Now world's third-largest, City of L.A. race continues expansion
After many fits and starts, the City of Los Angeles Triathlon became a reality in 2000, providing novices and world-class competitors with an Olympic-distance course of a 1.5 km swim at Venice Beach, a 40 km cycling course from Venice through Hollywood into downtown Los Angeles and a 10 km running course in the downtown area, finishing at Olvera Street at the birthplace of the City.
The first-year event garnered nearly 1,700 registrants and had a total prize package of $100,00. It has grown considerably in popularity, now standing as the third-largest triathlon in the world. The race had almost 2,800 entries in 2001 and about 2,700 in 2002.
The City of Los Angeles Triathlon takes place annually in early September. In late 2002, the City extended the host agreement with organizer Pacific Sports, L.L.C. through 2008.
The event was developed from a Sports Council suggestion to the Los Angeles City Council in 1997. Council action was taken in 2000 to authorize the creation of the event, eventually awarded to Pacific Sports.