Inaugural Legacy Triathlon and Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships Coming to Long Beach this Weekend

By USA Triathlon | July 16, 2019, 7:18 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Legacy Triathlon, an inaugural USA Triathlon-hosted event that features an age-group sprint-distance triathlon, the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and a slate of ancillary events, is set for this Saturday in Long Beach, California.

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 is the first National Governing Body in the U.S. 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 Saturday, July 20, while an open water swim competition, a paratriathlon skills clinic and a Splash & Dash youth aquathlon will all be held 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, 7 a.m. PT | Alamitos Beach (Marina Green)
This age-group race starts with a 750-meter swim off the coast of Alamitos Beach. The scenic course then takes athletes down Queens Highway and Shoreline Drive for 18.9 kilometers on the bike, before finishing with an out-and-back 5.1-kilometer 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, 8 a.m. PT | Alamitos Beach (Marina Green)
The nation’s fastest paratriathletes — including several hopefuls for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 — will race for top honors 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 $36,750, provided in equal parts by USA Triathlon, Toyota and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Competitors will cover a 750m swim, 18.9k bike and 5.1k 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 medalists from the Paralympic Games Rio 2016: gold medalist Grace Norman (PTS5), silver medalist Hailey Danz (PTS2) and bronze medalist Melissa Stockwell (PTS2).

Paratriathlon Clinic | Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. 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, 12 p.m. 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. Ninety percent of youth in the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and 90 percent are unable to swim.  

At the Splash & Dash, participants ages 7-10 will complete a 100m pool swim followed by a 1k run, and ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and 2k 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 $100,000 in total funding — $10,000 per year through 2028 — to support local community initiatives in conjunction with the Legacy Triathlon.

Open Water Swim Competition | Friday, July 19, 6 p.m. 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 U.S. 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. 

FOR MEDIA:
U.S. elite paratriathletes, local triathlon club members and leadership from USA Triathlon and CAF will be available for one-on-one interviews on Friday morning, starting as early as 5 a.m. at the Belmont Plaza Pool. The pool is located at 4320 E Olympic Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90803. For more information and specific requests, please contact Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon Communications Manager, at caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.org or 443-534-5954.

Media interested in covering the races on Saturday must apply for a credential by completing the USA Triathlon National Events Media Credential Request Form. Credential pickup will be available Thursday and Friday afternoons at the race venue, on race morning, or by request by contacting Maconi at caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.org. Parking access is restricted at Marina Green on race days; media are encouraged to park in the Pike Outlets Parking Garage, located at 65 Cedar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. 

For complete Legacy Triathlon information, including a schedule of events and course maps, download the digital event program and visit the event website at thelegacytriathlon.com.

About USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).