12 Endurance Races to Do in 2010
By Jesse Hammond
Looking for an unforgettable event to anchor your 2010 calendar? Whether you're a runner, swimmer, cyclist or triathlete, choose from these dozen races for a memorable season of training and racing.
Orlando, Florida -- March 5-7
Women of all ages will feel like princesses as they run 13.1 miles around Disney World. Or challenge the family to Disney's Royal Family 5K and Kids Races. Learn More ?
Monterey, California -- April 15-18
If you're not watching you're racing—there's a race or ride for every level of mountain biker or roadie—at this four-day cycling extravaganza. Learn More ?Photo Courtesy of Sea Otter Classic
Boulder, Colorado -- May 31
Celebrate Memorial Day by running in one of the largest 10Ks in the country. Stick around after the race for the BolderBoulder Tribute. Learn More ?Photo courtesy of BolderBoulder
San Francisco, California -- June 6
Take the ferry to Alcatraz Island and join hundreds of other swimmers as you escape from the Rock at this wetsuit-friendly, 1.5-mile swim across the San Francisco Bay. Learn More ?
Des Moines, Iowa -- June 12-13
In addition to an age-group Olympic-distance tri, the weekend also features pros from around the world competing in a draft-legal, spectator-friendly ITU Elite Cup race. Learn More ?AP Photo/ITU, Delly Carr
Various locations -- March through December
You and your "Partner in Grime" take turns mountain biking and running along a six- to seven-mile course filled with fun obstacles before finishing in the infamous mud pit. Learn More ?AP Photo/Bill Ross
British Columbia, Canada -- July 26-31
Experience some of the most beautiful singletrack in the world at this epic mountain bike stage race. Based solely out of Kamloops, BC, the event allows for more time riding and celebrating and less time spent on transportation. Learn More ?
Gilford, New Hampshire -- August 21-22
With a sprint tri on Saturday and a 70.3 on Sunday, this New England favorite offers spectacular scenery, a team tailgating area near transition and qualifying spots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Learn More ?
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin -- August 22
Challenge your cycling buddies at this popular 90-mile timed bike race around Lake Winnebago. The event is open to all levels of cyclists, including tandem and recumbent riders. Learn More ?
Huntington, Utah -- September 11
Head into the Jurassic age as you run below towering rock formations and past actual dinosaur footprints. This unique, mostly flat and downhill course is perfect for runners looking to get away from the crowds of big city races. Learn More ?
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- September 19
Formerly known as the Philadelphia Distance Race, this fast half marathon has lured runners seeking p.r.'s since 1978. A band every mile keeps you grooving as you run by the City of Brotherly Love's historic sites. Learn More ?AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower
Henderson, Nevada -- November 7