March 2, 2017

Top 6 Triathlon Destinations

Top 6 Triathlon Destinations

By VITA Daily

Composed of three challenging endurance disciplines—swimming, cycling and running—triathlons are popular all over the world. Whether you’re a triathlete or just a big fan of the competition, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, shares six exhilarating destinations to experience some of the world’s most thrilling, and beautiful, triathlon races. Start training now to raise your fitness level and challenge yourself to be part of one of the most exciting experiences you can have as an athlete. Alternatively, these beautiful destinations are also perfect for simply soaking up the energy as a spectator—and, who knows, you could even be inspired to participate next time! —Sarah Zajac

  • Escape from Alcatraz, San Francisco, U.S.

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    Escape from Alcatraz is one of the most popular triathlon races in the U.S. The first race took place back in 1981 and, since then, triathletes from all over the world gather in San Francisco every year to “escape” Alcatraz by swimming 1.5 miles from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, biking for 18 miles along the Great Highway and through Golden Gate Park, and running for 8 miles through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Argonaut Hotel, a Noble House Hotel, is less than 2 km away from Marina Bay, where the race finishes. This eco-friendly hotel offers beautiful views across the San Francisco Bay, nautically themed rooms and a traditional seafood restaurant.

  • Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, France

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    Taking place through striking scenery, the Alpe d’Huez EDF Triathlon will open with a swimming race at the blue waters of the artificial reservoir of Lac du Verney. The biking part of the race includes three breathtaking (and challenging) mountain passes, the Col de l’Alpe du Grand Serre, the Col d’Ornon and, finally, a climb of 21 bends to the Alpe d’Huez, where the running starts. Set near the centre of the Alpe d’Huez, at the foot of the mountains, the Grandes Rousses offers comfortable rooms with mountain views, an on-site restaurant and a spa centre with sauna and hot tub, perfect for recovering after a challenging triathlon!

  • Ontario Women’s Triathlon, Canada

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    The Ontario Women's Triathlon is the first triathlon in Canada for women only, and is predicated on celebrating women in sports. Typically held in Georgina, Ontario, this year’s location has switched to Toronto Island—a secluded, lush escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The triathlon will open with a 500 m swim in refreshing Lake Ontario, followed by a 20 km bike ride through the scenic trails of the island and, finally, a gratifying 5 km run. When you’re ready to relax after a long, exhausting day, make sure to stay at the luxurious Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is only a three-minute walk from the Harbourfront Centre, where the ferry to Toronto Island will pick you up and drop you off.

  • Ironman World Championship, Hawaii, U.S.

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    Taking place in one of the most beautiful places in the world, on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kailua-Kona, this Ironman race is only for athletes at the top of their fitness game with the motto “Anything is Possible.” The challenge starts at the crystal-blue waters of Hapuna Beach State Park and includes swimming in Kailua Bay, biking along the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway and running through Ali’i Drive up to the finish line at the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA). The Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is just a two-minute walk from the beach and is the perfect place to recover after the thrilling race, thanks to its comfortable air-conditioned rooms, outdoor pool and beach restaurant.

  • AJ Bell London Triathlon, London, U.K.

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    Known as the largest triathlon race in the world with thousands of spectators every year, the AJ Bell London Triathlon will start at the ExCel Centre, Victoria Docks, and will take triathletes through London’s most historic landmarks including the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the London Bridge. The race is associated with a variety of charities, which participants can fundraise for. Situated on the waterfront, just 900 metres away from the start at the ExCel exhibition centre, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Excel is a modern hotel with bright rooms overlooking the water, a fitness room with cardio equipment and a restaurant serving Italian dishes—ideal for carb loading before the big race!

  • Jewel Gold Coast Triathlon, Australia

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    Taking place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, the ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast is the second race of the World Triathlon Series. The venue of this exciting race is the Broadwater parklands, located near stunning Surfers Paradise. Situated only one minute away from the beach, the Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise boasts seven floors with modern rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Surfers Paradise Beach. Guests can relax in the sauna or at the poolside terrace after the race.


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