- Date: 19
- Venue: Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB
The Silver Skate Festival is home to the Edmonton Winter Triathlon (EWT), which challenges all levels of athletes to run, skate and ski to frosty victory.
Run - Skate - Ski
Short Course (10km) or Long Course (25km)
Solo, Team or Family Challenge
This year, races will be chip timed at two distances: Short Course (10km) or Long Course (25km).
Athletes have the option of flying solo, participating with their families or entering a team of friends -- max five people. Teams and families can split the race among team members as they choose and can pass the relay baton as often as they like. Participants are grouped into women's, men's, mixed, and family teams.
All three aspects of the triathlon take place inside Hawrelak Park. The run is held on the road around the park, the skating is held on the pond, and skiing through the trees and open parkland. Come cheer on the athletes - or better yet, sign up to enjoy the challenge!
New to winter triathlon? Here's what to expect.
Part One: Run
The first part of the race involves running a 2.8km or 5.3km distance on the perimeter road around the park. Athletes run around a 1250m, out-and-back course: 2 laps (Short Course) or 3 laps (Long Course).
Part Two: Skate
The next leg of the course involves skating 4km or 12km on Hawrelak Lake. Athletes skate around the 1000m loop: 4 laps (Short Course) or 12 laps (Long Course). Drafting is allowed. A board is set up near the start line to count laps. The lap count indicates the time remaining for the lead group. All racers, need to count their own laps.
Part Three: Ski
After the skating comes the skiing portion of the race - either a 2.5km or 7.5km distance around the lake and adjacent park area. Athletes ski laps of a 2.5km course: 1 lap (Short Course) or 3 laps (Long Course); they can use either skate (freestyle) or classic ski techniques.
Water, food, and refreshments will greet all solo athletes and teams after they ski across the finish line. Awards will be presented to the top three solo, team and family at each distance, as well as top individuals in each age category.
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Where is it run?
History of the EWT
Born in 1989 out of a desire for a race a "little different than the ordinary" the EWT brings together aspects of three common winter pursuits: running, skating, and skiing. The race was initially a “sprint” 5-5-5 km format starting with a skate and ending with a ski. In 2007 the race was changed to the longer and more challenging distance format of 10-10-5 km, Skate-Ski-Run. Two different distances started in 2012: 10-10-5 km and 4-4-2 km. The currect format debuted in 2015: run-skate-ski.
Information on Winter Triathlons
A winter triathlon combines three disciplines of either cross-country skiing, running, biking, skating, or snowshoeing. Our Edmonton Winter Triathlon (EWT) requires athletes to run, ice skate and cross country ski during on of the coldest months of the Canadian Winter - February.
The EWT takes place in Hawrelak Park one of the premier outdoor recreation facilities in Edmonton. 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.
2016 EWT Results