7 Ironman Races for First Timers
The Woodlands, Texas - May 17, 2014 1 of 8
IRONMAN Texas might appeal to first timers who aren't ready to face an ocean swim. The lake swim is a unique point-to-point course that ends in a channel. Keep in mind, the water temperature can get warm enough that wetsuits will be prohibited.
IRONMAN Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York - July 27, 2014 2 of 8
You need to be a strong cyclist to take on the Adirondacks, but Lake Placid does have a few quirks advantageous to first-timers. In 2013, the race had a rolling start to prevent congestion in the water. Plus, the lake has an underwater cable that stretches the length of the course route. If open water swimming isn't your thing, that cable is a nice guide.
Louisville, Kentucky - August 24, 2014 3 of 8
Mass starts are intimidating, but Ironman Louisville has a unique rolling start based on how early you line up. Swimmers are sent out every couple of seconds, so you're not getting kicked and slapped by 2,000 other swimmers starting at the same time.
Madison, Wisconsin - September 2014 4 of 8
IRONMAN Wisconsin is by no means easy. But the more than 45,000 spectators who line the course through farmland and the downtown streets of Madison will keep you moving forward towards its famous finish line. Registration for 2014 opens in September.
Panama City, Florida - November 5 of 8
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Taking place in great weather at Panama City Beach, this race is a good one to join the Ironman ranks because of the flat bike and run courses. Plus, the crowd support provides the boost you need late in the race.
Tempe, Arizona - November 6 of 8
IRONMAN Arizona features a swim in Tempe Town Lake, a relatively flat 112-mile three-loop course and a run course with just a few rollers. IRONMAN Arizona hopefuls be warned, when registration opens in November the race will sell out quickly.
Chattanooga, Tennessee - September 28, 2014 7 of 8
This inaugural race could be a good one for first-timers, with a down-current swim in the Tennessee River. While the bike and run course will have rolling hills, Ironman officials expect this course to be a fast and scenic one overall.