Founding members of LA Tri Club circa 2001
The LA Tri Club was founded in August 2000 after Paul Hekimian presented Larry Turkheimer and Nick Gardner with his vision of an independent triathlon club to benefit the triathlon community in and around Los Angeles. They enlisted the help of a few others, including Holger Beckmann, Ian Murray, Lloyd Taylor, Jerry Enriquez, and Julie Oh, to help launch the early LA Tri Club with the goal of building a strong community of triathletes linked together by a sense of camaraderie.
Through this network of like-minded athletes, the exchange of ideas and information about training, gear, etc. quickly became one of the key features of the club. Over time, structured training sessions led by professional coaches and group member-led trainings led to both individual and team success.
As the sport became even more popular, LATC continued to expand its membership base, affiliations with coaching leaders in the community, and local and national race leaders. This allowed the club to provide greater support to members with quality resources, robust training events, and a stronger race presence.
Since the beginning, LATC has sought to help members find balance between their busy lives and families, and a sometimes all-consuming training / racing schedule. With that in mind, LATC generates operating revenue solely through membership dues and carefully selected sponsorship affiliations.
Today, LATC continues to promote the enjoyment of the Triathlon Lifestyle to a wider community and supports members of all skill-levels and abilities. We are proud of the value offered in membership and the over 20,000 athletes we have supported over the years.
The spirit and life of the LA Tri Club resides in its members and their support for one another, and we give thanks to our members for 22 awesome years.