The permits have been pulled, sanctioning is in place and registrations are coming into the race e
Athletes, Coaches and Parents,
We will have a larger field for the May 20th event - roughly double what we had on March 18th. It also looks like booth the pool & air temps will be far more welcoming this go-round. Today the pool was 71 degrees and could be 73 by race day. Projected high on race day is 84 (could be low to mid 70s in the morning). Happy for that.
Registration will close on Friday evening and there is no race day registration. Please sign up now and if you have already then contact your friends ASAP to join you.
I'll get back to you in the next day or so with updates.
The giant pool that we use for this race is unique and will be a very special part of the event. It's not heated and the temperature has been a concern of mine. I swam in it yesterday, March 1st and it was 54 degrees. I spoke to the pool managers and lifeguards at Hansen Dam and they explained that because the pool is so shallow (5 feet deep in its deepest places) that the temperature fluctuates quickly in relation to air temperature. It's been very cool in LA for the past week and that's why the water temp is so cold. This weekend it's supposed to be near 80 degrees in the Valley and that will likely bump up the water temp a couple of degrees. If warm weather continues we could have some really nice water temperatures on race day. As we get closer, I'll report back with pool temperatures so that athletes will know what to expect.
The swim distances are pretty darn short: 300m for Junior Elite, 200m for Youth Elite and 100m for the Discovery Race so I expect many athletes who want to be competitive will forgo the wetsuit and just tough out the water temperature.
This is a USAT Sanctioned race, we go by USAT wetsuit rules and here's a reminder...
Water temp of 84 degrees or higher and no wetsuits are allowed.
Water temps 78-83 degrees and wetsuits maybe worn but athletes who do are not eligible for prizes and awards.
Water temps of 77 degrees or lower and wetsuits may be worn by all athletes.
Also, just a side note, USAT has new rules about wetsuit thickness that will go into effect on January 1, 2013 if you're in the market for a new wetty read this before purchase: http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/rulebook/2013-wetsuit-rule-faq.aspx
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