Triathlon Pioneers: 8 Races You Don't Want to Miss
These legendary triathlons have grown with the sport while staying true to their roots. Secure your slot in one of these tried-and-true races and find out what keeps triathletes coming back year after year.
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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - June 9-10, 2012
The Elkhart Lake Triathlon is an historic event with 14 years of experience. Well-managed and loads of fun, this event lives up to its motto: "Come for the race. Stay for the weekend". Read More
San Dimas, CA - June 10, 2012
TriEvents, the "world's oldest triathlon series", celebrates 30 years of racing in 2012. Join them for one of this year's benchmark events. Read More
Pleasanton, CA - June 16, 2012
The Tri for Fun is a sprint-distance triathlon excellent for novices, and great competition for the seasoned triathlete. Put it on your list for a warm-up event or destination race for your next vacation. Read More
Middlebury, CT - July 11, 2012
This is a great strength-building course, perfect as a tune-up for longer races. First-time triathletes will enjoy a swim in the spring-fed Lake Quassapaug, a challenging bike around beautiful scenery, and a quick run to finish the day right. Read More
Dowigiac, Michigan - July 21, 2012
Enjoy the rolling bike course of the Sister Lakes Triathlon as you race through some of the best scenery in the Midwest. And the run course takes you through residential areas around Big Crooked Lake, which attracts the locals to cheer you on as you fly by. Read More
Guerneville/Windsor, California - July 28, 2012
2012 marks the 23rd year of the Vineman, making it the oldest independent full-distance triathlon in the U.S. And there's good reason—athletes will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through Sonoma's beautiful wine country. Read More
Manassas, Virginia - August 5, 2012
The Summer Super Spring is a short-distance race perfect for experienced athletes to get some speed in, and for new athletes looking for a taste of the triathlon lifestyle. Don't miss this multisport gem. Read More
Granite Bay, California - September 23, 2012
This will be the 15th year for the Granite Bay Triathlon, often called "California's toughest sprint tri." But don't be discouraged—it has a beautiful course, awards five deep in each five-year age group, plus a free massage after the race. Read More
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