For Runners: Grand Island Trail Marathon
July 23; Munising, MI
Run along the coast of Grand Island in Lake Superior—you can go the full 26.2 or opt for the half—navigating everything from beaches to winding forest singletrack.
Hit the trails.Even in a city, you can find hilly and root-strewn routes to train on.
Drag weary legs to the Dogpatch, and protein load on fresh-caught lake fish.
For Triathletes: Chicago Triathlon
Aug. 28; Chicago, IL
Pick your distance (Supersprint, Sprint, or Olympic), then dive into the crisp waters of Lake Michigan before you ride along the shores with sweeping views of the city. Sprint to the finish in the shadow of the world famous Willis Tower.
Do dumbbell woodchoppers and row- ing-machine work, adding alternate twists.
Celebrate with burgers and beers at Au Cheval in on the West Loop.
For Bikers: Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour
July 31– Aug. 6; Idaho Springs, CO
Like in a mini Tour de France, you’ll ride 438 miles through the Rockies, summiting 14,271 feet—the highest paved road in America.
Biking to work every day won’t cut it — you’ll want to train for and finish at least two hard training rides more than 80 miles long.
All the payoff you’ll want after completing this route is a relaxing soak in the mineral-water pool at Indian Hot Springs.