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10 Best Excuses For a Vacation

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Mar 18, 2010
The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is now the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. Photo: Colin Dunjohn

Some places are so spectacular that the location ultimately becomes more memorable than the race no matter how well you did. No place is this more true than at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, previously known as the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. Phuket, Thailand, sets the stage for one of the most tranquil tris on Earth and it’s one hell of a place to unwind post-race. And yes, the winners get to run down the finishing chute with a little elephant. Regardless of what PETA thinks, miniature elephants are awesome.

Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is now the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship. Photo: Colin Dunjohn

Location: Phuket, Thailand
2010 Date: Dec. 5
Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Website: Ironmanasiapacific.com

Rose Hall Triathlon

Location: St. James, Jamaica
2010 Date: Oct. 23
Distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run/.75K swim, 23K bike, 5K run
Website: Rosehalltriathlon.com

Bali Triathlon
Location: Jimbaran Bay, Bali
2010 Date: June 20
Distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Website: Balitriathlon.com

Ironman France
Location: Nice, France
2010 Date: June 27
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironmanfrance.com

Honolulu Triathlon
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
2010 Date: May 16
Distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run/.75K swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Website: Honolulutriathlon.com

Tahiti Nui Triathlon Series
Location: Tahiti and Raiatea, French Polynesia
2010 Date: April 9-12
Distance: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run/.75K swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Website: Tahitinuitriathlonseries.com

Ironman China/Ironman 70.3 China
Location: Haikou, Hainan, China
2010 Date: March 14
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run/1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mil run
Website: Ironmanchina.com/Ironmanchina703.com

Ford Ironman Cozumel
Location: Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
2010 Date: Nov. 28
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Website: Ironmancozumel.com

Bonita Ironman New Zealand
Location: Taupo, New Zealand
2010 Date: March 6
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironman.co.nz

Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa

Location: Buffalo City, South Africa
2010 Date: Jan. 17
Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Website: Ironman703.co.za

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Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens is the Web Producer of Triathlete.com. She is an Ironman and marathon finisher and fan of all endurance sports.

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