10 Olympic Distance Triathlons to Try This Year
5150 Galveston Tri and Lonestar Sprint
Galveston, Texas - September 21, 2014 1 of 11
Start the swim from the white sand beach at Moody Gardens, Enjoy a scenic bike ride along the Golf Coast, and wrap things up with flat run along Offats Bayou and Palm Beach.
Des Moines, Iowa - August 31, 2014 2 of 11
This challenging Midwest course rewards competitors with scenic views, and the spectator-friendly course means there's plenty of moral support along the way. The swim and run take place in Gray's Lake Park and the bike takes participants through historic downtown Des Moines.
RaceVermont Olympic Distance Tri
Shelburne Beach, Vermont - August 17, 2014 3 of 11
RaceVermont organizers have brought back an Olympic-distance triathlon to and from the shores of Lake Champlain. This USAT-sanctioned race has a limited number of spots. If you don't sign up in time, consider the sprint race held the same day.
Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon
Springfield, Illinois - July 26, 2014 4 of 11
There's no better place for an Iron Abe triathlon than the Land of Lincoln. A lake swim leads into a rolling bike course on prairie roads. If an Olympic-distance event sounds too easy, you can always sign up for the Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon.
Lake George Triathlon Festival
Lake George, New York - August 30, 2014 5 of 11
This popular Olympic triathlon in upstate New York sells out most years, so sign up early. The course includes a swim in Lake George, a bike filled with a few rollers and a run featuring a mix of flats, downhills and hills.
Lavonia, Georgia - September 13, 2014 6 of 11
Swim in a cove in Lake Hartwell, bike on a hilly out-and-back course and then finish with a run through Tugaloo State Park.
Ramseur Triathlon and Duathlon
Ramseur, North Carolina - September 20, 2014 7 of 11
Ramseur Lake is opened just for the triathlon swim. The bike course is a loop on the hilly country roads near the town of Ramseur. The 10K run course is mostly on the tree-covered rail trail near the lake.
Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania - September 14, 2014 8 of 11
There are a number of Rev3 races held throughout the country including in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Venice, Florida. This year, Rev3 brings you an inaugural event in the Pocono Mountains just in time to kick off the fall racing season.
Holland, Massachusetts - August 10, 2014 9 of 11
Back of the Pack Productions puts on local events in the Massachusetts area to promote health and well-being, and unite people through sport. Join the multisport fun at Lake Siog Park this summer.
Marin County Triathlon
San Rafael, California - November 1, 2014 10 of 11
The Marin County Triathlon isn't just an endurance event, it's part of a series of races that believes in sustainability, health and giving back to the community. They have the highest designation of sustainability from the Council for Responsible Sport, and 100 percent of their net proceeds go to charity. If that's not reason enough to sign up maybe this will sway you: Triathlete magazine named the Marin Triathlon one of the 100 best triathlons on Earth.