We’ve updated our FAQs to better help you plan and prepare for the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals (especially in these unprecedented times with COVID-19).




Will spectators be allowed, can my family/friends watch me race?
While we pride ourselves on being a spectator-friendly event, we will follow the COVID-19 protocols and restrictions in place in August regarding spectators and will continue to rely on municipal & provincial health guidelines to determine spectator policy.  Please stay tuned for updates.


What will the policy be regarding masks?
At this time, we are planning for masks being mandatory for all (except athletes while competing), however we will continue to follow municipal & provincial health guidelines & updates.


Will there be on-site vendors? Beer Gardens?  
A decision on on-site vendors including food and beverage will be made in April – please check back for updates.


Will there be a Sport Expo?
A decision on our Sport Expo will be made in April – please check back for updates.


Is there a possibility that this event will be postponed to 2022?
Currently there is no plan to postpone to 2022.  If we are required to change the scope of the Championship Finals due to COVID-19, Edmonton would plan to deliver the Elite Men’s and Women’s Championship Final races in a ‘bubble format’ (pending health authority approval).  However our hope is to have the full program if able, as approved by our municipal and provincial health authority and per federal travel guidelines.


Elite Races


If spectators aren’t allowed, how can I watch the elite race?
Regardless of spectator policy, the Elite Championship races will be televised live on CTV, TSN and Triathlonlive.


What is a ‘bubble’ scenario and what would this entail?
A ‘bubble’ scenario for World Triathlon Edmonton means only the Elite Men’s and Women’s Championship races will be held with a very limited number of delegates and with formal COVID-19 protocols in place.


Will there still be Opening and Closing Ceremony and Athletes Dinner?
At this time we are planning for an opening and closing ceremony, however these events may become virtual depending on what COVID-19 protocol and restrictions are in place.


Will there be a medal ceremony?
At this time we are planning for a medal ceremony, however this may become virtual depending on what COVID-19 protocol and restrictions are in place.




When will registration open for Community Events?
Community Events registration will not be available to athletes until June 2021. For more information about tentative events please review our schedule.


How will these events integrate COVID protocols and safety?
We are working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to ensure our event meets the highest standard of safety for all athletes. As we move closer to the event we will be able to provide more information specific to COVID protocols and safety developed in conjunction with AHS. 


Will the public have access to restrooms?
The city provides public restrooms that are regularly cleaned and sanitized within Hawrelak Park for the public to use. If additional portable restrooms are available to the public on-site; they will comply with AHS regulations given the re-opening stage Alberta is in at the time of the event. 


International Age Group ATHLETES


Will there be an Age Group race if COVID is still prominent? 
We are currently preparing for several situations with a decision regarding the Age Group World Triathlon Championship Finals to be made mid May, 2021. 


Will Age Group athletes receive a travel exemption? 
A travel exemption for age group athletes is not in place.  As of today, AG athletes will need to check travel restrictions at travel.gc.ca and stay updated through World Triathlon Edmonton’s social media and website.


When do we have to register with NF and when is payment due?
Please check with your respective NF on registration and payment details.


Should I be booking my flight and hotel?
At this point we recommend waiting until April 2021 to book your flights. You may book sooner, however be sure to consult your chosen airlines cancellation policy as well as travel policy/restrictions. Our host hotel is the JW Marriott and you are now able to book now. The JW Marriott does have a refund policy in place however please check with them for more information prior to booking. JW Marriott Ice District Edmonton.


Will my fees reflect the changes in the program?
Fees will remain the same. Your fees are used to cover race logistics, athlete gift, safety, security and any additional COVID-19 protocols required. 


How will race course logistics integrate COVID protocols and safety?
There will be a rolling stat system implemented for the Swim. Bins will be provided for last minute mask removal and a socially distanced waiting area for athletes as they wait for their heat. Transition will be organized to provide a minimum of 2m between athletes, and layout to minimize contact between athletes. The Bike and Run course are subsequently designed to allow for best possible athlete distribution. Aid stations will be providing only water in sealed bottles, and will be spaced out and monitored to ensure there is no contamination. The Finish area will be adapted to ensure social distancing, timing chips will be removed by the athlete and flow out of the area will be maintained. A more detailed procedure along with additional safety adjustments will be included in the Athlete Guide closer to the event. 


Will training facilities be available?
We are closely monitoring facility access at the City of Edmonton. Athletes will be encouraged to run/bike outdoors following social distancing protocols. Swim training may be available if the recreational facilities are open, and it will be the athlete’s responsibility to follow booking procedures/guidelines. The LOC will not be covering cost or providing specific times to access pools.   


What will the policy be regarding masks?
A mask or face covering must be worn at all times with the exception of racing. There will be a more detailed description surrounding our procedures surrounding mask usage/sanitization procedures in the Athlete Guide closer to the event. 


Will I need to quarantine?  What testing do I need to be aware of?
We will be following Federal and Provincial Health guidelines in place of the event. Please see the link to see the current guidelines on the rules/regulations upon entering Canada here.


Will briefings be virtual?
Yes, all athlete briefings will be virtual.


Will there be a medal ceremony?
There will be multiple scenarios developed surrounding medal ceremonies. There is the possibility of an in-person medal ceremony with an adapted protocol to maintain athlete safety that may or may not allow spectators. If this is not possible there will be a virtual substitution and medal distribution plan. Full details will be available in the Athlete Guide closer to the event.