Race Weekend Schedule
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH - TriathlonLAB Health & Fitness Expo from 10AM to 5PM
Packet Pickup is MANDATORY on Saturday for ALL competitors except VIP registrants who have the option to pick up packets on Sunday morning at the beach. No other packets will be available Sunday morning. You may have someone else pick up your packet Saturday if you are unable to get there. Your representative must bring a photocopy of your photo ID and both waivers (USAT and PS) already signed by you.
TriathlonLAB Fitness Expo/Packet Pickup will be at our host hotel Torrance Marriott South Bay at 3635 Fashion Way. The Expo opens at 10AM and closes at 5PM. If there is space available (1,500 limit) you can register on site. (NOTE: as of Sept. 2, there are only 300 spots remaining). All competitors MUST pick up your packet on Saturday unless you registered as a VIP. Again, there is NO packet picket at the beach Sunday unless you registered as a VIP. There is NO Sunday registration for anyone. Parking at the Marriott on Saturday is free.
Course talks will occur every hour at the Expo starting at 10:30AM. These course talks are MANDATORY as this is the first year of the new course, and you will learn more about the SwimStream start process and get valuable tips for raceday. Course talks are approximately 30 minutes, ending with a Q&A session. The course talks will be given by USAT-certified coach Thom Richmond, founder/president of California Triathlon.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
5:30AM Transition Opens
6:45 Transition closes
7:00 Finish festival opens
6:45 Pro race starts, the "Herbalife Challenge",women start first, 06:15 ahead of the men
6:51:51 Men pros start the Herbalife Challenge
6:55 Race starts - Olympic distance
7:45 Super Sprint
8:30 Youth 11-14
8:45 Youth 7-10
9:30 5K start
11:00 Awards start- youth first, followed by Super Sprint, Sprint, and then Olympic
12:00 Finish festival closes
Here's how it works:
- Participants will be allowed to self-determine at which time they begin the swim portion of HTLAT. 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 south of the swim course and at the participant's discretion.