9 Great Destination Races Around the World
Nowadays, there are races in seemingly every tourist city in the world, but here are a few worth putting on your calendar.
Fugitive Half Iron Distance TriathlonMarlow, Buckinghamshire, U.K.; July 17, 2016 1 of 10
Located in the countryside outside of London, the Marlow Triathlon gives you a challenging taste of English multisport. The strong currents of the River Thames guarantee you a fast swim, and the bike and run courses meander through English townships and over grassy foothills before finishing in popular Higginson Park. This race will give you the perfect start for a trip to the U.K., where your tired quads can rejuvenate on strolls past Buckingham Palace or while searching for the best meat pie.
36th Annual Tinman TriathlonHonolulu, Hawaii; July 24, 2016 2 of 10
Nothing says "vacation" like a trip to beautiful Honolulu. And once you cross the finish line of the famous Tinman Triathlon, you can grab a Mai Tai and let the relaxation begin. You'll start race day with a swim around Queen's Beach Pier before riding around the base of Diamond Head and running back to Kapiolani Park. Once you've completed the race, spend your days surfing, snorkeling and lounging the days away to your heart's content.
IRONMAN 70.3 CalgaryCalgary, Alberta, Canada; July 24, 2016 3 of 10
Head north to Canadian cowboy country for one of the most scenic half-iron races in the world. The chilly swim in crystal-clear waters of Auburn Bay will invigorate you for the 56-mile bike through open prairies and the run through the valleys of the Glenmore Reservoir. The entire course features beautiful vistas of the Rocky Mountains that seem to go on forever. Post-race you can enjoy a trip to nearby Banff National Park for some of the most awe-inspiring hikes and views on earth.
Spa Girl Tri, Lost PinesLost Pines, Texas; Sept. 10, 2016 4 of 10
A vacation destination race doesn't necessarily have to be far from home; why not stay stateside and enjoy a luxurious resort post-race? This female-only race series pairs exercise and elegance in a weekend of papering and relaxation. With the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa playing host, the Lost Pines stop is one triathlon not to miss. Finishers receive custom female tech shirts, a special feminine swag bag and a yummy post-race food and leisure experience.
2016 Zoot Westchester Olympic TriathlonRye Town, N.Y.; Sept. 25, 2016 5 of 10
With a calm and usually warm swim in Long Island Sound, and a hilly bike and flat run along the famous Rye Playland Boardwalk, this Olympic-distance race has been an East Coast favorite for more than three decades. Taking place just north of the city, this race is also a great excuse to take a few days and visit the Big Apple and perhaps catch a few Broadway shows (and eat a few pastramis on rye).
Santa Rosa Island Sprint TriathlonPensacola, Fla.; Oct.. 1, 2016 6 of 10
If you've got the end-of-summer blues, look no further than Florida for a dose of warm water and racing fun. The Santa Rosa Island Sprint Triathlon is celebrating its 21st year and is guaranteed to sell out. The fast course features a beautiful, calm swim in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by completely flat and fast bike and run courses in and around the Pensacola Beach community. A week on the famous white sand beaches of Pensacola might be vacation enough, but this race location is also close enough to the beach town of Panama City for a quick day trip.
IRONMAN 70.3 PuconPucon, Chile; January 15, 2017 7 of 10
Set against the backdrop of the Villarrica Volcano, IRONMAN 70.3 Pucon is as challenging as it is awe-inspiring. With a swim in Lake Villarrica, a challenging bike ride outside of the city of Pucon and a hilly run through town, you'll be more than ready to relax and take in the sights of southern Chile once you cross the finish line. Soak in local hot springs before gearing up for the most popular tourist destination in town--the top of Villarrica. Each day hundreds of brave people make the ascent to the summit of the snow-capped dome before sliding back down to sea level for some well-deserved tapas and beer.
IRONMAN 70.3 South AfricaBuffalo City, East London; Jan. 29, 2017 8 of 10
No, there aren't any zebras on the course at IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, but post-race you won't have to look very far to find them. Located along the Eastern Cape of South Africa, this race features a calm bay swim, a hilly bike course and a flat and fast run through the waterfront of Buffalo City. After the race, head to Nahoon's Bat Cave to see 200,000 old footprints or venture out on a safari to check out some of the local wildlife.
Challenge WanakaWanaka, New Zealand; Feb. 18, 2017 9 of 10
Long considered one of the most scenic long distance triathlons in the world, Challenge Wanaka is the ultimate destination race for those adventuresome at heart. The warm kiwi hospitality will help push you through the chilly (but beautiful) swim in Lake Wanaka, the hilly bike course through New Zealand's Southern Alps and the run around the local Wanaka township where thousands of local spectators will greet you at the finish . Once the race is done, New Zealand is yours to explore--rafting, hiking, climbing, bungee jumping and pretty much any adventure sport known to man awaits you.