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.
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.