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)
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)
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)
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 (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)
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)
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.