IRONMAN 70.3 HawaiiJune 3, 2017 — Kohala Coast, Hawaii 1 of 12
Everyone should vacation in Hawaii at least once. This event is the perfect excuse to go. Start your day in the "crystal blue waters" of Hapuna Beach State Park, then bike the Queen K highway, made famous by the World Championship race course in Kona. The event finishes with a "13.1 mile run through paradise," according to the Ironman Honu website. How can you resist?
IRONMAN 70.3 MuncieJuly 8, 2017 — Muncie, Ind. 2 of 12
Believe us when we say you don't want to overlook this half IRONMAN situated in the heart of Indiana. Lauded for having one of the best overall runs, overall bikes, best race venues and best post-race celebrations in the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards, IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie is a can't-miss race for your calendar. With a family-friendly environment for athletes and spectators, enjoy all Indiana has to offer after accomplishing your goals by visiting local attractions, such as the Muncie Children's Museum, Cardinal Greenway, Minnestrista Cultural Center or the White River Greenway. Or, if you're looking for something more adult, Scotty's Brewhouse is waiting for you to cash in on your post-race beer dreams.
IRONMAN 70.3 CalgaryJuly 23, 2017 — Alberta, Canada 3 of 12
Although it's one of the most challenging 70.3 courses out there, it's also known as one of the most scenic. So if you're moved by beauty and energized by hills, this race is for you.
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa CruzSept. 10, 2017 — Santa Cruz, Calif. 4 of 12
Once known as the Big Kahuna Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz is one of California's longest-running races. Plus, it's the perfect race for those new to 70.3 racing with a year-round temperate climate and views to die for. Swim on Santa Cruz's Main Beach, bike along the California coastline and run along the Natural Bridges State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park on your way to the finish line at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
IRONMAN MarylandOct. 7, 2017 — Cambridge, Md. 5 of 12
Wind your way through one of the country's oldest colonial towns in Cambridge, Md. If you're a fan of nature and experiencing the great outdoors—all while putting your endurance to the test with 140.6 miles of racing—then IRONMAN Maryland is the perfect race for you. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles or white-tailed deer as you ride your way through the Blackwater National Wildlife Reserve and bordering rural counties. A favorite among athletes, the course is PR friendly due to its quick bike course and flat run, finishing in historic downtown Cambridge.
IRONMAN LouisvilleOct. 15, 2017 — Louisville, Ky. 6 of 12
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.
Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New OrleansOct. 22, 2017 — New Orleans, La. 7 of 12
If you've always wanted to visit New Orleans, this is the perfect excuse to go. Finish your race in the French Quarter, then recover with Cajun food and Creole culture.
IRONMAN 70.3 AustinOctober 29, 2017 — Austin, Texas 8 of 12
With one of the only indoor finishes on the IRONMAN circuit, participants are in for a unique experience at Texas' state capital. The live music capital of the world, Austin is the perfect setting for a triathlon. Athletes start their 70.3 miles with a swim in Decker Lake, perfect for those not yet comfortable with open ocean waters. Pass through rolling Texas farmlands on the bike before wrapping up the race in Walter E. Long Park and along the Decker Lake shores before coming across the finish line inside the Luedecke Arena—perfect for friends and family to escape the Texas heat and watch you achieve your goals.
IRONMAN Los CabosNov. 12, 2017 — Los Cabos, Mexico 9 of 12
Part of the fun of completing an IRONMAN 70.3 is racing in fun locations. So why not take advantage of this perk and sign up for a racecation in Los Cabos, Mexico, where you can get a taste of your first half-distance while also enjoying all the Baja California Peninsula has to offer. Swim in the clear waters of Palmilla Bay, bike along the Transpeninsular Highway that links Cabos San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo and finish with a two-lap run course on the downtown streets of San Jose.
IRONMAN 70.3 St. CroixMay 6, 2018 — St. Croix, Virgin Islands 10 of 12
Sure you have to tackle "The Beast", a 14-percent grade climb on the bike. But you can't ask for a better place to recover than the Virgin Islands.
IRONMAN 70.3 MallorcaMay 12, 2018 — Mallorca, Balearic Islands 11 of 12
Find out why this Spanish island is known as a "training paradise" to many cyclists and triathletes. Once you get here, you won't want to leave.