Early Season 70.3 Triathlons
HITS Triathlon Series, OcalaOcala, Fla.; April 2, 2016 1 of 11
One of the most popular events in the HITS Triathlon Series, this long course triathlon features a spectator-friendly, looped layout. Athletes start and finish at the famed Carney Island Park in Ocala, and its close proximity to Walt Disney World makes for a great celebratory post-race family vacation.
IRONMAN 70.3 California OceansideOceanside, Calif.; April 2, 2016 2 of 11
Why not return to the birthplace of triathlon for one of the most scenic courses on the circuit?
Athletes will have the chance to swim in the protected Oceanside Harbor before riding along the California coastline through Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The run takes place on the famous beachfront path "The Strand" before finishing near the water.
HITS Triathlon Series, Napa ValleyNapa Valley, Calif.; April 9, 2016 3 of 11
This 70.3 in Napa Valley takes place amongst world-famous lush vineyards in Northern California. If lucky, athletes can catch a glimpse of local wildlife along the course, including swans, bald eagles and deer.
Afterwards, sip on some Cabernet Sauvignon, because let's face it: There's no better wine pairing than triathlon.
IRONMAN 70.3 TexasGalveston, Texas; April 10, 2016 4 of 11
Beat the legendary Texas heat with this early-season 70.3. Athletes will swim in the Offats Bayou, bike through the gusty winds of the Texas Gulf Coast and run through the Moody Gardens along the bayou. A popular destination race, pack up the family for the ultimate Gulf Coast race-cation.
IRONMAN 70.3 FloridaLake Eva Park, Haines City, Fla.; April 10, 2016 5 of 11
One of the most spectator-friendly races on the 70.3 circuit, IRONMAN 70.3 Florida has a multiple-loop run with nearby playgrounds, water slides and a kiddie pool to keep the family entertained. The swim features glassy water, and citrus fills the air on the moderately hilly bike course that weaves through orange groves and downtown.
IRONMAN 70.3 New OrleansNew Orleans, La.; April 17, 2016 6 of 11
A triathlon with an identity crisis, IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans falls somewhere between a race and a party.
Athletes begin the day with a protected marina swim, followed by a ride through wetlands and a run along the beautiful shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Afterwards, recover with some post-race zydeco music and jambalaya for an authentic NOLA experience.
IRONMAN 70.3 St. CroixSt. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; May 1, 2016 7 of 11
A popular destination for honeymooners, this 70.3 takes place on the largest of the Virgin Islands.
Known mostly for "The Beast," a legendary climb on the bike course, this race is not for the faint of heart. Weather conditions can vary, but athletes will usually face warm, humid and breezy conditions--perfect for lounging in a hammock post-race.
HITS Triathlon Series, Grand JunctionGrand Junction, Colo.; May 21, 2016 8 of 11
Famous for the National Monument, Grand Junction is becoming a popular triathlon city in the United States. Its pristine water, flat and fast bike course, and self-described "bumpy" run course draws competitors to race the area time and time again.
Rev3 Triathlon Series, KnoxvilleKnoxville, Tenn.; May 22, 2016 9 of 11
Taking place at the site of the 1982 World's Fair Park, athletes can expect a family-friendly race only a short drive from Atlanta or Nashville. Known for it's challenging bike course, scenic run and grassroots feel, Rev3 Knoxville is a perfect early-season opener.
America's Half Iron TriathlonRichmond, IN; June 4, 2016 10 of 11
Taking place in Amish territory, athletes will swim in the Middlefork Reservoir, bike on a two-loop course and run a half marathon through the streets of Richmond. A popsicle, long sleeve finisher shirt and a post-race cookout is included.