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Help me find a Half IM
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Okay, wisdom of the Slowtwitch forum, I need your help finding a good HIM to do. I need to complete one before next summer to validate my entry into another race (SOS).

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  • Within driving distance or nonstop flight from Denver
  • Preferably NOT Ironman brand
  • Preferably May, June, or July (basically any weekend other than June 23/24 and June 30/July 1)
  • Not a shitshow (so, no HITS races)

Ideas?
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Hmmm, nothing on trifind, perhaps for the non-WTC you need to wait until Jan/Feb to look around?
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Since you are willing to fly I can recommend Rev3 Quassy in June
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Toughmantri.com

Rev3tri.com.
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Re: Help me find a Half IM [140.6chick] [ In reply to ]
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Why a nonstop flight?

It's all about the post count!!!
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The White Lake Half in Eastern North Carolina. Late April, most beautiful lake swim you'll ever do (white sand bottom so effectively clear water), flat bike and run and cool venue. Raleigh gets nonstops from Denver on United and it would be a 90 minute drive or so to White Lake. Rural, not a lot of hotels. But you can stay at a little motel near the site. This used to be the biggest half between Atlanta and DC in the early 2000s before Ironman grew. The Setup race series in North Carolina is for my money the best series in any state in the U.S. - you can have ocean swims, lakes, rivers, mountain venues, coastal, and it's a long season. Pardon the editorial - but I am nostalgic for those races. Here's a link:

https://www.setupevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2904



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DougEFresh wrote:
The White Lake Half in Eastern North Carolina. Late April, most beautiful lake swim you'll ever do (white sand bottom so effectively clear water), flat bike and run and cool venue. Raleigh gets nonstops from Denver on United and it would be a 90 minute drive or so to White Lake. Rural, not a lot of hotels. But you can stay at a little motel near the site. This used to be the biggest half between Atlanta and DC in the early 2000s before Ironman grew. The Setup race series in North Carolina is for my money the best series in any state in the U.S. - you can have ocean swims, lakes, rivers, mountain venues, coastal, and it's a long season. Pardon the editorial - but I am nostalgic for those races. Here's a link:

https://www.setupevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2904



x1,000!!!

ETA: Also, Frontier is currently showing a roundtrip, nonstop flight between Denver & Raleigh for $211 for the weekend of White Lake April 2018.

It's all about the post count!!!
Last edited by: japarker24: Nov 13, 17 14:34
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Re: Help me find a Half IM [140.6chick] [ In reply to ]
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Tri Fort Worth. Direct flight from Denver, takes place in May, not IM brand, has 70.3 and 140.6 options.

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“Not a shitshow (so, no HITS races)”

That’s pretty funny.

Right now if you sign up for HITS Palm Springs (not actually in Palm Springs) in December you get a free entry for HITS Napa (not actually in Napa) in April.
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Re: Help me find a Half IM [japarker24] [ In reply to ]
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I know for a fact she is way too smart to fly Frontier.

Good recommendation on WhiteLake.

I would also recommend Kinetic Half in Virginia, similar greatness in race organization and chill environment.

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There's always Wildlfower.... ;) But you also need a guaranteed sub 7 for SOS validation. So maybe not....
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Wildflower.

DEN to SBP Nonstop Flight on United

May 5

Definitely NOT Ironman brand

Outstanding race, especially aid stations.

That said, it is a humbling race... Especially that run!

Oh, and great destination. California's Central Coast is better than Boulder/Denver IMHO... Except we can't altitude train here.

http://www.wildflowertriathlon.com/

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Re: Help me find a Half IM [140.6chick] [ In reply to ]
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140.6chick wrote:
Okay, wisdom of the Slowtwitch forum, I need your help finding a good HIM to do. I need to complete one before next summer to validate my entry into another race (SOS).

Criteria:
  • Within driving distance or nonstop flight from Denver
  • Preferably NOT Ironman brand
  • Preferably May, June, or July (basically any weekend other than June 23/24 and June 30/July 1)
  • Not a shitshow (so, no HITS races)

Ideas?

nonstop flight from Denver to Sacramento: Southwest Airlines has them apparently by using Google.

Not Ironman brand: Auburn Triathlon in Auburn California. - dubbed the hardest half Ironman triathlon in the world. However, they've apparently changed it so that the bike course is flatter.

I've not done the event but I'm signed up. Race Date: June 3, 2018

There are videos of the triathlon with results posted online for past events.

Web site: http://www.auburntriathlon.com/


The triathlon is going on 16 years and USAT Membership is required.

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Re: Help me find a Half IM [140.6chick] [ In reply to ]
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Great White North. Fly into Edmonton.

http://gwntriathlon.com
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Re: Help me find a Half IM [Champion] [ In reply to ]
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Wasn’t the bike elevation some 6,000 ft this year? How is changing it to 3700 ft within the toughest half theme?
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Re: Help me find a Half IM [140.6chick] [ In reply to ]
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April 21 - White Lake half - https://www.setupevents.com/...ail&eventID=3023
May 19th - Mountains to Mainstreet in Greenville, SC - https://www.setupevents.com/...ail&eventID=2998
June 3rd - IM Raleigh


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Should be around the same time in 2018.


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another recommendation for Rev3 Quassy in CT, June 3. its a great race (very challenging though) and well run. i've done the olympic 2x and the half once.probably a 90 minute drive from NYC airports.
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Wasn’t the bike elevation some 6,000 ft this year? How is changing it to 3700 ft within the toughest half theme?

I didn't realize they changed it for 2018. That 6000ft course was tough!!
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 A good one is the Toughman, Utah (http://www.racetri.com/the-utah-half/) in July. It has been around for many years (used to be the Utah Half) and is really well organized. It's a direct flight from Denver to Salt Lake and then about 50 mins south to Provo. Or you can just drive the 6-7 hours to Provo. However, one of the best is 70.3 St. George in May. It's Ironman but it's a great race in a beautiful location. You can also drive from Denver or fly into Vegas and drive 2 hrs to St. George.

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Can confirm the shit show aspect... Two years in a row was led off course by staff, once I was in 2nd OA off the bike with 8 min lead on 3rd place - ran an extra 1.5mi. Timing issues, unmarked courses, no volunteers at aid stations... If you want a partially catered workout then do HITS but if you want to compete and not waste weeks of training + travel and hotel costs then sign up for a WTC race or something.


seeyouincourt wrote:
“Not a shitshow (so, no HITS races)”

That’s pretty funny.

Right now if you sign up for HITS Palm Springs (not actually in Palm Springs) in December you get a free entry for HITS Napa (not actually in Napa) in April.
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DougEFresh wrote:
The White Lake Half in Eastern North Carolina. Late April, most beautiful lake swim you'll ever do (white sand bottom so effectively clear water), flat bike and run and cool venue. Raleigh gets nonstops from Denver on United and it would be a 90 minute drive or so to White Lake. Rural, not a lot of hotels. But you can stay at a little motel near the site. This used to be the biggest half between Atlanta and DC in the early 2000s before Ironman grew. The Setup race series in North Carolina is for my money the best series in any state in the U.S. - you can have ocean swims, lakes, rivers, mountain venues, coastal, and it's a long season. Pardon the editorial - but I am nostalgic for those races. Here's a link:

https://www.setupevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2904


I've heard great great things about this race! I too live in Denver. I fly to Raleigh 2x per year to see my sis, direct flights on SW. Maybe I will look at White Lake too :)

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Auburn tri. Like june 3rd. Assume can fly into sac int

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140.6chick wrote:
Okay, wisdom of the Slowtwitch forum, I need your help finding a good HIM to do. I need to complete one before next summer to validate my entry into another race (SOS).

Criteria:
  • Within driving distance or nonstop flight from Denver
  • Preferably NOT Ironman brand
  • Preferably May, June, or July (basically any weekend other than June 23/24 and June 30/July 1)
  • Not a shitshow (so, no HITS races)

Ideas?

nonstop flight from Denver to Sacramento: Southwest Airlines has them apparently by using Google.

Not Ironman brand: Auburn Triathlon in Auburn California. - dubbed the hardest half Ironman triathlon in the world. However, they've apparently changed it so that the bike course is flatter.

I've not done the event but I'm signed up. Race Date: June 3, 2018

There are videos of the triathlon with results posted online for past events.

Web site: http://www.auburntriathlon.com/


The triathlon is going on 16 years and USAT Membership is required.

Yep race in my backyard. Done for years. Usap has taken ovet race and made great changes like flatter bike but still tough. Gteat weather. Easy airport. I will be racing and my family helping. Fun running on part of the western states 100 trail

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Steamboat Springs Triathlon? Shouldn't need a flight.

http://www.tritheboat.com
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