Triathlon & multisport travel for beginners

Are you an amateur athlete looking to spice things up? If a training regime filled with early morning swims, late night runs and blistering bike rides sounds like heaven, multisport competition could be for you! Whether it’s a “Try-a-Tri”, half or full IRONMAN triathlon, a “Sprint” duathlon (cycle and run), or a Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon coupled with an amateur cycling event, the lead-up to a multisport competition is intense.

And if you’ve travelled to compete in a race, a last-minute injury could temporarily sideline your dreams of leading the pack over the finish line. But don’t worry! A solid travel insurance policy can take some of the stings out of missing a multisport race. Read on to learn about some of the many choices for multisport travel.

You’ll find organized triathlon multisport events everywhere across Canada, the United States and around the world, in just about any geography from Hawaii to London to Dubai. Travelling as part of achieving fitness goals is a great way to see somewhere new and also achieve a personal best; but even the most elite amateur athletes occasionally run into emergencies and injuries that mean their competition trip has to be cancelled. This is why travel insurance is a must-have for multisport athletes.

If running, swimming and cycling aren’t on your must-do lists, there are other ways for the amateur athlete to incorporate a physical experience into their travels. CrossFit competitions are increasingly popular and there are unique water-based competitions that include kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding (all as part of the same race). These races often offer spectacular scenery—think Georgian Bay in Ontario and the fjords of Norway—and definitely tick the box for physical exertion.

Keep in mind that more adventurous or extreme events, such as the  Patagonia Expedition Race, or the XPD Expedition Race in Australia, to name a few, may include activities that, in the event of a serious injury or emergency, might not be covered by typical travel insurance plans and require a specialized type of travel insurance. Review the activities against the exclusions listed in your travel insurance policy or call a licensed Allianz Global Assistance insurance advisor at 1-844-310-1578 for more information.

Multisport encompasses any physical activity that incorporates more than one sport and can range across all abilities. By combining your love of activity with a wandering spirit, you can journey from Quito to Queensland, seeing new places, meeting new people, and challenging yourself mentally and physically. As always with adventure travel use good judgement, understand your travel insurance policy and how to access 24/7 emergency travel assistance before you hit the road.
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