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Los Angeles To Host Triathlon Sunday

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles will be converted into a race course this weekend with triathletes swimming, biking and running from Venice Beach to downtown.

The 12th Annual Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon presented by Herbalife is set to happen Sunday, September 25.

The point-to-point course will start with a swim at Venice Beach, then a bike ride from Venice Beach to downtown Los Angeles and end with a run to the finish line downtown.

The race will lead to multiple road closures and an up-to-date list can be found at trafficinfo.lacity.org.

If you would like to come out to the race, the LAPD provided the following list of the best places to watch. We are not sure whether or not their suggestion to rent a helicopter/blimp is a joke… but then again, it is L.A.

LAPD: Best Spots to Watch the Race

1. Venice Beach Swim Start. At the end of Venice Blvd. at the beach. It is the perfect location to watch all the opening ceremonies, wave starts, the pros, and T1. Watch competitors shed their wetsuits, clip in their bike shoes, jump on their bikes and ride up Venice Blvd. toward downtown.

2. LA LIVE! The finish line for the LA Triathlon. Lots of activity with the finish, entertainment, food and expo vendors. Easy to get to from the start. Just head East on the 10 freeway and off at Grand Avenue.

3. Transition Area #2. The hotbed of activity will be on Flower between 9th and 11th in downtown L.A. This transition area will house both the age group and pro transitions. Activity and excitement all day long and often where the race is won and lost. Watch competitors rack their bikes, change to running shoes and take off on the final leg.

4. Olympic run course. Witness athletes starting and finishing their run from this location with T2 adjacent. Olympic Blvd. Pick a spot, watch the cyclists on our closed course as they head toward downtown as both Olympic and Sprint Courses turn and merge at this location.

5. Disney Concert Hall (Grand and 1st Street). At the high point of the bike course nearing the big downhill into T2. Also, the turn around on the Olympic and Sprint run course. It overlooks a beautiful Frank Gehry design and home of one of the city’s finest restaurants, Patina. Walk over to the beautiful new Cathedral or Museum of Contemporary Art just a block away.

6. Rent a helicopter or a blimp. The Hollywood way to see the race, rent one or bring your own. See the entire swim, bike and run sections from above. The best way to see all the action.

For more information visit www.latriathlon.com.

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