The 2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships will take place in Long Beach, USA Triathlon announced on Thursday, Jan. 24.
The event, which will be part of the inaugural Legacy Triathlon, will be held on July 20 at Los Alamitos Beach, the proposed site for the triathlon events at the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Last year’s national championships were held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
The athletes will compete for national championships in six classes, ranging from wheelchair users to mild impairments. All athletes will complete a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a five-kilometer run in the event.
The specter of the 2028 Olympic Games, to held in Los Angeles, hangs over the announcement of this event’s move to Long Beach. USA Triathlon is the U.S. Olympic national governing body to relocate an event to the Los Angeles area in preparation for 2028.
“The Legacy Triathlon enables our nation’s top paratriathletes to race for national titles on the same roads where they may be competing for gold medals in 2028,” Amanda Duke Boulet, paralympic program director at USA Triathlon, said in a statement. “The spectator-friendly course and thriving multisport community in Southern California also gives us the exciting opportunity to showcase our USA Paratriathlon standouts to a new audience.”
Athletes taking part in the Paratriathlon National Championships will have the chance to qualify for the USA Paratriathlon development team program, which helps athletes train for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
The Legacy Triathlon was announced in May, 2018. The event expects to expand into a two-day multisport festival in the future and aspires to become a stop on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series.
“We are excited to welcome USA Triathlon to Long Beach,” Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia said at the time. “Today, we marked the beginning of a great partnership that will lead up to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is going to be a historical moment for our city.”