5K run, 5K bike, 5K skate
Using the alternate date: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
The first-ever Beat the Cold Winter Triathlon will feature a 5k run, 5k bike, and 5k skate along the river trails at The Forks. We sold out of all 200 spots over a month in advance.
Race kit pick-up
Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
White Pine Bicycle Co.
Johnston Terminal at The Forks
Note: There will also be race kit pick-up on Sunday, Feb. 17 (race day) from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. but we encourage you to come to the early race kit pick-up to avoid the busyness of race day. There will also be more giveaways for the people who come to the early race kit pick-up.
Recommended race day arrival: 7:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – Transition opens (junction of the Red and Assiniboine)
7:30 a.m. – Race kit pick-up opens (White Pine Bicycle Co.)
8:30 a.m. – Race kit pick-up closes
8:40 a.m. – Transition closes
8:45 a.m. – Warmup begins (from The Forks canopy down to start line)
8:50 a.m. – Pre-race talk with head referee at start line (junction of the Red and Assiniboine)
9:00 a.m. – First wave starts (solo)
9:05 a.m. – Second wave starts (relay)
10:40 a.m. – Awards in the 201 space on the second floor of The Forks Market (next to Coal and Canary).
5k run, 5k bike, 5k skate in that order. Each discipline will be 2.5k out and back. The bike trail will be groomed in the week prior to the race. The 3k turnaround is labelled in the case the air temperature is only slightly lower than our extreme cold cutoff (-25 C).
Awards and refreshments will be in the "201" space on the second floor of the market. It is right next to Coal and Canary. There will be volunteers helping give directions.
Transition zone (run-bike-skate)
There will be one transition zone at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers for you to store essential race gear neatly under your bike, and for relay athletes to pass on their wristband to the next person. It is the flagged off area with bike racks. Only people wearing a race bib will be allowed in transition – there will be security to watch your gear before and during the race.
The transition is one-way traffic, so you must follow the flow in the transition map.
SOLO ATHLETES: besides your bike, you will be allowed to keep essential race gear in transition including your skates and helmet, also goggles, heavier gloves, or a different toque/other gear if you need to add or discard as the race progresses. You may use a small bag to prevent snow getting into skates or cycling shoes. After the run, clip up your helmet, then grab your bike and mount it at the mount line outside the transition zone. After the bike route, put your bike back on the rack and grab your skates. You will be able to put your skates on at the benches next the skating path. Feel free to either label your shoes or put them in your skate bag after changing to skates so they are easier to find afterward. Remember to pick up your shoes after the race.
RELAY ATHLETES: After the run, the run teammate hands the bike athlete off the wristband chip to the bike teammate next to their bike in the transition zone. The bike athletes must wait until they’ve received the wristband before removing their bike from the rack. After the bike route, the bike teammate racks their bike and then runs over to the benches next to the skating trail, where the skate teammate is waiting to receive the wristband with their skates on.
Note that the skate benches are beside the skating trail instead of inside transition as the printed map in your race kit will erroneously show.
If any of this is confusing, there will be race officials in the transition zone to help explain this process when you drop your gear off. The head referee will talk everyone through transition in the pre-race meeting.
And if you still don't get it perfect, don't let it dampen your fun, your participation is still helping provide a safe, warm sleep to those in need :)
Run start warning:
The solo run start will have approximately 100 people, and the path narrows very quickly to the walking path on the Assiniboine. If you are a faster athlete, please make your way to the front of the pack at the start line, and if you are expecting a slower finish time, stay near the back.
Cold weather tips
Your hands and feet are most at risk for frostbite, DO NOT wear running shoes for the bike course and make sure your ankles are covered.
Wear thick mitts or gloves for the bike portion, because you will be tying skates afterward.
Reduce the amount of exposed skin as much as possible – ski goggles, balaclavas, and buffs will be your friend, especially for the bike and skate.
After setting up your gear in transition before the race, come back up to The Forks Market to stay warm until 8:45, when we’ll have our warmup jog from the Forks canopy to the start for the pre-race chat at 8:50.
Relay bike and skate athletes, keep moving while you’re waiting, you are welcome to wear a thick jacket while waiting and pass it off to your teammate when they hand you the baton. We will also have some fire pots in waiting areas to help keep warm.
Layers are better than one big jacket. A moisture-wicking underlayer, an insulating layer, and a wind-proof shell will do wonders.