Explore, Race, and Give Back Along the Dalmatian Coast
HALF-IRONMAN / SPRINT TRIATHLON / RACING HIKING / KAYAKING
with Andy Riedy
April 19-28, 2020
Join us in Croatia for a triathlon on the beautiful Island of Korčula. You’ll swim through crystal clear water, bike around a stunning coastline, and run through the forested interior of the island. You’ll accompany your triathlon adventure with a little bit of history and culture, kayaking and hiking excursions, plenty of Mediterranean food and wine, and a SCUBA assisted ocean cleanup to give back. This trip is perfect for all skill and experience levels and will offer you the opportunity to challenge yourself while getting to know a new culture.
Dubrovnik - More than
Our adventure will begin in Dubrovnik, where we will stay in a cliff-side hotel and venture out to see the city made famous in pop culture as the Red Keep overlooking Black Water Bay in Game of Thrones. We will walk along its ancient walls and learn more about its storied history and why it was able to remain virtually independent and free in a challenging geopolitical environment for centuries. We’ll stop for lunch, then you’ll have a free afternoon to explore the city’s narrow streets and hidden passageways. You may want to hike or take the cable car to the top of Mount Srd to get a birds eye view of the city and see the war museum tucked into Fort Imperial, a relic from the Napoleonic era. At the top, you’ll have an amazing view of the old city as sunset approaches.
Wine, Oysters, and a Little History along Pelješac
After a light open water swim from the deck of our hotel, we'll depart Dubrovnik for Korčula with a stop in Ston (pronounced Stone) on the Pelješac Peninsula. We’ll hike up the giant stone walls that once protected the city and its ancient sea salt works. Then the real treat - we'll take a boat ride to a secluded spot and enjoy a lunch of fresh oysters and clams plucked from the bay that morning. Our chef is sure to have some homemade rakija (rakeeya - Croatian moonshine) and table wine ready for us as he shucks and preps a small feast. We’ll swing by a family winery to taste a few vintages and have a snack before a short ferry ride brings us to Korčula, our island home for the rest of the trip.
Island Adventures - Kayaking, Sailing, Hiking, and Swimming
From our home base in Korčula town, we’ll explore the rest of the island by bike and by boat. We’ll tour some of the best wineries, enjoy fresh food prepared at a family run orchard, kayak across the bay, set sail on a private sunset champagne splashed cruise, hike the interior of the island, and assist the local SCUBA club in a cleanup of Korčula Bay. You’ll have optional yoga sessions in the mornings and several opportunities to swim in the open water as we seek out the most secluded beaches along Korčula’s rugged coastline.
A Local Race with a Balkans Feel
After an active and relaxing week, we’ll participate in the annual Marco Polo Challenge Triathlon now going into its tenth year. You’ll be able to choose from half-ironman, Olympic, and sprint distances. You are welcome to attend as a spectator, but don’t be afraid to give it a shot - this is a great race for first timers!
With a later race start than most Westerners are used to, on race day we’ll head to the center of town to pick up our race packets, check the fit of our sleek rented road bikes, and meet a few of our competitors. The experienced triathletes among us will be around to offer any last minute tips to the newbies. Around 11:45, we’ll make final preparations and clear the transition area for the noon start. There's a good chance the water will still be cool enough for wetsuits, but the organizers will make the call a day prior - so bring your wetsuits! After the race and a quick nap, we’ll stretch our tired legs on a short hike in the interior of the island on our way to a private al fresco dinner at a family owned olive orchard. We’ll swap stories and take in the cool spring air as the sun sets.
In Dubrovnik we'll stay in a beautiful cliffside hotel that overlooks Lapad Bay, minutes from the old town and its historic fortress walls. We'll enjoy meals on the terrace and swim off of the water level walkway. In Korčula, you'll have an apartment in or near the old town and within walking distance of the triathlon starting line. You will have your own room and likely share a common area with another adventurer.
Adventurer, outdoorsman, and U.S. Marine, and Andrew and a good friend thought up Open World Racing as a means to bring people together through their common love of racing. He thrives on the energy of races and new adventures and is excited to help others discover new places and meet new friends.
My Open World Racing trip to Korcula, Croatia in April was the culmination of months and months of training in my fitness journey. I began that training with a personal trainer in anticipation of my 40th birthday. You’re never too old to redirect your health and well being! This is a lifestyle.
There were a lot of firsts on this trip. Traveling to Europe was a first, kayaking was a first, swimming in the open water, and participating in a triathlon was a first. With the help of our local guide and Andrew, it was a truly exhilarating experience. Every moment of the trip was carefully planned and well thought out. There was never a dull moment.
There are not enough words to describe every exquisite detail of the trip with OWR to Korcula, Croatia. I am planning another adventure with the numerous opportunities OWR has in the future.” - E Westfall