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With the sunny weather, it's a great time to gear up for a triathlon.  

A triathlon is an endurance race that consists of swimming, cycling, and running. There are four standard triathlon distances. 

The first level is referred to as a sprint triathlon, which is beginner-friendly. It includes 0.5 miles (750m) of swimming, 12.4 miles (20km) of biking and 3.1 miles (5km) of running. 

Second is the olympic distance, which includes 0.93 miles (1.5km) of swimming, 24.8 miles (40 km) of biking and 6.2 miles (10km) of running.  

Next is the half ironman, which features 1.2 miles (1.9km) of swimming, 56 miles (90.1km) of swimming and 13.1 miles (21.1km) of running. 

Finally, the full ironman is 2.4 miles (3.9k) of swimming, 112 miles (180.2km) of biking and 26.2 miles (42.2km) of running. 

People train and participate in triathlons for a variety of reasons. A few of these reasons include health and fitness, the challenge and the opportunity for personal growth and community building.  

Many triathlons are beginner-friendly, which makes them inclusive and easy to get involved in.  

Black Diamond Triathlon

Venture to Enumclaw, Wash., for a variety of race options on July 30, 2022. Race day features sprint and olympic triathlons and options of a long course aquabike (swim & bike) and duathlon. The course starts with the swim portion in Deep Lake at Nolte State Park, followed by views of rolling hills for the bike and run segment. After the race, participants will be able to enjoy hot food, music and community.

More information: https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Enumclaw/BlackDiamondTriathlon.

Lake Tye Triathlon

The 12th annual Lake Tye race occurs Aug. 6, 2022, at Lake Tye Park in Monroe, Wash. There are options for sprint, supersprint, and olympic distances. This race is great for all skill types because it has a flat and fast course. However, participants must be able to complete the course within three hours. At the end of this triathlon, a full pancake breakfast will be provided. 

More information: https://laketyetri.com/.

Rogue River Triathlon

Try a sprint triathlon in Agness, Ore., on Aug. 6, 2022. This triathlon is a community fundraiser to promote wellness. Beneficiaries include the Agness Volunteer Fire Department and the Agness Community Library.

More information: https://roguerivertri.com/.

Coeur d’Alene Triathlon 

This race takes place Aug. 13, 2022, at Coeur d’Alene City Park, Idaho. It includes both the sprint and olympic triathlon distances with a duathlon (run & bike) option as well. The course is referred to as “The Scenic Challenge” due to its beautiful views throughout the race. 

More information: https://cdatriathlon.com/.

The Girlfriends Triathlon & Fitness Festival 

Featuring a scenic course along the Columbia River, this race is scheduled for Aug. 14, 2022, in Vancouver, Wash. The event includes options of triathlon, duathlon, aquabike or a run. Funds benefit two organizations: Our City Cares (to combat suicide) and Ainsley's Angels of America (to build awareness for the special needs community). 

More information: https://girlfriendstriathlonfestival.raceroster.com

Best in the West Triathlon Festival

Options for sprint, supersprint, olympic and half-ironman triathlons are available from Sept. 11-12, 2022, in Sweet Home, Ore. Other races include the mixed team relay, kids splash and dash, bike rides, 5k, beer mile relay, aquabike, aquathon, paddle triathlon, duathlon and more. This festival is held to promote health and fitness through racing. Stay after the race for food, beer, ciders, beverages, live music and awards. 

More information: https://www.bestinthewesttriathlon.com/.

Ironman 70.3 North American TriClub Championship 

This ironman race takes place Sept. 18, 2022, in Maple Valley, Wash. The course provides great views of Lake Wilderness, Mount Rainier and Cedar River Trail. In addition, this race is connected to the Ironman Foundation, which gives participants an opportunity to race for a change through volunteering and fundraising.

More information: www.ironman.com/im703-washington-register.

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