Triathlons Test the
Limits of Endurance

The Xterra off-road triathlon series began in the 1990s as a way to promote Maui, Hawaii, as a destination and has grown into a worldwide series of events with swimming, mountain biking and trail running.Photo courtesy of Xterra
The Xterra off-road triathlon series began in the 1990s as a way to promote Maui, Hawaii, as a destination and has grown into a worldwide series of events with swimming, mountain biking and trail running. Photo courtesy of Xterra

By Zoie Clift

The first triathlon took place in San Diego in 1974 and since then the sport has grown to levels those first participants couldn’t possibly have imagined. Today, triathlon is not only part of the Olympic program but is enjoyed on a professional and recreational level each year at thousands of sanctioned races in the United States alone.

The evolving sport has also branched out to include events that focus on combinations of two of its three sections—swimming, cycling and running—and now embraces different forms of the traditional version, such as off-road races with mountain biking and trail running. Regardless of the format, destinations have a wealth of opportunities when it comes to hosting an event.

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