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Why did you change the course?
We enjoyed the same course for 14 years and today's triathlon competition course format has changed. Now, looping courses are the norm, particularly on the international level. The new course is designed in a small footprint, spectator-friendly, looping International Triathlon Union (ITU)-style format. This is was the format used in the London Olympic Games and will be used in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The City of Torrance and Pacific Sports are looking to the future and the possibility of an ITU World Cup event, which has never been held in the Los Angeles area.
What is a Course Talk and why are they so important?
The Los Angeles Triathlon at Torrance Beach will offer course talks on Saturday, September 10th during the TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo. Course talks will be at 11am, 1pm and 3pm during the Expo. The Expo closes at 4PM. Every participating triathlete is required to attend a course talk. These talks will provide athletes with information about the race course, the SwimStream start, race rules and regulations, and a Q&A opportunity. They last about 30 minutes and are a great opportunity to find out the current conditions at Torrance Beach and get some race tips from an expert. There are multiple course briefings scheduled during the day and you can coordinate your packet pickup with attending a cocurse talk. Please check the weekend schedule for the times of the briefings.
What does "USAT-Sanctioned" mean? Why do I pay $15 to become a 1-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 $15, and will be collected when you pick up your registration, if you have not already paid it online.
Is Packet Pickup Required on Saturday at the Expo?
Yes. Unless you are registered as a VIP, you are REQUIRED to pickup your packet on Saturday September 10th at the race expo. There is NO packet pickup on Torrance Beach on Sunday morning (unless you are registered as a ViP). Packet pickup is part of the TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo and you will also have an opportunity to visit vendors, hear the course talks and meet up with friends. If you cannot pick up your packet on Saturday, you can have a family member or friend pick it up for you, but they must bring your signed USAT or USATF waivers, the signed Pacific Sports waiver, and a copy of your photo ID. They must also pay the $12 USAT membership if you did not pay this online.
When does online registration close? Can I still register after that?
Online registration through ACTIVE will close at 4PM PST on Friday, September 9 OR when 1,500 participants are registered. You can still register for the race on Saturday at the TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo at the Herbalife HQ in Torrance IF the race hasn't reached 1,500 participants. There will be NO race-day registration and NO race-day packet pickup.
Does everyone get a finisher medal?
Yes. Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive an Los Angeles Triathlon at Torrance Beach finisher medal. 1-2-3 winners in each category will also receive award medals.
Do I have to stay for the Awards ceremony?
Yes. You MUST be present at the awards ceremony to receive your 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award medal. We will not be mailing medals to winners after the event. Check the weekend schedule for the time of the awards ceremony and plan on staying to enjoy the finish line festival and pick up your gold, silver or bronze medal.