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  • Isn’t World Triathlon Series (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.

  • 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 replay is not draft legal.

    The Standard distance event is not draft legal.   

  • 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.

  • 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 reccommended as water temperature is not confirmed until morning of race day. Wetsuits are mandatory when water/air tempertaure 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 do not need a specific uniform. The ITU uniform rules apply to Grand Final Events only.

    **No torso/midriff should be visible

Bike Check-In, Check-Out, Course Questions

General

  • 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!

  • 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.
  • 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!