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2016 Competitor Updates

10/21/2016: Competitor Update #2


I'll see you bright and early on Sunday morning for the UCLA Health Playa Del Rey Triathlon. Please read this for final race-day logistics.

Early packet pickup is Saturday from 11am - 4pm at the Triathlon Lab store in Redondo Beach. Tri Lab's parking lot will be closed, so we recommend finding street parking on Grant Ave.

If you do not pick up your race packet on Saturday, you must do this on Sunday morning. Please arrive at the packet pickup tent with your photo ID and USA Triathlon card (if you are a member) in hand. USA Triathlon members who forget their ID card will be required to fill out the one-day membership form and pay the $15 fee.

Parking opens to participants around 5:30 am. Please arrive by 6:30 am at the latest. Directions are available on the race website.

Parking is $8. Please have cash on hand in order to avoid delays in entering the park.  Please park in the first lot north of the park entrance.

Remember you must be wearing your wristband in order to get into the transition area. No wristband, no race.

You are required to start in your designated wave. Here are the wave start categories and estimated start times.
Wave 1 - 7:45am - Olympic - Male 49 and under
Wave 2 - 7:50am - Olympic - Male 50+, Female Age Group, Athena, Clydesdale, Relays
Wave 3 - 8:20am - Sprint - Male 44 and under, Male WCCTC
Wave 4 - 8:27am - Sprint - Female Age Group, Athena, Female WCCTC
Wave 5 - 8:35am - Sprint - Male 45+, Clydesdale, Relays

Please note that the entry/exit lanes within Dockweiler Beach are narrow and potentially sandy/slippery. Please expect that you will not be able to pass other cyclists in this area. Also, the roads may be damp and slippery due to the thick morning fog; use caution.

Sprint athletes will do 1 lap of the bike course.
Olympic athletes will do 2 laps of the bike course.

A portion of the Olympic-distance run course is on the local bike path. Please be aware that the bike path remains open to normal public use throughout the event. Competitors should always stay to the right and be courteous to other path users (or face disqualification).  Littering on the path is not allowed. Please use the provided trash cans at aid stations.

Remember your "baton" is your timing chip, which you should pass from member to member. The exchange location is at your spot in the transition area where you rack your bike. All relay members must pick up their race packet individually. No one can pick up your packet for you. One of your members has the required swim caps, run number, and bike number in their registration packet. Everyone else should only have a wristband in their packet.

All athletes are expected to be familiar with the rules. Here is a summary of the most commonly violated rules:

  • Helmets are required. No helmet, no race.
  • You must wear the provided swim cap.
  • No riding your bike in the transition area. Mount/dismount at the mount/dismount line.
  • You must get body marked. Volunteers will be body marking in the transition area.
  • Ride your bike to the right of the road unless passing.
  • If following another cyclist, do not follow more closely than 3 bike lengths. This is a rule violation known as drafting.
  • NO iPods or mp3 players at any time.

I hope you have a great race! Stay safe, thank the volunteers, and be courteous to your fellow athletes.

Race Director 


10/17/2016: Competitor Update #1


It's just a few days to the 9th annual UCLA Health Playa Del Rey Triathlon! It's shaping up to be a great race and we hope you're excited. This e-mail contains a few updates and reminders about the race. Please take the time to read it.

These and other race announcements will be posted on the event website. Please remember to check http://www.playadelreytri.com until Saturday for any last-minute announcements or changes.

Want to avoid the rush of race-day check-in? Attend our Saturday packet pickup. Packet pickup is from 11am - 4pm on Saturday, October 22, at Triathlon Lab in Redondo Beach. The address is listed at http://www.playadelreytri.com. Remember to bring photo ID (no ID, no race, no exceptions). Annual USAT members must show proof of current membership (if you forget such proof you will be required to purchase a one-day license or extend your membership an additional year).  You may not pick up someone else's packet.

SB Timing will be providing chip timing for the event this year. For those of you who have never participated in an event with chip timing, you are required to wear a small band on your ankle during the race. The computer chip will keep track of your time. If you lose your timing chip you will be required to pay a $20 replacement fee.

Competitors will be sent off in waves. The Olympic race begins at 7:45am and the sprint race at 8:20am. A wave start list will be posted online the night before the event as well as at the race site. Olympic-distance competitors will go off first.

If you attend the Saturday packet pickup, you do not need to check in on race morning, although you must still get body marked. Everyone else should aim to arrive at Dockweiler State Beach by 6:15 am to check in and pick up your race packet. The race will start promptly at 7:45am. Don't miss the start by being late.

Sprint-distance participants are required to do one lap of the bike course while Olympic-distance competitors are required to do two laps of the bike course. The 5K and 10K run turn-around points are also different. Please review the course diagrams here to familiarize yourself with the course for the event you are participating in.

Parking is available at Dockweiler State Beach at a cost of $8. Please remember to have cash on hand to avoid delays when entering the park. Event staff will direct you to a parking spot. Street parking will NOT be available on Vista Del Mar (don't get towed). Directions are available on the event website.

Water temperature is currently in the upper 60s. LA County lifeguards will be on hand to ensure your safety.

Dockweiler State Beach is a very popular Southern California beach and it will be open to the public throughout the event. It is recommended that you make sure to properly secure your vehicle and belongings. Also, please remove your bike from the transition area in a timely manner once the event is over.

All relay handoffs will occur at the spot you selected to rack your bike in the transition area. A handoff occurs by passing your timing chip from one team member to the next.

You will be provided with a plastic wristband at packet pickup to designate that you are an official event participant. You will be required to show this wristband to event staff in order to enter the transition area. Do not lose your wristband! In order to remove your bike from the transition area you will be required to show 3 items: your wristband, your bib number, and your bike number (which should still be attached to your bike).

Aid stations are located at the transition area, the 5K turn around, and 10K turn around.
The Playa Del Rey Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body. Whether you are a seasoned athlete racing for an age-group win or are just out to have fun, all athletes are expected to be familiar with the rules. Here is a list of the most commonly violated rules. If you are new to the sport please take the time to read a more comprehensive list here:

  • A certified bike helmet must be worn at all times when on your bike -- including before and after the event. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are completely off your bicycle. No helmet, no race.
  • No one other than race or medical officials may assist you during the event.
  • You must keep at least 3 bike lengths between you and the cyclist in front of you. If you are passing another cyclist you must complete the pass within 15 seconds.
  • If you are passed by another cyclist you must drop back 3 bike lengths. You must do this even before attempting to pass them again.
  • Unless you are passing another cyclist, you must ride to the right edge of the road. Do NOT ride in the middle or left of the lane unless passing.
  • Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, etc. are NOT allowed.
  • You must wear your race number at all times during the run.
  • No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course (no littering).

Remember to keep an eye on the website for additional announcements and updates. See you bright and early on October 23rd!
Race Director


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