I. What is the date for the Age Group Races?

  • Toronto Triathlon Festival – Olympic Distance Race: Sunday, July 21, 2019 (1st Wave goes off at approx. 6:50am)
  • Toronto Triathlon Festival – Sprint Distance Race: Sunday, July 21, 2019 (1st Waves goes off at approx. 9:30am)

 

II. How do I register for the Age Group Races?

  • A registration link will be posted on the TTF home page once we open registration in early December.
  • Register early, as we expect to attract many participants, especially given the exclusive benefits we are offering to early registrants through the TTF Gold Member Club
  • No mail in registrations will be accepted

 

III. What is the cost for entry? Where do I find past results?

  • Info on entry fees can be found here and past results can be found here.

 

IV. What is the water quality like in Lake Ontario?

  • Toronto beaches score exceptionally well when tested on the “Blue Flag” system (the Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 29 criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management, safety and services)
  • To read a recent article on Toronto’s water quality, please click here
  • To find out more about Toronto beaches’ water quality, please click here

 

V. I can’t race, can I get a refund? a deferral?

  • No refunds, no exceptions
  • You may NOT transfer your 2019 entry to another athlete
  • Only medical related deferrals will be accepted and must be requested by May 1, 2019 – there will be no deferrals processed beyond this date

 

VI. Do I need photo I.D. to pick up my race packet?

  • Yes, and PLEASE NOTE, only a specific athlete can pick up his / her own race packet
  • We enforce these rules not to be unduly cumbersome but to ensure that our overall safety and operational plans are as strong as they can be for you, our athletes

 

VII. I know someone who cannot race, can I use their number?

  • No – and if you do so, you will be banned from participation at all Triathlon Ontario sanctioned events

 

VIII. Do I need a Triathlon Ontario Membership to participate?

  • Yes – all individuals and relay team members must produce proof of current Provincial Federation Membership during the online registration process or you will be required to purchase a Triathlon Ontario One-Day Race License Fee ($8 for the Sprint, $8 for the Olympic) during the online registration process

 

IX. Can I have someone else pick up my race packet for me?

  • No – you must pick up your own packet or you will not be allowed to race

 

X. Can I bring my bike on the morning of the race?

  • Yes, bike drop off at transition for the Olympic Distance Triathlon will open at 5:30 am EST on Sunday, July 21, 2019, and will close at 6:35 am EST, 15 minutes before the Olympic Distance Triathlon begins
  • Yes, bike drop off at transition for the Sprint Distance Triathlon will open at 8:00 am EST on Sunday, July 21, 2019, and will close at 9:05 am EST, 15 minutes before the Sprint Distance Triathlon begins
  • There will be NO bike drop of Saturday, July 20, 2019‎; there are NO EXCEPTIONS

 

XI. What time does transition open on race morning?

  • Transition for the Olympic Distance Triathlon opens at 5:30 am EST on Sunday, July 21, 2019, and will close at 6:35 am EST, 15 minutes before the Olympic Distance Triathlon begins
  • Transition for the Sprint Distance Triathlon will open at 8:00 am EST on Sunday, July 21, 2019, and will close at 9:05 am EST, 15 minutes before the Sprint Distance Triathlon begins
  • Please note that your wave may be called down to the Swim Start Area in advance of the closing times (for Transition) listed above, so be prepared

 

XII. What time will transition re-open to allow athletes to collect their bikes and belongings?

  • Likely around 10:30 am, once the last Sprint Distance Race swimmer is out of the water, we will gradually allow athletes back into transition in small numbers at a time
  • We do reserve the right to keep transition closed until the last cyclist comes in at 12:30 pm EST
  • We appreciate your understanding and ask that you respect our volunteers who will enforce the timing of re-opening of transition – we take these precautions for athlete safety, not to be unduly cumbersome
  • Book your travel arrangements accordingly
  • We will not change this policy to accommodate flights, hotel check out, etc.
  • If you’re allowed into transition early and you interfere with a competitor still racing, you will be DQ’d

 

XIII. Are race briefings mandatory, as they have been in the past?

  • No, in 2019 the Online Race Briefing Program will be applicable to all athletes
  • We will disseminate this video the week before the race, and all athletes are required to watch this
  • We will still offer In Person Race Briefings on Race Weekend and strongly encourage those athletes new to triathlon or those who may be nervous or have questions to attend
  • NOTE: Race Packet Pickup still takes place at Ontario Place on the Friday and Saturday of Race Weekend, and is only possible with Photo ID. As well, only you can pick up your own race packet. No exceptions.

 

XIV. Why are there Race Briefings?

  • Due to the urban nature of our course and its inclusion of Toronto’s densely populated downtown core as well as the bike course comprising the highways, we are compelled, from an insurance and safety perspective, to empower all participants with as much relevant, course specific information as possible
  • As a large number of TTF athletes are new (or relatively new) to the sport, it is safer for everyone, including seasoned triathletes, to ensure that all participants understand the importance of the rules (and the importance of obeying them)
  • From year-to-year, while the bulk of the course will indeed be quite similar, there will be nuanced differences that need to be properly communicated (in an open forum) to ensure all participants are aware and understand said course changes, thereby maximizing safety

 

XV. My registration information is wrong, what can I do?

  • You must email registration@torontotriathlonfestival.com by July 9, 2019 in order to have your registration information corrected
  • After July 9, 2019, you must report to the Solutions Table at Athlete Check In (at the Sports Expo) to make corrections

 

XVI. Where do I pick up my timing chip?

  • Chip pick up will be place at Athlete Check In on race morning, not during the Sports Expo

 

XVII. Are recumbent bikes allowed?

  • No

 

XVIII. What time do awards start?

  • The Olympic Distance Race Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 10:45 am EST
  • The Sprint Distance Race Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 11:30 am EST

 

XIX. What if I find the water too cold? Do I have to do the swim portion of the race, or can I skip it and do the bike?

No, you cannot skip the swim, as the integrity of the race must be maintained. This is a condition of the triathlon federations who sanction and govern our races.

 

XX. What is the temperature cut-off where the swim will be canceled?

The TTF swim has NEVER been canceled.

There is more to it than just a temperature reading. For example, air temperature, among other things, is also taken into consideration. Having said that, the relevant water temperature that will be considered by the Triathlon Ontario Technical Delegate in making a determination regarding the swim, is 13 degrees Celsius.

A water temperature of 13 degrees Celsius is the temperature cut-off for the cancellation of the swim. A water temperature between 13 degrees Celsius and 14 degrees Celsius will result in a shortening of the swim for the Olympic Distance Race. However, both the water and air temperature are taken into consideration when the decision is made. Needless to say, the shortening or cancellation of the swim are not trivial decisions but are made with the best interests of the athlete in mind.

 

XXI. Will I get the chance to do an in-water warm-up before the start of the race?

We have made provisions for every athlete to be able to get into the water before his / her specific wave. Having said that, given the complexity of the venue and the number of athletes, this will be a closely monitored exercise that will only allow athletes to have an in-water warm-up immediately preceding your specific wave.

We also strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Swim Course Familiarization we offer on the Saturday of Race Weekend at Ontario Place.

 

XXII. Are wetsuits mandatory?

Wetsuits are mandatory when the water is below 14 degrees Celsius and forbidden when the water is above 22 degrees Celsius. In between, wetsuits are not mandatory, but are strongly encouraged, not only because of its ability to combat the water temperature but also because of its buoyancy properties.

 

XXIII. I don’t own a wetsuit, where can I rent one?

You can rent wetsuits at a myriad of retailers across the city, but two stores we would direct you to, as they are TTF Community Partners, are Endurosport and D’Ornellas.

 

XXIV. How / where can I get more practice doing open-water swimming?

Safety should always be your first consideration when practicing in open water. NEVER TRAIN ALONE. There are multiple clubs throughout the province as sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario. They regularly have events for all sports including some open water swim practice. Consider buying an open water floatation device. This is a great tool even when swimming with others. The float is tied to your waist so it doesn’t interfere with your stroke. It provides visibility to other swimmers, lifeguards, and boat traffic. When you need a break you can use it as a temporary “wall” to catch your breath.

 

XXV. Are thermal skull caps, neoprene hoods, gloves, socks or booties allowed for the race?

No gloves, socks or booties are allowed. But, skull caps and neoprene hoods UNDER the Official TTF Swim Cap are permitted.

 

XXVI. What medical support exists on the swim course?

We take the safety of our athletes seriously and as a result, we are proud of the TTF Medical Team. Rest assured, we have a good combination of experienced lifeguards, paddleboarders, kayakers and boats that comprise our water safety assets. In addition, we have an experienced medical team at-the-ready should they be required.

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