TriHabitat is heaven for competitive athletes, and it's opening in the U.S. next year

By Kylie Gilbert
January 27, 2015

The world's first self-contained endurance sport venue is in the works, and it's promising to revolutionize not only the way the world's greatest athletes train and perform, but also the way the public participates in the action.

TriHabitat is a year-round training and event facility set on 1100 acres in North Carolina. It's set to open in 2016, and it pretty much sounds like heaven for triathletes. The first-of-its-kind facility will contain a 25-acre lake designed specifically for racing and training, a run course that will never see the tires of a motor vehicle, and a bike course wider than a standard interstate highway lane, according to a press release. (See our 12-Week Olympic Triathlon Training Plan for Beginners!)

However, you don't have to be a triathlete to join in on the fun. TriHabitat plans to host other events as well, including running events, open water swims, bike races, paddleboard races, kayak races, obstacle course challenges, and other events of varying disciplines and distances during any calendar year.

Not to mention, it's a pretty cool experience for spectators too: The stadiums promise unparalleled viewing options with better access to the action (like a sidewalk that follows the swim course), as well as video boards and sound systems to keep the audience in the loop.

And, hey, even if you have zero interest in competitive sports, the venue plans also boast a marina for kayak, paddleboard, and jet ski rentals. (Not to mention what look to be resort-worthy accommodations!)

Let the countdown to 2016 begin!