Take It International – Triathlete

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There’s no vacation like a run-cation. This theoretically planned trip around your favorite triathlon, but much more. For your dream itinerary, we’ve put together notes and advice on where to bring your friends, family and fellow trainers; how to organize your trip; and what races to schedule around. Check out our running guide to start planning your best trip yet.

While most of our trips to this year’s top running destinations were located in the United States (as are most of our readers!), we wanted to include some of the best international spots for your next big trip.

Plan your international race


(Photo: Guillem Casanova)


  • Trail Catllaras Run: July 24, 2022
  • SGRAIL100: October 23, 2022
  • SwimRunCosta Brava: TBD April 2023

Things to do for friends and family

It’s a holiday destination for the active – from hiking (or running) along the Costa Brava and exploring seaside restaurants to trying out a fixed climbing route Via Ferrate. This is a trip to bring your workout buddies, host your own camp, and scout pro athletes.

Why it’s a great race-cation

With the Costa Brava region to the east and the Pyrenees to the north, Girona is both steeped in history and a popular training base. Stay at La Comuna or City Oasis, apartments designed by Olympians Emma and Jan Frodeno. The duo also launched their SGRAIL gravel tri last year as a local low-stress event. Just 90 minutes from Barcelona, ​​the key to a great race in Girona isn’t the size of the race, it’s living and loving the spirit of the multi-sport lifestyle. Take part in a local trail run, swim event, or simply create your own adventure.

Pro tip

“Rent (or bring) a gravel bike to explore the trails around the Costa Brava.” —Laura Siddall, iron distance champion and Girona resident


XTERRA competitors going through a forest in Italy
(Photo: XTERRA)


  • Riccione Challenge: May 1, 2022
  • Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna: September 17, 2022
  • XTERRA World Championship: October 1–2, 2022

Things to do for friends and family

Stunning beaches, villas and landscapes await those who wish to explore. And exploring is easy – an extensive network of high-speed trains makes it easy to get from place to place. After your run, soak up the sun on the Amalfi Coast, hike in the Cinque Terre or admire the architecture of Milan and Rome. (And don’t forget to eat and drink – this is Italy, after all.)

Why it’s a great race-cation

How to surpass paradise? That was the question XTERRA race organizers faced when they decided to move their world championship race from its 25-year-old home of Maui to a rotating world host. “We wanted to deliver a very different, yet equally empowering experience,” said JD Cousens, Vice President of Operations at XTERRA. They found it at Italian Lake Molveno, where they were able to design a route passing waterfalls, verdant forests and epic views of the Dolomite mountains. The entire country is full of beautiful scenery that will almost make you forget you’re racing (well, almost).


Church in Austria
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  • St. Polten Challenge: May 29, 2022
  • Ironman Austria: July 3, 2022
  • Ironman 70.3 Zell am See-Kaprun: August 28, 2022

Things to do for friends and family

Most people think of Austria as a winter ski destination, but don’t discount its summer appeal: when the mountains are green, locals spend as much time as they can outdoors, swimming in alpine lakes, dance at folk music festivals and dine al fresco on café terraces.

Why it’s a great race-cation

There’s no doubt: Austria loves triathlon. From hotel rooms with built-in bike storage and amenities to the enthusiastic participation of locals lining the racetrack, Austrians want nothing more than to help you have a good time on your race. Give yourself an extra day or two to explore the country’s many cycle routes. A leisurely stroll along the Danube or a sightseeing ride through medieval towns are great options to shake off any post-race pain.


XTERRA competitors before the start of a race
(Photo: XTERRA)


  • Triathlon Relay and Sprint World Championships: June 24-26, 2022
  • Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant: June 26, 2022
  • Canadaman Xtri: July 3, 2022
  • XTERRA Quebec: July 9 and 10, 2022

Things to do for friends and family

While Mont-Tremblant and the province of Quebec may be a no-brainer for outdoor activities, triathletes and their families would be wrong to overlook the cultural opportunities in the Quebec region. Locals love the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), which runs from July 7 to 17. XTERRA Quebec organizer Christian Rodrigue also recommends visiting the village of Valcartier and the unique Mega Parc amusement park for more family-friendly activities.

Why it’s a great race-cation

It’s not just the number of races, but the quality. There’s a reason why big name brands like the WTS, Ironman, Xtri and XTERRA bring major events to the Quebec City area: it’s hard to beat the charm of a region known as “Europe in America”. Rodrigue directs triathletes to the “Les Équerres” bike ride, Lac du Lac-Beauport for open water swimming and Old Quebec City for an impressive race.

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