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Heads Up! L.A. Triathlon to Bring Street Closures on Sunday (Plus Best Spots to Watch the Race)

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The LA Triathlon on Highland Avenue in 2007 | Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist


The LA Triathlon on Highland Avenue in 2007 | Photo by Julie Wolfson/LAist
The 10th Annual Los Angeles Triathlon is this Sunday, which means there will be street closures as participants bike from Venice to downtown and then run back and forth (literally) along Grand Avenue. The following streets will be closed and opened in waves as competitors race:

  • Sector 1 - Venice Beach, Venice Blvd. to Fairfax/Wilshire (6:50 AM to 11:15 AM)
  • Sector 2 - Fairfax/Wilshire to Olympic/Cherry (7:10 AM to 12:15 PM)
  • Sector 3 - Olympic/Cherry to 1st/Hope Ave. (7:30 AM to 1:30 PM)

The best map was developed by the city and more nitty gritty maps can be found on the event's website.

As for the best spots to watch the race from, event organizers recommend:

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Transition Area #2. The hotbed of activity will be at the top of Lot W next to Nokia Plaza. 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.

4. Chick Hearn Court. Stand in the shade of STAPLES Center and LA LIVE while you cheer for triathletes nearing the end of their bike segment and into the finish chute. This is also the turn around point for the

5. 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.

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6. Disney Concert Hall (Grand and 1st Street). At the high point of the bike 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.

7. 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.