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On Carmageddon II Weekend, A Triathlon Will Shut Down City Streets

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Just in case you thought all you had to worry about when it comes to major roadway shutdowns this weekend was the madness of Carmageddon II, you're in for a treat: The Herbalife Triathlon will find streets in L.A. closed between Venice and Downtown on Sunday, September 30.

Now how the heck did this big event get "double booked" on our streets the same time as the 405 Freeway is being completely shut down between the 101 and the 10 freeways? Triathlon media rep Jan Fambro told L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's blog:

“It had gone through the city, the county, the whole approval process. We had looked at other events happening in L.A. and checked with sponsors. This event is the second-to-last event of a national, 7-race series, and the championship is scheduled for October 7. We have about 2,500 competitors coming in from 28 states and 11 countries—and then the announcement came out this summer.”

And so the race will go on. The Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation have provided the following schedule:

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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

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.)

The street closure map is available as a .pdf download from the LADOT (under Traffic Advisory > 2012 LA Triathlon - 9/30) and all of the course maps are available via the Herbalife event site.

If you can manage to get yourself to the race and want to catch the action, the LAPD has put together a list of suggested places where you can see the race. (We're pretty amused by the last one. What recession, right?)

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Best Spots to Watch the Race:

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. Watch competitors shed their wetsuits, clip in their bike shoes, jump on their bikes and ride up Venice Blvd. toward downtown.

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 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.