For those who need more than a simple triathlon festival, there are multi-day events popping up all around the world, especially in the U.S. While the Survival of the Shawangunks is no doubt the most unique (the race circumnavigates an untamed portion of upstate New York via eight grueling swimming, biking and running stages), no multisport stage race is quite like the American Triple-T in Portsmouth, Ohio. The three-day event pushes athletes through four triathlons totaling 140 miles. The Triple-T certainly isn’t for beginners. Many finishers compare the race to an Ironman in terms of difficulty. Sounds like fun, right?

American Triple-T
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio
2010 Date: May 21-23
May 21: Supersprint triathlon
May 22 (AM): Olympic-distance triathlon
May 22 (PM): Olympic-distance triathlon
May 23: Half iron-distance triathlon

Survival of the Shawangunks
Location: Ulster County, New York
2010 Date: Sept. 12, 2010
Distance: 30-mile bike, 4.5-mile run, 1.1-mile swim, 5.5-mile run, 0.5-mile swim, 8-mile run, 0.5-mile swim, 0.7-mile run

Ultraman Hawaii
Location: The Big Island, Hawaii
2010 Date: Nov. 26-28
Distance: 6.2-mile swim, 261.4-mile bike, 52.4-mile run

Virginia Double  Ironman
Location: Laka Anna, Va.
2010 Date: Oct. 9-10
Distance: 7.6K swim, 360K bike, 84.4K run

International Ultra Triathlon Assn. World Championship
Location: Bonyhad-Dombovar, Hungary
2010 Date: June 24-27
Distance: 7.6K swim, 360K bike, 84.4K run