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Preview: 2013 TriRock Triathlon Series

This summer and fall, the annual TriRock Triathlon Series will span across the nation in seven cities.

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This summer and fall, the annual TriRock Triathlon series will span across the nation in seven cities. Similar to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, the races are musically themed to keep your adrenaline pumping throughout the entire course. “Our events are a fun atmosphere for all levels of triathletes, in which each venue includes a sprint distance that is very athlete friendly,” says Molly Quinn, the Vice President of Triathlon and organizer of the TriRock series.

She adds that the venues are “gateways” into the sport of triathlon, especially since TriRock provides training clinics weeks before each race, covering triathlon basics like speedy transitions, injury prevention and open-water swimming. Today (June 5) the TriRock Series is offering $20 off any race registration to celebrate National Running Day. Learn more at Trirockseries.com. The TriRock Series is owned by Triathlete.com’s parent company, Competitor Group, Inc.

In preparation for the TriRock events, here is a brief preview of what to expect at each venue:

Philadelphia, Penn.
June 22-23
Trirock.competitor.com/philadelphia

Located in the picturesque and historic sector of Fairmont Park, TriRock Philly’s start/finish and transition areas are located just off of Martin Luther King Drive. “Philadelphia is densely populated with triathletes and a beautiful venue designed for a family festival weekend,” says Quinn. New to the race, a 100 meter buoy system as provided at Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C. will be incorporated into the race—improving visibility and increasing awareness of position on the course. This triathlon will also feature an Olympic-distance pro-race recently named the PHLY Cup. Pro triathletes such as Andy Potts (2011 champion of the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon), Alicia Kaye and Sara McLarty will be competing for a prize purse of $25,000.

RELATED: TriRock Philadelphia Announces PHLY Cup For Pro Athletes

Aurora, Colo.
July 13
Trirock.competitor.com/aurora

TriRock Aurora is new to the TriRock Series this year. It caters to a popular triathlete community located just 40 minutes southeast of Boulder, the mecca of triathlon.  Aurora’s high elevation and westerly winds may prove challenging, but swimming in the Aurora Reservoir, biking through meadows and running along the lake will be worth it. A TriRock relay will also be offered in which the swim, bike, run portions are divided up among three team members.

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Asbury Park, N.J.
Aug. 25
Trirock.competitor.com/asbury-park

This beachside community on the Jersey Shore is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi started their careers. TriRock Asbury Park is thus the epitome of a summer rock ‘n’ roll triathlon festival. The sprint-distance course starts with an ocean swim, followed by a fast bike course and finishes with a run on the famous Asbury Park boardwalk.

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Austin, Texas
Sept. 2
Trirock.competitor.com/austin

Formerly known as the Austin Triathlon for the past seven years, this will be TriRock Austin’s second annual event. The event includes both sprint and Olympic-distance races.  This venue has sold out in the past due to its beginner-friendly swim course in Lady Bird Lake and a closed bike course with stunning views over the Congress St. Bridge.

PHOTOS: 2012 TriRock Austin


Lake Geneva, Wisc.
Sept. 14
Trirock.competitor.com/lake-geneva

TriRock Lake Geneva marks the end of the triathlon season in the Midwest. Its sprint and Olympic-distance races are known for scenic courses through the rolling hills of a small lakeside village in Williams Bay, which also sold out last year.

PHOTOS: 2012 TriRock Lake Geneva


San Diego, Calif.
Sept. 22, 2013
Trirock.competitor.com/san-diego

TriRock San Diego, home to the original TriRock series, is the largest triathlon in San Diego, boasting over 2,000 participants at last year’s race. Known as the birthplace of triathlon, San Diego’s multi-sport history makes it an important race location. It consists of an ocean swim, a flat bike course, a scenic run along the coastline and a post-race concert at the finish line. It will also feature a Military/Public Servant Challenge.

PHOTOS: TriRock San Diego

Clearwater, Fla.
Nov. 10
Trirock.competitor.com/clearwater

The last of the 2013 TriRock events, this race starts at Pier 60 with an easy single-loop swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The bike course is relatively flat with a speedy tour past sites of downtown. Don’t miss out on the Multi-Sport Expo the day before to complete the triathlon-filled weekend.

PHOTOS: 2012 TriRock Clearwater