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Henderson is the sister city to Las Vegas. In other words, it's a ten-minute trip to the strip for those looking to recuperate with some roulette. For your 70.3, you'll swim in Lake Mead, which overlooks the Hoover Dam, and take in plenty of desert scenery on your second two legs. And if you're not a gambling enthusiast, you can take your post-race game in a different direction. "We have some of the best National Parks (Zion, Bryce, Red Rocks, Sedona and the Grand Canyon) within two hours drive of the race site," says race director Frank Lowery.

The Course: 70.3-mile distance (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run)
Where: Henderson, NV
When: October 5, 2014

[$250, ironman.com]