With Ironman, Rev3 and Life Time Fitness races constantly popping up around the country, athletes are not hurting for race options. We decided to poll some top pro triathletes to find out what local, grassroots races they love to race—not for points or a prize purse, but just for the love of the sport. Here are some races you should consider adding to your racing bucket list.
Based in: Missoula, Mont.
Results: 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion
“I just love racing the Grizzly Triathlon (Grizzlytri.com), Montana’s largest triathlon that has been going on for 24 years. I first volunteered at the 2004 event and that really opened my eyes to the sport. I went back in 2005 and raced and just was in awe at the span of abilities that showed up on the day—from beginners on MTB to the pros in the “elite wave.” The reason I keep coming back is the race is the epitome of what our sport is all about. I love encouraging others to try something new, be active and what better venue than a local, grassroots event? A highlight of the race is the trophies: giant river rocks for the top three finishers.”