Unlike a late season full-distance triathlon, however, training for a 70.3 means you won't miss out on as many non-triathlon summer activities. Put one of these late season races on your calendar, then slowly roll off your pool float and start training as the temperatures begin to cool off.
REV3 Pocono MountainsEast Stroudsburg, Penn.; Aug. 7, 2016 1 of 11
With the entire course located in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, expect lush, wooded surroundings and warm temperatures for this late season race. After a swim in the Delaware River, you'll be treated to a gentle ride under the shade of the Pocono Mountains before heading out on the McDade Trail.
IRONMAN 70.3 SteelheadBenton Harbor, Mich.; Aug. 14, 2016 2 of 11
With nearby wineries, beaches and golf courses, Benton Harbor is the ultimate destination to unplug and relax post-race. The swim takes place in Lake Michigan, the bike winds through wineries and orchards and you'll run the final leg in nothing but shade. What more could you ask for?
REV3 MaineOld Orchard Beach, Maine; Aug. 28, 2016 3 of 11
Located around the charming New England boardwalk of Old Orchard Beach, Rev3 Maine features a calm swim in warm water, a rolling ride through Maine farmland, and a flat run with portions on the famous Eastern Trail. While you're out on the course, your family can enjoy amusement park rides, arcade games and live music along the boardwalk.
Incredoubleman TriathlonWestcott Beach State Park, N.Y.; Sept. 10-11, 2016 4 of 11
What's better than one late season half iron-distance race? How about two in one weekend! At the Incredoubleman, you can do just that (if you want). With one race on Saturday and another on Sunday, many people opt for the true "Incredoubleman Challenge."
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa CruzSanta Cruz, Calif.; Sept. 11, 2016 5 of 11
Make sure to pack a wetsuit for this famous swim in what was formerly called the Big Kahuna Triathlon. You'll brave the choppy waters off the Santa Cruz Pier before heading out along the shores of Santa Cruz for a flat bike and quick run featuring breathtaking views of the California coastline at literally every part of the course. Make sure to grab some funnel cake along the Santa Cruz boardwalk after the race--you'll have earned it.
Toughman TriathlonHarriman State Park, N.Y.; Sept. 18, 2016 6 of 11
This growing race series finishes off its season with a championship race in Harriman, New York. Located entirely within Harriman State Park, this race starts with a swim in Lake Welch before heading out on a two-loop, largely flat bike course and net elevation loss run (which means make sure you practice that leg turnover!). This race attracts high-caliber age groupers, so make sure you bring your "A" game.
IRONMAN 70.3 SuperfrogCoronado, Calif.; Sept. 25, 2016 7 of 11
A triathlon benefitting many military-friendly charities (including the Navy SEAL Foundation), the SUPERFROG is a long-standing San Diego race that takes part along the same shores and roads used by Navy SEALs during training. Expect a cold swim followed by pancake flat bike and run legs--the perfect opportunity to push yourself in honor of those who serve our country.
Challenge ArubaPalm Beach, Aruba (Dutch Caribbean); Oct. 23, 2016 8 of 11
Why not finish off your season on one of the most beautiful islands on earth? This will mark Challenge Aruba's inaugural year, and Challenge is pulling out all the stops to make sure it's a memorable one. Expect to see a full roster of pros toeing the line alongside you as you dive in the crystal blue waters of Palm Beach before jumping on your bike and riding along the shoreline and tackling a fast (but likely hot) run. Athletes will cross the finish line in front of the luxurious Hyatt Regency Resort.
IRONMAN 70.3 AustinAustin, Texas; Oct. 30, 2016 9 of 11
Everything is bigger in Texas, and this race is no exception. Featuring a warm lake swim, rolling farmland bike and hilly three-loop run that finishes inside the Travis County Expo Center--you'll receive a true Texas-style welcome at the finish line, complete with live music and plenty of BBQ.
HITS Championship Palm SpringsPalm Springs, Calif.; Dec. 3, 2016 10 of 11
You can't get more of a later season 70.3 here in the States than the HITS Championship in Palm Springs. With a calm swim and speedy bike and run courses--you can get in that half iron-distance PR just in time to trim the tree and fill up on holiday cookies guilt-free.