In the world of long-course triathlon, there is the obvious brand that just about everyone is aware of...Ironman. They've been around for a long, long time and have basically been the only option when it comes to racing a full-distance (140.6 miles) triathlon. Over the last few years, there's been a few other companies that have popped up to provide a little competition for the Ironman brand. A lot of those new companies have ended up staying local. One company, however, has been expanding each year for the last few years, and has announced yet another race that they are adding to their line up.
Revolution 3, or Rev3Tri, is really the only other company out there that is giving Ironman (World Triathlon Corp.) any national competition. Last year, they had 8 races on their calendar, with most of them being more toward the eastern side of the states. They posted on their Facebook page that they were going to be announcing a new race soon. I was personally hoping for something on the westsiiiiiide!, because I really want to experience what Rev3 is all about (side bar: Rev3 is known for putting on great, family oriented races and they really make it a point for everyone to have a great experience, including the spectators! For example, check out this flier they published prior to their recent South Carolina event). Realistically, though, it doesn't make much sense for them to come out to Arizona quite yet. Since all of their races are located on the east, it's probably better for their staff members if the races are a little closer to home. So I was a little bummed when they announced a new Florida race. Don't get me wrong, I'm super pumped for the company, because the more they expand, the sooner they come to Arizona. I was just hoping that it would be this time, not next time.
Rev3's new race will be taking place in Sarasota. I'm pretty bad with geography, and I really had no idea where in Florida this was. So I looked it up. And by using landmarks that I'm familiar with, I was able to understand where this is. It is basically 2-2:30 hours southwest of Disneyworld! And judging by the tourist pictures, it looks like it would be a very nice place to race. This particular race will be a HalfRev (70.3 miles), and will take place on the weekend of October 27th and 28th, 2012.
If you want to know more about Rev3, check out their website.