USA Triathlon Announces Details of Legacy Event
5 Jul, 2019
The main venue is at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site of the triathlon competitions at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is the first national governing body in the US Olympic family to bring a new annual event to the Los Angeles footprint ahead of the 2028 Games.
The marquee races of the weekend — an age-group sprint-distance race and the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships — are both scheduled for Saturday, July 20. Meanwhile an open-water swim competition, a Splash & Dash youth aquathlon and a paratriathlon skills clinic will all be held on Friday, July 19.
USA Triathlon is hosting the event with support from a local organizing committee, which includes members of the TRIBE – Triathlon Club of Southern California as well as the LA Tri Club.
Legacy Sprint-Distance Triathlon and Relay | Saturday, July 20, 07:00 PT
This age-group race starts with a 750m swim off the coast of Alamitos Beach. The scenic course then takes athletes down Queens Highway and Shoreline Drive for 18.9km on the bike, before finishing with an out-and-back 5.1km run along the shore.
The Legacy Triathlon will also include a relay division, in which each athlete in a team of three completes one segment of the race (swim, bike or run). Registration is open now for both the individual and relay races, and no qualification is required to compete. The race will be capped at 750 athletes.
Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships | Saturday, July 20, 08:00 PT
The US nation’s fastest paratriathletes — including several hopefuls for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games — will race for top honours in six paratriathlon sport classes. Competitors will cover a 750m swim, 18.9km bike and 5.1km run.
In addition to chasing national titles, top performers can also qualify for the Toyota USA Paratriathlon Development Team program, designed to identify and develop athletic potential leading into the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
Athletes wishing to compete must be officially classified in a paratriathlon sport class and must have completed a USA Triathlon or ITU Sanctioned Event that meets distance and time standards between May 1, 2018, and July 2, 2019. Athletes who are not classified or who do not meet the time standards may choose to race in the PC Open Division of the Legacy Triathlon.
Open-Water Swim Competition | Friday, July 19, 18:00 PT
In an effort to collectively grow the sports of swimming and triathlon, USA Triathlon is partnering with USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming to host an open-water swim race on Friday evening. Athletes have the choice of a 750m or 1,500m course. Registration is now open. The race is open to all skill levels, and no qualification is required.
USA Triathlon will not charge one-day member fees for this race, and a bundled discount is available to athletes who register for both the open-water swim and the age-group Legacy Triathlon.
Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon | Friday, July 19, 13:00 PT
To give back to the local multisport community and fulfil its mission of opening pathways to triathlon for all, the USA Triathlon Foundation has committed a total of US$100,000 in funding — US$10,000 per year through 2028 — to support local community initiatives in conjunction with the Legacy Triathlon.
This year, funding will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. A Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon, geared toward Boys & Girls Club members, will be held at the Belmont Plaza Pool at 13:00 on Friday. Youth ages 7-10 will complete a 100m pool swim followed by a 1km run; and ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and 2km run.
Paratriathlon Clinic | Friday, July 19, 09:00 PT
In conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club, USA Triathlon will host an introductory paratriathlon clinic on Friday morning. Built for beginners, the clinic does not require any prior experience in the sport to participate. Sessions are designed to teach basic swim, bike and run skills with the goal of recruiting new participants to paratriathlon and, ultimately, to future editions of the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships.
Time to Tri: Beginner Training Programs
As part of Time to Tri, an industry-wide initiative launched by USA Triathlon and IRONMAN last year to grow triathlon participation across the United States, two beginner-friendly training programs are being offered to Legacy Triathlon participants.
The TRIBE – Triathlon Club of Southern California, in partnership with Tri-Zone, is offering a free, eight-week ‘Give-It-A-Tri’ training program. Tri-Zone will lead workouts and weekly skills clinics in the Long Beach area from May 25 until Legacy Triathlon race day to prepare aspiring triathletes to cross their first-ever finish line.
The LA Tri Club is offering a women’s-only triathlon training program for those targeting either the Legacy Triathlon or the Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles event (June 2). The program includes guidance from USA Triathlon-certified coaches, organized training sessions and camaraderie with fellow triathletes. The cost is US$99 for LA Tri Club members, Herbalife employees and anyone registered for one of the two events.