Panama City Beach, FL – November
Unlike the tempestuous waters of the Pacific races, the Gulf of Mexico is balmy, crystal clear, and perfect for an ocean swim. The run and bike portions of this spectator-friendly race traverse nearby neighborhoods and St. Andrews State Park. The flat, fast course is great for a PR, and the race is an Ironman World Championship qualifying event. While you're in PCB, plan a trip to nearby Grayton Beach; November is the perfect time for soaking up the Panhandle in all its glory—and without crowds.
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