Known as the Choice of Champions, the city of Clermont also is the choice of triathletes.
Triathlete magazine named Clermont as one of the top 35 destinations for triathletes in the world, a city news release states. The article describes Clermont as family-friendly and affordable.
For the article, dozens of competitors were asked to submit their all-time favorite places to swim, bike, and run, the triple challenge that makes up triathlons. Clermont landed a coveted spot among exotic locales such as West Brisbane, Australia; Quebec, Canada; and Kato Paphos, Cyprus.
Clermont got a boost from hometown champion Sara McLarty, who is an aquathlon world champion, qualified for the Olympic swimming trials, and is a former International Triathlon Union racer.
“The local tri-community is friendly and welcoming,” Sara says in the article. “There’s easy access to year-round open water. Country roads go for miles with surprising elevation from all the rolling hills, and there are multiple running and mountain-bike trails nearby.”
And, the article adds, “You can hit up Disney World and Universal Studio on your rest days.”
Clermont, about 20 miles west of Orlando, is known as the Choice of Champions because of its international reputation as a training ground for elite athletes and the community’s celebration of the championship spirit, the release states.
The city’s reputation for triathlons began 35 years ago when native son Fred Sommer began hosting the competitions in the city. Since then, a growing number of triathletes, Olympic runners, and other elite athletes have been drawn to the city.
“We are proud to be named among the world’s best destinations for triathletes and welcome them and their families, as well as all visitors, to Clermont,” City Manager Darren Gray says in the release.
To see all the top world destinations for triathletes, go to triathlete.com.