqualification from the event.


Swimming Rules

1. Proper swimwear must be worn.


2. No flotation devices of any kind may be used during the swim.

3. No artificial propulsive devices such as fins, paddles, or gloves may be used.

4. Swimmers must be able to complete the entire course using any stroke. Swimmers may not make forward progress by pulling on lane ropes, swim gutters or any other inanimate object.

5. Goggles or face masks may be worn but are not required.

6. Swimmers must wear the assigned swim cap throughout the swim.

7. Participants must follow instructions given by lifeguards and officials including prohibitions against running on the pool deck or diving in restricted areas.

Transition Rules

1. The transition area is open to participants and their parents only. When transition closes for competition to begin, only participants and race officials may enter transition. Finishers may not retrieve gear until all participants have finished the cycling portion and have begun the run.

2. Competition apparel (shoes, socks, shirts) must be placed next to the bicycle at the rack and may not be taken to the pool or swim start area.

3. Bicycles must be placed in the rack according to the directions given by race officials. Bicycles may be racked in the assigned area, by the handlebars, the seat or by using the kickstand. Bikes placed on kickstands must be in the designated area, in line with other bikes, and may not extend out into the lane of travel.

4. Participants may not interfere with other participants' gear.

5. After completing the cycling portion, participants must return bicycles to an upright position in the same assigned location before beginning the run portion.

6. No riding bicycles in transition. Participants must walk or run with their bicycles and may not mount until out of transition and in the designated mount zone.

Bicycle Equipment Rules
1. The bicycle must be road worthy and in safe operating condition.

2. The bicycle shall have two wheels. No training wheels are allowed.

3. There must be at least one working brake on each of the two wheels unless the bicycle was manufactured with only one brake, in which case, the working brake shall be on the rear wheel.

4. The bicycle may be on-road, off-road or youth style. No recumbent style bicycles are allowed.

5. Only standard drop, straight, or curved handlebars are allowed. No aero or time trial bars may be attached to the bike or used during competition. All handlebars ends shall be solidly plugged.

6. No disk wheels or wheel covers are allowed.

7. Race officials reserve the right to disallow any bicycle deemed unsafe. Any unusual bicycle must be approved by race officials prior to competition.

Cycling Conduct

1. Cyclists must wear a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for road cyclists age 5 and older. No time trial, "chrono," or "aero" helmets with a tail may be used.

2. The helmet must be securely fastened prior to mounting the bicycle and at all times while riding the bicycle. The helmet may not be unfastened and removed until the participant has completely dismounted.

3. Cyclists shall wear shoes at all times while on the bike.

4. Cyclists shall ride in a safe manner, which includes:

o Riding on the right side of the lane;
o Riding no closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist;
o Passing on the left of the slower cyclist;
o Riding in a straight line without swerving, veering, or blocking the forward progress of other cyclists.

5. Race officials may remove and disqualify any cyclist who appears to ride or behave in an unsafe manner.

Running Conduct

1. Participants shall run or walk the entire course.

2. Participants shall wear shoes at all times while on the run course.

General Race Rules

1. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of participants or their parents and supporters will not be allowed. Participants must treat others with courtesy and respect. No rude, abusive, or discourteous language or behavior will be tolerated.

2. Participants must complete the prescribed course in its entirety.

3. No personal audio devices or headsets may be used or carried during any portion of the event.

4. No unauthorized assistance of any kind is allowed. Parents or other non-participants may not run or ride a bicycle with a participant nor may they provide participants any food, fluid, or equipment aid during competition.

5. Race numbers must be displayed at all times.

6. Swimmers must be clearly body-marked.

7. Cyclists must display their bike numbers.

8. Runners must wear their bib numbers.


Packet Pickup Information

Thursday, September 9th (TBD)

12pm - 5pm

Packet Pick Up




Saturday, September 11th

1pm - 6pm
Packet Pickup – Moody Gardens Hotel & Conference Center

One Hope Blvd

Galveston Island, TX  77554



Course Description

The Swim:
The Mates and Mini-Mates will enjoy a completely protected swim in the lazy river at Palm Beach. The Mini Mates will complete a point to point swim of approximately 100 meters. The Mates will complete a full loop of the lazy river of approximately 200 meters. Both swims will enjoy a time trial beach start and they both will consist of a beach exit. The entire swim course will be lined with Moody Gardens Certified lifeguards to ensure the safety of all athletes.

Transition 1:
The athletes will exit the lazy river and run to the transition area in the Oleander Bowl.

The Bike:
Athletes will exit the Transition Area and mount their bikes for a quick tour of Moody Gardens. They will pass the Visitor's Center and split the Rainforest Pyramid and the Aquarium on a protected Tram path. They will make their way through the West Parking Lot. The Mates 4 mile bike course will follow the same bike path used by the adults in the Galveston 70.3 and the Galveston 5150. They will pass Schlitterbahn and the Famous Flight Museum and complete an out and back on 83rd Street towards the White Caps Baseball Field. The bike course is closed course meaning, there won't be vehicles on the road while the kids are racing! The Mini Mates 2 mile bike will turn around at the 4-way stop before leaving the Moody Gardens Property. Both races will return to Transition behind the Aquarium Pyramid and through the property on the tram path.

Transition 2:
The athletes will dismount before entering the transition area in the Oleander Bowl.

The Run:
The run will begin on the jogging path leaving the Oleander Bowl. Both athletes will make their way through the property towards the entrance of Palm Beach. The Mates 1 mile run course will include an out and back along the water's edge and turn around at the base of the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. The mini mates will run a 1/2 mile for their distance.  Both courses will run along the shore of Palm Beach and finish just in front of the Oleander Bowl.  

Post Race:
The athletes and their family are welcome to stay and enjoy Palm Beach for the afternoon after refreshments and the awards presentation. This is included in the race entry fee. 

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