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Swim 1.9 km (2 loops)
Bike 88 km (4 loops)
Run 21.1 km
Swim 1.5 km (2 loops)
Bike 44 km (2 loops)
Run 10 km
Sprint (High School Seniors)
Swim 500 m (1 loop)
Bike 22 km (1 loop)
Run 5 km
Super Sprint (High School Juniors)
Swim 500 m (1 loop)
Bike 10 km
Run 4 km
Relay teams are available in all 4 distances (Half, Olympic, Sprint, Super Sprint)
Relay teams are always looking for team members; if you are an individual sport athlete and are interested in being placed on a team, or for more information, please click here.
The West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park is an undiscovered gem with a beautiful lake that you will love. Because this is an early season swim, wetsuits are strongly recommended and may become a mandatory requirement. Race officials will make the final determination on Race Day morning, so make sure you have a wetsuit available or you might not be allowed to swim. It is also recommended that swimmers wear two swim caps, especially if you anticipate a longer swim time or are bothered by cooler temperatures.
If you are a first-timer, or nervous swimmer, a special WHITE swim cap will be given to you that will identify you for extra lifeguard attention. Please ask for this WHITE swim cap at the race package pick up.
Race Day Information:
- Each race will start with a single wave in waist deep water.
- Multiple loop courses will not require you to exit the water until you finish your swim
- You will be supplied with a swim cap that must be worn during the swim, however it is suggested that you wear two swim caps. Bring an additional swim cap to wear underneath the race cap.
- All Half participants must finish the swim before the race clock time of 1:05
- All Olympic participants must finish the swim before the race clock time of 1:00
The bike course is a spectacular rolling route around the lake. We will be sharing the road with the local traffic, so please obey all the rules of the road. There will be plenty of volunteers, traffic control personnel and police to keep the bike course safe.
The bike route will have one aid station at the halfway point with bike bottles (filled with water or Gatorade), Power Gels, and a place to drop off empties. Please merge to your right away from the main traffic lane into this area and be sure to slow down so the volunteers can hand you a bottle.
Helmet Stickers: Each athlete will receive a sticker for their helmet at registration. This must be placed on the front of their helmet. The athlete will need to bring their helmet with them on race morning with this sticker attached (the athlete can NOT leave the helmet in transition the night before). The helmet (with sticker in place) must be presented with the timing chip/body marking to get in to transition on race morning.
Race Day Information:
- It is your responsibility to count your loops on the bike course
- 1 aid station per loop is available with water, Gatorade and Power Gels
- All Half participants must finish the bike before the race clock time of 5:00
- All Olympic participants must finish the bike before the race clock time of 3:00
The run route is a gorgeous trail run - slightly undulating and on a crushed gravel rail bed. Please pay special attention to the road area adjacent to the transition zone; this will be a very busy area with bikes, runners and some vehicles.
We remind you again that you must be prepared to possibly wait to cross this road until it is safe, bikes and vehicles will have the right of way. This will all be safely handled by volunteers and traffic control personnel, please pay attention to their directions.
Once you cross the road you will love the scenic Cowichan Valley Trail. The Long Distance (Half) run course will take participants over the spectacular Kinsol Trestle, which was rebuilt in the summer of 2011. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestle structures in the world, at 614 feet in length and standing 145 feet above the Steelhead Trout bearing Koksilah River. Participants will enjoy stunning views as they cross the trestle. The run route will have aid stations, all with water, electrolyte drink and Power Gels.
Race Day Information:
- All runners will head out of West Shawnigan Lake Park on the main Park trail, then along Shawnigan Lake road, crossing the road at the designated crossing and up to a connector trail to the Trans Canada Trail.
- The Sprint and Super Sprint distance runners will turn right on to the Trans Canada Trail and head north to their respective turnaround points, then back southbound on the trail, turn left onto the connector trail and back across Shawnigan Lake road. Once across Shawnigan Lake road the runner will turn right and run along the road then left down the park access road (the bike exit and entrance) to the finish.
- For the Olympic distance, the route is the same as the Sprint, however the turnaround point is 2.5km further north along the Trans Canada Trail.
- For the Half, the turnaround point is further north of the
Olympic turnaround on the Trans Canada trail across the Kinsol Trestle. The runners will then head back southbound along the Trans Canada trail, past the connector trail, and to the southern turnaround point. The participant will then run north back along the trail, turn right at the connector trail, and proceed to the finish line as per the other distances.
- There is a run lap cut-off race clock time of 6:55 for crossing the entrance to the TransCanada Trail.
- All Half participants must finish the run before the race clock time of 8:00.
All Olympic participants must finish the run before the race clock time of 4:30.
Please ensure that any pre-existing/chronic medical conditions (respiratory, cardiac, epilepsy, etc.) and allergies have been reported and are listed on the back of your race bib. Each athlete is responsible to have any personal prescribed emergency medication with them (puffer, epi-pen, nitro, etc.). Also, make note of medical conditions on the back of the race bib prior to race day.
Pre-Race Carbo Dinner
Come dine with your fellow athletes, pros, volunteers and race organizers at the beautiful dining hall at Camp Pringle, which is on the shores of Shawnigan Lake right next door to the Race Site (directions). This is a great way to celebrate the important pre-race dinner and will include entertainment, door prizes, and a draw prize for an Aqua Sphere Wetsuit!
The Camp Pringle Pasta Party is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and will feature a delicious gourmet chicken lasagna, Chef Bob's famous mac and cheese, "gluten free" baked spaghetti, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and berries and ice cream for dessert! Coffee, tea and juice will be available and Merridale Cidery will be running a cash bar.*
Dinner Tickets are $19.50, kids 11 and under are half price, and children under 6 are FREE. Your ticket purchase supports kids in need. This is a fundraiser dinner with all proceeds going to Camp Pringle to help send kids to camp and support summer camp kids programs.
Get your tickets before they sell out! If you have pre-purchased your dinner ticket online be sure to pick up your ticket at race package pick-up and Saturday. If you purchased more than one ticket under your name, please try to arrive together as a group. There will be a dinner host at the door if you have any questions or concerns.
*Note: Dinner will be served buffet style, to ensure accommodation of those with individual or dietary preferences.
This event will be sanctioned by Triathlon British Columbia. Triathlon British Columbia rules will apply. Please review all the rules here.
Timing & Results
The Event will use Chip Timing. Results will be available from the results page.