Olympic Course

Olympic Distances:


  • Swim: .9 miles at Venice Beach
  • Bike: 24 miles through Venice, the Fairfax District, and into Downtown L.A.
  • Run: 6.2 miles through Downtown and ending at LA Live



Athletes will swim an L-shaped course at Venice Beach. The course begins heading out perpendicular to the shore, due west for 150 meters before turning left to swim south for 190 meters. Competitors will then turn toward the shore for 50 meters before turning left to head north for 130 meters. The final leg of the course will be a 100-meter swim toward the shoreline.

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   SwimStream™ Start Process

  1. Participants will be allowed to self-determine at which time they begin the swim portion of HTLA.  Those with the fastest anticipated swim time will be encouraged to start in the earliest grouping or stream. For the Olympic Distance, this would be below 22 minutes; for the Sprint it would be below 11 minutes.   
  2. The swim chute will be no different than our previous construction or other swim starts you've seen.  Volunteers will be holding a sign that has a specific time on it (similar to a run pace for a half or full marathon). Swimmers should line up in their appropriate anticipated time.  Note, just like a running event, we will not force someone in a specific time/pace.  It is on the honor system. This will allow some variability if friends, members of a triathlon club, co-workers from the same company, or family members want to swim together.  We want swimmers to have maximum comfort and relaxation when entering the ocean.
  3. Once a stream enters the start chute, swimmers will move toward the end of the chute, cross the timing mat and proceed directly into the water.  Similar to a funnel. Your time starts when you cross the SwimStream timing mat. We will have streams of approximately 100 swimmers each (e.g., 100 swimmers in the under-22-minute Olympic swim stream).  We will run streams of swimmers until we get 400 participants in the water. At this point, athletes will be allowed into the water as earlier streams of swimmers finish and come up onto the beach. Lifeguards and our swim coordinators will assist in controlling the flow of the swimmers (like turning off and on a spigot).
  4. Once the Olympic distance race is in the water, we will have a approximately 10 minute gap and then start the Sprint under-11 minute swimmers, and so on until all the competitors have left the beach. The Sprint will start once the Olympic swimmers are past the turn buoys heading south.
  5. We strongly encourage warm-ups prior to the swim start.  Those will be north of the swim course and at the participant's discretion.

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Out of the transition area, athletes will begin the bike course on Venice Blvd (switching to the other side of the road at Sepulveda) and travel for seven miles to Fairfax Ave. After riding up the Fairfax District, bikers will turn onto Olympic Blvd. just past the eighth mile for a scenic tour of Koreatown. Athletes will continue on this mix of residential and commercial areas for approximately six miles. Athletes will turn around at the Cherry & Olympic intersection to head west for a second lap on Olympic Blvd. The second lap takes competitors back on Olympic Blvd for just over five miles, where they will turn around at Olympic & Alandele. After this turnaround, Olympic athletes will continue back eastward on Olympic Blvd. At this point, olympic course athletes will turn right onto Figueroa and left onto 11th and into Transition 2.

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All athletes will head out of Transition 2 back onto 11th and take a left onto Grand Ave, heading north. This run through downtown will give athletes an up-close view of many of the soaring skyscrapers that make up the Los Angeles skyline. After running on Grand Ave. for just over one mile, all runners will turn left on 2nd street and make a loop on 2nd, then turn left again onto Grand Avenue. Athletes will head back down Grand Ave. until 11th street, where they will turn right. Olympic Course runners will turn around at 11th and Figueroa to begin the second lap. Athletes head east on 11th and head back up Grand Ave., continuing to 2nd street where they will turn around left and make the 2nd St. loop, then left again onto Grand for the final leg of the course. Runners turn right at 11th, continuing onto Chick Hearn Ct. where they will finish at L.A. Live!

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Location of Aid Stations


  • Transition 1 at the swim finish
  • Bike Course at Olympic under the 110 Overpass
  • Run course at Grand St. and 1st
  • Run course at Grand and 5th
  • Run course at Grand and 11th

Herbalife Hydrate and water will be served at each of the aid stations along the race course.


Mile Marks:

Run Course (10K)

  • Mile 1: Grand/7th St
  • Mile 2: Grand/3rd (after turnaround)
  • Mile 3: 11th in between Grand & Hope
  • Mile 4: Grand/6th (second loop)
  • Mile 5: Grand/Hope Place
  • Mile 6: 11th/After Flower


Cycle Course (24M)

  • Mile 5: Venice and Hughes
  • Mile 10: Olympic Blvd in between Hudson & Rimpau
  • Mile 15: Olympic Blvd & Hoover (heading west for second loop)
  • Mile 20: Olympic Blvd & Meadowbrook (heading east toward finish)


Approximate Finish Times


  • Professional Men: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • Professional Women: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • Median Amateur Olympic: 2 Hours 35 Minutes - 3 Hours


Cut Off Times

The cutoff time is 12:00 pm. After that point, streets will be opened to vehicular traffic and timing services shut down. For many of you, this will be your first triathlon. To give you an idea, here are some average finishing times.

Average overall time would be 3 Hours

  • Swim: 30 minutes
  • Bike: 1:30 - 1:45
  • Run: 1 Hour

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