Guide to Intense Ironman Triathlons

Athletes travel the world to swim, bike and run in the biggest Ironman triathlons around the world, including Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. Get the scoop on a few Ironman race courses.

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Run for Your Lives, Nationwide
Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

See if you can escape zombies in the annual Run For Your Lives 5K obstacle race. This is one race where a muscle cramp may spell the start of even bigger problems -- like being caught by brain-eating zombies! 960 1280

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Marathon du Medoc, France

Marathon du Medoc, France

France's Bordeaux region shows off its national character in the annual Marathon du Medoc, with participants drinking wine (and yes, running, too) through some of the world's greatest vineyards. 960 1280

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Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Travel Channel's Lost Girls prove that you really can wear that bridesmaid dress again (and for a good cause!). The Lost Girls take on a new name for the day as The Runaway Bridesmaids to run the Fifth Avenue Mile in NYC -- in dresses -- to raise money to fight sex trafficking worldwide. 960 1280

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High Heel Race, Washington, DC

High Heel Race, Washington, DC

Halloween in the nation’s capital is a spirited affair, courtesy of the annual High Heel Race. Onlookers gather in Dupont Circle to watch drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down 17th Street in high heels. 960 1280

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Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Teams of 2 run together through an off-road obstacle course, complete with military-style challenges. At the end of the race, each duo crawls through a mud pit before crossing the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies”! 960 1280

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Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

There’s no time to rest for participants in the Pattaya International Bed Race. Runners pushing hospital beds, boat beds and even a bed designed as a bathtub race down a popular strip of this beach town in Thailand. 960 1280

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Bride-Carrying Race, China

Bride-Carrying Race, China

Grooms carry their brides during a mini-marathon celebrating the New Year in Sanya, in south China's Hainan province. 960 1280

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Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Participants of Red Bull Soapbox Derby compete on a 656-yard track in Budapest, Hungary. Racing against the clock, they speed to the finish line in handmade vehicles. 960 1280

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Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

At the Empire State Building Run-Up, runners climb 86 floors, 1,576 steps and roughly 1/5 mile, on their way to the observation deck. No elevators for these die-hard runners! 960 1280

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Great Knutsford Race, England

Great Knutsford Race, England

You’ll have to wait until 2020 for the next Great Knutsford Race, a 3-hour competition on penny-farthing bicycles that’s held once a decade. Competitors come from all over the world to race on these 1880s-era high-wheelers in Knutsford, England. 960 1280

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Runners cross from Staten Island into Brooklyn over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after the start of the New York Marathon. 960 1280

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Medals are prepared in New York's Central Park near the finish line of the 2006 New York City Marathon. 960 1280

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Wheelchair racers cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after the start of the New York Marathon. 960 1280

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Runners on the course along 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, near the 3-mile mark. 960 1280

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An overhead view of marathon participants, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 960 1280

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A bystander cheers on runners by McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 960 1280

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A mass of runners on Manhattan Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, heading for Queens. 960 1280

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These runners have just passed the mid-way point of the marathon and are about to cross the Pulaski Bridge into Queens. 960 1280

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A runner tries to catch his breath after finishing the marathon. 960 1280

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Runners cross the Queensboro Bridge during the New York City Marathon. 960 1280

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Spectators cheer on runners in Manhattan during the New York City Marathon. 960 1280

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Runners pass by discarded water cups at the 20-mile mark in Harlem. 960 1280

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Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland pumps her fist after winning the Women's Wheelchair division in the 2009 Marathon. 960 1280

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Boston Marathon race start in Hopkinton, Massachusetts
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The elite men cross the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton has been the starting point for the nation’s oldest marathon since it was moved from a neighboring town in 1925. 960 1280

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Running Through Boston

Running Through Boston

Each year 25,000 runners attempt to complete the winding and hilly 26.2-mile route. 960 1280

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Framingham to Natick

Framingham to Natick

From Ashland, the runners make their way through the nearby towns of Framingham and Natick. Around 500,000 spectators turn out to watch the race each year, making the marathon the biggest sporting event in New England. 960 1280

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Racing Through Natick

Racing Through Natick

The runners pass a residential area of Natick. If you know someone in the race, be sure to track their progress so you don’t miss them. 960 1280

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Running Together

Running Together

Dick Hoyt pushes his son Rick as they compete in the Boston Marathon. Rick -- a Boston University grad -- was born with cerebral palsy, and his father (now 71!) has pushed him all the way to the finish line in 29 Boston Marathons. Dick and Rick -- who have become local celebrities -- run to raise money for the Team Hoyt Foundation, whose catch phrase appropriately is “Yes, You Can!” 960 1280

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Halfway Done!

Halfway Done!

Downtown Wellesley marks the marathon’s halfway point, but before the runners reach the 13-mile mark, they get a significant boost in morale from the students at Wellesley College (pictured here). Thousands of Wellesley women pack the streets by the campus, creating the famous “Scream Tunnel.” Runners have claimed that they can hear the women’s screams of support a mile away. 960 1280

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Brookline

Brookline

From Newton, runners pass Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and enter the city of Brookline. Cleveland Circle, where the runners turn a sharp left onto Beacon Street (pictured here), is a particularly loud, but exciting place to watch the race. 960 1280

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Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

The aptly named “Heartbreak Hill,” in the city of Newton, is one of the most daunting challenges for runners. The infamous hill is the last of 7 that the runners must climb in the quaint suburb. The hills span from miles 16 to 21 on the route. 960 1280

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Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner

Spectators cheer on the marathoners as they make their way through Coolidge Corner, a popular shopping and dining area in Brookline. 960 1280

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Beacon Street

Beacon Street

As the runners continue down Beacon Street they approach Kenmore Square, where the famous Citgo sign greets them, heading into downtown Boston. 960 1280

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Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday

Each year on “Marathon Monday,” Fenway Park hosts a Red Sox home game -- the only morning game in all of Major League Baseball. 960 1280

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Wheelchair Race

Wheelchair Race

Since 1975, disabled athletes have participated in the marathon’s wheelchair race. The Boston Marathon has become the most famous and elite wheelchair race in the world, with strict qualifying standards. 960 1280

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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Hundreds of runners make their way to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. 960 1280

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