An inside look at this weekend’s 70.3 worlds course at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev.
This article was originally published in the Sept./Oct. 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine. Pick it up on newsstands today.
Heat, hills, wind and dry air—that’s what more than 1,800 top age-group and pro athletes who qualified this year can look forward to at this iconic and highly competitive race. It starts at Lake Las Vegas, near the entrance to the rugged and hilly Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and finishes in suburban Henderson, Nev., a 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.
The 1.2-mile swim leg starts beneath the arches of a bridge that connects the town square of Lake Las Vegas to the transition area, goes up one side of the lake and returns along the other. Expect a no-wetsuit swim in late summer, but bring along your wetsuit just in case as the water temperatures can drop quickly if there’s rain or a cold spell the week before. Be prepared for a long run from the swim exit to the transition area.