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  • 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 2017?
    Sprint is draft legal. Standard is not draft legal. **SPRINT RELAY is not draft legal. Standard relay is not draft legal.
  • What is the rule on wearing a wetsuit?

    Wetsuit Use Specifications:

      Elite, U23, Juniors/Youth Age Group
    Swim Length Up to 1500m Up to 1500m
    Forbidden 20°C and above 22°C and above
    Mandatory  15.9°C and below 15.9°C and 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.
  • 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.