Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas. So show some H-Town love and help keep these dedicated athletes motivated and hydrated. There's no denying the beauty of hosting city The Woodlands, and we'll be counting on lots of shade from those mature trees. It begins with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands that goes from North Shore Park to Town Green Lake; that's followed by a double-loop, out and back 112-mile bike ride through east Texas. When lesser mortals would be ready to call it quits, these stalwarts keep it going with a 26.2-mile run that finishes at Waterway Avenue. Best places to watch? Along the Lake Woodlands Parkway Bridge and along the canal near the stairs by Grogan's Mill (swim), along Lake Robbins (bike) and near the restaurants close to Waterway Avenue (run).
5:30 a.m. to midnight April 22. The Woodlands. For information, visit ironman.com. Free to watch.
Runners pray for temps in the 40s and swimmers aim for the higher numbers, but we checked the projections and it looks like there's a swimmer's advantage during this year's IRONMAN® in The Woodlands. With temperatures estimated to range from the high 60s to almost 80 degrees, any humidity means it's still going to be a struggle for those athletes braving the course during the