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September 26, 2012

Triathlon Street Closures

Sunday, September 30, 2012
7:15 a.m. – Professionals start at Venice Beach
7:15 a.m. – 5K Fun Run at 11th St and Flower to Grand and 1st and return to start line 7:25 a.m. – Elite amateurs
7:30 a.m. – All divisions in waves of 150 each
12:00 p.m. – Finish line festival at L.A. LIVE! Nokia Plaza Awards ceremony

The course is point-to-point starting in the waters off Venice Beach where Venice Boulevard ends at the Pacific Ocean, and ends in downtown Los Angeles at LA LIVE!  Across from STAPLES Center.

Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Los Angeles Police Department

The 13th Annual Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, September 30 with the first leg (swim) at Venice Beach, the second (bike) from Venice Beach to downtown Los Angeles, and the third leg (run)/finish line in downtown LA. at L.A. LIVE Nokia Plaza.  Join the party and enjoy watching the triathletes finish their race, browse more than 30 vendor stalls and enjoy the celebratory music.  The 2012 field represents recreational, elite and pro triathletes from 26 states plus the District of Columbia and 11 countries, illustrating its designation at one of the top destination triathlons in the United States.

Street Closures on Sunday, September 30:

The cycle and run portion of the triathlon will be managed in three sectors, closing and opening in waves as the competitors move from Venice to downtown.  The following are hard closures during the projected time of the event and will have impact on the surrounding traffic.

Sector 1 – Venice Beach, Venice Blvd. to Fairfax Ave./Olympic Blvd. (approx. 6:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)
Note:  Both the on and off ramps of Venice Blvd. at the 405 Freeway and Fairfax Ave. at the 10 Freeway will be closed when cyclists are on the closed course.
Sector 2 – Fairfax Ave./Olympic Blvd. to 11th St. and Flower St. (approx. 7:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)
Sector 3 – 11th St. and Flower St. to 1st  St. and Grand Ave. (approx. 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Street closure information can be found at:

City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org
Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles: http://www.latriathlon.com/eventinfo/coursemaps.html
(swim-bike-run course maps)

Due to this weekend’s closure of the 405 Freeway between the 10 Freeway and the 101 Freeway, we highly recommend that motorist plan accordingly and leave well in advance.  Please refer to Metro.net for alternative routes.

Park La Brea area is part of the bike course.  Out of the transition area at Venice Beach, athletes will begin the bike course on Venice Blvd 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 St. & Olympic Blvd. intersection to head west for a second lap on Olympic Blvd. (No street crossings on Olympic due to double loop.) The second lap takes competitors back on Olympic Blvd for just over five miles, where they will turn around at Olympic Blvd. & Curson Ave.  After this turnaround, Olympic athletes will continue back eastward on Olympic Blvd. and turn left on Figueroa and right on 9th St. and into Transition 2 at Flower St., between 9th St. and 11th St.

Best Spots to Watch the Race:

Venice Beach Swim Start. At the end of Venice Blvd. at the beach. It is the perfect location to watch all the opening ceremonies, wave starts, the pros, and T1.  Watch competitors shed their wetsuits, clip in their bike shoes, jump on their bikes and ride up Venice Blvd. toward downtown.
LA LIVE! The finish line for the LA Triathlon. Lots of activity with the finish, entertainment, food and expo vendors. Easy to get to from the start. Just head East on the 10 freeway and off at Grand Avenue.
Transition Area #2. The hotbed of activity will be on Flower between 9th St. and 11th St. in downtown LA. This transition area will house both the age group and pro transitions. Activity and excitement all day long and often where the race is won and lost. Watch competitors rack their bikes, change to running shoes and take off on the final leg
Olympic run course. Witness athletes starting and finishing their run from this location with T2 adjacent. Olympic Blvd. Pick a spot, watch the cyclists on our closed course as they head toward downtown as both Olympic and Sprint Courses turn and merge at this location.
Disney Concert Hall (Grand and 1st Street). At the high point of the run course nearing the big downhill into T2. Also, the turn around on the Olympic and Sprint run course. It overlooks a beautiful Frank Gehry design and home of one of the city’s finest restaurants, Patina. Walk over to the beautiful new Cathedral or Museum of Contemporary Art just a block away.
Rent a helicopter or a blimp. The Hollywood way to see the race, rent one or bring your own. See the entire swim, bike and run sections from above. The best way to see all the action.

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