15 Best Triathlons in the United States - Underwater Audio

15 Best Triathlons in the United States - Underwater Audio

Here's a short introduction to some of the best triathlons in the United States. The great thing about triathlons is that there is something for everyone. Check out this list and see if you are inspired.

Begin Easy


Rio Grande Retro Triathlon

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Distance: 3.1-mile run, 16.5K-bike ride, 400-yard swim

  • A fast, reverse format race where fun is encouraged. 
  • Also encouraged: speedos, neon, 80s music and all things retro.


Brutalize Yourself


Ironman 70.3

St. George

Distance: Half Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) 

  • Topping the list of the most difficult, crushing races by Triathlete Magazine.
  • This one is slow, steep and hot. It may kill you.


Family Friendly


Revolution 3 Quassy

Middlebury, Connecticut

Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 3.1-mile run (1.5Kswim, 40K bike, 10K run)

  • The race takes place at the Quassy Amusement Park.
  • Open to friends and family on race day. They can wave from the top of the coaster.


Vacation Worthy


Escape From Alcatraz

San Francisco, California

Distance: 1.5-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, 8-mile run 

  • Flee Alcatraz via the chilly pacific waters, followed by a rugged assent up Baker Beach to the trails of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
  • It’s true no inmate ever escaped the bleak prison, but you’ll love your escape into beautiful San Francisco.




Nautica Malibu Triathlon

Malibu, California

Distance:1.5-k swim, 40-k bike ride, 10-k run OR 1/2mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, 4-mile run


  • Pace yourself against Hollywood celebrities as you complete one of the courses designed to get you sweating with the stars.


Most Moola


Hy-Vee Triathlon

Des Moines, Iowa

Distance: Olympic (0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)


  • With a purse of $250,000, this is where the money is! 
  • Athletes aren’t the only ones getting rich; since it’s inauguration in 2007, the race has raised over $750,000 for Variety Children’s Charity.





Portland Triathlon

Portland, Oregon

Distance: 1.5 km swim, 40 km ride, 10 km run OR 750 m swim, 26 km bike, 5 km run


  • If green is your thing, this carbon neutral event is for you.
  • This event sports bamboo bicycle racks, local organic food, trophies made from recycled materials and a fun time for all.





Chicago Triathlon

Chicago, Illinois

Distance: Olympic (0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)


  • The largest of the famed Life Time Fitness Triathlons. 
  • Join the 8,499 other people who race through this action packed course in one of America’s most iconic cities.


Mash Up


Survival of the Shawangunks

New Paltz, New York

Distance: 30-mile bike, 4.5-mile run, 1.1-mile swim, 5.5-mile run, 0.5-mile swim, 8-mile run, 0.5-mile swim, 0.7-mile run


  • When the standard swim-bike-run has you yawning, this will wake you up. 
  • This 8 stage mash up of a course has you running between, and swimming in, three spring fed mountain lakes in some of the most beautiful country there is.




Boulder Colorado

Aidan Grey Photo via Flickr

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Boulder, Colorado

Distance: Olympic (0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)


  • If you can look up from the 15 degree climbs and the brutal runs, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the majestic Rockies.




Lobsterman Triathlon

Freeport, Maine

Distance:Olympic (0.93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)


  • A destination event, and a truly amazing Maine experience.
  • Complete with a full lobsterbake following the race, the Lobsterman is as good as triathlon gets.




XTERRA Triathlon

Ogden, Utah

Distance: 1,500-meter swim, 15-mile trail ride, 6.8-mile run


  • Set in one of the most unique landscapes around, you can get off the road with this Xterra triathlon that exchanges the bike stage for mountain biking.


No Boys Allowed



Sonic Fitness Sports Photography via Flickr

Iron Girl Events

Locations vary

Distance: Varies by event


  • The Iron Girl event experience provides women with the perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. 
  • Surrounded by a supportive community, you will be cheered on and celebrated no matter where you finish!


Best on City Streets


Herbalife Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon

Los Angeles, California

Distance: Olympic (0.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 6.2-mile run)


  • The LA Triathlon deftly handles the chaos of a metropolitan triathlon while still treating the athletes to a one-of-a-kind tour of this celebrated city.


Best Post Party!


XTERRA World Championship

Maui, Hawaii

Distance: 1.5k swim, 30.4k mountain bike, 9.5k trail run


  • Xterra at Maui combines beer, food and a great party like no one else. 
  • Nothing can top the famous Halloween Party after this race. Bring your costume. Seriously. Make it good.

Did we miss your favorite Triathlon? Let us know.  

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