Triathlons Worth Traveling For

It’s that time of year again. For­get spring clean­ing or spring fever–it’s time to dust off your run­ning shoes, take your wet­suit out of the clos­et, and put some air in your tires. It’s triathlon sea­son! Whether you’re a begin­ner, signed up for a local sprint tri, or a sea­soned vet look­ing for some­thing new and chal­leng­ing, there is a triathlon for every­one. Lit­er­al­ly every­one. Even if you’re just look­ing for an excuse to get out and see some­thing beau­ti­ful, what bet­ter way than a triathlon? This week we are tak­ing a look at some incred­i­bly scenic, not to men­tion epic triathlons that are def­i­nite­ly worth the plane ticket.

Ironman Pucon (Chile)Iron­man Pucon (Chile)
If you’re inter­est­ed in Iron­man then con­grat­u­la­tions, you are way more hard­core than I will ever be. And while Iron (Wo)Men are known for their phys­i­cal prowess, we all know how dull it can be train­ing in the same neigh­bor­hoods over and over again. Pucon’s Iron Man traces the city lim­its under the strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful view of Mount Vil­lar­ri­ca. Known for it’s out­door adven­ture oppor­tu­ni­ties, Pucon offers stun­ning views, his­tor­i­cal charm, and ther­mal baths–perfect for any post-race aches and pains.

Challenge Wanaka (New Zealand)Chal­lenge Wana­ka (New Zealand)
Just Google “Lake Wana­ka” and see for your­self. Lit­er­al­ly nes­tled in the moun­tains of New Zealand’s south­ern island, Lake Wana­ka is a ski des­ti­na­tion by win­ter, but come sum­mer, the town and lake is packed with tri enthu­si­asts. While the race is iron dis­tance and known for it’s dif­fi­cul­ty, it is also renowned for its scenery and the sup­port of the local com­mu­ni­ty. If your fam­i­ly can’t come to New Zealand to cheer you on, don’t wor­ry, there are thou­sands of locals and vis­i­tors sup­port­ing you from the sidelines.

Catalina Island Triathlon (California)Catali­na Island Triathlon (Cal­i­for­nia)
In true Cal­i­forn­ian form, the Catali­na Island Triathlon is pret­ty “chill” and just a short fer­ry ride from San Diego. With short­er dis­tances (1/2 mile swim, 15k bike, 5k run) and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to swim in Catalina’s scenic Aval­on Bay, Catalina’s triathlon might be the per­fect way to end your season.

Bali Triathlon (India)Bali Triathlon (Indone­sia)
The Bali triathlon, in Jim­baran, Bali offers Olympic, sprint, and “fun run” dis­tances. With beau­ti­ful views and rough ter­rain, this tri makes sev­er­al oth­er “top ten” lists and it’s easy to see why. Peo­ple take this race seri­ous­ly, but the laid back lifestyle of Indone­sia allows for a relax­ing experience…or at least as relax­ing as an Olympic triathlon can be.

Lavaman Waikaloa Triathlon (Hawaii)Lava­man Waikaloa Triathlon (Hawaii)
Locat­ed on Hawai­i’s big island, Waikaloa is an ancient city with mod­ern accom­mo­da­tion  Once a fish­ing vil­lage a stone’s throw from the Ka Upule­hu lava flow, the race lives up to its name. They even have triathlon for kids. Maybe it’s time your fam­i­ly took a trip to Hawaii…

Galapagos Triathlon (The Galapagos Islands)Gala­pa­gos Triathlon (The Gala­pa­gos Islands)
As far as triathlons go, this is one of the most unique. Not only do you get to run, swim, and bike through some of the worlds most incred­i­ble land­scapes, the race is com­plete­ly eco friend­ly and all pro­ceeds go to sup­port­ing the health of the local envi­ron­ment. This is a triathlon to feel good about: mind, body, and soul.