Carmageddon, meet Triathlonasaurus
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Motorists grappling with the closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway on L.A.’s Westside will also need to detour around dozens of closed surface street Sunday morning.
The previously scheduled Herbalife Triathlon will bisect L.A. in an west- to-east direction, closing north-south streets from Venice Beach to the Fairfax District to downtown. The triathlon begins with an ocean swim at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, and closures of north-south streets will spread east across the city by mid-morning.
During the bicycle race east on Venice Boulevard, motorists can go north- south by using freeway bridges over Venice Boulevard on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, and over Venice Boulevard on the San Diego (405) Freeway.
Of course, the 405 is closed two exits north of Venice for the weekend- long Carmeggedon II construction. Motorists leaving the LAX will have no alternative but to take the 405 to the 10, then go east or west around the 405 closure at the 10.
Southbound motorists leaving the Westside can start using the southbound 405 starting at Getty Center Drive. The north-south closures usually ended by around 11 a.m. in the past years.
As for the race, a field of about 2,500 athletes from 30 states, the District of Columbia and 13 nations, including a record 43 professionals, are set to compete Sunday.
The race will begin with a 1,500-meter swim off Venice Beach, followed by a 40-kilometer (24.8-mile) bicycle race to Staples Center and conclude with a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run through downtown Los Angeles.
The bicycle course will go along Venice Boulevard for seven miles to Fairfax Avenue, where it will head north to Olympic Boulevard.
The competitors will continue on Olympic Boulevard through Koreatown to Cherry Avenue, where they will reverse directions and head just more than five miles west to Alandele Avenue, where they will again reverse directions, heading east to Figueroa Street.
The running course begins at Figueroa and 11th streets, heads east on 11th Street to Grand Avenue, north on Grand Avenue to the Disney Concert Hall, then back south to 11th and Figueroa streets, where a second lap to and from the Disney Concert Hall will begin. The finish line is at L.A. Live.
The field includes two 2012 Olympians — American Hunter Kemper, who was 14th in the men’s triathlon, and Flora Duffy of Bermuda, 45th in the women’s triathlon. The men’s and women’s winners will each receive $10,000 and the runners- up $5,000.