The Kaiser Permanente

Los Angeles Triathlon, celebrating its tenth anniversary Sunday, October 4th, will kick off with the swim leg at Venice Beach, take competitors through the Westside on bicycles and finish with the run portion in downtown Los Angeles.

Sanctioned by USA Triathlon and presented by Herbalife, the L.A. Triathlon is a point-to-point Olympic and sprint distance race traversing scenic and historic parts of Los Angeles.

The event is the fourth of the

five major triathlons in the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup. This race series connects the five prominent international-distance races in the United States and culminates in the series championship Friday, October 11th in Dallas.

The L.A. Triathlon professionals’ division start time is scheduled at 6:45 a.m., with elite amateurs at 6:55 a.m., and age group divisions at 7 a.m. in waves of 150 competitors until about 8:15 a.m. The event includes an Olympic and sprint distance triathlon, as well as divisions for three-person relay teams and bike-only competitors.

Triathletes can choose between the two distances, 16 age group divisions and two weight classes (Athena and Clydesdale):

The Olympic distance is comprised of a 0.9-mile swim, 24-mile cycle and 6.2-mile run, while the sprint distance comprises a 0.4-mile swim, 20-mile cycle and 3.1-mile run. The bike-only segment involves a 24-mile ride. Three-person relay teams will take part in an Olympic swim, and bike and run legs.

Street closures will be enforced by the city Department of Transportation near Venice Boulevard in Venice Beach, beginning as early as 3:30 a.m.

A Los Angeles Triathlon Expo with more than 100 exhibitors and vendors will be held Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd at the Marina del Rey Marriot, 4100 Admiralty Way.

The Finish Line Party and Expo after the race will begin at approximately 10 a.m. October 4th, when the first of the age-group competitors arrive at LA LIVE! Nokia Plaza across from the Staples Center in downtown.

An estimated 3,000 participants are expected, mostly recreational triathletes joined by a group of elite and professional triathletes. The current entries come from 32 states and 14 countries. More than 200 of the competitors represent Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Playa Vista, a race spokesperson said.

Competitors who want to register online can do so at www.LATriathlon.com/ or www.Active.com/.

For more information, (714) 978-1528 or info@latriathlon.com/.

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