Los Angles ready to host 10th annual Triathlon with Bennett and Lavelle set to defend their titles
Posted Oct 02 2009 10:00pm
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Sunday, October 4 Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon presented by Herbalife is preparing to welcome professional, elite and weekend warrior triathletes that represent 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, and 18 countries to its 2009 field. While 70 percent of the competitors hail from five counties in Southern California - Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego - national “longest distance traveled” honors go to triathletes from Eliot, Maine and Anchorage, Alaska. International traveling honors go to triathletes from Australia and New Zealand.
The professional field, one of the strongest in recent years, is headlined by L.A. defending champions Greg Bennett (AUS) and Becky Lavelle (USA).
Bennett, who holds the record for the most Los Angeles championships at three (2008, 2007, 2006), will be attempting to win his fourth Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon title, while Lavelle will be going for her third win, previously winning in 2008 and 2003. Bennett will face a strong challenge from Spain’s Javier Gomez, currently No. 1 in the International Triathlon Union points race and Britain’s Stuart Hayes. Lavelle will be fending off Americans Sarah Haskins (an Olympian and 2005 L.A. champion) and Rebeccah Wassner, currently second in the 2009 Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series. The pro prize purse totals $40,000 plus a $1,000 Edge® Battle of the Sexes bonus.
The pro field has a 7:15 a.m. start time at Venice Beach, followed immediately by the elite amateurs at 7:20 and the remainder of the field at 7:30 in waves of 150 triathletes until all have entered the water and started the race.
The course is a point-to-point route that starts in the waters off Venice Beach and ends in downtown Los Angeles at LA LIVE Nokia Plaza. The event earned its reputation as one of the top destination triathlons in the country because of the unparalleled opportunity competitors have of seeing historic venues from the vantage point of a bike saddle or on the ground running. Competitors ride past the Helms Bakery building, bike through the Fairfax District and Koreatown, run among downtown’s soaring sky scrapers, past the renowned Disney Concert Hall and STAPLES Center, and end at LA LIVE!, L.A.’s newest entertainment campus.