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Useful Map for the Weekend: LA Triathlon Route & Street Closures

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If you live or plan to travel around the areas of this year's Los Angeles Triathlon on Sunday morning, you might want to pay attention to this map by the city's Department of Transportation showing street closures and other pertinent information.

Basically, the race begins at Venice Beach and goes down Venice Blvd. for seven miles to Fairfax where it turns north to Wilshire. Once at Wilshire, it will head eastwardly through Museum Row and the Miracle Mile, then briefly turning onto Highland taking a right on 6th Street. From 6th, it runs to Alvarado taking a left going to Sunset Blvd where all lanes will be closed to traffic. The race heads into downtown where it will hit a myriad of streets (see .pdf of map for details) before it ends in front of LA Live.

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Only 2,500 people participate in this race, but it does take quite a bit of real estate to make it happen. "Crossing Points near the start of the race may experience longer wait periods, as long as 20 minutes, due to the frequency of the cyclists. As participants travel farther along the course the gaps between them will also increase allowing traffic to cross the route more frequently," LADOT explains. "Please keep in mind that vehicles will be allowed to cross the route but only when it is safe to do so."

Closures will begin around 3:00 a.m. in certain areas and reopen as late as 1:00 p.m. in other places. But since the event is a living organism traveling through the city, by no means does that mean the whole route will be closed during the whole time. Usually, things run very smooth, except in the past when downtown residents were blocked in or out of their own buildings.