The Pros’ Favorite Local Races
“For something different, I would recommend people check out the Xterra Real Mountain Bike Triathlon [Granite Bay, Calif., Tbfracing.com]. The water can be chilly, but the bike is fun single-track and the run is amazingly scenic. Xterra always has that more relaxed and fun vibe, and this race has a great community feel.” – Ben Hoffman
“The Reservoir Triathlon [Morgan Hill, Calif., Thresholdracinginc.com] is a fun and well-organized race in a beautifully clean reservoir and on quiet rolling country roads. It’s a great family-friendly venue too!” – Becky Lavelle
“My favorite local race has to be the Buffalo Triathlon [Buffalo, Minn., Tribuff.com]. Brett Oden, a local doctor, initiated this race to encourage fitness and health in his community. Ten years on, it still has a fantastic grass-roots feel, despite the fact that it has grown to be the second largest triathlon in Minnesota. I love the kid volunteers, fantastic live music and my special Minnesota homestay family. The best part about the race? My host drove me to the start in Buffalo Lake in his speed boat!” – Chris Legh
“The Wildflower Triathlon [Lake San Antonio, Calif., Tricalifornia.com] has the local feel of a small festival event. All triathletes should do it once. It combines a tough course with an amazing festival atmosphere. The bike and run are challenging and beautiful. I suffered but enjoyed every minute of it!” – Mary Beth Ellis
“I’ve got to tip my hat to the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon [Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Wilkesbarretriathlon.com]. It’s my hometown race. A classic old-school race that still feels like a grass-roots event. It has an awesome bike course with beautiful backcountry roads, and an 11K run gives you a bonus kilometer to run people down!”
- Timothy O’Donnell
Susan Lacke, Erin Beresini and Holly Bennett contributed to this story.