Olympic Distance Triathlons

The year is half over, but there’s still plenty of time to get in shape and compete in an Olympic distance triathlon. Choose from our select races, throw on some Lycra, and start training.

Bay Islands Triathlon, Roatan, Honduras    

NORTHEAST

Triathlon Name: Annapolis Triathlon
Link: http://www.tricolumbia.org/Annapolis/
Dates: September 7, 2008
Location: Annapolis, MD
Price: $135; $240 relay
Rating: Difficult
Swim the tidal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay and then bike and run down the provincial capital's brick-lined, historic streets.

Triathlon Name: The Lobsterman
Link: http://www.tri-maine.com/
Dates: September 13, 2008
Location: Freeport, ME
Price: $110; $155 relay
Rating: Difficult
With water temperatures in the mid-60's, wetsuits are standard. After the swim, tough out a bike and a run over rolling hills for the right to be called a lobsterman.

Triathlon Name: Mighty Hamptons Long Island Triathlon
Link: http://www.longislandtri.com/2008/index.cfm?ID=5
Dates: September 14, 2008
Location: Sag Harbor, NY
Price: $165; $205 relay
Rating: Moderate
After the summer crowds have left the Hamptons, swim Noyac Bay, bike the rolling vista, and finish with a flat run. You can rest while sitting in the traffic jam back to the City.

MIDWEST

Triathlon Name: Peregrine Charities Triathlon
Link: http://www.peregrinecharities.org/TRI/
Dates: September 28, 2008
Location: Waterloo, IA
Price: $75 per person
Rating: Moderate
Yes, it's flat out here, but there might be some strong headwinds. The course runs over scenic rural Iowa roads and through George Wyeth State Park.

Triathlon Name: Southern Hills Triathlon
Link: http://www.hotspringslibraryfriends.org/3.html
Dates: August 30, 2008
Location: Hot Springs, SD
Price: $75; $125 teams
Rating: Difficult
Chow down at the "Pasta Feed" at the Hot Springs Masonic Lodge (free with your registration), then race through the Southern Black Hills.

Triathlon Name: Cleveland Triathlon
Link: http://www.pacificsportsllc.com/cleveland/athlete.html
Dates: August 3, 2008
Location: Cleveland, OH
Price: $125; $180 teams.
Rating: Easy
A workmanlike triathlon for a blue-collar town, starring a swim in Lake Erie and a run past Browns Stadium.

SOUTH

Triathlon Name: The Nation's Triathlon
Link: http://www.thenationstriathlon.com/
Dates: September 14, 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Price: sold out!
Rating: Moderate
The perfect race for the speed tourist who wants to see all the historic sights in a day: from the FBI building to the White House.

Triathlon Name: Escape to Miami Triathlon
Link: http://www.escapetomiamitriathlon.com/
Dates: October 5, 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Price: $110; $130 relay
Rating: Moderate
Start from Escape Island, swim the 78-degree waters of Biscayne Bay, bike the causeway, and then run by Star Island, waving to Julio Iglesias along the way.

Triathlon Name: Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon
Link: http://www.usopentriathlon.com/site7.aspx
Dates: October 5, 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Price: $175; $215 relay
Rating: Moderate
Race the final leg of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series. Start with a swim in Joe Pool Lake, bike from Cedar Hill, and then run a loop back to the beach.

WEST

Triathlon Name: Marin County Triathlon
Link: http://www.marintriathlon.com/
Dates: October 26, 2008
Location: Marin County, CA
Price: $190; $285 teams
Rating: Moderate
All-green, all-charity. A bagpiper leads the athletes to the swim, and a steel drum band brings them in to the home stretch.

Triathlon Name: Oregon Trout City of Portland Triathlon
Link: http://www.portlandtri.com/
Dates: August 31, 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Price: $110; $185 relay
Rating: Difficult
Bike racks made from bamboo, a living finish line—even the medals are recycled from old bike cogs in this leafy romp in and around the Willamette River.

Triathlon Name: San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island
Link: http://www.tricalifornia.com/index.cfm/SF2008-main.htm
Dates: November 8, 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $125; $195 teams
Rating: Difficult
Run, swim, and bike on and around Treasure Island, just off the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco.

Triathlon Name: Los Angeles Triathlon
Link: http://www.latriathlon.com/
Dates: September 7, 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Price: $190; $275 teams
Rating: Moderate
From Venice Beach through Hollywood and downtown to Frank Gehry's gleaming concert hall: the best way to see downtown LA without getting in a car.

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