Frequently asked questions
TRY - A - TRI
Why A Virtual TTF?
The 2020 TTF, in its traditional form, was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the subsequent moratorium placed on events (of over 250) as decreed by the Mayor of Toronto, consistent with advice from Toronto Public Health and the Province of Ontario. In an attempt to keep the TTF Community engaged and the TTF Spirit alive, the 2020 Virtual TTF was created.
What Is The Virtual TTF?
The Virtual TTF offers our athletes the opportunity to come together remotely – in racing and in celebration. Athletes can choose between a triathlon and duathlon as well as distance (Olympic, Sprint, Try-A-Tri) and complete each leg at once or one at a time – your choice. Also, athletes can choose to do your race inside or outside – again, your choice.
The TTF has tried hard to offer fun, relevant virtual programming to complement your virtual race to enhance your overall experience. Examples include virtual access to triathlon luminaries like Simon Whitfield, Paula Findlay and Cody Beals. Still another example is a virtual tour and triathlon trivia night, live from the Steam Whistle Roundhouse.
What Do I Get With My Virtual TTF Race?
You will receive a TTF technical tee shirt, a TTF face mask, a TTF finisher’s medal as well as a TTF swim cap. All of these things will be mailed directly to you.
Will There Be Results?
Yes, through Sportstats, the TTF will provide the option to upload your results via a .gpx file or manually (i.e., the honour system).
Will There Be Rankings?
Yes, through Sportstats, the TTF will publish full results and rank athletes amongst your peers. As results will be uploaded through multiple manners and furthermore, because athletes will be completing their respective races on different courses, on different days, these rankings will not be official and as a result, no awards will be given (based on rankings).
How Long Do I Have To Upload Results? What Is The Virtual TTF Race Period?
Athletes competing in the Virtual TTF will be able to upload their results during the defined race period of Friday, July 10 through to Sunday, July 19, 2020.
When Are Results Final?
The results will be final on Tuesday, July 21, 48 hours after the final day of submission. During the race period (of Friday, July 10 through to Sunday, July 19, 2020), results will be dynamic, meaning athletes will be uploading their respective times on an ongoing basis.
Are There Any Virtual Race Safety Tips?
Complete the legs of your race solo. Do not run or bike with anyone else, unless they live in your household.
If you are completing the legs of your race with someone from your household, run or bike single file, allowing others to pass you easily and safely.
Avoid high traffic pedestrian and vehicle areas. Run, walk or bike close to home in your neighbourhood during a quieter time of day.
Adhere to social distancing practices while you are out completing the legs of your race. Can you safely pass someone? Can you run, walk, bike safely on the road? Make sure you always have a safe way to move around people to maintain 6 feet of distance. **
Complete your run on a treadmill, or your bike on a trainer, if these are options preferable and available to you.
Wear appropriate clothing. Be visible and dress for the weather.
Bring water and/or nutrition if you think you need it. There will be no water / aid stations along the way in a virtual race.
Carry a cell phone with you during your virtual race and tell someone the route you're running or biking in case of an emergency.
Participants choosing to participate in the Virtual TTF do so at their own risk. You are solely responsible for participating in this event in a manner that is in accordance with the most recent and up to date health and safety recommendations of the government and public health officials in your area.
We encourage all participants to remember that we all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and that anyone choosing to go outside and into their community must take responsibility for doing so in a manner that is safe and responsible.
** Follow the advice of your local public health authority, to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Where Can I Complete The Virtual TTF Race?
Wherever you are! The joy of competing in a virtual race is that you can start it right outside your front door. Please follow the guidelines outlined by your local government (and local public health authority) regarding running, biking and swimming outdoors to ensure you are keeping yourself and your community safe. For example, follow normal street lights and traffic regulations like any typical solo training run or bike you would do. Your Virtual TTF should be completed solo and not with a partner or a group.
What If I Don't Have A Pool Or Am Uncomfortable Swimming Anywhere At This Time?
You can upload a swim time from a pool or open water (using a gpx file or a manual upload) at any time during the race period.
We understand that some athletes may not have access to a place to swim and / or are uncomfortable swimming anywhere, at this time, for various reasons. If either of these scenarios is applicable to you, we recommend you register in any of the three virtual duathlon distances.
Do I Have To Complete The Full Distance (Of Any Race Leg) Let Alone The Entire Race At One Time?
You can do the full race or full distance (of any leg of your race) at once or break it into smaller increments over several days. Once complete, you will visit Sportstats to upload your race time. Please note if you do smaller increments (of any leg of your race), you will need to upload your cumulative time manually.
What Do I Need To Know About Uploading My Triathlon / Duathlon Results?
Your triathlon or duathlon results must be uploaded in different files - one for each leg of the race. Sportstats cannot accept a gpx file that includes multiple legs of the multisport event at this time.
Can I Upload Results Again If I Beat My (Prior) Time?
Yes. You will be able to complete the upload process as many times as you would like during the race period (of Friday, July 10 through to Sunday, July 19, 2020). The result that will appear will always be your latest uploaded result, no matter if it is a faster or slower time (than previous ones uploaded).
How Do I Export A GPX File From My Tracking Device / Platform?
Please select your tracking device / platform below to see instructions on exporting a GPX file:
If you are using an Apple Watch, Suunto or Nike Run, you will have to enter your time manually on Sportstats.
How Do I Upload My Results (On Sportstats)?
Once you’ve completed your race, or leg or your race, as the case may be, between Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 19, follow the steps below to upload your results to Sportstats.
Please note that you will require a Sportstats account – and it takes 48 hours from the time you register to be able to upload your results:
- Go to Sportstats
- Select “View Virtual Event” under Toronto Triathlon Festival
- Select “Submit Results”
- Submit your results (via a GPX file from your wearable device or enter them manually)
You can upload your race result (or leg result, as the case may be) more than once, if you improve your time, but please be mindful that the Virtual TTF may not be the time to post a PB, given all the unique circumstances currently prevailing. Run, bike and swim within your ability to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Once your results are uploaded to Sportstats, you will have the chance to win some awesome prizes from our sponsors. For clarity, prizing will be based on participation, not performance, so everyone has an equal chance of winning.