The third annual Toyota Legacy Triathlon hosted by USA Triathlon returns to Long Beach, California, on July 15-17 with a schedule of amateur, elite, elite paratriathlon and youth multisport events.
The course for all races is set at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site of the triathlon competitions for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028.
The event was held for the first time in 2019, as USA Triathlon became the first national governing body in the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement to bring a new annual event to the Los Angeles footprint ahead of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The weekend of racing this July includes the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships, featuring US elite paratriathletes who will race for national titles and a professional prize purse of US$36,750, provided in equal parts by USA Triathlon, Toyota and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
For the second consecutive year, the Legacy Triathlon weekend will also include the Americas Triathlon Cup Long Beach, featuring up-and-coming elite triathletes.
Long Beach area locals are encouraged to race, or spectate at the event – with three days of multisport racing. Registration is still open at register.usatriathlon.org/event/legacy2022, and race entry for all 15-19 year-old athletes is free as part of USA Triathlon’s youth and junior stimulus package with the code 2022-LEGACY-WELCOME.
The multisport action kicks off on Friday, July 15 with a 750m and 1,500m open water swim competition at Alamitos Beach.
For the second consecutive year the USA Triathlon Foundation is partnering with the LA Sports Council’s Ready, Set, Gold! program, which helps youth discover healthy and active lifestyles while learning Olympic and Paralympic ideals.
The USA Triathlon Foundation and Ready, Set, Gold! will host a youth event on Friday, July 15, at the Zwift Corporate Headquarters in Long Beach as children aged 13-16 will get… ‘an up-close look at the intersection of technology, gaming and sport.’
USAT notes that… ‘Zwift has been an integral partner in supporting youth engagement, including working with the aforementioned organizations to identify eligible schools, put on in-school presentations and develop a unique opportunity for local-area kids.’
The age group sprint-distance Toyota Legacy Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 16. Competitors will race a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run course that follows the Alamitos Beach shoreline and through Long Beach city streets. The race also features a relay option, where three athletes team up to complete the race.
On Sunday, July 17, elite paratriathletes will race for national titles in six paratriathlon sport classes at the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships. Elite paratriathletes will race for national titles over a 750m swim, 22km bike and 5km run course.
Also on Sunday, up-and-coming elite triathletes will race in the Americas Triathlon Cup Long Beach, the second year for the Long Beach race that features elite triathletes and Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic hopefuls. The multi-loop course is held in the draft-legal format, in which athletes work together in tight packs on the bike. Athletes will cover a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
This is the third year a professional prize purse will be offered for athletes who medal at the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships. The US$36,750 total purse will be provided in equal amounts by USA Triathlon, Toyota and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).
This year, USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation is supporting each member of the 2022 Toyota US Elite Paratriathlon National Team with direct athlete stipends equal to that of the funding athletes on the 2022 US Elite National Team receive. A portion of the funding for the athlete stipends is provided through USA Triathlon Foundation donors.
In addition, USA Triathlon this year is hosting the 2022 Paratriathlon Development Race Series, a set of races for emerging paratriathletes who aspire to compete at a future Paralympic Games. At the races, participants gain experience racing at the national level, and strong performances will earn consideration for the Toyota US Paratriathlon Development Team and allow athletes to earn elite paratriathlon licenses.