Triathlete’s Best Places To Live 2011

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  • Published Sep 16, 2011

Sacramento, California

Categorized as: Off the radar
Population: 1,400,949
Median Home Price: $192,950

The Scene: Sacramento may not be as sexy as say, San Diego, but California’s capital has its own appeal. The city’s Golden State Triathlon, held each October, is California’s only crit-style sprint tri, with a draft-legal bike course. Legendary Ironman champ Dave Scott, a native of nearby Davis, teaches a clinic at the city’s Swimstitute each year.

The Selling Points: Despite its mostly urban environs, Sacramento is rife with a variety of places to get your workout on. There are ample parks, multiple lakes, the American and Sacramento rivers for open-water swims and the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail. Known as one of the sunniest cities in the country, Sactown averages 188 clear days per year.

The Snags: For all of that sunshine, there’s still a dark cloud hanging over Sacramento: The city has struggled with declining home prices, rising unemployment and high taxes (much like the rest of California).

Local Flavor: Throughout the summer, coaching group Total Intensity Sports ( and bike shop Kinetic Cycles host a weekly 10-mile time trial series along the Sacramento River. Cash prizes and coveted gear like Zipp wheels and TT frames are up for grabs for top point-getters.

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