The Great White North Triathlon

The Great White North Triathlon takes place at the Allan Beach Resort – Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada on July 2nd, 2017. The race has a long history, taking place every year since 1991, cementing it’s legendary status on the Canadian triathlon scene. The event is popular, with approximately 800 athletes hitting the water at Hubble Lake each year as they start the race. Athlete support is also excellent, with an enthusiastic 550+ volunteers making sure the day goes smoothly.

The race is also fast. The course record for the males is a stunning 3 hours, 46 minutes anbd 1 second obtained by Jeff Symonds (Penticton, BC) in 2009. The female record has been around for some time, set by the legendary Heather Fuhr (San Diego) in 1993. Heather swept through the course in 4 hours, 14 minutes and 18 seconds.

Choose form a variety of race distances – Half Distance, Team Half Distance, Olympic Distance and Duathlon. Some fantastic cash awards are handed out to the top three males and females in the Half Distance.

We look forward to hosting you at The Great White North Triathlon.

Course

WHERE CAN I SEE THE COURSE MAPS?

Select the relevant page for the race you are entering from the ATHLETES option in the menu bar. When available the maps will appear there.

What nutrition will be available on course?

There will be aid stations along the bike course offering:

  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Water
  • Gels
  • Bananas

 

There will be aid stations every 2km on the run course offering:

  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Water
  • Energy Bars
  • Gels
  • Fruit
  • Cola
Where does the Triathlon take place?

Beginning in 1991, The Great White North Triathlon has taken place in Stony Plain Alberta, located just minutes away from Edmonton. The race begins with a swim in Hubbles Lake at Allan Beach Resort. Next, athletes will embark on a challenging bike through Parkland County that has some rollers and a couple steep climbs at the turnaround point. Participants will then finish with a run through Stony Plains scenic residential areas and beautiful trail system.

Entry

How do I enter the race?

Registration opens on September 1st, you can enter by clicking on the register link on the website. The race typically sells out by October 1st every year.

What is the Refund / Withdrawal Policy?

Unfortunately the GWN does not offer refunds, we do have a generous roll over policy until March 31st.

Is there a waiting list for the races when they are sold out?

Yes, There will be a waiting list form to fill out on the registration page if you are interested in being put on a waiting list.

Can family members / friends check me in or pick-up my race pack?

No, only registered athletes are allowed to pick up packages. Please bring your photo ID and ATA card during designated check-in hours.

Media

Who do I contact for media related inquiries?

Please contact us through our CONTACT page.

Race Week Events

Will my entry include Carbo Load tickets?

Yes. All athletes receive complimentary entry into the Welcome Dinner, although you must check the box that you will be attending during your registration.

How do I purchase banquet tickets for family and friends?

You will be able to purchase additional tickets at package pick up.

Rules

Approved Helmets

All athletes must wear a CSA approved helmet

What is the Age Group breakdown?

The Age Groups are broken into 10 year increments. Please see the relevant Race page for more info.

What are the age requirements?

All athletes must be at least 18 years of age on race day.

What age group will I race in on race day

All age group athletes must compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on the date of this years race.

What categories are offered?

Professional / Elite, Age Group, Relay, and Paralympic

Are Relay division slots offered

Yes there is a TEAM division in the Half Distance. This consists of 2 or 3 athletes competing as a team.

Why do I have to be a member of ATA or buy a one-day license?

ATA will sanction the race. Athletes must bring their photo identification and show proof of current ATA membership during Athlete Check-In. If you cannot produce the above mentioned, you will be required to purchase a one-day license on-site. Please visit www.triathlon.ab.ca for a complete set of the competitive rules.

What are the wetsuit restrictions?

Wetsuits are not mandatory but strongly recommended

Are disk wheels allowed?

Yes, disk wheels are allowed.

Timing

What are the courses cut off times?

Half Distance Event:
Swim: 1 hour and 10 minutes after start.
Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes after the start.
Run: 8 hours after the start.

*The race will officially end 8 hours after the official start.

Olympic Distance Event:
Swim:
50 minutes after start.
Bike:
12:30pm
Run:
3:30pm

Duathlon Event:
1st Run:
10am
Bike:
12:30pm
2nd Run:
3:30pm

What is the timing system used?

Zone 4

If I have my own strap can I use it?

Yes, you can.

I didn’t return my timing chip, where do I return it?

Our Chips are disposable so don’t worry about returning your chip, keep it as a souvenir.

Spectator Information

Can I take my car on the race course to watch my athlete?

No, the race course is closed to spectator traffic. But there are many roads that can take you to junctions to cheer on your athlete.

Will I be allowed into the medical tent?

The Medical Tent is highly congested and spectators will not be allowed in. There will be a Medical Information Tent next to the Medical Tent where medical updates will be available on athletes who enter the Medical Tent.

Will I be allowed to cross the finish line with my athlete?

Friends and/or family members are permitted to cross the finish line and enter the finish chute with participating athletes. Please be courteous to other athletes that will be in the chute at the same time as you and remember to smile for your photo.

General

Where will Lost and Found be located during the event?

Lost and Found items will be available at the Awards ceremony. It is recommended that you mark your gear with your race number as Great White North is not responsible for lost items.

After the conclusion of the event, please contact jacqueline.gwntriathlon@gmail.com to locate any missing items and schedule returns.

*All unclaimed items will be donated within 30 days.

Where can i find out about accommodation?

Hotel accommodations and information will be available in the ACCOMMODATION section of the website.

Where can I sign up to volunteer?

Information on volunteering is available in the VOLUNTEER section of the website.