General Rules

  • Note: Participants age is based on what their age is by Dec. 31st, 2017.
  • If you have a medical condition that requires special consideration or information for the Race Director please advise prior to race day.
  • Course Marshals have the ULTIMATE and FINAL authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant has violated the rules of the race.
  • Medical personnel have the ULTIMATE and FINAL authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without sustaining severe physical damage.
  • No participant may use alcohol, drugs, stimulants, depressants or other substances that will improve performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue, or for any other purpose.
  • All participants will be assigned a computer timing chip (one per team) that must be worn around the ankle.  Participants who fail to return the chip upon completion of the race will be responsible for the cost of replacement.
  • Cutting the course will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Competing under an assumed or other name will also result in disqualification.
  • Good sportsmanlike conduct will be expected of all participants.
  • All participants must enter with the intention of completing the whole race.  Should you decide to drop out of the race you MUST notify an official as soon as possible.
  • All athletes must have their torsos covered on the bike and run portions of the event. Bib numbers must be visible on the bike and run courses.
  • Wear CSA approved cycling helmet and have a chin strap, buckled at all times. Your helmet must be worn prior to taking your bike off the bike rack, and taken off only when you place your bike back on the bike racks.
  • Illegal equipment includes, but is not limited to: Headphone(s) or headset(s), Mobile phone(s), Glass containers.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to know the course route.
  • Athletes under 18 years of age must have race waiver signed by their legal guardian.
  • Failure to comply with the rules will disqualify participant form this triathlon.

Sprint Triathlon Rules

Must be at least 16 years old to enter.

Note: 14 & 15 year olds can do one leg of a relay.

The Triathlon 750 m Swim

  • Swimmers cannot swim in both the sprint individual and the sprint team events.
  • The swim will consist of two laps of a 375m loop.  Swimmers must keep the buoy markers to their right at all times.  After the first lap, the swimmer will be required to exit the water and run a short distance on the beach around a marker and then proceed into the water for the second lap.
  • Each swimmer must wear the swim cap provided by the race.  A second swim cap may be worn underneath if desired.
  • No fins, paddles or aid of any kind will be allowed.
  • Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
  • Wet suits are allowed.
  • No individual paddlers or escorts allowed.  Course will be adequately patrolled by safety vessels and lifeguards.
  • Swimmers (solo athletes) will be required to have race officials mark race numbers on their shoulders and left calf.
  • Assistance during the swim will be permitted in the form of stopping to rest so long as no forward motion is taken with assistance.  Using assistance to propel the athlete forward will result in immediate disqualification.

The Triathlon 20 km Bike

  • The bike course will leave the transition zone down Lakeshore Road on to Brunette Road, cross Algonquin continuing on Park Road/Brunet Road, then on Railway Street to Moneta Avenue.  Turn East on Moneta Ave./Goldmine Road past Delnite Road, over McDonald Hill and continue east towards the DOME Mine where participants will turn around and return westerly back to Railway Street. Railway becomes Brunette.  Follow Brunette Road back towards Gillies Lake, up Lakeshore to transition.  Map of the course will be posted on race day.  Please obey the Rules of the Road. Use Caution at all intersections. Use caution in front of Hollinger Golf Course on Moneta due to vehicles turning into the Golf Course.
  • Absolutely NO DRAFTING of another bike or any other vehicle is allowed.  This is an individual endurance event.  Teamwork which provides you with an advantage over another competitor is not allowed.  The drafting zone for non-drafting age group competitions is now 12 metres long X 3 metres wide. Drafting is not permitted in any race. Riding next to someone is blocking. This is not permitted. Both blocking and drafting have time penalties. Repeated penalties will results in disqualification.You may enter this space only to pass the leading rider.  If you cannot pass you must drop back.  Each participant must wear a race number (on back) at all times while on course.
  • Protective head-gear (hardshells only) is required during the entire bike race.  Any infraction will result in disqualification and competitor will be pulled off the course.  Helmets must remain on and secured as soon as bike leaves the bike rack and until bike is returned to the bike rack.
  • Bikers must walk or run their bikes while in transition zone until the designated line is crossed where they mount their bikes. The same follows for dismounting at the end of the bike before entering transition zone, and walking bike to the rack.
  • No individual support people, vehicles or bikers allowed.  Bikers should carry their fluid requirements with them.
  • Each participant will be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of own bike.
  • Biker must be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction .
  • Bikers are expected to heed direction and instructions of all race officials
  • Participant may walk bike if necessary.
  • Bikers are individually responsible for following traffic laws and are solely responsible for the consequences of infractions.
  • Be alert for vehicles sharing the road and use good judgment when turning and passing other bikers.
  • Police and volunteer assistance will be positioned at intersections to control the flow of traffic, but continue to stay alert to other vehicles – it is ultimately up to you to follow the rules of the road.
  • The bike course will be closed three (3) hours after the start of the race.  Bikers still on the course after that time will be required to withdraw from the race.

The Triathlon 5 km Run

  • Run will consist of 2 loops around the lake of the Gillies Lake trail, with the finish at Gillies Lake Beach near the transition area.  The run will begin from the transition zone. Head out to Toke St., go right to Howard, merge Right on Howard and take a quick right on the first path back to Gillies Lake trail. Go by the Beach onto the Boardwalk. Go around Gillies Lake twice in a counter-clockwise direction. Finish line is on the Beach. Further instructions will be provided on race day.
  • No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
  • Runners must wear race numbers at all times on the course. Race bib should be facing forward.
  • No individual support vehicles or escort runners are allowed.  This is an INDIVIDUAL endurance event.  Team work which provides you with an advantage over another competitor is not allowed.  Aid station provided.
  • Runners are expected to follow directions and instructions of race officials.
  • The course will completely close four (4) hours after the start of the race.  Any athletes still on the course after this time will be required to withdraw from the race.

The Transition Zone

  • Athletes must only rack their bike in the designated section assigned to the event they have entered.
  • Only athletes participating in the triathlon will be allowed in the transition zone.  All spectators are asked to stay outside of the transition zone.
  • Transition from swim to bike requires running up an incline grassy hill.
  • TEAMS will require the swimmer to run up the hill to the transition zone where the biker will be waiting with their bike on the rack.  Once a the computer timing chip has been transferred, the biker may proceed to take the bike off the rack, walk or run the bike out of transition and mount the bike to start the bike portion.  After the biker has completed the bike route, will dismount and replace the bike on the rack, at which time s/he will transfer the computer timing chip to the runner and the runner may begin the run.
  • Athletes must not impede the progress of other athletes or interfere with another athlete’s equipment in the Transition Area.

Try-a-Tri Race Rules

Must be at least 14 years old to enter.

  • The Try-a-tri will start at 8:00 a.m. All of the rules as stated above for the sprint
    triathlon will apply. The only difference is the course distance. Please read the
  • The Swim is a one lap swim of ~ 375m starting at Gillies Lake Beach.
  • After the swim exit, run up the grassy hill to the swim to bike transition.
  • The Bike Course is approximately 10 km in length. It is the same as the Sprint Distance course except the turn-around is on the back road just before (ie. west of) Delnite Road.
  • The Run course starts just like the Sprint Run course however there is only one loop (again in a counter-clockwise direction) around Gillies Lake.

 Kids Triathlon Rules

  • Ages 8-13 to enter
  • The kids Triathlon will start at 12:00.


  • Children ages 10-11 will start in the first wave. A few minutes later, the children 8-9 will go in a second wave.  This will decrease congestion on the swim. (Timing will take this into account).
  • Children aged 12-13 will start about 20 minutes after the 8-9 year olds start.
  • For children ages 8-11, the swim will consist of 1 lap around the Gillies Lake beach deep end swim area. 100m total. Lifeguards will be available.
  • The 12-13 year old age group will swim 2 laps of the swim, exiting the water briefly in between laps. 200m total distance. No flotation or propulsion assists.
  • Children entering the Kids Triathlon may use CSA approved life jackets during the swim. No flutter boards, flippers or noodles allowed. Wetsuits are allowed for all participants. Each swimmer must wear the swim cap provided.


  • Upon exiting the water, kids will run up the grassy hill and go to the transition area at the Lakeshore road cul-de-sac.


Age groups 8-9 and 10-11:

  • The bike course will be once around the Gillies Lake trail in a counter-clockwise direction. Upon leaving the Transition area, participants will head down Lakeshore, descend the hill and continue onto the trail. There will be no use of the boardwalk.

Age groups 12-13:

  • These children will complete 2 counter-clockwise loops of the Gillies Lake trail. At the end of the first loop, continue along the path in front of the to the wooden board walk. Use caution in this section. No passing on the board walk. At the end of the second lap, proceed up the grassy hill toward the transition zone.
  • Protective head-gear (hardshells only) is required during the entire bike race.  Any infraction will result in disqualification and competitor will be pulled off the course.
  • Helmets must be put on and properly secured BEFORE bike leaves the bike rack. They need to be kept on until AFTER bike is returned to the bike rack.


Ages 8-11

  • Bikers must walk or run their bikes while in transition zone until the designated line is crossed where they mount their bikes. The same follows for dismounting at the end of the bike before entering the transition zone, and walking the bike to the rack.
  • The kids will run and/or walk from transition out to Toke. Right on Toke to Howard. Merge Right on Howard and take second path on right back to Gillies Lake trail. Go right on the trail and run counter-clockwise back to the Finish at the Gillies Lake Beach.

Ages 12-13

  • Participants will do 2 laps of above run course. At end of first lap, instead of crossing finish line, they will continue and turn right up the grassy hill. Run between the play structure and the trees towards Toke Street. Upon reaching Toke Street, they will turn right and finish second lap as above.

Duathlon Rules

Duathlon start coincides with start of triathlon swim.

First Run: Mass start near the beach close to the northern end of the boardwalk. Run one lap counter-clockwise around the Gillies Lake Trail. Caution on the narrow boardwalk. After one loop of Gillies Lake, merge with the swimmers coming out of the water and run up the grassy hill to the transition area.

For remainder of Rules, please see Sprint Triathlon Bike and Run rules because the remainder of the Duathlon is the same as the Sprint Triathlon bike and run.

Aid Stations

  • There will be aid stations on all run courses.  Fluids will be available.  If you require further fluid or food needs, please ensure to carry them with you when racing.
  • First aid and lifeguards will be available during the swim and at the Transition area.  Do not hesitate to ask for medical assistance if necessary.
  • Food and beverage will be provided post-race for recovery.
  • A medical tent will be located on the grass east of the transition zone area.

What happens if the weather is bad? i.e. rain and/or lightning?

We will do whatever it takes to ensure that all races will go on but safety always comes first. In the event of light to moderate rain, and the absence of any lightning, our goal would be to proceed with the scheduled event as long as road conditions are safe for the bike course. If there is lightning in the area, the event may be placed on hold. The hold will be kept in place until we are certain that the weather has passed. If lightning is still in the area or a possibility we will consider canceling the swim and converting the race into a duathlon (run, bike, run). If the swim and bike courses are determined to be unsafe, but the run course is determined to be safe, the event may be modified into a run only event. If after one hour of a weather hold all three portions of the event are determined to be unsafe, the event may be cancelled. The hold may be extended after taking into consideration other safety factors. With all out outdoor events, the weather conditions can play a big factor in every race. A large portion of the race fees collected have already been allocated and used by race day and as such there will be no refunds because of a weather cancellation.