With thousands of notable races to choose from-many occurring simultaneously on a single weekend-how can an athlete carve out the best possible calendar to suit his specific wants and needs? Through an array of research techniques-our own reader survey, advice from industry insiders, queries sent to a pack of professionals and assessment of our own race experiences-we’ve compiled a collection of worthy events which serve to satisfy a wide variety of triathletes. Here are our top recommendations for 2011.

#3 The Family-Focused Athlete

The Family-Focused Athlete Rev3 Quassy and Rev3 Cedar Point, june 4-5, 2011,
Middlebury Conn., Sept. 11, 2011, Sandusky Ohio The Rev3 races clearly live up to their billing
as family-friendly events. Both the Quassy and Cedar Point venues are actual amusement parks, and athletes receive discounted park entry with their registration. With a weekend Fllled with family fun activities-past events have included an adventure race, an obstacle course and a T-shirt tie-dye booth-it’s no wonder one reader’s son kept asking, “When can we come back?”

#13 The Swag Hound

Every race in the Rev3 series has a reputation for loading athletes up with a cool, quality swag bag. Racers receive two custom shirts, a hat or visor, sweet sponsor goodies and, where applicable, amusement park discounts. But participants in the new Rev3 Costa Rica event will be especially fortunate, taking home a unique (and as of now under-wraps) item honoring the exotic locale, in addition to the traditional Rev3 haul.

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