10 Hardest Races on Earth

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Mar 18, 2010

Picking the hardest race on Earth was a little tricky. Of course, a full iron-distance has to be tougher than a 70.3 race, but we wanted our winner to have the toughest, not necessarily the longest, course. With that in mind it was hard to pick anything other than Maryland’s Savageman Triathlon (need to talk about how to lead into “vignettes”)

Savageman triathlon features a cobblestone hill. Photo: Dan Hicock

Savageman Triathlon
Location: Deep Creek Lake State Park, Maryland, USA
2010 Date: Sept. 19
Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Best of the rest…

Location: Les Angles, France
2010 Date: July 10
Distance: 3.8K swim, 193K bike, 42K run

Location: Eidfjord, Norway
2010 Date: Aug. 7
Distance: 3.8K swim, 180K bike, 42.2K run

Location: Embrun, France
2010 Date: Aug. 15
Distance: 3.8K swim, 188K bike, 42K run

The Norseman triathlon features one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Photo: Kai Otto Melau

Ironman Lanzarote
Location: Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
2010 Date: May 22
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Aurlandsfjellet Xtreme Triathlon
Location: Aurland, Norway
2010 Date: Sept. 4
Distance: 1,900-meter swim, 94K bike, 20K run

Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
2010 Date: Nov. 7
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Alpe d’Huez Long Course Triathlon
Location: Alpe d’Huez, France
2010 Date: July 28
Distance: 2.2 K swim, 115K bike, 20K run

TriStar Monaco
Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco
2010 Date: Sept. 5
Distance: 1K swim, 100K bike, 10K run

Newton 24 Hours of Tri
Location: Not available at press time
2010 Date: Not available at press time
Distance: .24-mile swim, 11.2-mile bike, 2.6-mile run

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Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

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

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