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(Not Your Typical) Top-10 Triathlon Towns

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Oct 26, 2010

A Nod to the Tri’d & True:

We can’t help but give a little “Best Of” list love to these perennial winners:

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Tropical island home to our sport’s pinnacle, near-spiritual event. Need we say more?

San Diego, Calif. Land of surf, sun, sand—and loads of Lycra. Plus, it’s the balmy home base to Triathlete magazine and our sister publication, Inside Triathlon. Yup, we’re biased.

Boulder, Colo. Open roads, winding trails and (literally) breathtaking mountain vistas. A pro (or three or four) in every swim lane. If only their talents were contagious.

Bend, Ore. The Pacific Northwest’s Boulder—at two-thirds the altitude and half the price.

Tucson, Ariz. Year-round opportunity to get schooled heading up Mount Lemmon’s 19-mile climb.

San Francisco, Calif. Café society city living with spellbinding natural resources and a lavish spread of tri sport events.

Austin, Texas Hip music and club scene meets equally happening cycling and running culture.

Clermont, Fla. Home to Florida’s only actual hills—and to the country’s only National Training Center, a 300-acre campus designed to bring out your inner über-athlete.

Bellevue, Wash. Upscale cross-lake neighbor to Seattle’s Emerald City. Less earthy, more affluent, equally outdoor-affectionate.

Madison, Wis. College town energy and ambiance with big city assets—not to mention heaps of swim, bike and run rewards.

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