This is without a doubt one of the best sprint races in the South with its roots dating back to 1983. The Crawfishman Triathlon has seen it all in the evolution of the sport! Held every May just due north of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain in Bush, LA, the annual Crawfishman Triathlon is a 1,000yd Swim, 18mi Bike and a 4mi Run, all at a beautiful venue in Grande Hills Estates. The swim is in a lake with calm, cool waters in a triangle out and back...and it has the best SUP support crew from Bayou Paddle Company. The bike course offers a mix of false flats, rolling hills and some fast straightaways. The finish is picturesque from running an out and back in pretty horse farm country, past the lake then along a pine tree lined finish chute. The post race party held on the grounds and in the barn is always a treat with plenty of great food, bloody marys, beer with keeper race mugs, and all kinds of tasty treats...it has even been voted 'Best Post-Race Feast' by Triathlete Magazine. The local and regional tri community is always well represented with as many as a dozen of the clubs bringing out their athletes from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. The production team is top notch with the Krewe from Freshjunkie and Wattigny Enterprises (the proprietor is also an experienced national race announcer veteran), and they pay homage by bringing out the original race management to help all race weekend.
As for my race, this was about the 8th or 9th time for me, and it never disappoints. I made the podium with a 3rd AG M50-54! We all knew going into the morning that rain was imminent, yet that didn't stop everyone from racing and having a good time. My swim was solid, and as usual they always give us a little 'Lagniappe" so it was really about 1,100yds! The bike is fun and fast, 9 miles out and 9 miles back, with plenty of police support on the country roads. The run was shortended to a 2mi out and back, and it was the right decision. The heavens opened up around 10am, and we all piled into the barn for food and drink, awards, and to swap stories with our friends. If you're ever in the area and you want to experience what triathlon racing is all about then come join us at Crawfishman!