Male triathletes can be kind of annoying, especially if you’re looking for a quiet girls’ weekend. And why not spend that girls’ weekend in California’s Russian River Valley, sipping Sonoma’s finest Pinot and racing the world’s greatest women-only race? Barb’s Race, which coincides with the Full Vineman Triathlon, offers a women-only half iron-distance race in California’s wine country with proceeds benefitting the Vineman Cancer Charities. It’s tough to beat all that.

Barb’s Race

Barb's Race is a women's-only half-Ironman distance race. Photo: Jeff Kapic
Barb's Race is a women's-only half-Ironman distance race. Photo: Jeff Kapic

Location: Sonoma, Calif.
2010 Date: July 31
Distance: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Website: Vineman.com

Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas
Location: Lake Las Vegas, Nev.
2010 Date: May 15
Distance: 800-meter swim, 18.6-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Website: Irongirl.com

Trek Women’s Tri Austin
Location: Austin, Tex.
2010 Date: May 16
Distance: 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Website: Trekwomenstriathlonseries.com/Texas

SheRox Miami
Location: Miami
2010 Date: April 25
Distance: 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Website: Sheroxtri.com

Philadelphia Women’s Triathlon
Location: Philadelphia
2010 Date: July 11
Distance: 750-meter swim, 17-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Website: Cgiracing.com