Training for an IRONMAN triathlon is expensive in and of itself. Add on a race fee that's often in excess of $1,000, and your wallet will be as sore as your body when all is said and done. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you're looking to complete an IRONMAN on a budget, these eight 140.6 races are perfect for the task.
June 9, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado
From the majestic Rockies that are visible from every mile of the course to the pure triathlon environment Boulder brings, this IRONMAN race is a true treat for multisport enthusiasts looking for an affordable 140.6. Boulder, considered a "triathlon mecca," has all the offerings of a perfect race town, with the best gear shops, stunning views and an incredible community just minutes from the starting line. Plus, the town and surrounding area have so much more to offer than just triathlon. Set out on a hike, visit Denver or even take a day trip to one of the ski towns that are just as popular and bustling in the summer sun as they are in the snowy winters.
September 8, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin
If you're looking for a low key race that full of friendly faces, picturesque views and an award-winning run course, look no further than IRONMAN Wisconsin. Voted overall best run course in 2017, as well as the race most participants would recommend to a friend, you don't want to miss out on this Midwest experience. Ride through scenic country roads and swim in Lake Monona for an experience you won't soon forget.
September 28, 2019 in Cambridge, Maryland
Wind your way through one of the country's oldest colonial towns in Cambridge, Md. If you're a fan of nature and experiencing the great outdoors--all while putting your endurance to the test with 140.6 miles of racing--then IRONMAN Maryland is the perfect race for you. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles or white-tailed deer as you ride your way through the Blackwater National Wildlife Reserve and bordering rural counties. A favorite among athletes, the course is PR friendly due to its quick bike course and flat run, finishing in historic downtown Cambridge.
October 13, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky
Not only is Louisville a great, inexpensive race for 140.6 enthusiasts, it's perfect for first time long-distance triathletes. Mass starts can be intimidating, but IRONMAN Louisville has a rolling start based on how early you lineup. This means not as much kicking and slapping as you begin the grueling 2.4-mile swim.
Of course, that's not the only draw for this event. The race was voted No. 8 for overall satisfaction in the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards and the finish line sits right at "4th St. Live!" in the city's historic downtown, ensuring you'll finish your race with a bang. Plus, why celebrate with a post-race beer when famous Kentucky bourbon is within reach.
October 26, 2019 in Langkawi, Malaysia
Looking for a destination race that will still allow you to stay within your budget? IRONMAN Malaysia might be just the race for you. Voted as having one of the best post-race celebrations, you don't want to miss the "heart-pumping, amazing time" to be had after a hard-fought 140.6 miles on Malaysia's Langkawi Island. If the party prospects don't draw you to the race, perhaps the scenery will, as you'll swim, bike and run your way through tropical, hilly and demanding terrain that passes through traditional villages, mangrove clusters and rainforests. Athletes will even get a bit of reprieve with a unique indoor, air-conditioned transition.
November 2, 2019 in Panama City, Florida
Winner of best overall bike and best overall run in the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards, IRONMAN Florida is a race "renowned for PRs and possibilities." Positioned late in the season, the date not only gives participants ample time to fully train for all three disciplines, but also to wrap up their season and enjoy a relaxing vacation on the Florida Panhandle afterward.
November 24, 2019 in Cozumel, Mexico
Ranked No. 9 on the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards for races triathletes are most likely to return to the following year, IRONMAN Cozumel gives athletes an opportunity to turn their race into a vacation while keeping most of their money in the bank. Surrounded by the picturesque Caribbean Sea and located just a short distance off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is one of the premiere diving destinations in the world--and you'd get to experience the attraction first hand by swimming 2.4 miles in the clear blue waters with 200 feet of visibility. Plus, with a bike course that's "pancake flat," what more could you ask for in a race?
IRONMAN Mar del Plata
December 1, 2019 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
With so many coveted destination races in Europe and Asia, mix things up with a trip down to South America for IRONMAN Mar del Plata in Argentina. Held at a venue known for its triathlons--with 30 years of experience hosting various events--Mar del Plata is a relatively inexpensive and well-run event sure to give you the taste of paradise you're looking for in a 140.6. The race winds through some of the city's most famous areas with the bike and run stretching along the flat and windy coastline.
IRONMAN Western Australia
December 1, 2019 in Busselton, Western Australia
If you can get yourself over to the land down under, actually racing this 140.6 won't set you back too much. But that's not the only draw for this IRONMAN held on Australia's western coast near Perth. Voted as having one of the best overall swims, best host city experiences and one that participants "will attend again next year", IRONMAN Western Australia is a can't-miss experience all endurance triathletes should experience.
IRONMAN New Zealand
March 7, 2020 -- Taupo, New Zealand
Racing in New Zealand is an accomplishment that sits on many people's bucket lists. And with an entry fee only in the low $600-range, you're free to manage the rest of your funds for other exciting things like actually getting to the race and exploring the country in all its stunning glory. Named No. 1 for overall satisfaction in the 2016 Athletes' Choice Awards, participants describe the race as "simple epic--a classic, time-honored IRONMAN tradition." But that's not all. The 140.6 also sat on lists for best overall swim, best overall bike, best overall run, best host city experience, best post-race celebration, "will attend next year" and "will recommend to a friend."
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