A local race helped athletes cross the finish line for a good cause, and the course was located entirely in the City of Torrance.

The Los Angeles Triathlon at Torrance Beach finally took place last Saturday. The start and finish are on Torrance Beach, with the bike and run parts on main and residential streets including Paseo de la Playa and Palos Verdes Boulevard. Participants had the opportunity to show off their skills at swimming, running and biking.

The race was part of an effort to raise money to support more than 300 low-income kids in the Torrance community. Every $30 raised through the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles Torrance fundraising campaign will help a child actively participate in local youth sports organizations, including the Torrance South Bay YMCA.

First introduced in 2014, the LA Triathlon at Torrance Beach is designed in a small footprint, looping International Triathlon Union style format. The LA Triathlon’s goal is to provide underprivileged children with an opportunity to develop physically, socially and mentally through sports.

Some Torrance participants included Israel Fregoso, who placed first in the Olympic Relay category with an end time of 2:18:29, along with Quentin Heiden, who placed first in the Male Olympic aged 40-44 with an end time of 2:19:48. In total, there were 1,240 registered participants. Sign up for the next LA Triathlon…