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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. The 2014 Herbalife Triathlon will be a "test run" for a proposal to the ITU to host a World Cup event.

What is a Course Talk and why are they so important?

The Herbalife Triathlon will offer course talks on Saturday, September 20th during the TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo. the first course talk is at 10:30AM and then every hour until 4PM. The Expo closes at 5PM. 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 $12 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 $12, 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 at the Torrance Marriott South Bay, located at 3635 Fashion Way in Torrance.  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.  They must bring the two signed waivers (USAT and Pacific Sports) 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 10AM PST on Thursday, September 18 OR when 1,500 participants are registered. You can still register for the race on Saturday at the TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo at the Torrance Marriott South Bay 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 Herbalife Triathlon 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.

If I want to ship my bike, how do I do this?

Our partner TriathlonLAB recommends www.shipbikes.com   and www.bikeflights.com if you want to ship your bike to Torrance. TriathlonLAB will be offering a VIP service for Torrance race participants. TriathlonLAB will receive the bike, build and have it ready for pick-up at  the TriathlonLAB store nearby, deliver it to the Fitness Expo at the Torrance Marriott, and/or drop it off at the Torrance Beach start line on race day. All this for $125. Any participants interested in this option should book shipping directly with the companies listed above and then contact TriathlonLAB to pay for the VIP receive/build/deliver service.

Is there a host hotel?

Yes. The Torrance Marriott South Bay, located at 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance is the host hotel for the 2014 Herbalife Triathlon. It is about 3 miles from the start line and an easy bike ride ... a great way to warm up before the race.  Participants, friends and family will be able to make reservations under the discounted group rate of $129+tax per night (single or double) including guestroom internet until the cut off date of August 18, 2014. There is complimentary self-parking for all guests.  After the Cut-Off Date, the hotel will release any unreserved rooms for general sale and, in the hotel’s discretion, will accept reservations at the Herbalife Triathlon group rate, on a space and rate available basis. Make your reservation now.  

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