Masters Athlete Names Top 10 Triathlon
1. Boulder, Colo.
2. San Luis Obispo, Calif.
3. San Diego, Calif.
4. Austin, Texas
5. Tucson, Ariz.
6. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
7. Twin Cities, Minn.
8. Clermont, Fla.
9. Lake Placid, N.Y.
10. Chicago, Ill.
TOP 10 Triathlons Towns according to Triathlon Magazine
1) Kona, Hawaii - Ford Ironman 140.6 World Championship
2) San Francisco, CA - Escape from Alcatraz
3) Bend, OR - Pacific Crest Triathlon
4) San Deigo, CA - San Deigo International Triathlon
5) Tucson, AZ - Tinfoilman Triathlon
6) Boulder, CO - Boulder Peak Triathlon
7) Austin, TX - Capitol of Texas Triathlon
8) Madison, WI - Ironman Wisconsin
9) St. Petersburg, FL - St. Anthony's Triathlon and 70.3 World Championships
10) Montauk, NY - Mightyman Montauk
What is a triathlon?
A triathlon is an endurance sports event consisting of running, biking, and
swimming over various distances. As a result, proficiency in swimming, cycling,
or running alone is not sufficient to guarantee a triathlon athlete a
competitive time, trained triathletes have learned to race each stage in a way
that preserves their energy and endurance for subsequent stages. In most modern
triathlons, these events are placed back-to-back in immediate sequence and a
competitor's official time includes the time required to "transition" between
the individual legs of the race, including any time necessary for changing
clothes and shoes.
History of the Triathlon
According to triathlon historian and author Scott Tinley, the origin of
triathlon is anecdotally attributed to a race in France during the 1920s-1930s
that was called variously "Les trois sports", "La Course des Débrouillards", and
"La course des Touche à Tout". Nowadays, this race is held every year in France
near Joinville-le-Pont, in Meulan and Poissy. In 1920, the French newspaper
"L´Auto" reported on a competition called "Les Trois Sports" with a 3 km run, 12
km bike, and a swim across the channel Marne. Those three parts were done
without any break. There are also articles in French newspapers about a race in
Marseille in 1927. There is a 1934 article about "Les Trois Sports" (the three
sports) in the city of La Rochelle, a race with: (1) a channel crossing, (2) a
bike competition (10 km) around the harbor of La Rochelle and the parc Laleu,
and (3) a run (1200 m) in the stadium André-Barbeau.
The first modern long-distance triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman
Triathlon. It included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile
run. It was conceived during the awards ceremony for the 1977 Oahu Perimeter
Relay (a running race for 5-person teams).
Among the participants were numerous representatives of both the Mid-Pacific
Road Runners and the Waikiki Swim Club, whose members had long been debating
which athletes were more fit: runners or swimmers. On this occasion, U.S. Navy
Commander John Collins pointed out that a recent article in Sports Illustrated
magazine had declared that Eddy Merckx, the great Belgian cyclist, had the
highest recorded "maximum oxygen uptake" of any athlete ever measured, so
perhaps cyclists were more fit than anyone. Collins and his wife, Judy, had
taken part in the triathlons staged in 1974 and 1975 by the San Diego Track Club
in and around Mission Bay, California, as well as the Optimist Sports Fiesta
Triathlon in Coronado, California in 1975.
A number of the other military athletes in attendance were also familiar with
the San Diego races, so they understood the concept when Collins suggested that
the debate should be settled through a race combining the three existing
long-distance competitions already on the island: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim
(2.4 mi/3.862 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 miles (185 km); originally a
two-day event) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.219 mi/42.195 km). No one present
had ever done the bike race so they did not realize it was a two-day, not
one-day, event. Collins calculated that, by shaving 3 miles (5 km) off the
course and riding counter-clockwise around the island, the bike leg could start
at the finish of the Waikiki Rough Water and end at the Aloha Tower, the
traditional start of the Honolulu Marathon.
This listing of the
best triathlon towns
is constantly being revised as we experience and run new triathlons. So, if you feel you believe believe we have missed one, please
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