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Best 140.6-mile Races

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Mar 18, 2010
Chrissie Wellington established a new Ironman-distance record at last year's Quelle Roth Challenge. Photo: Jay Prasuhn

Call it Ironman, iron-distance, Ironman-distance, 140.6-mile distance, call it whatever you’d like. We call it awesome and we don’t care whose logo is on the medal because finishing a race of this distance makes any triathlete worthy of a few beers in our book. By any name, the Hawaii Ironman is the best there is. Our editors are asked all the time if the Hawaii Ironman is the greatest race on Earth or if it’s all just hoopla. Our answer: There’s no hoopla in Kona. The Hawaii Ironman is the greatest, most inspiring, most torturous race on this planet and that will never change.

Ford Ironman World Championship
Location: Kona, Hawaii
2010 Date: Oct. 9
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironman.com/worldchampionship

Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
2010 Date: July 4
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironman.de

Quelle Challenge Roth

Chrissie Wellington established a new Ironman-distance record at last year's Quelle Roth Challenge. Photo: Jay Prasuhn

Location: Roth, Germany
2010 Date: July 18
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Challenge-roth.de

Subaru Ironman Canada
Location: Penticton, B.C., Canada
2010 Date: Aug. 29
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironman.ca

Beach2Battleship Triathlon
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
2010 Date: Nov. 13
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Beach2Battleship.com

Full Vineman Triathlon
Location: Guerneville, Calif.
2010 Date: July 31
Distance: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Vineman.com

Israman
Location: Eilat, Israel
2010 Date: Jan. 29
Distance: 2.6-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Israman.co.il

Elbaman
Location: Elba, Italy
2010 Date: Sept. 26
Distance: 2.6-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Elbaman.it

Chesapeakeman
Location: Cambridge, Md.
2010 Date: Sept. 25
Distance: 2.6-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Tricolumbia.org

Iron Punta del Este
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
2010 Date: Dec. 5
Distance: 2.6-mile swim, 114-mi bike, 26.2-mile run
Website: Ironpunta.com

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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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