Beat the Cold on Feb. 17


5K run, 5K bike, 5k skate

Compete SOLO or in RELAY teams of three


Beat the Cold Winter Triathlon 

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Race Info

5K run, 5K bike, 5K skate

We are using the bad weather 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.

White Pine Bicycle Co.

Johnston Terminal at The Forks

25 — 109 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4S8

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 Wednesday race kit pick-up to avoid the busyness of race day. There will also be David's Tea free tea coupons and 100 hemp seed packs from Vita Health for people who come on Wednesday. 

The solo event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the relay following soon after.


Course maps here. Details on event schedule and transition zones will also follow soon in an email. 

Bad weather date: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019


100% of the Beat the Cold profits will go toward Just a Warm Sleep, 1JustCity’s overnight emergency warming centre in Osborne Village.


From January through March, Just a Warm Sleep invites people experiencing homelessness into its outreach site in Osborne Village to get a safe, warm sleep. 


This service costs only $250 nightly to run, but supports up to 25 people every night.


On Feb. 9, run, bike and skate along the river to help Beat the Cold for those in need. 


Will I get a refund if the weather doesn’t cooperate?



That being said, we will make every effort to make sure that the weather does not thwart our fun.


The bad weather date is Sunday, Feb. 17 and the Race Director reserves the right to modify the event (eg. shorter course distances or duathlon) in the case of extreme weather. If the air temperature is below -25 C, we will consider using the bad weather date. If the temperature is only a few degrees below -25 C, we will take the shortened route (3k run, 3k bike, 3k skate). 


You will have 24-hour notice to if the race will be rescheduled, and would have at least 30 mins notice to if the course would be shortened. 


What kind of bike should I use?

Both fat bikes and mountain bikes are acceptable, with the bad weather date, we are also allowing smaller than 26 x 1.5 inches (40mm).


Spiked tires are allowed provided that the spikes are shorter than 5 mm, measured from the tire surface.


If you are a relay participant who indicated you needed a provided fat bike, White Pine Bicycle Co. and Bikes & Beyond are providing fat bikes free of charge for RELAY participants that mentioned they needed in the registration form. You will have to be prepared to pick up the bike from Bikes & Beyond the day before and transport it to and from the race.  NOTE: This deal is not an option for relay participants who signed up after expanding the race to 200 participants because of the high demand for rental bikes on race day. 

What is the course route?

Course map is here. It may change slightly depending on weather. 

What if I get injured in my training? Can I transfer my bib to someone else? 

Yes, up until registration closes two days before the race. There is no charge. 

Are there age restrictions?

Participants must be at least 16 years old on race day.

How does fundraising work? 

Create a pledge page individually or as a team at the bottom of the registration page. Prizes will be awarded to the highest fundraisers. For teams, the prize will go to the team captain to share with their team. 


Do I have to wear a helmet?

Athletes must bring their own helmet for the skate and bike segment. You may use a skating, cycling, hockey or any other type of safety helmet.   


Can I use spikes on my running shoes?



What kind of skates can I use?

All types of skates, including Nordic blades, are allowed. Iceland Skate Rentals at The Forks will be open at 8 a.m. to rent hockey skates. 

How is the race timed?

As of the bad weather day, it will not be chip timed. Relay athletes will pass a wrist baton in addition to their bib chip. 



There are plenty of opportunities for sponsors to get involved. If you would like to sponsor Beat the Cold, contact Luke Rempel at to get our sponsorship package and discuss the best fit for you.


This event couldn’t run without volunteers. Fill out the volunteer form to specify which positions you are available to do. Contact Jenny Khounnasene at if you have any more questions afterward. Your help is greatly appreciated.


Positions include: 

  • Greeters

  • Race kit stuffing

  • Course setup and takedown

  • Awards setup

  • Registration

  • Start/finish line

  • Course marshals along course

  • Transition zone security

  • Recovery food prep

  • Photographer

  • Social media


Race inquiries

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