June News and Notes

We had our monthly meeting at Wursthaus on Monday, June 2 and discussed some important upcoming events.

Dow Firecracker 4

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please CLICK HERE and select “Volunteer.”  We will need help with every aspect of the race, including packet stuffing, packet pickup, and race day activities. Volunteers will get an awesome shirt and backpack, along with a Tervis tumbler!! Swag for the volunteers – you can't beat that!
  • NOTE – You can still race even if you volunteer.  There are many volunteer opportunities that will allow you to race, including packet stuffing, packet pickup, and clean up.
  • Packet stuffing will be on Tuesday, July 1 at the Lake Jackson Intermediate Band Hall at 6pm.
  • Packet Pickup will be on Thursday, July 3 at the Wursthaus from 6pm-8pm.
  • Race day registration (if it does sell out online) will begin at 6am Friday, July 4 at Dunbar Park.
  • We are collecting door prizes from local business who would be willing to donate.  If you know of someone who would like to donate, please contact Abbie Artley ( or Andy Littleton ( for a donation receipt form if requested.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the race director, Andy Littleton.
National Running Day – Wednesday, June 4
  • Meet at 7pm at the Brazosport College Track to show your support for National Running Day.  The weekly LJFAT track workout will be moved to this time and location.  You can do the track workout or take a break from speedwork and just run!
Weekly Group Cycling – Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Abner Jackson and Plantation for loops on Lake Road.  This is a group workout for all levels!  Join us TONIGHT at 6:30!
Weekly Group Swim – Mondays at 6:30pm
  • Beginning next Monday (June 9), we will be doing an informal group swim at Mammoth Lake.  The cost per swimmer is $8, but we are looking into getting a group discount if enough people attend regularly.  Stay updated on this and other news on our Facebook page.
Sylvan Beach Triathlon – Tri Club Challenge
  • June 15 is the Sylvan Beach Triathlon.  If you sign up for this as an LJFAT member, you will be racing for money for our club! You will still compete individually, but results for all club members will be used to determine fastest clubs.
As always, visit our Facebook page for regular updates about what our club is up to.  If you have any questions, please contact Abbie Artley at

Dow Firecracker 4 News

Sign up TODAY to volunteer or race by clicking here! Register as a volunteer or participant by Sunday, May 18 in order to guarantee your preferred shirt size.

May News and Notes

Our May meeting was held on Monday, May 5, and featured a transition clinic presented by Donnie Artley.  A transition rack was set up outside the Lake Jackson Intermediate Band Hall, and several members brought bikes and gear to practice and share tips on making transitions faster and smoother. He also provided a helpful handout.  Click here to download.

Following the clinic, we adjourned to the Wursthaus to have some social time and discuss a little club business.

The main focus of the discussion was the upcoming Firecracker 4, sponsored by Dow Chemical and directed by Andy Littleton.

  • Please visit the Facebook page or for more details about the race.
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please visit and click on “Volunteer” to sign up. Every volunteer will get a super cool shirt!
  • Additionally, door prizes are needed for post-race festivities! If you can donate something or know someone who can, please contact Andy (
  • Please be sure to sign up either as a participant or volunteer by Sunday, May 18 to guarantee your preferred shirt size!!!

Also discussed was the possibility of LJFAT subsidizing (either in full or part) the fee to swim at Mammoth Lake.  LJFAT would pay an annual or monthly fee to Mammoth Lake so that LJFAT members could swim there free of charge or at a reduced price.  We will keep you posted on this as we gather more information about the feasibility of this idea.

Register for the Dow Firecracker 4 Today!

Want to ring in July 4 with a bang? Join us on July 4, 2014 at Dunbar Park in Lake Jackson for the 40th Annual Dow Firecracker 4. Register by clicking on “Dow Firecracker 4” at the top of this page.

You won't want to miss the great swag for every registrant (a cool shirt, backpack, Tervis tumbler, and headband), as well as a great social atmosphere on the morning of the race.  Food, drinks, and door prizes will be waiting for you at the finish line!

This race features a 4-mile run or 2-mile walk, as well as a BASF Kids' Run before the adults take off.  It's sure to be a great morning! Register now before space runs out!

April 2014 Meeting Notes and News

Our monthly meeting was at Mammoth Lake on Monday, April 7.  The owners provided information about open water swimming and a tour of the facilities.  Michael Harvey led a discussion on open water swimming and discussed the difference between a surfing wetsuit and a swimming wetsuit.  Several members did a short open water swim following the discussion.

You, too, can take advantage of this great local facility for only $8!  If you are interested in learning more about open water swimming or diving opportunities at Mammoth Lake, call (979) 529-9174.

Following the tour, members adjourned to Asiel's (next door) for some fun social time and dinner.

Stay tuned to and our FaceBook page for information about next month's meeting!

Lake Jackson / Freeport Area Triathletes

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