Approximately 70 competitors from Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey are scheduled to participate in the Sixth Annual City of Los Angeles Triathlon, which starts at Venice Beach Sunday, September 11th.

The professional division of the triathlon is scheduled to begin at 6:35 a.m., and the amateur division is scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m. The race will finish at the Chick Hearn Court at the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Triathlon is an Olympic sport that encompasses the outdoor recreational activities of swimming, biking and jogging.

Los Angeles Triathlon competitors can choose between two race distances, including Olympic distance and sprint distance, or a relay team, in which three athletes each compete in one segment of the triathlon.

Competitors currently registered in this year’s Los Angeles Triathlon represent 27 states and six countries.

Santa Monica has a larger contingency of competitors than Venice and Marina del Rey, with more than 45 Santa Monica competitors ranging from first-time triathletes to the women’s 2004 elite age-group champion.

Among the Santa Monica competitors is Erika Aklufi, the 2004 Los Angeles Triathlon women’s overall age group champion, who will race in the professional division.

Aklufi had competed for the Ivy League Championship Yale University swim team.

Other Santa Monica competitors are Thaddeus Reichley, who finished 32nd in this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, and Tracey Allen and her daughter, Whitney, who will compete in the sprint distance.

Whitney, 13, a Brentwood School student, is one of the youngest competitors in the triathlon.

Nearly 20 triathlon competitors are from Venice. The age range of Venice competitors is 27 to 62-year-old Amy Galbraith, who is currently the oldest female age grouper entered. The oldest male age grouper is 82 years old from Indian Wells.

The ocean swim segment of the race is held at Venice Beach. The bike course starts at Venice Beach and proceeds up Venice Boulevard, through the Fairfax District, Museum Row, Hancock Park, Hollywood and Koreatown.

The run segment begins in downtown Los Angeles and the finish line is at the STAPLES Center.

The City of Los Angeles Triathlon Expo is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Friday, September 9th, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10th, at the Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles.

In addition to the more than 50 vendor and exhibitor booths at the expo, all competitors must pick up their race packets during one of these two days.

There is no registration on the day of the triathlon.

For more information about the Los Angeles Triathlon, or to register, (714) 978-1528.

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