CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances

Rose City Tri

annual sprint triathlon

USAT South Central Region Special Qualifier for the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

September 12, 2021


Athletes from all over came out for the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon at Lake Tyler on the beautiful Sunday morning of September 12, 2021. It was the first time back after the race was canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns.

In an interview with KLTV, Jonathan Johnson, the race director, said “…we’re just excited for the community, the local people, to be able to come out and show off their hard work that they’ve put in all year.”

KLTV Article on Rose City Tri by Erin Wides

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Athlete Guide

Welcome to the 13th annual CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon, hosted by the East Texas Triathletes! Please read this ATHLETE GUIDE completely, as it includes important details to ensure you have a safe and successful race. Each athlete must pick up his or her own race packet. No exceptions! You must provide ID! Rose City Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event. Each competitor is responsible for knowing and following all USAT rules.

Please refer to the USAT website for a complete list of rules located at If you have questions about the race, please contact

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has partnered with East Texas Triathletes to present the Rose City Triathlon. This annual sprint triathlon will take place at a specially designed Lake Tyler course.

Rose City Tri is known for a beautiful course around Lake Tyler and its trend of attracting new participants from across East Texas and beyond each year. In fact, each year members of USA Triathlon Association vote on their favorite small, medium, and large triathlon. Over the past few years our – South Midwest – region (4 states) has voted the Rose City Triathlon favorite small (2008) and medium (2009 & 2012) triathlon, as well as champ venue for 2011 and 2013.

Please email with any questions.

about Rose City Tri

The race is held at the beautiful Lake Tyler.


***USAT Membership is required.

Cancellation & Refund Policy
East Texas Triathletes has a NO REFUND policy. Please note that we do not offer any refunds or discount codes if you cancel your registration for this event.


650-meter swim

13-mile bike

3.1-mile run


Training events

Developing new skills. Creating new habits. Learning new concepts.


The Rose City Triathlon takes place at The Boulders at Lake Tyler

Rose City Tri course

16538 McElroy Road | Whitehouse, TX 75791

The race will include:

    • 650-meter open water swim
    • 13-mile bike
    • 3.1-mile run

***Courses are subject to change. Per USAT rules, athletes are responsible for knowing the course. Course maps will be available at packet pickup for your convenience. All questions and concerns can be sent to


Sponsored by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances and hosted by East Texas Triathletes, the proceeds benefit Smith County Volunteer Fireman’s Association

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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances

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Smith County Volunteer Firemen Assoc

sanctioned by

USA Triathlon

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True Vine

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Flynn Chiropractic

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Peters Autosports

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Johnson Financial Strategies

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Fly Tri Racing

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Did you know that 59.6% of participants are male / 39.5% of participants are female C-Level executives who are well educated. Major age range is from 25-39 making up 50% of participants Average Income-$126,000. Triathletes are passionate, loyal and lifestyle-minded, with a heavy Type A personality trait.

join our volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Rose City Triathlon! It takes dozens of volunteers to help us create a successful event. We are excited to have your involvement. Please complete this form and select the area most interested in serving. Please note volunteers are needed for three days, September 10, 11 and 12. Race day is September 12, 2021 at Lake Tyler.

Meet Our Race Director

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson has been the race director for Rose City Triathlon since 2015 and on the board for East Texas Triathletes since 2013. He is a financial advisor and is passionate about helping families with their financial journey. He has three children, Christopher, Daniel, and Meagan, and loves traveling with them in his free time. Jonathan is an endurance athlete and completed his first triathlon in 2012. Since then he has completed six half Ironmans and two full Ironman races. In 2021, Jonathan became a USAT Level 1 Certified Race Director.