Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon Fun-raiser — April 10, 2010 (10 am start)


BSP Treeathlon Logo

The first Barton Springs Pool Treeathlon will be a very, very short and fun “treeathlon” to raise “fun” and funds for purchasing and maintaining trees at Barton Springs Pool.  Beginning at 10am, participants will swim ACROSS Barton Springs Pool, bike a short loop through Zilker Park to the Zilker Christmas Tree area, and then run a short course around the Polo Fields to finish at the Polo picnic tables in the trees.  Not an entirely serious athletic endeavor, the Tree-athlon will be a fun way to celebrate Barton Springs Pool, raise money for a pool-related project, and maybe bring back some of the “Keep Austin Weird” vibe.

Presented by Friends of Barton Springs Pool in cooperation with Austin Parks Foundation, the Treeathlon will raise fun and tax deductible funds for purchasing and maintaining trees for Barton Springs Pool and the surrounding area.  Please join us in celebrating and supporting Barton Springs Pool with the Treeathlon.

Arrive Early to Allow Time to Prepare Before Start: With the event starting at 10 am, participants need to arrive early enough to get ready before the 9:30 am Pre-Event Meeting.  Please allow sufficient time to park your car at the Polo Field parking area.  You should also allow time to pick up your race packet (race numbers, t-shirt, etc.) at the registration table at the Polo Field parking area, as well as complete your USA Triathlon membership application any pay any required USAT license fee (see below). Finally, allow time to check your bike and get “body marked” at the T1 bike transition area by the pool. The parking, packet pickup, USA Triathlon membership application, bike check and body marking should be completed by 9:30 am, when we will close the transition areas and have our Pre-Event meeting outside the Pool area on the north side.  You are strongly encouraged to arrive between 8 and 8:45 am.  Additional “must read” details are posted at Also, please review the Treeathon map posted at to understand where to go for parking, packet pickup, bike storage at the T1 bike transition area, as well as the course map and finish line and party area.

Packet Pickup:  On Saturday morning, a table will be located near the Polo Field parking area for sign in, late registration, distribution of race packets (race numbers, t-shirt, etc.), and USA Triathlon membership application and payment.

Treeathlon Insurance:  Before participating in the Treeathlon, every participant is required to be a member of USA Triathlon and to present a photo IDNO PHOTO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. If you did not pay for the USAT license at the registration site, you will be required to present a photo ID and pay the USAT license fee ($10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 18) by either cash or check. You will also be required to sign the USAT Membership application.  The USA Triathlon application/payment requirements will be handled at the Polo Field parking area.

Registration fees: $25 for early registration, and $30 beginning April 8 through race day.  If you’re not already registered with the USA Triathlon, you’ll need to purchase a $10 single-day triathlon license at the online registration site (below) or at the day of the event.  At registration, please specify your t-shirt size, though size availability will be allocated on a priority/availability basis.

Benefits: Participants will not only support the purchase and maintenance of trees at Barton Springs Pool, but will also receive an official BSP Treeathlon t-shirt, hear the percussion sounds of Rhythmic Force, and enjoy some cool brews and other food and refreshments from TacoDeli, Live Oak Brewing Co., St. Arnold Brewing Co., Maine Root, and others.  Additional benefits include a one year membership with Friends of Barton Springs Pool, event photography services by Kreutz Photography, and gift certificates and raffle prizes from 1379 Family Sports Shop, Threadgills, Austin Java, and Uncle Billy’s.

Course map: Treeathlon Course Map

Contact email: Mike Cannatti (

Contact Phone: 338-9100

Registration: Online registration for the Treeathlon is now closed.  If you absolutely must, you can register the morning of April 10, but do so at the registration table by the Polo Field parking area before 9:00 am.

Sponsorship Information: or contact Sara Marler (

Volunteer Information: Ann Phipps (

We Thank Our Sponsors and Supporters:

First off, special thanks to Jon “Papa” Grant for his wonderful work in preparing the Treeathlon logo showing the salamanders in their action triathlete poses.  Way cute!

We’ve also received tons of organizational help from Dan Carroll with High Five Events which we appreciate beyond words.   Michelle Graham with Bounce Events has also been very helpful with guidance in our promotional efforts.  Thanks so much!

Zilker Zealot Sponsors:

Vinson & Elkins LLP 7496C

Philosopher’s Rock Sponsors:


HamiltonTerrileLogoTowering Moonlighter Sponsors:



Parthenia’s Pecan Sponsors:

Sara and John Marler

Karen and Philip Ingram

Perry Lorenz

Lori McClure and Joe Martin






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Eliza’s Elm Sponsors:






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Come help us clean the Pool on April 1st

Fools clean the pool, Thursday April 1st.  This is no joke, but lots of fun!  Come and join in the merrymaking/rockscrubbing and prepare yourself for lots of corny jokes.

2 hour shifts starting at 10 am and continuing until 6pm.  Please sign up beforehand and let us know what time you will be joining everyone down at the pool.  Please bring sunscreen, a hat, shorts that can get wet and a joke.  We need shift leaders!

Contact Jonathan Beall at and reserve your space today!

March President’s Report

Visions need institutions,

and institutions need visions

by Robin Cravey

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Master Plan Stakeholder meeting in 2007

Without vision the people perish, says the proverb.  And I would add: Without people, the visions perish.  Putting it positively: the vision guides the people, and the people realize the vision.

Friends of Barton Springs Pool began with a vision.  It was a vision of a clean and vibrant pool, and a pool facility with the beauty of a work of art.  It was also a vision of people keeping the pool clean and vibrant, and creating artful facilities.

Already we have gone through some hugely creative work.  We have organized a volunteer effort that allows people to show their love for the pool with simple labor.  We have fostered the writing of methods to preserve and to clean.  We have written a master plan that provides a framework for creating noble facilities.  These are solid accomplishments.  But there is much more to be done. Continue reading “March President’s Report”

Barton Springs needs You!

3 days of March cleaning Madness!
Thursday, March 4
Saturday, March 6
Friday, March 12

Spring Cleaning season is almost upon us!  Barton Springs will be closed for only twelve days this year (March 1-12) for annual cleaning so the pool staff is really looking forward to our help to get the Springs sparkling spic and span for Opening Day, Saturday March 13.

City Aquatics Program Coordinator, Wayne Simmons, has given us a list of the areas we are needed most and there is something for everyone each and every day; Fun with flowers and beds, Soil Aeration Extravaganza, Pool Scum Showdowns in the Sludge Pit…  The fun never ends.

Each day will also have a Main Event! Continue reading “Barton Springs needs You!”