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Winter Training Capital

You already know about the weather in Tucson, Arizona, now officially known as the Winter Training Capital. With comfortable temperatures and abundant sunshine, it's almost impossible to lose a training day - no matter what your sport. In fact, with an agreeable climate like ours, you may overlook the wonderful synergy of features that make Tucson an athlete's mid-winter dream come true.

Nature gave Tucson the weather and topography of an outdoorsman's paradise, but nurture built a Winter Training Capital for athletes of all ages and abilities. Local governments, sports clubs and a passionate network of businesses and organizations committed to optimizing this precious resource for the outdoors community have put Tucson at the top of every winter training best-of list around the world.

What makes Tucson the Winter Training Capital?

Is it the almost 500 miles of dedicated bike lanes and Gold status as a cycling friendly community? Is it the mild climate and over 350 days of sunshine? Is it the extensive network of trails spread throughout the four surrounding mountain ranges? The answer is yes - and so much more.

Why Come to Tucson for Winter Training?

Brian Grasky, USA Triathlon Certified Coach and five-time Ironman loves Tucson for it's winter training opportunities. Read why Brian thinks Tucson truly is the Winter Training Capital.

History of Winter Training

On February 8, 2010, Mayor Bob Walkup proclaimed Tucson as the Winter Training Capital. Tucson has long been recognized as a mecca for winter training and now that recognition is official. With an endless supply of resources for both the recreational and professional athlete, the region has not only met the training needs of numerous Olympic medalists and World Champions, but also the training needs of countless weekend warriors combining their love of sport with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

This website will be a dynamic resource for visitors and residents alike who are active in supporting Tucson as the place to be during the winter training season. In the coming months, a dedicated team of local businesses and volunteers will direct the information available in this community-based venture.


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