Triathlon Pioneers You Won't Want to Miss

Triathlon Pioneers: 8 Races You Don't Want to Miss

These legendary triathlons have grown with the sport while staying true to their roots. Secure your slot in one of these tried-and-true races and find out what keeps triathletes coming back year after year.

Elkhart Lake Triathlon

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - June 9-10, 2012

The Elkhart Lake Triathlon is an historic event with 14 years of experience. Well-managed and loads of fun, this event lives up to its motto: "Come for the race. Stay for the weekend". Read More

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Los Angeles Tri Express Series Event #3

San Dimas, CA - June 10, 2012

TriEvents, the "world's oldest triathlon series", celebrates 30 years of racing in 2012. Join them for one of this year's benchmark events. Read More

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25th Annual Tri For Fun

Pleasanton, CA - June 16, 2012

The Tri for Fun is a sprint-distance triathlon excellent for novices, and great competition for the seasoned triathlete. Put it on your list for a warm-up event or destination race for your next vacation. Read More

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26th Annual Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon

Middlebury, CT - July 11, 2012

This is a great strength-building course, perfect as a tune-up for longer races. First-time triathletes will enjoy a swim in the spring-fed Lake Quassapaug, a challenging bike around beautiful scenery, and a quick run to finish the day right. Read More

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Sister Lakes Triathlon

Dowigiac, Michigan - July 21, 2012

Enjoy the rolling bike course of the Sister Lakes Triathlon as you race through some of the best scenery in the Midwest. And the run course takes you through residential areas around Big Crooked Lake, which attracts the locals to cheer you on as you fly by. Read More

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2012 Vineman

Guerneville/Windsor, California - July 28, 2012

2012 marks the 23rd year of the Vineman, making it the oldest independent full-distance triathlon in the U.S. And there's good reason—athletes will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through Sonoma's beautiful wine country. Read More

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Tri It Now Summer Super Sprint

Manassas, Virginia - August 5, 2012

The Summer Super Spring is a short-distance race perfect for experienced athletes to get some speed in, and for new athletes looking for a taste of the triathlon lifestyle. Don't miss this multisport gem. Read More

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15th Annual Granite Bay Triathlon

Granite Bay, California - September 23, 2012

This will be the 15th year for the Granite Bay Triathlon, often called "California's toughest sprint tri." But don't be discouraged—it has a beautiful course, awards five deep in each five-year age group, plus a free massage after the race. Read More

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Don't Miss: 8 Triathlons in Vacation Destinations

Schedule your next vacation around your next triathlon. Here are eight great excuses to visit beautiful locations and earn your relaxation. See the full list.

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