09/26/2012 12:12 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2012

Competing With Carmageddon II | Zev Yaroslavsky

When the organizers of the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles found out that Carmageddon II was going to coincide with their race date, "our reaction was probably unprintable," jokes Jan Fambro.

"We had settled on this date 11 months ago," says Fambro, who is handing media relations for the annual event, in which competitors will swim, bike and run from Venice Beach to Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning.