Triathlon: From a Sprint to the Ironman
The triathlon was invented in the 1970s by the San Diego Track Club as a form of cross-training for marathons and 10K races. Now, it's both an official Olympic event and a popular competition for lay-athletes seeking a challenge. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you'll find excellent Web sources for competition, training, tips and more in the guide below.
Triathletes use competitions to test their hard work and to provide inspiration and landmarks while training. Race registration costs $15 to $100 and up, depending on the scale and location of the event. Often, an event will run races of multiple distances on the same day, so make sure to pick the one that's right for you. The sites below can help you select the appropriate competition.
- Most sites in this section don't use geographic search engines to direct prospective competitors to nearby events. Users likely will have to sort and search themselves. However, a zip-code-enabled search can be found at Triathlete Magazine, also listed in the "Where can I get triathlon-specific news?" section.
- Sites vary in the extent of detail given for races, but all link to event sites for the full rundown and online registration.
boasts the world's largest listing of triathlon events. Find your state from the list on the left side of the page. Scan the list for details about races and links for more information. Event organizers can add their race to the listing for free.
provides a race calendar organized by state. Event information includes the price of participation and directions to race sites. Launched in March 2007, the site also feeds triathlon articles from online news sources. Registered bloggers can talk training after clicking on the link at the top of the page.
The Accenture Chicago Triathlon
draws more competitors than any other in the world. Veteran triathletes complain about the high proportion of weekend warriors and ill-prepared participants among the 800-plus athletes on the racecourse.
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