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Pallant and Luis top LA Triathlon

Racing returns to Los Angeles

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While a huge storm forced the cancellation of Ironman California today, in Los Angeles athletes enjoyed some great weather for today’s Los Angeles Triathlon. Great Britain’s Emma Pallant and France’s Vincent Luis topped the pro fields at today’s race. The event, which started at Venice Beach and finished in downtown Los Angeles, attracted over 60 pros and just under 2,000 athletes in total. The pros competed in the Olympic-distance race (1.5 km swim/ 40 km bike/ 10 km run) – the event also featured a sprint, aquabike and a 5 km run.

Photo: Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles

France’s Vincent Luis took the men’s race in 1:46:43, over a minute ahead of American Ben Kanute, while Denmark’s Miki Taagholt rounded out the podium.

Photo: Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles

Great Britain’s Emma Pallant-Browne took the women’s race in 2:02:42, with Americans Amy Sloan (2:04:07) and Heather Jackson (2:04:20) joining her on the podium.

Photo: Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles

The pro athletes competed for a $40,000 prize purse. Over 500 athletes competed in the Olympic-distance race, over 400 took part in the sprint, with just over 800 competing in the 5 km race and just over 30 joining the aquabike.

The 5 km event served as a fundraising effort for JDRF, a non-profit that works to fund Type 1 diabetes research. The organization was given a $100,000 donation on behalf of Herbalife Nutrition and the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation.

You can find full results from today’s race here.