Event Details

  • Isn’t World Triathlon Series (WTS) Edmonton for elite athletes or well-seasoned triathletes?

    In 2020, WTS Edmonton is a World Championship race for athletes who have qualified through their national federation. There will be a number of community races running during the World Championships, including an Open Sprint Race for individuals who did not qualify, but would like to participate. This race will be taking place the evening of Friday, August 21.

  • Is Hawrelak Lake safe to swim in?

    While the lake is not swimmable during the months leading up to the event, the City of Edmonton monitors the lake and treats the water in the weeks prior.

    The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has strict standards to adhere to for safe swimming conditions.

    See ITU Water Quality Information

  • What does draft-legal mean?

    Draft Legal racing is a style of triathlon racing that allows athletes to draft off of one another on the bike leg of a triathlon. This reduces the effect of drag on an athlete due to following the lead bikes slipstream. Most triathlons in Canada are non-draft legal, meaning that athletes on the bike leg must stay at least 3 bike lengths behind an athlete, unless they are moving to the side to pass. Draft Legal racing typically involves a lot of athletes riding in packs, like you might see in major cycling races and World Triathlon Series events.


    Draft certification is required for YOUTH and JUNIOR athletes. 

  • Are the sprint and standard distance triathlons draft legal in 2020?

    The Sprint distance event is draft legal. However, the sprint team relay is not draft legal.

    The Standard distance event is not draft legal. 

    The Community Races that are a part of the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final are not draft legal, including the Open Sprint Race.

  • What is the rule on wearing a wetsuit?

    As detailed in the Competition Rules, for races with a swim distance up to 1500 metres, wetsuits are forbidden at a water temperature of 22 degrees Celsius or above. Wetsuits are mandatory at this distance when the water temperature is at 15.9 degrees Celsius or below. 

  • 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.

    When a race is draft-legal, more rules are applied and a road bike is necessary.

  • 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. Other parking lots available at the University of Alberta include Stadium and Education Car Park and the Varsity surface lot. Shuttles will also be running from the Health Sciences LRT Station. Public bike parking is also available if you would like to bike to the 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.

  • Is there a time limit for the swim portion of the race?

    Yes, there is a time limit for the swim portion. See below:

    Sprint distance swim cut-off time - 30 minutes

    Standard distance swm cut-off time  - 70 minutes


    Unfortunately if you don't meet the time alloted, a technical official will not let you continue

  • How do I qualify for Team Canada?

    In order to be eligible to claim a spot on Team Canada, you must meet the following basic criteria:

    a. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada; • Make sure you register for the event with your CANADIAN address!

    b. Be a member in good standing with a Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization (PSO);

    c. Be a member in good standing with Triathlon Canada (included in annual provincial membership);

    d. Must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) PRIOR to each Qualification Event.  Register EOI


    For the full team selection policy see: https://www.triathloncanada.com/publications/#teamselection 

    * Taken from Triathlon Canada website

  • What do I wear?

    Acceptable attire for sanctioned triathlon events are as follows:


    Wetsuit - Highly recommended as water temperature is not confirmed until morning of race day. Wetsuits are mandatory when water/air temperature index is below 16 degrees.
    1 piece swimming suit / swimming trunks & shirt (tight fitting) or
    Tri Suit (1 piece or 2 piece**) or
    Tri Shorts/Bike Shorts

    Trisuits are the best option competing in triathlon but  for those new to the sport it isn't necessary to purchase one. Wear a swimsuit under a wetsuit for the swim portion of the event. Once in transition, throw on a pair on cycle shorts or triathlon shorts and a shirt to complete the bike. Triathlon shorts are good to run in but cycle shorts will have too much padding. For shorter events, no padding is needed and regular shorts will suffice. It is important to know that at no time is your torso to be exposed.

    Age group athletes competing in the 2020 Grand Final must follow ITU uniform rules.

Bike Check-In, Check-Out, Course Questions

  • Is there a course familiarization scheduled for age-group athletes?

    There is no bike course familiarization for age-group athletes
    The following swim course familiarizations are available for age-group athletes:
    Wednesday, August 19 from 11:15 - 12:30
    Saturday, August 22 from 11:30 - 12:30
    Athlete’s are also welcome to register for the Open Water Swim Race being held on Thursday, August 20.
    The age-group run course will be marked and available for self guided familiarizations outside of scheduled races. 

  • When can I check my bike out of transition?

    On Friday, August 21, participants can check out their bikes from 15:15 - 17:00.
    On Sunday, August 23,  participants can check out their bikes from 13:00 - 17:45.

  • When can I check my bike into transition?

    World Championship Sprint distance racers must check their bike on Thursday, August 20 between 14:00 and 18:00. Transition will open on Friday, August 21 at 9:00 to set up additional race gear.  

    World Championship Standard distance racers must check their bike on Saturday, August 21 between 11:00 and 15:00. Transition will open on Sunday, August 22 at 5:00 to set up additional race gear.

    Open Sprint Race participants will check their bike on Friday, August 21 between 17:00 and 18:00.


  • 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.
  • 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!

  • 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, 40km bike, 10km run. This is the distance used in the summer Olympics.

    - Sprint Distance: 750 meter swim, 20km bike, 5km run. 

  • 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 endurance athlete, you’ll likely have no problems starting with an standard distance.

    Our TriathlonTogether event is a great race for those wanting to try out the sport with no rules. Sign up with your friends or family. No timing. No rules. No problem!