COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

Last updated July 10, 2021

This plan is subject to change as the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve.

USA Triathlon has developed the following plan to execute a safe and successful Toyota Legacy Triathlon, Toyota Paratriathlon National Championships, Aquathlon National Championships and Americas Triathlon Cup on July 16-18 in Long Beach, factoring in significant precautions and adjustments to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. For the safety and enjoyment of all involved, USA Triathlon asks all athletes, spectators, staff, volunteers, contractors and vendors for their cooperation in abiding by this plan. USA Triathlon fully expects the Legacy Triathlon and all events to occur as scheduled and everybody will play a role in conducting a safe, fair and memorable event.

Some of the largest adjustments to the event include:

  • Pre-event screening questionnaire - click here.
  • All persons entering the event venue must wear a face covering at all times, except for athletes while actively racing.
  • Increased signage throughout venue reminding participants to practice increased hygiene and physical distancing.
  • The race schedule has been adjusted to reduce the number of people in all areas at certain times including packet pickup, transition area, expo, swim start, bike and run courses, and the finish line.
  • Ancillary events except for the awards ceremonies have been canceled or changed to a virtual format.
  • Post-race food and beverages will be prepackaged and sealed.

Non-compliance with this event's required safety measures will result in disqualification without refund and removal from the race venue. USA Triathlon thanks you for your compliance and willingness to contribute to the safety of our community.

Detailed plan

Venue Access

Spectators and other members of the public will NOT be restricted from entering the venue. Spectators are not permitted inside the finish line area, medical tent, transition area, stage or other restricted zones. Outside of the event venue, including along the race courses, there is no restriction on where spectators may view the event. Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings, including athletes currently racing, and not enter the bike or run courses while the race is in progress.

  • USA Triathlon strongly encourages all to receive the vaccine and supports vaccination efforts. However, being vaccinated IS NOT a requirement for this event and you are not required to tell us your status.

Face Coverings Required

All persons entering the event venue must wear a face covering (mask) at all times, except for athletes while actively racing. On race days, athletes must wear a face covering when arriving to and moving throughout the venue before racing, setting up in transition area, and after racing when departing the venue. Face coverings will be made available for anybody who needs one. Athletes may remove their face coverings when they approach the start line prior to beginning the race. A specific area at the start line will be designated as a 'mask drop zone’ for athletes to discard their masks at the start line. Athletes are encouraged to bring a disposable mask to the start line if they do not wish to discard a cloth mask. Upon finishing the event, athletes will be required to wear a face covering before leaving the finish line area.

Event Schedule

Click here to view the latest event schedule. The event schedule has been adjusted to promote physical distancing and reduce the number of people entering the venue at the same time. It has also been adjusted to mitigate some passing on the course, although passing by different age groups is ultimately inevitable. Each race is a chip start – your time will not start until you cross the start line.

COVID-19 Symptom Screening Pre-event: USA Triathlon will send a brief survey in the week prior to the event via email that everybody will be asked to complete. The survey will ask brief questions about symptoms and recent COVID-19 exposures. This survey is for USA Triathlon’s informational purposes only and will not disqualify somebody from participating. However, anybody who has experienced a recent exposure, had a positive test in the last 10-14 days, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. Click here to view the CDC's recommendations on being around other people after having recently been exposed or testing positive.

Sanitizer and Face Covering Distribution

  • Hand sanitizer bottles and stations will be placed at key areas throughout the venue, including screening stations, start line, transition area, aid stations, packet pickup, finish line, medical tent, post-race food, outside of all restrooms and other areas as appropriate.
  • Ample face coverings will be made available for anybody who needs one at screening stations, transition area, packet pickup, finish line, medical tent, aid stations and other areas as appropriate.

Enhanced Cleaning Measures from ByoPlanet

Pre-Race Briefings

  • The pre-race briefing will be conducted virtually. Attendees will be able to ask questions of the race director and head officials. The briefing will be recorded for all to view on-demand afterward. There will not be any in-person rules briefings.

Packet Pickup

  • Each athlete must pick up their own packet. Athletes cannot pickup for other athletes.
  • Advanced selection of a time slot will be required by ALL athletes to get their packet on Friday, July 16. Click here to choose a time slot. 75 people per 15-minute time slot will be permitted. Time slots will be available from 11am-7:30pm.  

Transition Area

  • On Friday, transition area for Aquathlon Nationals will occur on the path immediately north of the swim exit.
  • On Saturday, transition area capacity has been reduced to promote physical distancing and is capped at approx. 1200 athletes at 8 bikes per rack.

Bike Check-Out

  • Bike check-out will occur as usual once the bike course has cleared for each race.

Rack numbering and spacing

  • There will be up to eight (8) total bikes per rack, four per side. Each aisle between racks is approximately 13 feet wide (rack-to-rack).
  • Racks will be numbered consecutively by bib number in a snake fashion.

Swim Start:

  • Swim start will occur on the beach. Athletes should socially distance prior to their wave starting. Please follow the staging procedures as announced at the start line.

Finish Line

  • Post-finish area will be expanded to have a wider finish zone and exit path.
  • Athletes must put a face covering over their mouth and nose after finishing and before exiting the finish zone. Masks will be available at the finish line for athletes that needs one.
  • Finishing athletes will be handed a bottled water and/or a Gatorade from volunteers.
  • Finisher medals will be placed on a table at the finish.
  • Vocal volunteers will be present encouraging athletes to keep moving and exit the area quickly.
  • Athletes must remove their own chip and return it before leaving the finish zone. Volunteers will be present at the finish zone exit to watch for remaining chips. If athletes are not medically able to remove their chip, medical personnel will assist.
  • Athletes are not permitted to re-enter the finish zone once exiting.

Post-Race Food

  • Post-race food will be distributed in the post-race food tent/concession area in to-go boxes. There will be no open buffet lines for food as in past years. Athletes are encouraged to take their food to-go and not congregate at the venue..

Results

  • Results will be posted online only at thelegacytriathlon.com. Signs with QR codes will be posted around the finish area. Simply scan the QR code with your smart phone to view results.
  • Athletes and spectators are also encouraged to download the USA Triathlon Events App to view live results. Athlete progress through the racecourses can be tracked live during the event by anybody with the app.

Awards Ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday

  • The awards ceremonies will occur at the finish line. Wearing a face covering is required.
  • Athletes who win an award and are unable to claim it in person may email nationalevents@usatriathlon.org within 60 days of the event to request their award be mailed to them. There is a $15 fee for shipping awards.
  • Team USA processing for Aquathlon Nationals will occur at the venue, post-event. You must claim your spot in-person. Please email teamusa@usatriathlon.org with questions.
  • The announcer will conduct the awards ceremony from the finish line announcers’ tents. In order to mitigate crowding, cut down on walking distance to claim awards, and keep the ceremony flowing in a timely fashion, several tables will be setup nearby. These tables will be where medals and other awards are staged. All awards will be laid out based on the order in which each age group is called by the announcer. As athletes are called out to claim their awards, they will approach the tables to claim their medal. A volunteer will point to the appropriate medal for each athlete to claim. As our usual award podiums often require the help of others to step on, we will not use the podiums. Instead, place signs will be positioned nearby for photo opportunities.
  • In the event of severe weather, the in-person awards ceremony will be canceled and will happen via Zoom the same day and be recorded. In the event of awards ceremony cancellation, awards will be mailed post-event.

Questions

If you have questions on this plan, please email nationalevents@usatriathlon.org. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us execute a safe and fair event.