Santa Cruz, California. USA
Is known for its temperate climate, stunning coastline and redwood forests, and this brand-new race provides ample opportunities to enjoy it all.
Originally a Spanish settlement, founded in 1791, Santa Cruz has rich historical and cultural roots. In addition to being a hotbed for a variety of water sports like swimming, sailing, diving and paddling, its coast is considered one of the world's premier surfing spots. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk, which serves as the backdrop for this race, is the oldest amusement park in California, having celebrated 100 years in 2007.
The race starts on the Santa Cruz Main Beach, east of the wharf. A 1.2 mile ocean swim will kick off the day. Athletes will begin the bike course at Depot Park as they head out on a rolling course providing numerous beautiful vistas along the California coastline. The scenic out-and-back run course traverses the Natural Bridges State Park and Wilder Ranch State Park, with the turnaround on the rugged ocean bluffs. Athletes will return to finish on the beach in front of the main stage at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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Wilmington, North Carolina. USA
In 2014, Wilmington was honored with the title of "Best Riverfront City in America" by USA Today's 10 Best reader's poll. In 2003, the city was designated by the US Congress as a "Coast Guard City." It is the home port for the USCGC Diligence, a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter, and the World War II battleship USS North Carolina, a majestic symbol of this country's hard-earned naval victories in World War II. Located across from the downtown port area, the ship is open to public tours.
Other attractions include the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Hammerheads United Soccer Leagues soccer team, and the city's world-class children's museum.
The IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina triathlon will feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. This "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event begins in Wrightsville Beach and takes athletes along the same fast channel swim. The bike course runs through the coastal countryside outside Wilmington, and the run traverses Greenfield Lake before athletes finish in historic downtown Wilmington across from the USS North Carolina Battleship.
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Cartagena de Indias is the queen of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty lying within an impressive 13km of centuries-old colonial stone walls. Cartagena's old town is a Unesco World Heritage site—a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas. To the south, the peninsula of Bocagrande is where fashionable cartageneros sip coffee in trendy cafes, dine in glossy restaurants and live in the upscale luxury condos that line the area like guardians to a New World. For athletes, Cartagena offers a place to think outside the tourism box. Stroll through the old town day and night, soak up the atmosphere, and pause to ward off the heat in one of the city's many open-air cafes.
Participants will swim 1.2 miles (1.9 km), in the protected waters of the Bahía de las Ánimas. Spectators will have a great view of the entire Swim Course from the Convention Center and many of the surrounding boardwalks and marinas.
Athletes will then ride a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride from the Convention Center and the Torre del Reloj to the Via al Mar, which is the highway that connects Cartagena with the city of Barranquilla.