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Triathlon Magazine Canada - - CONTENTS - By Gaylia Lynn Oster­lund

Santa Cruz Triathlon

Al­though it’s not yet world fa­mous, the Santa Cruz Triathlon is among the best. While I’m lucky enough to live in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia, I’ve trav­elled and raced around the world and this event of­fers one of the most scenic cour­ses I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

Santa Cruz Triathlon (for­merly known as the Santa Cruz Sen­tinel Triathlon) is the long­est-run­ning triathlon in the county. The main fo­cus of the event is to raise funds for youth ath­let­ics. To date, more than one mil­lion dol­lars has been do­nated to lo­cal sports pro­grams.

Sec­ond Sum­mer

Santa Cruz is con­ve­niently lo­cated 90 min­utes south of San Fran­cisco In­ter­na­tional Air­port and just 30 min­utes south of San Jose In­ter­na­tional Air­port, mak­ing get­ting to the venue a breeze. The Sept. 28, 2014 race date means ath­letes will likely ex­pe­ri­ence “the sec­ond sum­mer” in Santa Cruz. Mon­terey Bay warms up and there’s lit­tle to no fog and lots of sun .

The Santa Cruz Triathlon starts and fin­ishes along­side the Santa Cruz Beach Board­walk, Cal­i­for­nia’s old­est amuse­ment park. The park opened in 1907 and is home to two Na­tional His­toric Land­marks – the 1911 Carousel and 1924 Gi­ant Dip­per wooden roller coaster.

Santa Cruz County has sev­eral quaint lodg­ing op­tions. The Santa Cruz Dream Inn is right near the fin­ish line and pro­vides a view of the swim from most bal­conies. A bit fur­ther down the high­way is the lux­u­ri­ous Seascape Beach Re­sort that has rooms equipped with full kitchens – a fea­ture much ap­pre­ci­ated by triath­letes.

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