Race Weekend Schedule
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
Packet Pickup is MANDATORY.
Expo/Packet Pickup is on the Event Deck adjacent to the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE/Nokia Plaza; directly over the West Parking Garage; corner of Georgia St. and Chick Hearn Ct.
- 10:00 am - Expo/Packet Pickup/Registration Opens
- 5:00 pm - Expo Closes
We strongly encourage you to attend one of the course talks throughout the day. You will learn more about the new SwimStream start process and get valuable tips for raceday
Schedule to come
Note: the only exception to the MANDATORY packet pickup are the 5K competitors who can get their packets either on Saturday or Sunday morning between 5:30 and 6:30 AM. (Do not be late as the pickup table will close promptly at 6:30.)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st - Venice Beach / LA Live Nokia Plaza (tentative)
- 4:30 AM - Shuttle buses begin leaving at L.A. LIVE; continuous service every 15 minutes
- 5:15 AM - T-1 opens for body marking
- 5:30 AM - Shuttle buses begin departing from Venice; continuous service every 15 minutes
- 5:30 to 6:30 AM - 5K packet pick-up at Nokia Plaza
- 6:50 AM - Pro men
- 6:55 AM - Pro women
- 7:00 AM - 1st stream* triathletes (22 minute swim or faster)
- 7:00 AM - 5K starts downtown L.A.
- 7:15 AM - Bike-only participants should be ready and at start adjacent to T-1 at Venice Beach
- 12:00 pm - Awards (LA LIVE/Nokia Plaza-Stage Area)
Here's how it works:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- We strongly encourage warm-ups prior to the swim start. Those will be north of the swim course and at the participant's discretion.