Whether it’s the epic-ness of the scenery or the challenge—or both—these 12 events have irresistible appeal.

1. Challenge Roth
ROTH, GERMANY – JULY 12: Athletes on the bike climb the Solar Berg hill during the Challenge Triathlon Roth on July 12, 2015 in Roth, Germany. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon)
2. Escape From Alcatraz
Pro wave start for the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on March 3, 2013 in San Francisco, CA
3. Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon
4. Triathlon Alpe D'Huez
5. Ironman New Zealand
6. Wildflower Long Course Triathlon
Brian Fleischman making it look easy while ascending Beach Hill at Wildflower Long Course Triathlon on May 2, 2015 at Lake San Antonio, CA.
7. Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns
8. Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Ironman 70.3 Vineman 2015
9. Laguna Phuket Triathlon
PHUKET, THAILAND – NOVEMBER 30: Competitors run to the water during the swim stage of the Challenge Half Laguna on November 30, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
10. Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon
11. Nation's Triathlon
2015 Events DC Nation’s Triathlon. Washington, D.C., Sunday, 13 September 2015. Photo by Brian W. Knight/Swim Bike Run Photo
12. Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
2013 Chicago Triathlon

You put your blood, sweat and tears into training, so why not reward yourself by choosing a race with a wow factor that matches your work ethic? We asked readers to weigh in with their bucket-list triathlons and ranked editors’ picks to come up with this shortlist of must-do races, all outside of the Ironman World Championship, which (of course) would top the list. Whether it’s the epic-ness of the scenery or the challenge—or both—these 12 events have irresistible appeal.