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Triple the Workout with Triathlons in Cozumel

Autumn in Cozumel is race time. And for visitors to this Mexican island, it is a  unique opportunity to take part in a pair of endurance events – or just observe the day-long displays of athletic excellence.

First up is the Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Cup. Begun in 2013, this race is considered a “sprint” in triathlon circles, as the distances are relatively short, compared to Ironman competitions. In this endeavor, entrants start out with a 750m (half a mile) swim, then jump on their bikes for a 20K (12.4 miles) ride before finishing with a 5K (3.1 miles) run. Hosted the ITU (International Triathlon Union), this event takes place October 2-4. Friday and Saturday are when the athletes get familiar with the course, with the race itself on Sunday.

Following that warm-up, athletes and race fans can gear themselves up for Ironman Cozumel – the second most popular Ironman race on the competitive circuit, and an important qualifying event for the World Ironman 2016 event. The race starts at Chankanaab Park with a 2.4-mile ocean swim, which is followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and concludes with a 26.2-mile run. The race will be held on November 29, with awards presented the following day.  To get a personal idea of the Ironman Cozumel experience, check out the video below.

Did You Know?

The first triathlon was held in San Diego on September 24, 1974. In the first event, competitors did a 5.3-mile run, a 5-mile bike ride and a 600-yard swim. The triathlon became an Olympic event in 2000.

So if you like to work a serious workout into your vacation, check out the Cozumel ITU Triathlon or, if you’re serious about pushing your limits, then the Ironman Cozumel is for you. To learn more about booking travel to Cozumel or any of our other 40+ destinations, contact us at

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