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"What is a Course Talk and Why are they so important?"
The Los Angeles Triathlon will offer OPTIONAL Course Briefings on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th. These briefings will provide athletes with information about the race course, race rules and regulations and a breif Q&A. Briefings are not mandatory, but are suggested for athletes who have not completed The Los Angeles Triathlon in the past. Please see the Race Weekend Schedule for course briefing times.
"What are the wave start times for the race?"
Please remember these things: Don't forget to wear the chip timing device on your ANKLE. There is more than one start group for each cap color. You must know your wave start number!! It is required that you start in the wave to which you have been assigned, otherwise you will affect another competitor's results and awards.
"What is the water like for the race?"
Heal the Bay tests the water before the race; we will post the test results here closer to race weekend. Visit watchthewater.org. It has a webcam, water temperature, surf conditions, and more for Venice and all county beaches.
"What does it mean that the Los Angeles Triathlon is "USAT Sanctioned" and why do I have to pay $12 to become a one-day member?"
USAT, or USA Triathlon, is the national governing body of the sport of Triathlon. Sanctioning an event through USAT means the race is provided insurance for its athletes, race coordinators, and volunteers. As a sanctioned triathlon, all athletes are required to either be an annual USAT member or purchase a one-day membership pass. If you are currently a USAT member please make sure to bring your proof of membership when you pick up your packet. If you do not bring this proof, you will be charged for the one-day membership fee. If you are not an annual member, you will need to purchase a one-day membership (to insure you as a Triathlete) before you are able to pick up your packet. One-day membership costs $12, and will be collected when you pick up your registration, if you have not already paid it online.
"What do I need to bring to the expo?"
- T2 (Transition #2) bag: Your T2 bag is your gear that you will need when you get to the second transition area and go from your bike to the run portion of the race. Typically, this T2 bag will contain your running shoes and any other gear you use on the run. When you drop this off at the expo prior to the race, it will be placed at your spot in T2 and will be waiting for you when you arrive on your bike. You will be given a luggage tag to attach to your bag at registartion which corresponds with your bib number. NO ONE is allowed inside T2 before the race. Your spot in T2 is designated by your race number.
- If you are NOT a member of USAT (USA Triathlon), you must bring $12 to purchase a one-day membership, if you have not already done so during online registration.
- Questions/concerns. There will be course talks on Friday and Saturday for you to ask any and all questions about the course, and about the race in general. Please view the Race Weekend Schedule for course briefing times.
"How do the transition areas work?"
Because the Los Angeles Triathlon is a point-to-point course, there are two separate transition areas. T1 is in Venice (swim to bike) and T2 is in Downtown L.A. (bike to run). Click here to visit our Transition page to learn more about each transition area.
Transition 1 (T1) Bag Procedure-Venice Blvd-Opens: 5:30am(Typical T1 items include, wet-suit, goggles, swimsuit, small personal effects)
- At the Health & Fitness Expo, upon check-in you will receive with your race numbers two adhesive luggage tags (much like those you get when boarding airlines and checking luggage). One tag will be used on your T1 bag, the other for T2 bag.
- Wrap the adhesive tag around a strap of your bag of your T1 bag and bring with you race morning.
- Mark anything and everything in the bag itself with your race number.
- When you finish the swim segment of the race, stuff ALL items into this T1 bag.
- Very important, ANYTHING not in the bag will be considered lost and found. We will not stuff your bag for you.
- Absolutely no bicycle pumps will be allowed in T1. Note: Take care of filling your tires before you bring your bike to T1. You must put everything in your bag yourself. Everything. There will be limited bike pumps available from us at T1.
- T1 bags will be loaded by us on to buses and transported to T2 by our shuttle contractor. The first load will leave at 7:30 am and will continue until all bags have been delivered.
- They will be available at T2 at designated "T2 Bag Pick Up" upon completion of your race on Georgia and Chick Hearn Court.
- Final note on T1. We will allow bikes ONLY on race day, not the day before. The transition area will open at T1 at 5:30am.
Transition 2 (T2) Bag Procedure-Location: On flower between 9th and 11th. Transition 2 Layout. (Typical T2 items include running shoes, singlet, small personal effects)
- Participants are heavily encouraged to bring and use their own bag. We will have a size limit of 18" x 6" x 18" (a standard backpack size bag). If you do not have your own bag, we will give you a drawstring goody bag for this use at the Expo. You must bring all of your T2 gear to the Expo upon check in. No exceptions.
- At the Health & Fitness Expo, upon check-in you will receive in your technical bag two adhesive luggage tags (much like those you get when boarding airlines and checking luggage). One tag will be used on your T1 bag, the other for T2 bag.
- Wrap the adhesive tag around a strap of your T2 bag. If it is a drawstring bag, wrap it around the drawstring
- Mark anything and everything in the bag itself with your race number.
- You will then drop your T2 bag off at the expo, it will be placed at your spot in T2 and will be waiting for you when you arrive on your bike. Your spot in T2 is designated by your race number.
- Very important, ANYTHING not in the bag will be considered lost and found. We will not stuff your bag. You must put everything in yourself. Everything.
"When does online registration close? Can I still register after that?"
Online registration through Active.com will close at 12pm (noon) PST on Friday, September 28th. You can still register for the race on Saturday at the Health and Fitness Expo. There will be NO race-day registration and no race-day packet pickup. Click here to register today!
"Where should I park race weekend?"
FRIDAY & SATURDAY PARKING, HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO:
- LA Live Lot 7: $10 Click Here to View the Map
- VENICE BEACH - Washington lot will open at 4am, the rate will be $7. There is also plenty of parking on the street. Just be sure not to park on the South Side of Venice Blvd. Cars will be towed.
- METRO LINE - The Metro BLUE line stops at the "Chick Hearn Station" (aka. Flower and Pico Station) which is only a couple blocks from the finish line. The exit comes out at Flower and 12th Street.
- STAPLES CENTER - LA Live Lot 7 and Lot W will be available for available for parking for $10 for the athletes.
"When and Where do the shuttles run on Sunday?"
Shuttles will be picking you up at LA Live (9th & Figuora St.) starting at 4:30AM. More information can be found here.