Favorite Local Races Of The Pros

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published May 1, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Delly Carr

Meredith Kessler
Based in: San Francisco
Results: 2010 Ironman Canada winner

“The full [iron-distance] Vineman ( I have done this race probably eight times as an amateur and think it is one of the best (and most challenging) full-distance triathlons in the nation. Of course I am biased because it is right in wine country (which I clearly admire wholeheartedly) so how could you not love the race? Truly, it is a one-of-a-kind venue and race that offers pristine scenery of vineyards upon vineyards with very challenging hills on the bike course that will knock your socks off! The two-loop run out to La Crema Winery has enough inclines to make it legit combined with the Russian River Valley heat in August, but the surrounding environment and the crowd support help motivate the athletes to get to the finish line.”

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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