Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find a map of the race course?
Swim/Bike/Run course maps are available in the course section of the website
What nutrition will be available on course?
There will be aid stations along the bike course offering:
• Electrolyte Drink
There will be aid stations every 2km on the run course offering:
• Electrolyte Drink
• Energy Bars
Where does the Great White North Triathlon take place?
Beginning in 1991, the Great White North Triathlon takes place in Stony Plain Alberta, located just minutes away from Edmonton. The race begins with a 2 km swim in Hubbles Lake at Allan Beach Resort. Next, athletes will embark on a challenging 90km bike through Parkland County that has some rollers and a couple steep climbs at the turnaround point. Participants will finish with a 21km run through Stony Plains scenic residential areas and beautiful trail system.
How do I enter for the Great White North Triathlon?
Registration opens on September 15th 2012, 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 entry fee?
Early bird price is $285 CAD.
What is the Refund/Withdrawal Policy?
Withdrawal requests must be received in writing via e-mail to email@example.com. Without exception, all requests must be received on or before March 31st 2013 to be eligible for a partial refund of $100.00 (CAD). Deferrals are permitted up to March 31st 2013 for the following years race with a $75 service fee. PLEASE READ THE ROLLOVER POLICY BEFORE REGISTERING.
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 and/or friends check-in for me and pick-up my race packet?
No, only registered athletes are allowed to pick up packages. Please bring your photo ID and ATA card during designated check-in hours.
Who do I contact for media-related inquiries?
Race Week Events
What is the race week schedule?
Please check the schedule of events on the race website and refer to the Athlete Information Guide which will be posted four weeks prior to race day.
Will my entry include Carbo Load tickets?
Yes. All athletes receive complimentary entry into the Awards Banquet and 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.
*All athletes must wear a CSA approved helmet.
What is the Age Group breakdown?
What are the age requirements?
All athletes must be 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 December 31st of the year of the event.
What categories are offered?
Professional/Elite, Age Group, Relay, Physically Challenged and Hand Cycle divisions are offered.
Are Relay division slots offered?
Yes there is a Relay division. This consists of 2 or 3 athletes competing as a team. Cost is $400.
Why do I have to be a member of ATA or buy a one-day license and what does that insurance cover?
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?
Wet Suits are not mandatory but strongly recommended.
Are disk wheels allowed?
Yes, disk wheels are allowed.
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 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.
Will I be allowed into the medical tent to look for my athlete if they have not arrived at our meeting destination?
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.
Where will Lost and Found be located during the event?
Lost and Found items will be available at the Awards dinner. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to locate any missing items and schedule returns.
*All unclaimed items will be donated within 30 days.
What are the courses cut off times?
Swim: 1 hour and 10 minutes 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.
What is the timing system used?
Results Canada Timing Systems
If I have my own strap can I use it?
I didn’t turn in my timing chip after the race. Where do I return it so I won’t be charged the “lost chip” fee?
Our Chips are disposable so don’t worry about returning your chip, keep it as a souvenir.
What is the host hotel and how do I find other lodging information?
Hotel accommodations and information will be available in the accommodations section of the website.
Where can I sign up to volunteer?
Information on volunteering is available in the volunteer section of the website.