Editors’ Picks: The United States’ Best Triathlons

  • By The Editors
  • Published Feb 13, 2013
  • Updated Jan 15, 2015 at 9:24 AM UTC
Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto


*All-Out Time-Trialing Party*
Pigman Sprint Triathlon (Palo, Iowa)
June 2, 2013, Sprint
Need an incentive to get in shape for the summer? Look no further than this Iowa gem with a time-trial swim start and killer prizes. Win your age group, and you get a free entry for next year. You can also enter the raffle to win Zipp wheels, a Kinetic trainer and more. Want to dominate the 22nd edition of the Pigman Sprint? Then practice climbing and bring a hat; the hilly ride through Iowa’s scenic countryside is challenging, and the sunny run can get hot.

*The Country’s Biggest*
Life Time Tri Chicago
Aug. 25, 2013, Olympic and sprint
The Chicago Triathlon offers its own variety of spectacular on-course beauty, weaving through the picturesque Chicago skyline along Lake Michigan. The Second City closes down its major costal freeway to accommodate more than 5,000 athletes. Renowned restaurants and thriving nightlife make the post-race period even sweeter.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2012 Life Time Tri Chicago

*Bring The Family*
Pewaukee Triathlon
(Pewaukee, Wis.)
July 14, 2013, Sprint
The glacial hills of southeastern Wisconsin make for a rolling bike and run course. Popular among beginners and professionals alike, the race is known for its small-town charm and enthusiastic volunteers. Want to make it a family weekend? The event offers a fun kids’ triathlon the day before the adult race.

*Affordable Big-City Challenge*
Tri Indy (Indianapolis)
Aug. 4, 2013, Olympic and sprint
Shaky on the swim? Then jump into Tri Indy, where the first leg of the race is in a beautiful, 5-foot-deep canal. Race through the city with 1,500 fellow triathletes on car-free—but bumpy—roads. And don’t forget an I.D.—beer tasting awaits at the finish line. Even better: The whole experience only costs $65.

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