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Inaugural Legacy Triathlon getting under way in Long Beach, California

The Legacy Triathlon, an inaugural USA Triathlon-hosted event, is taking place this Saturday, July 20, in Long Beach, California. The event weekend features an age-group sprint-distance triathlon, the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and a slate of ancillary events.

The race course is set at Alamitos Beach, the proposed site of the triathlon competitions for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028. USA Triathlon notest that it is the first national governing body in the US Olympic and Paralympic 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 — will be held on Saturday, July 20, while an open water swim competition, a paratriathlon skills clinic and a Splash & Dash youth aquathlon will all be held today – Friday, July 19.

USA Triathlon is hosting the event with support from a local organizing committee, which includes members of the LA Tri Club and TRIBE – Triathlon Club of Southern California.

Legacy Sprint-Distance Triathlon and Relay
Saturday, July 20, 07:00 PT | Alamitos Beach (Marina Green)
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. Approximately 800 athletes are set to compete. The Legacy Triathlon will also feature a Physically Challenged (PC) Open division for athletes who do not meet qualification criteria or time standards for the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships.

Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships
Saturday, July 20, 08:00 PT | Alamitos Beach (Marina Green)
The nation’s fastest paratriathletes — including several hopefuls for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 — will race for top honours in six paratriathlon sport classes. For the first time in history at the Paratriathlon National Championships, the race will feature a professional prize purse of US$36,750, provided in equal parts by USA Triathlon, Toyota and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

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 Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

Approximately 45 elite paratriathletes are scheduled to race, including three medallists from the Paralympic Games Rio 2016: gold medallist Grace Norman (PTS5), silver medallist Hailey Danz (PTS2) and bronze medallist Melissa Stockwell (PTS2).

Paratriathlon Clinic
Friday, July 19, 09:00 PT | Belmont Plaza Pool
In conjunction with 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.

Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon
Friday, July 19, midday PT | Belmont Plaza Pool
The USA Triathlon Foundation has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach to offer a five-week training program for local youth, which culminates in a Splash & Dash youth aquathlon featuring approximately 15 youth participants on Friday afternoon. The training program, led by USA Triathlon-certified coach Diego Olivieri, focuses on the basics of swimming and running along with the importance of overall health and wellness. 90% of youth in the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and 90% are unable to swim.

At the Splash & Dash, participants 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. All participants will receive Newton running shoes, BOCO Gear bags, and ROKA goggles and swim caps free of charge. The program is part of a larger commitment by the USA Triathlon Foundation to provide US$100,000 in total funding — US$10,000 per year through 2028 — to support local community initiatives in conjunction with the Legacy Triathlon.

Open Water Swim Competition
Friday, July 19, 18:00 PT | Alamitos Beach (Marina Green)
In an effort to collectively grow the sports of swimming and triathlon, USA Triathlon has partnered 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. The race is open to all skill levels, and no qualification is required to compete.

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