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The Chinook Triathlon offers a Bike/Run option for athletes not comfortable completing the swim course in 2021.

Chinook Triathlon / Duathlon / AquaBike Race Details

Interested in a virtual event challenge?

Enjoy our free Solo Challenge and enter your segment times and compare your results over time – a great motivator to train for the real deal!

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NEW RACE DATE – SUNDAY AUGUST 29, 2021

PRE-RACE PROCEDURES

Race Package pickup

Friday, Aug 27 
11:00am – 7:00pm Location TBD
Saturday, Aug 28 
11:00am – 4:00pm Location TBD
Sunday, Aug 29 RACE DAY
At Camp Chestermere (race location) for out of town athletes.
Race Orientation Meeting – web meeting will be posted in advance of the race.

Volunteers Needed
Like any other event we are always in search of some much needed enthusiastic volunteers. If you have a family member or a friend that’s coming to watch the event, then ask them to help out. They get a great meal and of course lots and lots of fun. They can register here.

Water Temperature
Water temperature ranges from 18C to 21C in August.  Wetsuits are recommended.  The City of Chestermere harvests weeds from our swim course on race week.

Pre-Race Procedures

Race Bib Number
• In your race kits you will have a Bib Number related to your event.
• Affix your Bib to a bib strap belt (fabric elastic or proper triathlon belt).
• Do not wear your Bib in the swim under your wet suit, it will probably tear apart when you take it off.
• Your Bib must be visible on the run course.

TEAMS
• Bibs need to be worn by the runner on each team.  Each team participant receives a personal timing chip to be worn through the event.
• The hand-off point is the bike rack position for your cyclist.  No need to touch – just give them a virtual high five.

RACE DAY PROCEDURES

Parking
• Located along the east entrance to Camp Chestermere.

Transition
• Transition opens at 6:00am
• This is the location of your bike to run.

• There are designated spot for each bike.  Find your number sequence and rack your bike.

Spectators

We are not encouraging spectators at the finish due to Covid 19 restrictions.  There are many cheering opportunities along the course – especially if you can volunteer!

Awards and Post Race Festivities
• Pre-packaged food will be available following the race.  Please proceed to an open spot on the grass to relax. retrieve your bike and then return to your vehicle.
• We will be unable to hold an awards ceremony due to COVID-19 concerns.
• Thank a Volunteer

Full Triathlon / Duathlon / AquaBike Race Details

NEW DATE – SUNDAY AUGUST 29, 2021

If you have additional race-related questions about this event after reviewing the race details and updates below, please contact us.

Race Package pickups: visit our Schedule of Events Page

Pre-race Coached Clinics

Swim orientation practice nights will be scheduled closer to race date.

Transition Logistics

This is a single transition course.  Parking is next to our finish line and you can simply drop your bike off on race morning!

SWIM COURSE 

Half Iron and AquaBike (Long Course) Swim Start: 7:30am (Half Iron Teams included)

• Warm up stops 10 minutes before race start – get your face wet, it’s an easier start this way.

• Wear the Swim Cap provided.

• We will release two swimmers (distanced by 2m wide) every 10 seconds in a time-trial format.  Your race time starts when you cross the timing mat.

• You have 1hr 10min to complete your swim. If you’re having difficulty finishing we’ll canoe up next to you and ask you if you’re doing OK and if you think you can finish. Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity. If it’s obvious that you won’t make the time cut-off when starting the second lap,  we will have to disqualify you from the event (so get in some pool laps before race day)
• The swim will be once clockwise loop of 1,900m around the buoys clockwise. Exit at the beach, cross our timing sensor and run on the grass to the transition zone west entrance.

Olympic and AquaBike (Short Swim) Start: 8:30am (Teams included)

• Warm up stops 10 minutes before race start – get your face wet, it’s an easier start this way.

• Wear the Swim Cap provided.

• We will release two swimmers (distanced by 2m wide) every 10 seconds in a time-trial format.  Your race time starts when you cross the timing mat.

• You have one hour to complete your swim. If you’re having difficulty finishing we’ll canoe up next to you and ask you if you’re doing OK and if you think you can finish. Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity. If it’s obvious that you won’t make the time cut-off when starting the second lap,  we will have to disqualify you from the event (so get in some pool laps before race day)
• The swim will be once clockwise loop of 1,500m around the buoys clockwise. Exit at the beach, cross our timing sensor and run on the grass to the transition zone west entrance.

DUATHON RUN COURSE FIVE LAPS (5km)

Duathlon Start: 8:15am on East Lakeview Road just south of the Camp Chestermere parking lot.
• The race start coincides with the Olympic distance triathlon start.  We will space the starting line with 2m social distancing protocols.
• Five clockwise laps around the community following pylons = 5km.

• When you return on your final lap, follow the marshal’s directions to cross the timing sensor and run into the transition zone’s west entrance.

DUATHLON RUN interactive map click here.

TRIATHLON TRANSITION ZONE

BIKE COURSE

BIKE COURSE interactive route map click here.

Start/Finish: Camp Chestermere
Aid Stations:  At 17km, 39km (Olympic) and 57km for Long Course on your second lap.  Will include sport-top water bottles, energy drink bottles, gels, first aid and porta-potties too!  Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves with bottles on top of their palms to avoid contact.

• Helmet chinstrap must be secured once you touch your bike and must remain secured until you finish and rack your bike, there are stiff penalties for not complying.  Triathlon Alberta, TriCan and ITU rules apply.
• Drafting: Know the rules for drafting because you will be assessed a 10 minute penalty. Minimum two bike lengths behind.  Absolutely, No Riding side by side.  If you are in the TriTogether wave, you are allowed to ride in groups without penalty (you just won’t qualify for a finishing position).

• Do not race through the aid stations.  If you are picking up supplies you MUST slow down.
• Do not throw your water bottles at the volunteers, drop them on the grass before and/or after the aid tables set up on the side of the road.
• Yell out your choice of bottled beverage:  “Nutrition” or “Water”.
• If you are going to stop, look behind you to make sure it’s clear and pull off the shoulder to stop.
• Single file is the proper order for getting beverages. If you fail to follow through single file then you will be penalized 5 minutes. Explanation: If you are behind an athlete and you want to get a water bottle then you must stay behind the athlete to get your aid. Once through the aid station then you can pass.
• Passing on the course:  If you are going to pass, you yell out “PASSING ON THE LEFT”. You must stay on the right side of the solid line. If you cross over the solid line you will be assessed a 2 minute penalty.
• Being Passed:  If you are being passed and someone yells “Passing on the Left” you must move over to the right and allow the athlete to pass. If you block the athlete you will be assessed a 2 minute penalty, 2nd offence is disqualification.
• Litter:  We want to keep the environment clean and free of pollution, so we request you drop off all litter at the aid stations or carry it with you. Water bottles must be dropped at the aid stations. Anyone littering on the road will be warned and if not amended, penalized 15 seconds. Please consider this rule as we are given the use of the land from organizations that rely on us to respect the environment.
• No portable music or cell phones allowed on the bike course. No exceptions to the rules, immediate disqualification.
• Police /Flagger controlled intersections.  Please pay attention while going through the controlled intersections.  As you know there are always drivers out there that sometimes don’t pay attention.  Please use judgment as this is not a closed course.
• We are making every effort to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience but please be careful as you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

RUN COURSE

HALF IRON RUN interactive route map click here.

OLYMPIC & DUATHLON RUN interactive route map click here.

Start/Finish: Camp Chestermere.  Course follows the lake shore and canal.  Mountain views included.
Aid stations: #1 at Transition, #2 at 1.3km, #3 at 3.3km  and every 2km serving water, electrolyte drink, cola & gels.  Porta potties on course.  Food and drink will be placed on tables for to pick up.

Transition 2
• Finish your bike ride by dismounting at the dismount line where our timing sensor will pick up your bike time.

• Walk your bike on the grass and enter the Transition Zone at the west entrance (nearest to the lake).  Do not undo your chinstrap till you rack your bike.
• Find your spot on the bike rack .
• Make sure to place your bike directly over your run gear.  Be respectful as you have 4 other athletes that will be placing their bikes as well.
• Put your run gear on and exit out of transition at the EAST exit and start your run (at the end of the race as you go to retrieve your gear we will have security personal to cross check your gear with your race number).
• As you exit transition you will cross the timing sensor to record transition times.
• Run south out of Camp Chestermere.  Your first Aid Station will be located is at the start of the run course.

Run course:
• Olympic/Duathlon (2 loops), Half Iron Distance (3 loops).  Each course has flags marking turn around points.  NOTE:  The Half Iron run course includes a loop around the storm pond on each lap.
 Additional lap turn is near transition zone.
• Maintain 2m social distancing between runners.  There’s plenty of grass to make a safe pass.

Run Course Rules
• Number Bibs to the front (use a race belt)

• Social distance at least 2m between athletes through the course
• Absolutely no littering on the course.   If you are caught you will have a 5 minute time violation and be forced to go back and pick up the litter.  Drop your litter off as you go through the Aid Stations
• No portable music, MP3 Players, iPods, earbuds and cell phones allowed on the run course.  No exceptions to the rules, immediate disqualification.