Rev3 Triathlon Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio; September 2017 1 of 11
Like most Rev3 Tri events, Rev3 Cedar Point offers both an incredibly family-friendly setting and the option for partial reimbursement or race exchange should life get in the way of you showing up on race day. This race, set on the 364-acre Cedar Point amusement park, also has an outdoor waterpark (complete with a lazy river) to help you soak away your post-race muscle soreness.
IRONMAN ChattanoogaChattanooga, Tenn.; September 24, 2017 2 of 11
IRONMAN Chattanooga's unique point-to-point swim in the Tennessee River will set you up nicely for a breathtakingly beautiful ride through North Georgia. Once you're out on the run, you'll cross over several bridges as you weave through downtown Chattanooga.
IRONMAN MarylandCambridge, Md.; October 7, 2017 3 of 11
Much like its 70.3 counterpart, IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, IRONMAN Maryland offers athletes a chance to ride through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge--home to hundreds of animal species and endangered plants. Expect warm and windy conditions and a flat, fast course in and around this historic colonial town on the eastern seaboard.
IRONMAN LouisvilleOctober 15, 2017 — Louisville, Ky. 4 of 11
Not only is Louisville a great, inexpensive race for 140.6 enthusiasts, it's perfect for first time long-distance triathletes. Mass starts can be intimidating, but IRONMAN Louisville has a rolling start based on how early you lineup. This means not as much kicking and slapping as you begin the grueling 2.4-mile swim.
Of course, that's not the only draw for this event. The race was voted No. 8 for overall satisfaction in the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards and the finish line sits right at "4th St. Live!" in the city's historic downtown, ensuring you'll finish your race with a bang. Plus, why celebrate with a post-race beer when famous Kentucky bourbon is within reach.
Great Floridian 140.6Clermont, Fla.; October 21, 2017 5 of 11
Located near the Olympic Training Center, this 140.6-distance race is the second oldest iron-distance race in the continental United States and is a bucket list race for many triathletes. Featuring a swim in Lake Minneola, a short climb up Sugarloaf Mountain and three loops around the South Lake Trail, you can expect lots of local cheering (and possibly even an alligator sighting or two) as you make your way to the finish.
IRONMAN Los CabosLos Cabos, Mexico; November 12, 2017 6 of 11
If you're looking for a tropical family vacation to cap off your last race of the year, IRONMAN Los Cabos is a perfect pick. You'll start the day off with a luxurious swim in the crystal blue waters off Palmilla Beach, a ride on a rolling course on newly paved roads, and a flat, hot run through town.
IRONMAN FloridaPanama City Beach, Fla.; November 4, 2017 7 of 11
There's a reason this course has seen many IRONMAN records: it's completely flat from start to finish. Expect a calm swim in the Gulf of Mexico and be prepared to push the pace as you wind through St. Andrew's State Park on your way to the finish line.
IRONMAN ArizonaTempe, Ariz.; November 19, 2017 8 of 11
Another famous IRONMAN known for being extremely "first-timer" friendly, IRONMAN Arizona is also known for selling out in record time. The course is mostly flat and offers a huge amount of crowd support--even along the somewhat lonely bike stretches along the Beeline Highway.
IRONMAN CozumelCozumel, Mexico; November 26, 2017 9 of 11
Scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend, IRONMAN Cozumel is another solid pick for a family trip without requiring too many of your vacation days.
The course offers a gorgeous swim with waters so clear you'll spend most of your time in the water counting clownfish. The rest of the course is pancake flat (and notoriously windy), allowing the super-cyclists out there a chance to really shine.
HITS Championship Palm SpringsLa Quinta, Calif.; December 2-3, 2017 10 of 11
The perfect end to any season, the HITS Championship is the crown jewel of the entire HITS Triathlon Series.
Expect mild temperatures, a flat, fast course and a slew of other athletes competing in several different distances over the entire championship weekend. It's an ideal race for the entire family to take part in.