Austin Tri-Cyclist Blog

Monday, November 25, 2013

Run/Duathlon at the COTA F1 Track

The Circuit of the Americas is one of Austin’s most exciting race venues. The track, opened in 2012, is the first in the U.S. built expressly for F1 racing. It’s not a tame, flat oval, but rather a 20-turn, 3.4-mile undulating circuit with a flare for the dramatic, featuring a 133-foot climb up the first turn. COTA hosts special events like the F1 United States Grand Prix, the ESPN X Games, motorcycle races, live music performances, and the first day of the Tour of Austin, a popular criterium series put on by Holland Racing. On December 14, it will be the site of the HITS Endurance Multi-Sport Event.

HITS offers a series of distances on race day, including 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, and sprint duathlon options. The sprint du is a 2.25-mile run, 14-mile bike, and 2.25-mile run. (The bike portion does not take place on the racetrack.) Military discounts apply, and the marathon has a two-person team option. Great for spectators, most of the races are easy to view, and there will also be a Fitness Expo featuring product samples, clinics, and fitness-related vendors and services.

The HITS Running Festival promises to be an event worth lacing your running shoes up for. Check out the links below for more info.


2012 HITS Marble Falls Tri


  1. According to the bike of the duathlon will be on the COTA track. Maybe check event website before spreading false info?

    1. Thanks for your comment, Anonymous. This blog post, dated Nov 25, 2013, was accurate for the 2013 edition of the race. We are happy to hear that the 2014 edition will have a bike course on the F1 track, very exciting!