Best Triathlons Across the Country
Besides serving to challenge your dedication and strength, triathlons are also a legitimate excuse to travel and see different parts of the country. When you are feeling pure suffering during a triathlon, sometimes there is nothing besides breathtaking scenery or fanatical spectators that get you across the finish line. These are the best triathlons across the country offering the best views, beginner friendly courses, and the best volunteers, staff, and spectators. They are the races that thousands flock to from everywhere across the country because they are worth it!
Lake San Antonio, California
May 5-6, 2018
Wildflower Triathlon has been known around the world as the “Woodstock of triathlons”. The race has drawn over 7,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators in the past. Offering 3 distances and relay options, the race has something for everyone. It takes place at Lake San Antonio, California. The past couple years have been rough for Wildflower lovers. Due to the severe droughts in California, the swim had to be moved to a different location in 2014 and 2015 and was cancelled in 2016 and 2017. But it is on its feet again for 2018 and everyone is happy about it. What makes this race special is that it feels more like a festival than a race. Everyone- the racers, the volunteers, the spectators- all camp out around the course for the whole weekend. After the long course race on Saturday, you can hear the athletes celebrating around the campfires. But that is not to say that the fun doesn’t start during the race as well! Be on the lookout for spectators along the course handing out unconventional hydration drinks and volunteers in costume (or nothing at all!)
Nautica Malibu Triathlon
September 16-17, 2017
This race might be the best chance you have to race alongside (and possibly beat) celebrities! Internationally famous, the Malibu Triathlon attracts people of all abilities every year and often sells out quickly. It offers an international distance race on Saturday or the shorter classic distance on Sunday. The swim takes place in the pacific ocean followed by a bike ride along the coast on the famous Pacific Coast Highway and a flat spectator friendly run along the beach. This race is great for beginners because it takes place late in the summer, is not a very challenging course, and is surrounded by fun people and events!
Escape from Alcatraz
San Francisco, California
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to escape from prison, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon might be the closest you’ll get without actually going to prison. Be one of 2,000 athletes to jump off a ferry in the cool bay waters and swim to shore where you will bike and run through the hilly landscapes of San Francisco. With each leg being a challenge on their own, the race has the technical but fun feel of an obstacle course. It is challenging to everyone including pro triathletes, yet it is possible for everyone to complete. However, it is very competitive to get an entry. There is a random drawing system in order to be selected for a race entry. If you are selected, you will be so happy that you won’t mind the rather expensive price tag that comes along with it because it is truly a race of a lifetime.
Boulder Peak Triathlon
The Boulder Peak Triathlon is one of the oldest triathlons in the country. Boulder is already home to many top triathletes so it easily attracts the best racers around the country. That and the $25,000 prize purse. But this triathlon is not just for elites. It is a very beginner friendly race featuring relatively low entry fees and a first-timers swim division. The course is Olympic distance, boasting the infamous “Old Stage Climb” – a 15% grade hill finish on the bike. But the gruesome course is complemented with the breathtaking mountainous scenery of the Boulder Reservoir. This race is featured on many “Best Triathlon” lists but is limited to only 1200 athletes so make sure you register early!
September 10, 2017
The only triathlon held in the capitol, the Nation’s Triathlon is a unique opportunity to race with the inspiration of our country’s history literally surrounding you. Athletes swim in the Potomac river, bike through the National Mall, and run past the Washington Monument. You can choose whether you want to do the Olympic distance, sprint distance or aquabike.
September 16, 2017
The Lobsterman Triathlon is known among non-triathletes and triathletes alike on the East Coast. It is on the bucket-list race of most triathletes around the country. The Olympic distance course is filled with the beautiful views of Freeport, Maine which happens to be the home of L.L. Bean. There is also the option to do a relay or aquabike if you want to skip the run. Whether you have a good race or not, there is a lobster bake after party with fresh lobster, food and beer!
August 26-27, 2017
The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is one of the biggest triathlon races in the country. Since the first one was held in 1983, thousands of athletes have crossed the finish line, most of them first-timers earning the title of “triathlete”. The race offers an International/Olympic distance course, a sprint distance, and a supersprint distance. There is also a kids division. The swim is in a protected harbor of Lake Michigan, the bike course is a flat ride through the metropolitan streets, and the run takes place along the lake. The Chicago Triathlon is a perfect beginners triathlon because of the course options and the number of athletes of varying abilities that sign up. It is also para-triathlete friendly. The race weekend is packed with fun triathlon related events giving triathletes, family, and friends, plenty to do.
Great Clermont Triathlon
March 18, 2018
Dubbed the “World’s Triathlon Destination” because of its rolling hills, minimal traffic, and lakes, Clermont, Florida hosts several triathlon races throughout the year. It is also where world-class athletes come to train. The Great Clermont Triathlon is a perfect early season race. The course is an International distance and offers relay and aquabike options. The race is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018 by scaling back entry fees. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to race at the World’s Triathlon Destination for a discounted price!