Tomorrow’s an early morning for PR Fairy

Sunday will be an early morning for the PR Fairy. It’s the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne and Susan Farb Public Relations will be out there in Katy/Fulshear at 7 a.m. (before the roads are closed off!) to handle media relations and capture the 1,000-person competition with her digital camera. Here’s what to expect:

What: – 18th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne: THIRD largest co-ed triathlon in Texas

Sanctioned by: USA Triathlon; Houston City Triathlon Championship venue

When: Sunday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Firethorne — on FM 1463, near the crossroads of I-10 West corridor, Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway. The race is in and around the 1,400-acre Katy/Fulshear community. Streets into Firethorne will be closed off at 7 a.m. on Race Day.

Who: Individual athletes as well as relay teams will compete; 1,000 athletes projected, according to veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.

Check List:

Volunteer Hours: 1,780 volunteer hours (sum of all volunteer hours,
includes meetings, packet stuffing, packet pickup and triathlon)
Police officers: 12
Road Cones: 450
Volunteers: 125
Rotarians: 40
Motorcycles for bike rte.: 8
Water Stations: 3
Bottles of water: 2,500
Sag Wagons: 2
Ambulances: 2
Golf Carts: 4
Port-A Pots: 15
Canoes: 2
DJ: 1
Coordinator: 1
Pace Car: 1
Pasta Salad: 1,200 servings
Bananas: 1,200
T-shirts: 1,200
Timing chips: 1,200
Bagels: 750
Pizzas: 125
Sandwiches: 750
Ice: 2,800 pounds
Cups: 7,200
Michelob Ultra: 20 cases

Race: 500 meter swim around the 12-acre Lake Firethorne; 16-mile bike race and 3-mile run through Firethorne. The cycling route will include sections of FM 1463, US Hwy. 90, Pederson Road and the I-10 Frontage Road

Sponsor: The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in the Katy ISD attendance area. The goal is to raise monies for 16 $1,500 college scholarships for Katy ISD graduating seniors.

Host: Firethorne, located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, blends the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Served by the award-winning Katy I.S.D., Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit

Good luck to all the triathletes and thanks to all of the volunteers who make this race such a success to raise money for Katy I.S.D. scholarships!

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