February 17, 2013 | 9:30 AM
Hawrelak Park, Edmonton
The Edmonton Winter Triathlon (EWT) requires athletes to ice skate, cross country ski and run during one of the coldest months of the Canadian Winter - February.
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The Silver Skate Festival will host a race with both SHORT course (10 km) and LONG course (25 km) winter triathlon format. The challenges of low temperatures (-15C daytime high) and the necessity of keeping the race to under 3 hours means we have introduced a shorter race for those athletes novice in skating, skiing or running. The race course will be the same for all participants only the number of laps will vary depending on the distance chosen.
The EWT takes place in Hawrelak Park one of the premier outdoor recreation facilities in Edmonton. The skating occurs on the pond, the skiing through the trees and open park land and the run on the road surrounding the park area. It is a spectator friendly event with many opportunities to see the athletes as they compete and for friends and family to cheer on participants the event will take place on Sunday, February 17th at 9:30 AM.
Participation (Solo Challenges and Teams)
The race has both solo challenge and team relay categories. Teams can have as many as five people. The team captain can split the race among the members as desired. Teams can split any of the individual legs and can pass the relay baton as many times as the team captain thinks is feasible during the race. There are categories for Men's, Women's, Mixed, Corporate, and Family Teams. (SHORT and LONG course).
Skate (LONG - 10 km or SHORT - 4 km)
The Skate is the first leg of the triathlon. The skate course is set up on the large manmade lake located in the center of Hawrelak Park. Skaters are required to skate a 1km course (See course map). The skate direction will be counter clockwise around the lake.
The race is a mass start across a long start line. There is no seeding. The race starts by a gun or horn. Faster skaters normally form a lead group early in the race followed by the rest of the skaters in the field. Drafting among skaters in any group, including the lead group is permissible.
A lap count board is set up at the start line. It indicates the laps remaining for the lead group only. You are responsible for keeping track of your own lap counts if you are not among the lead. A skate referee is present to monitor the race. Relay teams may pass baton after each lap or after any combination of laps as long as the team completes all laps.
The City of Edmonton ice crews have always done an excellent job of preparing the course for the skate race. You can expect very good outdoor ice conditions based on our experience at this venue. Historically the skate course has been around the outer perimeter established by the two small islands situated in the lake. The exact distance of the loop is unknown but it almost always closely approaches 1000 m (1 km).
Ski (LONG - 10 km or SHORT - 4 km)
After skating, the participants are directed to the skate/ski transition zone. This zone is located just off the ice at the extreme North shore of the lake. The individual triathlete exchanges skates for skis within the zone. For teams, the skater is only required to tag a team skier at the edge of the ice.
The ski course is set around the shore of the lake and with the park area adjacent to the lake. Participants are required to do clockwise laps of a 2 km ski course. The start and end of ski occur within the transition zone. (See the course map). LONG course teams are welcome to pass the relay baton with the zone, thus splitting the ski up into 2 km sprints.
Both free-style (skate skiing) and classic style (Nordic) skiing are permitted. The track is groomed to accommodate both styles. This trail is flat with very little terrain.
After the ski solo participants exchange their ski boot for running shoes within the transition zone. Teams pass their baton. Participants then proceed on the run course.
Run (LONG - 5km or SHORT - 2km)
Running is the final leg. The run course is set on the perimeter road around Hawrelak Park. You are required to do one or two laps of the 2 km along with a final 100 m section leading to the finish line near the park pavilion (See the course map). LONG course teams may split the run into two segments.
There is water, food and refreshments available to athletes immediately following the race. Race results are posted in the pavilion and to this website as soon as they are available.
Awards to team and individuals, along with prize draws will take place at 12:30 PM.