FAQ

Who can do a Triathlon?
Anyone can do a triathlon. If you’re in search of fitness and looking for a rewarding challenge, Triathlon is for you.

Isn’t WTS Edmonton for elite athletes or well-seasoned triathletes?
Not at all! WTS Edmonton is for everyone. As a matter of fact, WTS Edmonton is a great event for the beginner triathletes because it is one of the safest races in Alberta. We close the roads for participants so you never have to worry about vehicles getting too close.

Do I need to have a strong background in one of the events?
Not necessarily. While you will encounter athletes who swam in high school meets or ran cross-country, many new triathletes are approaching these events for the first time. You just need to be able to practice all three disciplines. Some people would have started racing triathlons earlier, but they don’t like to swim. For some, the swim can be a challenge, but part of triathlon is about encountering challenges and overcoming them. You may not the best swimmer, but when you exit the water in a triathlon, the race is ON!

Why do I have to be a member of ATA or buy a one-day license and what does that insurance cover?
Any event that is sanctioned by the Alberta Triathlon Association (ATA) requires membership or a one-day license to cover any liability or accident insurance.

Is the pond safe to swim in?
While the pond is not swimmable during the months leading up to the event, the City of Edmonton monitors the pond and treats the water in the weeks prior. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has strict standards to adhere to for safe swimming conditions.

What are the typical triathlon distances?
There are no set distances for triathlons. Many triathlons use various distances that conform to the land/water available to them. There are, however, some standard distances for triathlons:
- Standard Distance (Olympic): 1500 meter swim, 40k bike, 10k run. This is the distance used in the summer Olympics.
- Sprint Distance: 750 meter swim, 20k bike, 5k run. This is usually about one half of an Olympic distance.

What race distance is right for me?
Most beginners will want to start with a sprint or even shorter race to get some experience at putting a swim, bike and run together in one fell swoop. If you’re an experienced endurance athlete, you’ll likely have no problems starting with an standard distance.

What does draft-legal mean?
Draft-legal means that athletes can be on their bikes in a pack, working together. In order to become draft certified you must complete a course offered by your provincial association. Draft certification is required for YOUTH and JUNIOR athletes. However there is no mandate to certify adults. http://www.triathlon.ab.ca/adult-draft-legal-resources

Are the sprint and standard distance triathlons draft legal in 2016?
Sprint is draft legal. Standard is not draft legal.

What is the rule on wearing a wetsuit?
Wetsuits will be allowed at all races where the water temperature is below 22°C (71.6°F).  NOTE: If temperature is below 16 degrees for open water race, wetsuits are mandatory!

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
That depends on the race and temperature on the day. Your race will have that information available for you, usually on their website. If you are swimming in a pool, you should not wear a wet suit. If you are swimming in open water, the water temperature is the main factor. Wetsuits help you stay warm in longer swim distances, and the buoyancy will make most amateur swimmers swim better. They can however be difficult to take off in transition. If it is a shorter swim, you feel comfortable with the temperature you probably don’t need one. Try swimming in a wetsuit to help you with your decision. At certain temperatures wetsuits are allowed. You will be informed prior to your race. We recommend that you bring your wetsuit to the race in the event that you can use it.

Do I need to buy a lot of expensive gear?
No. It’s possible to compete in a triathlon with equipment you already have. All you need is a swimsuit, running shoes, a bike and a helmet. Everything else is extra and after you have done a few races and decide you like the sport, then you can start acquiring gear.

Where can I park to come and watch the race?
Parking is available at Windsor Car Park at the University of Alberta. Shuttles will take athletes, spectators and volunteers to Hawrelak Park.

Where will lost and found items be located?
During the event, please check with the security on-site. Post event, please call 587-759-0415 to report any lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated after 30 days.

What are the rules for ITU races?
Please refer to the ITU website for a complete list of ITU Competition Rules.