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Exploring the USA Through Triathlon

Exploring the USA Through Triathlon

Triathlon Across the USA

After completing my first triathlon in 2011, my wife, Joy, and I looked at each other and said ‘Why not?”.

After the first triathlon, I was hooked. At that moment, we decided to combine our love for road trips with my interest in triathlon. We call this “Triathlon Across the USA”.

In this quest, our goal is to visit and for me to complete a triathlon in all 50 states. It has been more rewarding than we imagined.

This adventure has already taken us to many out-of-the-way parts of the United States. These are places we would probably never have visited.  For example, many people who live in Oregon don’t know about Sweet Home.  We have eaten, slept, and raced there.

It has also provided an opportunity to visit family and friends, several who have since passed away.

Through these travels, we have met people across the triathlon community with a connection to family members.  We have met people hundreds of, even more than a thousand, miles from home who have friends or family near our Minnesota home.

In one case, the race director of a triathlon in a southern state had run near our house while visiting in-laws in Minnesota. We also met a young lady in Alaska who was on her Minnesota high school swim team with our daughter-in-law.

Diverse Experiences With More To Come

These travels have provided a diversity of triathlon experiences – differing terrain, race courses, weather, race types, and scenery. There have been plenty of opportunities to deal with the unexpected.

I have learned something new in each race. These are included in the ‘Race Firsts’ in each post. I have also learned more of the geography of the United States.

This journey is still in progress.  We have not yet completed triathlons in all states. 

The map below shows the states for which I have completed triathlons. The stories on this site include those from each of these states.

Lord willing, we will continue this journey to the end.  Please join us.

Terry & Joy VanderWert

Maple Grove, Minnesota

“I press on to reach the end of the race.” Philippians 3:14


Finding a State in the “Triathlon Across the USA”

Below the picture you will find a list of the states of the USA. If the state name contains a link, I have completed a triathlon and its story. 

triathlon across the usa to August 2022
Our triathlon journey has taken us to most of the states of the United States.

Please note the region names and grouping of states below follows the standard used by the US Census Bureau. I didn’t just make them up.


States of the Northeast USA
Northeast USA


States of the Midwest USA
Midwest USA


States of the Southern USA
Southern USA


states of the Western USA
Western USA

What Is Your Favorite State?

I am often asked about my favorite state. It is really impossible to answer?

Each of our experiences has been so different. However, that may not be your story.

What is your favorite state for triathlon?

Let us know in the Comments section below.


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