New York, New York
Categorized as:Best metropolitan areas
Median Home Price: $458,960
Average Monthly Rent (2BR Apartment): $2,070–$2,890
The Scene: There’s a reason Chris “Macca” McCormack recently tweeted “New York is the new hub of multisport racing in the USA without question.” With dozens of triathlon clubs, shops and state-of-the-art training facilities, New York City is buzzing with all things multisport. NYC-based clubs such as Full Throttle Endurance boast some of the best age-groupers in the country, and, in 2012, the Big Apple will host a full Ironman race.
The Selling Points: Central Park’s 843 acres are a haven for cyclists and runners. While the rest of the city sleeps, triathletes run and ride around the park’s 6-mile loop, including the tough Harlem Hills. Throughout the summer, NYC Swim hosts open-water races in the Hudson River. And if you’re craving country air, the open roads of Westchester County and New Paltz (a favorite training spot for many clubs and elites) is just a short (car-share) drive away.
The Snags: New Yorkers admit that it’s not for everyone. The crowds, the grit and the ridiculous rent prices can be enough to make anyone run to Long Island.
Local Flavor: The day before the Nautica New York City Triathlon (Nyctri.com), hundreds of triathletes race through Central Park wearing a lot less than a tri kit for the Jamaica Underwear Run—the world’s biggest gathering of folks in their skivvies.