6 Ironman 70.3 Races for First-Timers

Looking to make the big jump in your triathlon distance? These six 70.3s, with perfect weather and a fast course, offer an ideal introduction to the challenging distance.

Ironman 70.3 San Juan

March 18, 2012 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

The bulk of the race takes place in Old San Juan, featured only a few hills and beach-front views. The water temperature is 78 degrees, about the same as the average air temperature. Read More

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Ironman 70.3 California

March 31, 2012 – Oceanside, California

The weather is predictably perfect--one less thing to worry about. The swim is in the calm waters of Oceanside Harbor, the bike ride goes through Camp Pendleton and the run is relatively flat through Oceanside's beachfront neighborhood. Read More

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Ironman 70.3 Texas

April 1, 2012 – Galveston, Texas

Enjoy the scenery while you take in your first 70.3. The 56-mile bike ride is mostly among the Gulf Coast of Texas and the run is a flat finish into Moody Gardens. Learn More

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Ironman 70.3 Florida

May 20, 2012 – Orlando, Florida

The scenery is one-of-a-kind at this race, marching in and around the Walt Disney World resort. The bike course promises fast times due to minimal hills, and the run course is equally flat with nearly a dozen aid stations. Learn More

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Ironman 70.3 New Orleans

April 22, 2012 – New Orleans, La.

Expect temperatures in the 60s when you start the swim in the calm Lake Pontchartrain, which is followed by a scenic bike ride and a run that finishes in the scenic French Quarter. Learn More

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Ironman 70.3 Boise

June 9, 2012 – Boise, Idaho

Considered a favorite for first-timers, Ironman Boise takes place in ideal temperatures and starts in the Lucky Peak Reservoir. After a 56-mile bike ride, the race concludes with a run almost exclusively along the banks of the Boise River. Learn More

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