9 Kona Qualifiers Around the World
Ironman Los Cabos 2014
Los Cabos, Mexico - March 30, 2014 1 of 10
Triathletes begin the race at Palmilla Beach in a mass swim start into a protected bay. The 2014 event will feature a new, flatter bike course that begins at Palmilla Club and then out onto a boulevard that offers view of the Sea of Cortez. The run course takes racers on a flat route past several well-known sites including the downtown main plaza and Puerto Los Cabos.
2014 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
The Woodlands, Texas - May 17, 2014 2 of 10
The lake swim is a unique point-to-point course that ends in a channel. Keep in mind, it can be humid here and the water temperature can get warm enough that wetsuits will be prohibited.
Florianopolis Island, Brazil - May 25, 2014 3 of 10
Ironman Brazil is held in Florianopolis, home of 42 beaches. Triathletes will set off on a point-to-point swim, complete a two-loop bike course along coastal and rural roadways, and then finish with a fast and flat run. Beware, the coastal winds can put a significant dent in your bike time.
2014 Ironman Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - June 29, 2014 4 of 10
This Kona qualifier kicks off with a two-loop swim in Lake Coeur d'Alene. The challenging bike course takes you through rural northern Idaho and the run is chockfull of spectators.
Ironman Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York - July 27, 2014 5 of 10
The second oldest Ironman in North America will take you on a swim in Mirror Lake, a bike through the Adirondacks and a challenging run.
2014 Ironman Boulder
Boulder, Colorado - August 3, 2014 6 of 10
One of the world's top training destinations for triathletes finally has a full-distance Ironman event. The race begins at the Boulder Reservoir with a single loop 2.4-mile swim. The 112-mile one loop bike course goes around Carter Lake and along the eastern plains of the Front Range before heading into downtown. The race finishes with a two-loop run course almost entirely on Boulder Creek Trail.
2014 Ironman Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky - August 24, 2014 7 of 10
Swim down the Ohio River, bike through the city of LaGrange and Oldham County and then run past Louisville's waterfront, Churchill Downs, historic neighborhoods and the University of Louisville campus.
Tempe, Arizona - November 2014 8 of 10
Ironman Arizona begins with a deep water start in Tempe Town Lake, takes racers on a three-loop bike course through the Sonoran desert and, ends with a spectator-friendly run. This race is known to sell out quickly. Make sure to check back and sign up for the 2014 right after the 2013 race ends.
Ford Ironman Cozumel
Cozumel, Mexico - 2014 date to be announced 9 of 10
This race might be flat and fast, but it has its share of challenges. The first half of the ocean swim through crystal clear water is against the current and the wind and humidity can shave minutes off a triathlete's time. Then again, you are on a beautiful island. The 2013 race will be held in December. Check back after the race has been held to register for the 2014 event.