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*Please be aware that the information presented here is tentative and subject to change.

General

When is the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival?

The 2017 ITU Multisport World Championship Festival will be held in Penticton, BC from August 18th to August 27th  of 2017.

What is the ITU Multisport World Championship Festival?

The 2017 ITU (International Triathlon Union) Multisport World Championship Festival is a 10-day event with 6 World Championship races:

  • Sprint Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run)
  • Standard Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run)
  • Aquathlon (Swim/Run)
  • Cross Triathlon (Swim/ Mountain Bike/ Trail Run)
  • Long Course Triathlon (Swim/ Bike/ Run)
  • Aquabike (Swim/ Bike)

Each race will consist of various categories such as Elite, U23, Junior, ParaTriathlon, Age Group and Open Wave.

Penticton 2017 will host National Triathlon Federations from up to 50 countries including Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Spain and many more.

What are the event distances?

Saturday August 19th, 2017

Age Group Sprint Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 5 km
  • Bike- 20 km
  • Run 2- 2.5 km

Junior Sprint Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 5 km
  • Bike- 20.4 km
  • Run 2- 2.5 km

U23 Standard Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 10 km
  • Bike- 40.5 km
  • Run 2- 5 km

Elite Standard Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 10 km
  • Bike- 40.5 km
  • Run 2- 5 km

Monday August 21st, 2017

Age Group Standard Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 10 km
  • Bike- 40 km
  • Run 2- 5 km

Para Sprint Duathlon: Men and Women

  • Run 1- 5 km
  • Bike- 20 km
  • Run 2- 2.5 km

Elite Mixed Relay Duathlon: Mixed

  • Run 1- 2 km
  • Bike- 8 km
  • Run 2- 1 km

Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

Junior Cross Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1km
  • Bike- 12km
  • Run- 4km

Age Group Cross Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1.5 km
  • Bike- 31 km
  • Run- 8 km

Para Cross Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1.5 km
  • Bike- 31 km
  • Run- 8 km

U23 Cross Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1.5 km
  • Bike- 31 km
  • Run- 8 km

Elite Cross Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1.5 km
  • Bike- 31 km
  • Run- 8 km

Friday August 25th, 2017

Para Aquathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1 km
  • Run- 5 km

Age Group Aquathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1 km
  • Run- 5 km

Junior Aquathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1 km
  • Run- 5 km

U23 Aquathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1 km
  • Run- 5 km

Elite Aquathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 1 km
  • Run- 5 km

Sunday August 27th, 2017

Para Long Distance Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 3 km
  • Bike- 120 km
  • Run- 30 km

Age Group Long Distance Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 3 km
  • Bike- 120 km
  • Run- 30 km

Elite Long Distance Triathlon: Men and Women

  • Swim- 3 km
  • Bike- 120 km
  • Run- 30 km

Age Group AquaBike: Men and Women

  • Swim- 3 km
  • Bike- 120 km
Where in Penticton will I find the festival?

 

Different events will take place throughout Penticton. The central locations for the festival will be the Athlete Village/ Expo Area in Rotary Park, the Awards and Celebrations in Gyro Park and Transition in Okanagan Lake Park, all located between Front St and Winnipeg St on Lakeshore Drive. The finish line and grandstands will will be located on Lakeshore Drive next to Gyro Park. The Lakeside Resort is the host hotel for the event.

Important Event Locations

Location Name

Purpose

Address

Lakeside Resort

Host Hotel

21 Lakeshore Dr. W.

Rotary Park

Athlete Village & Expo Area, Package Pick Up, Swim Start (pre-start corral area)

Martin St. & Lakeshore Dr.

Gyro Park

Awards & Celebrations

55 Main St.

Okanagan Lake Park

Transition, Bike Check-In

86 Lakeshore Dr. E.

Penticton Trade & Convention Centre (PTCC)

Pasta Parties, Opening Ceremony, Parking

273 Power St.

The Peach

Swim Start

185 Lakeshore Dr. W.

Penticton Secondary School

Parking, Parade of Nations Start (Long Course, Aquathlon & AquaBike)

158 Eckhardt Ave. E.

 

When will the roads be closed? What roads will be closed?

Road closure and traffic interruption information coming soon. Please check back on our website soon.

For the various functions, will wristbands grant athletes access?

Wristbands will be required for access to transition (during your event), your race course, event specific pasta party, and free BC transit Penticton buses. Only current race wristbands can access transition, courses and pasta party. Athletes do not need to keep their wristbands on, but will not get free BC Transit access once they are off.

Athletes will be required to wear their wristband for the Pasta Parties. Wristbands for the Cross Triathlon* or Duathlons will grant entry to the Pasta Party on Friday August 18th. Wristbands for the Aquathlon, Aquabike and Long Course Triathlon will grant entry to the Pasta Party on Friday August 25th. Open Wave athletes must purchase a ticket in order to attend pasta parties.

No other functions will require a wristband.

*Cross Triathlon athletes who wish to attend the Pasta Party must pick up race packages on Thursday August 17th or Friday August 18th in order to receive their wristband.

Can the team name a flag bearer to carry the flag in the Parade?

Yes, each team can select their own flag bearer. The sign with the country name will be carried by a provided ‘mascot’.

Will there be food provided at the Opening Ceremony?

The Pasta Party will take place just prior to the Opening Ceremonies at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre at 273 Power Street.

What are the Kids Events?

Here is some of the TENTATIVE information regarding the Kids Events:

Kids Triathlon Saturday August 26th @ 8:00 AM. Start is at the Peach

Kids will swim in Okanagan Lake (with parents or PFD’s if needed, water is shallow and can be walked if needed ), bike along Lakeshore Drive and then run along the bike path on Lakeshore Dr.

Ages

Swim Distance

Cycle Distance

Run Distance

Under 6 years

Less than 50m

Less than 1.5km

Less than 500m

6-7 years

50m

1.5km

500m

8-9 years

100m

5km

1km

10-11 years

200m

5km

2km

12-13 years

300m

10km

3km

14-15 years

500m

10km

4km

Registration is $35 nine (9) and under, $40 ten (10) and older.

* Registraton fees do not include applicable tax & online processing fee

Kids “Almost” 1 km  Family Fun Run. Start is at Lakeshore and Martin on Thursday August 24that 4 pm.

One of the festival’s greatest events will see up to 500 kids of all ages race down Lakeshore Drive, turn around and finish under our Official finish line. No Child is too young!!

Registration is $15.

Register for the Kids Events now at: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/penticton-2017-multisport-festival-kids-races

Will there be an Expo in the Athlete Village?

Yes, there will be an Expo located in the Athlete Village open from 10am to 4pm, Friday August 18th to Saturday August 26th.

Where can I do my swim training?

Unfortunately, the Penticton Community Centre Pool is closed for maintenance during August. There will be no pool availability.

There are marked swimming areas at both Skaha Lake Beach and Okanagan Lake Beach. Athletes are advised that these beaches do not have lifeguards on duty. Athletes swim at their own risks outside of race times.

What are the bike shops in the area?

The local bike shops in Penticton include:

Freedom Bike Shop

533 Main Street

Penticton BC

(250)-493-0686

info@freedombikeshop.com

Bike Barn

300 Westminster Ave. W.

Penticton BC

(250)-492-4140

info@bikebarn.ca

Raceday Transport will be the exclusive bike transportation and rental sponsor for the 10-day event held in Penticton in August 2017. Raceday Transport allows athletes from around the world to ship their bike to the event and re-builds the bike to be race ready.  The company also provides rental bikes at the event to those athletes who decide not to ship.

www.goracedayshipping.com

admin@racedaytransport.com

Are there running tracks in Penticton?

Penticton has a 400 metre outdoor track located at Penticton Secondary School, 158 Eckhardt Ave. E. The track is about 1.5km south of the Lakeside Resort.

Lost & Found

The lost and found will be located at the Info Booth in the Athlete’s Village/Finish area. After race day contact info@penticton2017.com for lost and found. All unclaimed lost items will be donated after 30 days.

Travel, Transportation and Accommodation

Do I need a VISA to travel to Canada?

Some countries require a visitor visa to travel to Canada. Alternatively you may be expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.  Find out what you need at http://onlineservices-servicesenligne.cic.gc.ca/eapp/eapp.do or apply online at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/e-services/mycic.asp. Be sure to apply with lots of time for processing. Visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/index.aspto check application processing times.

To request a letter of invitation please contact info@penticton2017.com.

How do I get to Penticton?

Penticton, BC, Canada is found in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Penticton can be reached easily by car or airplane. Also, visit our website for more details.

Flying:

Into Penticton Regional Airport: Flights from Vancouver (55 minutes) and Calgary (1 hour) daily.

Into Kelowna International Airport: Flights from various locations. Kelowna is located 1.25 hours (driving) North of Penticton on Highway 97.

Into Vancouver International Airport: Flights from various locations. Vancouver is located 5 hours (driving) West of Penticton.

It is better to fly to Kelowna and drive to Penticton or fly to Vancouver and then fly to Penticton. The Penticton Regional Airport is quite small however and will not be able to support large volumes of traffic.

Driving:

Penticton is located 5 hours away from Vancouver, BC, 5.5 hours away from Seattle, WA, and 8 hours away from Calgary AB.

From Seattle, USA: Drive North on Highway 97

From Vancouver: Drive East on Highway 3 or 3A, or take the Coquihalla (Highway 5) and Highway 97C.

From Calgary and Edmonton: Drive West on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada).

What time zone is Penticton?

Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Are there other transportation options in Penticton?

Yes! Top Cat Tours is the official transport company for Penticton 2017.  They can take care of your airport transfers, race day transport and sightseeing tours. Shuttles should be booked through your National Federation.

Please book prior to March 1, 2017, or as soon as possible.

www.penticton2017transportation.com

Athletes are encouraged to walk wherever possible. Most of the festival events and activities take place near the Lakeside Resort. BC Transit will also offer free transit during the festival with wristbands, for all athletes & volunteers.

How will I transport my bike?

Raceday Transport will be the exclusive bike transportation and rental sponsor for the 10-day event held in Penticton in August 2017. Raceday Transport allows athletes from around the world to ship their bike to the event and re-builds the bike to be race ready.  The company also provides rental bikes at the event to those athletes who decide not to ship.

www.goracedayshipping.com

admin@racedaytransport.com

Where can I stay?

The Penticton Lakeside will be the official race hotel. Visit https://penticton2017.com/accommodation/for more information.

We are also offering Homestays through local families. Please visit https://penticton2017.com/homestays/for more information.

For more accommodation options please visit one of the following websites:

https://www.booking.com

https://www.airbnb.ca

https://www.vrbo.com

http://www.visitpenticton.com

About Penticton

What is the expected air temperature in August

During August Penticton tends to be hot and dry. Based on historical averages, August has an average temperature of 20.4°C (68.7°F), an average high temperature of 28°C (82.4°F), an average low of 12.7°C (54.9°F) and an average of 28.3 mm (1.1 in) of precipitation. The average wind speed for August is 8.5 km/h (5.3mph). During the daytime Penticton has a mean relative humidity of 37% (dry) in August. In 2016 the temperatures reached a high of 31.7°C (89.06 °F) during race week.

What is the air quality like in August

Penticton generally has excellent air quality with little pollution. However, during the summer forest fires can be cause for Smoky Skies Advisories.

What is the expected water temperature in August?

The average water temperature ranges from 19-23°C (69-71°F) in Lake Okanagan during August.

What is Penticton’s elevation?

What is Penticton’s elevation?

What is the typical greeting in Canada?

It is most common to say “Hello” or “Hi” (informal) along with a handshake.

What is the official language?

English and French. In British Columbia English is spoken primarily

Wildlife, Wildfires and Plant Life in Penticton area

Wildfires: The Okanagan Valley can be known for wildfires and the Festival is in the height of wildfire season. Please be fire smart. Do Not Panic. Our staff and volunteers are very well trained to keep athletes safe, however it is good to be aware that if you are in a treed area and find yourself in a situation that you need to get away from a forest fire – move downhill.  Fire travels uphill.  Please make way for emergency vehicles at all times!! If an official in a BC Wildfire uniform orders you out of the area, please abide immediately.

If you are camping, there may be a fire ban restricting you from having open flames, campfires or outdoor candles. Please check current Fire Bans at http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp. If there is no campfire ban in effect please consider these fire safety tips:

Choose a safe area with no flammable materials and a proper fireplace or a ring of rocks to light your campfire.

Do not have a campfire when it is windy.

Never leave a campfire unattended.

Keep a bucket of at least 8 litres of water nearby the fire at all times.

Completely extinguish your campfire before leaving the area. There should be no embers and the coals should be cold to the touch.

Report wildfires and columns of smoke to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

Wildlife: The Okanagan Valley is an area surrounded by forests, lakes, deserts and mountains. These sorts of terrain provide habitats to many wild animals. Please be aware of the possibility of wildlife encounters. Bears in the area have learned to live in close proximity to humans but can still be dangerous. To avoid a bear encounter make lots of noise and keep food in sealed containers. If you should come into contact with a bear stay calm, raise your arms to make yourself appear larger and back away slowly. Please also be aware of coyotes,  poisonous rattlesnakes and the possibility of cougars. To avoid issues with coyotes keep pets and children close. Rattlesnakes are attracted to hot surfaces such as large rocks in the sun and pavement. The likeliness of a cougar encounter is lower however be alert and avoid using trails at night or alone. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE!

Plantlife: Watch out for poison ivy and miniature cacti if you are running or biking on off-road terrain.

Race Entry / Registration

How do I enter the race?

Participants must qualify for their event at a 2016 or 2017 Qualification Race.  National Federations will register their athletes for ITU events following their National Federation qualification system or other ITU approved qualification system.

Athletes who did not qualify with their home National Federation are also welcome to register to race in the Open Wave division. Choose from every race option at the festival: Aquathlon, AquaBike, Cross Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Standard Duathlon, and Long Distance Triathlon. When you register as an Open Wave athlete you will race the event in the final “open” wave on the same course as the World Championship race. For more details or to register now click here!

Can I enter multiple events?

Yes! Penticton 2017 offers athletes the option to compete in the Multisport Legend program. Each event is spaced apart by 48 hours or more, therefore complying to ITU rules and allowing athletes to take part in multiple events.

What is a Multisport Legend?

To gain MultiSport Legend status you must compete in at least 4 of the 6 possible events and one of those 4 events must be the Long Course Triathlon or the AquaBike. Qualify for at least one of the four races as a World Championship athlete. Athletes may race the other three events as an Open Wave athlete.

Is there an Open Wave?

Yes. Choose from every race option at the festival: Aquathlon, AquaBike, Cross Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Standard Duathlon, and Long Distance Triathlon. When you register as an open wave athlete you will race the event in the final “open” wave on the same course as the World Championship race. For more information or to register as an Open Wave Athlete now visit https://penticton2017.com/open-wave/.

Do I need race day insurance?

Race Day insurance was the $10 fee all athletes paid at the point of online registration. Race Day insurance is race course/Field of Play ONLY. Anything that happens off the course is not covered. Please ensure you also have travel/medical insurance.

I can’t race, can I get a refund?

There will be no refunds and no entry rollovers for any event category.

Pre Race

Where and when is Package Pick-up for each race?

TBD

What will you receive in your race package at Package Pick-up

***Open Wave athletes do NOT receive a World Championship backpack.***

Long Distance Triathlon/Aquabike:

Bib number

Timing chip

Swim cap (x1)

Race number stickers- bike frame(x1), helmet(x3), bike check-out ticket, transition bag sticker

Athlete wristband (x1)

Body Decals (x4)

Backpack (x1 per athlete, not per event)

Gear bags- swim to bike bag (blue), bike to run bag (yellow), bike special needs (green)

Cross Triathlon:

Bib number(x1 for AG only)

Bike Plate (x1)

Timing chip

Swim cap(x1)

Race number stickers- bike frame(x1), helmet(x3), bike check-out ticket, transition bag sticker

Athlete wristband(x1)

Race Tattoos(x4)

Backpack (x1 per athlete, not per event)

Aquathlon:

Bib number(x1 AG only)

Timing chip

Swim cap(x1)

Athlete wristband(x1)

Race Tattoos(x4)

Backpack (x1 per athlete, not per event)

Transition Bag Sticker

Duathlons:

Bib number(x1 Para, AG Sprint & AG Standard only)

Timing chip

Race number stickers- bike frame(x1), helmet(x3), bike check-out ticket, transition bag sticker

Athlete wristband(x1)

Race Tattoos(x4)

Backpack (x1 per athlete, not per event)

*All athletes will also receive a Finisher Garment upon completion of the race.

Will timing chips be included in race packages?

Timing chips will be included in your race package. Please check to confirm you pick up your timing chip at package pick-up.

Where and when will wave starts and times be noted at the event location?

Where and when will wave starts and times be noted at the event location?

Course

Where can I see the course?

Tentative Course Maps will be available at http://penticton2017.com/course-maps/

Do you have Aid Stations

Yes, but the number of aid stations and what food and beverages are available at each aid station is unique to each race.

How many aid stations will there be on the bike courses (per race)?

The Age Group Standard Duathlon will have 1 aid station passed twice per lap for a total of 4 times past the aid station.

The ParaTriathlon, Junior, Mixed Relay, Elite & U23 Duathlons will have no aid stations on the bike courses but will pass a wheel station.

The Age Group Sprint Duathlon will have no aid stations on the bike course.

All divisions of the Cross Triathlon will have one Fill Station. This Fill Station will not be manned by volunteers and will require you to stop and dismount your bike.

All divisions of the Long Course Triathlon/Aquabike will have 3 aid stations per lap that will each be passed twice for a total of 6 times past the aid stations. The aid stations will be located at approximately 26 km, 43 km, 58 km, 72 km, 90 km and 106 km. There will be outhouse toilets located at each aid station. There will also be an aid station located in transition.

How many aid stations will be on the RUN course (per event)?

All divisions of the Aquathlon will have 1 aid station that will be passed twice per lap for a total of 4 times past the aid station.

The Age Group Standard Duathlon will have 1 aid station that will be passed twice per lap for a total of 8 times on Run 1 and 4 times on Run 2. There will also be an aid station at the exit of transition.

The Elite & U23 Standard Duathlons will have 2 aid stations, one that will be passed once per lap and the other that will be passed twice per lap for a total of 12 times past the aid stations on Run 1 and 6 times on Run 2.

The Age Group Sprint Duathlon will have 1 aid station that will be passed once per lap for a total of 2 times past the aid station on Run 1 and 1 time on Run 2. There will also be an aid station at the exit of transition.

The ParaTriathlon, Mixed Relay & Junior Duathlons will have 1 aid station that will be passed once per lap for a total of 2 times past the aid station on Run 1 and 1 time on Run 2.

Cross Triathlon – TBD

All divisions of the Long Course Triathlon will have 3 aid stations that will be passed twice per lap for a total of 18 times past the aid stations. The aid stations will be located at approximately 1.5 km, 3.3 km, 4.5 km, 5.5 km, 7 km and 8.5 km into the 10km loop that is completed 3 times (3x10km=30km).There will be outhouse toilets located at each aid station. There will also be an aid station located in transition.

What sort of nutrition and beverages will be available at aid stations?

We are excited to announce that F2C Nutrition is our official course hydration and recovery drink.

  • Course: GlycoDurance & HydraDurance
  • Recovery: Rehab 3:1 & PharmaPure
  • MORE TBA!
Where can athletes dispose of trash?

Athletes are ONLY allowed to dispose of cups, wrappers, etc., at the aid stations according to ITU rules.

Are there Special Needs Aid Stations?

Yes, there will be a bike Special Needs Aid Station for the Long Course Triathlon/Aquabike only. Athletes of all Long Course categories will receive an extra transition bag at Package Pickup that is marked specifically for Special Needs. Please note these bags will NOT be returned to athletes after the race. If you do not complete the race or if you choose not to use your Special Needs items you will not be able to retrieve them afterwards.

The bike Special Needs Aid Station will be located on Ellis Street. See the course map.

Start / Swim / Run 1

Will there be a bag drop for morning clothes/gear?

Yes, there will be a Morning Clothes/Gear drop off in Gyro Park. All athletes will receive stickers with their race number to label their Morning Clothes/Gear bags or backpacks. ATHLETES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE BACKPACKS, BINS OR TRANSITION BAGS IN TRANSITION. This means that everything you bring on race morning that you do not need for your race MUST be taken to the Morning Clothes/Gear drop off area in Gyro Park. It is the athlete’s responsibility to make sure these bags are labelled with your own race number sticker (provided in race package).

If it is very cool race morning, will athletes be able to wear additional clothing to keep them warm?

The decision rests with the Technical Delegate. Arms must not be covered, except in extreme weather conditions. Rain jackets are allowed when the Technical Delegate authorises it. Rain jackets must be the same design and colour as the uniform or transparent. Elite, U23, Junior, Youth and Paratriathlon athletes must wear the same uniform from the start to the finish in standard distance or shorter events. This information is from the 2017 ITU rules.

What will the position of the sun be during the swim? (to gauge sun glare and type of goggles to use)

If you begin your race in the morning the sun will be on your right side as you head north, directly in front of you as you swim east and to your left as you swim south back to shore. Tinted goggles are recommended.

What material are the swim caps?

The swim caps will be latex with athlete numbers pre-printed on them. Athletes are invited to wear their own silicone caps underneath official latex race swim caps.

What side should the buoys be on relative to the athletes?

The buoys should always be on the athlete’s right side.

What type of water is to be expected (choppy, calm, fast current, etc.)?

The water conditions really depend on the weather. Athletes should be prepared to swim in a variety of conditions. On a perfectly calm day the lake is flat and still, however it is not uncommon for the wind to pick up and cause for choppy water.

How many laps is the swim course?

Long Course: 1 clockwise lap of 3 km

Aquabike: 1 clockwise lap of 3 km

Cross Triathlon: 1 clockwise lap of 1.5 km

Aquathlon: 1 clockwise lap of 1 km

Bike

Do BIB numbers need to be worn during the bike?

Yes, BIB numbers must be worn on the athlete’s back during the bike portion of the event.

How many lanes of road will be open to cyclists for each race?

The number of lanes open to cyclists varies per race, but there will be at least one vehicle lane (sometimes more) available to cyclists at all times in all races.

Will there be kilometre markers on the course?

Yes, kilometre markers will be placed on the bike course every 10 kilometres.

However the Cross Triathlon may not have kilometre markers on the bike course.

For athletes who crash or flat and are unable to finish the race, will there be crews to pick-up their bikes?

Yes there will be SAG (support and gear) vehicles.

Run

What are the road surfaces for the run courses?

The road surface is pavement for the Long Course Triathlon, AquaBike, Duathlons & Aquathlon.

For the Cross Triathlon the road surface will consist of single track dirt and pavement.

Will there be kilometre markers placed in view on the course?

Yes, there will be kilometre markers placed in view on the run course every kilometre. However the Cross Triathlon may not have kilometre markers.

Rules

Who is serving as the TD for the event?

Thanos Nikopoulos

What are the age groups?

Age groups will be divided in 5-year increments.

18-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

60-64

65-69

70-74

75-79

80+

What age group will I race in?

Age Group athletes will race in their Age Group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31st, 2017. Athletes aged 16 to 19 years old are eligible to compete in the Junior category. Athletes aged 18 to 23 years old are eligible to compete in the U23 category.

Are there other categories?

Long Course Triathlon: Elite, ParaTriathlete, Age Group, Open Wave

Duathlon

Mixed Relay:  Elite

Sprint: Para-Athlete, Junior, Age Group, Open Wave

Standard: Elite, U23, Age Group, Open Wave

Cross Triathlon: Elite, ParaTriathlete, U23, Junior, Age Group, Open Wave

Aquathlon: Elite, Para-Athlete, U23, Junior, Age Group, Open Wave

AquaBike: Age Group, Open Wave

Can I wear my wetsuit?

Wetsuit rulings will be based on water temperatures taken 1 hour before the start of the event.

For events 1501 m and longer the following restrictions apply:

Age Group- forbidden at 24.6oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Open – forbidden at 24.6oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Elite- forbidden at 22oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Paratriathletes- forbidden at 28oC and above, mandatory below 18oC

For events up to 1500m the following restrictions apply:

Age Group- forbidden at 22oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Open – forbidden at 22oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Elite & U23- forbidden at 20oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Junior- forbidden at 20oC and above, mandatory at 15.9oC and below

Paratriathletes- forbidden at 28oC and above, mandatory below 18oC

If the swim is non-wetsuit will I be allowed to wear a speedsuit?

For long distance events you can wear a speed suit that is FINA approved and ITU Uniform Approved. The challenge that athletes face is that most triathlon speedsuit providers do not have FINA approval and most athletes will not get the printing done on Speed Suits required by the ITU Uniform Rules. So it is recommended to plan for a  non-wetsuit swim without your speedsuit.

Click hereto see the ITU Rule (p26).

Athletes must wear the ITU approved trisuit for the non-wetsuit swims. If athletes choose to wear more than one trisuit, both have to comply with the specifications, and the external suit has to comply with the Uniform Rules. Uniforms cannot be removed during the entire competition, except in the middle and long distance events.

Is my race draft legal?

Long Course Triathlon

Elite: Draft-Illegal

Para Triathlete: Draft-Illegal

Age Group: Draft-Illegal

Open: Draft-Illegal

Duathlon

Mixed Relay

Elite: Draft-Legal

     Sprint

Elite: Draft-Legal

U23: Draft-Legal

Junior: Draft-Legal

Para Triathlete: Draft-Illegal

Age Group: Draft-Legal

Open: Draft-Legal

    Standard

Elite: Draft-Legal

Para-Athlete: Draft-Illegal

U23: Draft-Legal

Age Group: Draft-Illegal

Open: Draft-Illegal

Cross Triathlon

Elite: Draft-Legal

U23: Draft-Legal

Junior: Draft-Legal

Para Triathlete: Draft-Legal

Age Group: Draft-Legal

Open: Draft-Legal

Aquathlon

N/A

Aqua Bike

Elite: Draft-Illegal

Para-Athlete: Draft-Illegal

Age Group: Draft-Illegal

Open: Draft-Legal

Can I use my disc wheel?

In General, disc wheels are allowed in draft-ILLEGAL events and prohibited in draft-Legal events.

Long Course Triathlon

Elite: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Para Triathlete: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Age Group: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Open: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Duathlon

Mixed Relay

Elite: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Sprint

Elite: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

U23: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Junior: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Para-Athlete: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed on back wheel only

Age Group: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Open: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Standard

Elite: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Para-Athlete: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed on back wheel only

U23: Draft-Legal- No disc wheels

Age Group: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Open: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Cross Triathlon

N/A

Aquathlon

N/A

Aqua Bike

Elite: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Para-Athlete: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Age Group: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Open: Draft-Illegal- Disc wheels allowed

Are disc brakes allowed?

Disc brakes are allowed in the following ITU Events:

All draft-illegal triathlon and duathlon competitions

Cross Triathlon

For more information please visit: http://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/itusport_competition-rules_2017.pdf

What type of bike can I use?

UCI road race rules for draft-legal triathlon and duathlon races;

UCI time trial rules for draft-illegal triathlon and duathlon races

UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) rules cross triathlon  http://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/itusport_competition-rules_2017.pdf

Will there be penalty tents?

Yes, please view the course maps for penalty tent locations for each race.

Do athletes need to finish the event with their BIB number worn on the front of their body?

Yes.

What are the uniform requirements?

Please find the information in the ITU Rulebook. Appendix F1/ page 136.

Click here.

Spectators

Where can I park my car?

Parking will be available at the Penticton Secondary School parking lot at 158 Eckhardt Avenue E. however space will be limited. There will also be limited parking available at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre parking lot at 273 Power Street. Please be familiar with the race routes as some roads will be closed on race day. Do NOT park on the course or you will be towed. We highly encourage athletes to walk or be dropped off near transition on race mornings.  Otherwise expect to park and walk.

Where can my friends and family watch me?

The Athlete village, Transition and Gyro Park are central and ideal viewing areas for all of the race events. Located along Lakeshore Drive near the end of Main Street.

Can my friends go out on the course to cheer me on?

No, the racecourse is closed to spectator traffic. But there are many roads that can take you to junctions to cheer on your athlete. Many of the best spectator locations are right in the downtown area along Lakeshore Drive.

Can my friends and family finish with me?

No.

Can I go into the medical tent to find my athlete?

The Medical Tent is highly congested and spectators will not be allowed in. The athlete’s Emergency Contact will be notified.