What is the TTF?

The TTF Weekend is a celebration of community spirit, human endurance and tenacity.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, athletes of all stripes will take on a uniquely urban triathlon on the downtown highways of Canada’s largest city.

Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete, weekend warrior or someone looking to add a challenging event to your bucket list, the TTF Weekend features a series of events that will test your spirit and reward you immeasurably at the finish line.

The TTF is a celebration of athleticism at its finest and with both Sprint and Olympic Distance Races (and relay options), our weekend will serve athletes of all capabilities. We will bring together avid triathletes with those just beginning their journey in a supportive environment that celebrates healthy living and active lifestyles.

Interested in the  World Championships Qualifying SpotsProvincial Championships? Toronto Triathlon Club ChallengeMixed Team Relay Club ChampionshipsTriathlon Ontario Junior Cup SeriesAge Group Draft Legal Sprint Race? Good news – the 2019 TTF will feature all of these.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page or head to our contact page here.

Event Information

The TTF will play host to a Sports Expo on both the Friday and Saturday of our Festival Weekend. We moved the Expo to Ontario Place in 2016, ensuring the entire Festival Weekend took place at one race venue.

The 2019 Sports Expo will provide ample opportunities to catch the latest in fitness gear, fitness demos, meet with event sponsors and many other exhibitors who help our athletes take their fitness to the next level.

This will offer the perfect time to meet fellow triathletes in an informative and casual setting while attending a race briefing, if you so choose, and to pick up your race packets.

Exhibitors interested in learning more about setting up a booth should contact us at expo@torontotriathlonfestival.com.

The TTF Race Weekend concludes with our Finish Line Festival, featuring activities for the entire family.

In 2019, we are moving things back to grass! ‎Picnic, lay down and enjoy the green and trees! The new Finish Line and Finish Line Festival will be in Marilyn Bell Park, about 750 metres west of Ontario Place (which is where the TTF Transition Zone and Swim Start are).

In 2019, we will once again feature plenty of kid-friendly activities including, among other things, a pop-up skateboard park, short kids run, YMCA practitioners, bike obstacle course, a community offering from the Toronto Police Servie – it’s amazing how much children love climbing in police cars!

The TTF Finish Line Festival provides a congregation area for athletes to meet up with their families and other athletes. And the festival atmosphere ensures that friends and family also have memorable experiences (even in their athlete support roles).

Unique Downtown Course

Athletes make Toronto’s urban core their personal playpen. The TTF is the only race using downtown highways – biking faster than you can drive during rush hour.

Pretty cool. Just saying.

 

Swim Route:

Ontario Place is the starting venue and transition zone of the TTF. The swim leg is in the protected water basin of the West Channel of Ontario Place. The water will still be cool, so in addition to a bathing suit, you’ll likely want a wetsuit.

We will offer in-water swim course familiarization opportunities on Saturday, the day before the races. As well, we will have swim warm up opportunities before the Sunday races begin.

Not confident in your swimming skills yet? See some of our swim tips.

 

Bike Route:

After completing the swim, you’ll cross a bridge and use parts of Exhibition Place to jump on the Gardiner Expressway via the Jameson Avenue entrance. After biking through Toronto’s downtown core, amongst the towering skyscrapers of Bay Street (Canada’s Wall Street), and passing landmarks like the Air Canada Centre, the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower, for Olympic Distance Racers, the route shifts to the Don Valley Parkway.

The unparalleled route will re-trace itself back south (on the Don Valley Parkway Northbound lanes) and back west (on the Gardiner Expressway Eastbound lanes), allowing for a return to Transition at Ontario Place.

 

Run Route:

The final leg of the triathlon takes you west along the Martin Goodman Trail, through many of Toronto’s waterfront parks, and then back east in the dedicated curb lane of Lakeshore Boulevard.

The cool Lake Ontario breeze will help carry you to the Finish Line, where thousands of spectators will cheer you through the finish line, where your “Magic Moment” awaits you. New in 2019, the Finish Line Festival will be in Marilyn Bell Park (about 750 metres west of Ontario Place). Marilyn Bell Park is located at 1095 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2R5.

 

Transition Zone and Bike Racking Info

The Transition Zone will be set up in Lot 1 at Ontario Place. There will be ample room and good flow to avoid confusion.

Only participating TTF athletes are allowed in the Transition Zone. Athletes must be body marked (a process that takes place during the Race Packet pickup process). As well, to get into the Transition Zone, athletes must have a TTF Bike Number on their bike (such Bike Numbers to be disseminated during the Race Packet pickup process). Finally, to get into the Transition Zone, athletes must have an Official TTF Wristband. Please note, such TTF Wristbands are provided and PUT ON (a respective athlete) by TTF Volunteers during the Race Packet pickup process (during expo hours).

We take these precautions to ensure athlete safety and to ensure that all equipment (and personal possessions) stay with their rightful owner.

In the Transition Zone, as in the past, we rack bikes in numerical order based off of age group.

Ontario Place is located at 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3B9.

 

Links to Important Documents:

2018 Olympic Distance Course Map

2018 Olympic Distance Course Elevation Profile

2018 Sprint Distance Course Map

2018 Sprint Distance Course Elevation Profile

2018 Bike Course – Getting from Transition to the Highways

2018 Olympic & Sprint Distance Run Course

Distances, Minimum Ages & Accessibility

The TTF is a celebration of athleticism at its finest and with both Sprint Distance and Olympic Distance races (as well as relay options in both distances), our weekend will serve athletes of all capabilities.

We bring together avid triathletes with those just beginning their journey in a supportive environment that celebrates healthy living and active lifestyles.

There are four different ways to take part in our triathlon:

1. Olympic Distance (1,500 metre swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run)

2. Sprint Distance (750 metre swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run)

3. Olympic Distance Relay (teams of 2 or 3 compete relay-style, each completing a leg of the triathlon)

4. Sprint Distance Relay (teams of 2 or 3 compete relay-style, each completing a leg of the triathlon)

The minimum age for the Sprint Distance Race (including the relay) is 16 and the minimum age for the Olympic Distance Race (including the relay) is 18.

 

 

Triathlon Ontario Rules

The Toronto Triathlon Festival is sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario and as such, we abide by all regulations set forth by this governing body.

Triathlon Ontario lists 10 Key Rules, but for a more general look at the rules, please consult the International Triathlon Union’s Competition Rules Document.

For additional safety, the Race Director reserves the right to impose certain restrictions on the race course (e.g. specific no-passing zones on the cycling leg, etc.).

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