SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

The 2019 Squamish Off Road Triathlon takes place in and around Alice Lake Provincial Park, Squamish, BC. The Park is open to the public on race day, as such we strive to work on an efficient and competitor-friendly schedule.

Start, transition and finish will be in the same area at the South Beach of Alice Lake.  Body marking and timing chip pickup will be at Alice Lake South Beach on race day morning.  Please scroll through this page to find all the important information

*Parking is limited for the event, please carpool or be prepared to pedal up from Hwy 99 turnoff.

*Please leave your dog at home. There are no dogs allowed on the beach and picnic areas beach side. Dogs have to be on leash at all times within the park.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER EVENT!

Squamish Off Road Triathlon will once again provide Age Group World Championship qualifying spots for Cross Triathlon! One spot per age group is available for each male and female to represent Canada at the 2020 ITU MULTISPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FESTIVAL - ALMERE, NETHERLANDS!

We submit race results to Triathlon Canada and the qualification is managed by Triathlon Canada - please read all criteria carefully BEFORE race day if you are hoping to race for a qualifying spot. Results are age-adjusted for 2020, for more information go to triathloncanada.com - click here.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Please take the time to read the information on this page and the full event schedule!

** Please try to pick up your package before Race Day on Friday - see Package Pickup Info ** 

7:00 AM to 7:30AM Race Day Package pick-up @ Alice Lake South Beach. Arrive by 7AM if you unable to pick up your race package on Friday or Saturday
7:00 AM to 8:15 AM Body marking and timing chips handed out.
7:00 AM Transition area opens to athletes
7:15 AM Tri BC official for water temperature test. Wetsuit ruling announced 1 hour before race time.
7:45 to 8:10 AM Swim warm-up
8:10 AM Athletes meeting and final race instructions @ Alice Lake  Beach swim start area
8:25 AM Transition area closed
8:25 AM All swimmers to Alice Lake south beach swim start area
8:30 AM START TIME - Championship distance & Relay swim wave start
8:35 AM START TIME - Sport distance swim wave start

Awards Ceremony will take place @ Alice Lake South Beach as soon as race results are available. 

PACKAGE PICKUP

We offer following options for pre-raceday package pickup:

Friday, June 21 from 5PM to 7:30PM at Squamish Station Mall between Nesters and Valhalla Pure Outfitters.

Saturday, June 22 from noon to 6PM at Sound Runner located at the Chieftain Centre.

Sunday, June 23 from 7AM to 7:30AM at Alice Lake South Beach. Arrive by 7AM if you were unable to pick up your race package earlier.

Please take advantage of our pre-race day package pickup! It will save you time and hassle on race day.

Important Information:

Please ensure that you have valid photo ID, as ID must be shown in order to pick up your race package. Waivers must be signed and all fees paid before your race package will be issued. If you entered a TriBC # through online registration, proof of TriBC membership is also required. If you are not a TriBC member, you will need to pay $15.00 for race day insurance at time of registration or at package pickup. This also applies if your TriBC # is not valid or current. You and only you can pick up your race package. If you arrive at the package pickup site without your photo ID, you will have to participate as a spectator only. Sorry, TriBC does not allow us to give you your race package without ID.

ATHLETE INFORMATION

PARKING

Parking is VERY limited at Alice Lake Provincial Park. Please car pool if you can!
There will be additional parking available at Hwy 99 / Alice Lake Provincial Park turn-off. Watch for signs, give yourself enough time and be prepared to pedal to the race start/finish area at the south end of Alice Lake.

CHECK-IN, BODY MARKING AND SWIM

Arrive by 7 am if you were unable to pick up your race package earlier. All competitors must have their race number with them for body marking. For safety reasons the numbers will be done with permanent ink. There are two swim heat times, 8:30 am for Championship & Relay and 8:35 am for Sport. Be ready to go 15 minutes beforehand.

We have strict swim cutoff times: 30 minutes for the Sport distance (750m) and 1 hour for the Championship distance (1500m)!

Sport course is one loop, Championship course is two loops, with a short beach exit and re-entry between loops. 

TRANSITION

Only athletes and race volunteers are allowed in the transition area. You may leave only gear for the race in transition.

Only athletes will be allowed to retrieve their belongings from transition. Re-entry will be allowed at the end of all races, or as the Transition Marshals allow. We want to ensure the safety of all athletes and the security of bikes and gear.

Be aware of the entrance and exits from transition. Before your race begins, make sure you familiarize yourself with the swim exit chute (from lake to transition), the bike exit chute (from transition out onto bike course), the bike entrance chute (coming back into transition from the bike course) and the run exit chute (leaving transition for the last time and heading out onto the run course).

Remember where your bike and gear are.

An aid station will be located after the run exit from transition. Make sure to drink lots if it is hot!

BIKE COURSE

This is an off-road triathlon, only mountain bikes will be allowed, no road bikes or cyclo-cross bikes. It is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the course at least once before race day, ideally pre-ride it. Maps are available on the website. The course will be marked with trail flags and signs for race day.

The mountain bike trails are open to the public on race day. Please be respectful if passing, use caution, and listen to the course marshals.

A section of the race goes through the Provincial Park campground on the road and is open to camper traffic. We will try our best to divert traffic but all rules of the road apply on park roads.

Slow down for corners and hazards. Watch for wildlife!

Keep your heads up, open eyes and stay safe!

There is one Aid Station on course in addition to the one at transition run exit

RUN COURSE

Follow course marshal directions at all times.

Familiarize yourself with your race specific route(s).

Wear your bibs in front on the run.

Clear the finish area after crossing the finish line to help timers do their job.

There are two Aid Stations on course and one at transition. The Sport Course only passes one of the on-course Aid Stations.

Have fun and be sure to give other participants lots of space.

VOLUNTEERS and SPONSORS

It requires a lot of volunteers to make events happen. Please take a moment during your day to thank the volunteers. Events also don't happen without sponsor partners, please help us in recognizing these community partners!


RELAY TEAMS

We offer a Relay Team option for the Championship Course (1500m swim, 25KM mountain bike, 10KM trail run)

It is your responsibility to ensure that all relay team members sign the waiver. Waivers will be issued at Race Package pickup. Waivers must be signed before Race Packages will be issued.

Swimmers

  • Swimmers need to be at Alice Lake South Beach in the morning for Body Marking and picking up of Swim Caps and Timing Chips.

  • Weaker swimmers may request a different colored cap which will allow the safety crew in the lake to keep a closer eye on them.

  • You are not permitted to store any personal effects in the transition area.

  • The timing chips are worn around the ankle and must be transferred to your cyclist after exiting the swim.

Cyclists

  • Bodymarking is required.

  • You will rack your bike on a rack in a designated 'handoff' area for your swimmer to exit the lake.

  • Race numbers are to be worn on the back. You will be disqualified if your number is not on your back and visible at all times during the ride.

  • The timing chip will be passed from your swimmer and must be on your ankle prior starting your ride.

  • Drafting is prohibited and offenders will be penalized. More Info

  • At the Bike/Run Transition your chip must be transferred to your runner.

Runners

  • You will be waiting in a designated Transition area for Relay Teams.

  • Race Numbers are to be worn on the front.

  • The timing chip will be passed from your cyclist and must be on your ankle prior starting your run.

  • You may not enter the swim/bike transition at any time before or during the event.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Where and when exactly is the race taking place?

A: Start and finish will be at Alice Lake, at the far end of the lake (South Beach). Both swim/bike and bike/run transitions will be located there. The race takes place on Sunday, June 23th, 2019.

Q: What are the exact start times and swim waves?

A: Race start is scheduled for 8:30 am. There will be 2 swim waves: first wave for Championship distance and relays at 8:30 am and the second wave for Sport distance competitors at 8:35 am.

Q: What is the access and parking situation on race day morning?

A: Parking in is VERY limited in the Park area. We encourage all athletes and spectators to carpool. There will be limited parking at Alice Lake main parking lot and access to the South Beach (start & finish area) will be restricted. When you turn off Hwy 99 to Alice Lake Provincial Park, there will be parking available. Be prepared and leave yourself enough time to pedal or walk up the the race start area.

Q: Where do I get my race package and bib?

A: There will be pre-race package pickup in Squamish on Friday, June 21st between 5 pm and 7:30 pm at Nesters/ Valhalla Pure (Squamish Station Mall) and Saturday, June 22nd between 12 pm and 6 pm at Sound Runners in Squamish. For out of town athletes and those who arrive on race day, there will be package pickup at Alice Lake. We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of pre-race pickup.

Q:  What is the temperature of the water in Alice Lake?

A: The temperature of the lake in June averages between 18 and 19 Celsius (65 and 67 degrees F). We have never had to deny the use of wetsuits but every year many competitors choose to swim without wetsuits.

Q: What does the swim course look like?

A: The Sport course features a 750m triangular, single lap swim course in clockwise direction with start at the South Beach. Championship competitors complete two laps with short exit on the beach between lap 1 and lap 2.

Q: Are there any swim cutoff times?

A: We would like every competitor to complete the swim safely and able to complete the rest of the course. Therefore, we have cutoff times for both distances: 30 minutes for the 750m course and 1 hour for the 1500m course.

Q: How difficult is the bike course?

A: The bike course is a mix of double and single track trails. The most difficult and technical trails include Rollercoaster and Lumberjacks both of which are rated BLUE in Squamish. If you are not familiar with those trails we strongly suggest you pre-ride the course in order to be familiar and comfortable with the technical level. The course features a mix of up an downhill sections with ample opportunity to pass. Sport and Championship competitors will ride the same course. The Sport course features one lap, the Championship course includes two almost identical laps.

Q: What kind of bikes are allowed?

A: Only mountain bikes with wheel sizes 26, 27.5 or 29 inches are allowed. No cyclocross, road or any other bikes.

Q: Do you offer any refunds in case I cannot race?

A: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any refunds, rollovers or transfers.

If you have any other questions, please email info@squamishtriathlon.org


TRAVEL

Accommodation

There are several hotels, motels and campgrounds in the area. Visit Tourism Squamish for comprehensive information on accommodations in the area. Tourism Squamish also provides detailed community information, weather information, road reports and anything else you will need to know while visiting Squamish.