About Challenge Penticton 2017

Be Here  |  23rd July 2017

On July 23rd 2017 we will be producing a Challenge Half event with distances of 1.9k / 90k / 21.1k. The race will take place on as much of the 2017 Long Distance Worlds course to give athletes an unparalleled opportunity to train on a course used in a World Championships 6 weeks later.

Categories:

  • Pro Men and Women
  • Solo Age Group Athletes
  • Relay Teams -2 and 3 person Age Group Athletes
  • Aqua Bike Age Group Athletes

START TIMES:

  • 6:30 am –Pro Men
  • 6:40 am –Pro Women
  • 7:00 am –Age Group Men, Age Group Women, Relays and Aquabike

Age Groups:

  • 5-year increments

PRIZE MONEY

  • $15,000 CAD Professional Purse.

AWARDS

  • Top 3 athletes awarded in each age-group division (male and female)
  • RELAY –Awards for first place male team, first place female team and first place mixed team.

SWIM COURSE

  • Consists of one 1.9 km loop in Okanagan Lake starting and finishing on the beach near Rotary Park – the same location as previous Challenge Penticton races.

BIKE COURSE

  • Final bike course options are being considered and are pending approval from various authorities. It’s the organizers goal to maintain a safe, fair, scenic, yet challenging bike course that showcases the surrounding region.

RUN COURSE

  • Final bike course options are being considered and are pending approval from various authorities. It’s the organizers goal to have an exciting, spectator friendly run course.

MINIMUM AGE

  • Solo – 18 years old
  • Relay – 16 years old (swim), 18 years old (bike and run)
  • Aqua Bike – 18 years old

DRAFTING

  • Draft -Illegal

FAQ's

You will find answers to several of our most popular questions below. If you still require assistance, please contact us through our CONTACT PAGE.

General

What events are you hosting?

Challenge Penticton 2017 is hosting races for:

  • Half Distance (Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km)
  • Half Distance Relay (Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km)
  • Aquabike (Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km)
Where in Penticton will I find the festival?

Different events will take place throughout Penticton. The central locations for the festival will be the Athlete Village/ Finish Area in Okanagan Lake Park and Transition in Rotary Park, located between Front St and Winnipeg St on Lakeshore Drive.

How do I get to Penticton?

Penticton, BC, Canada is found in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Penticton can be reached easily by car or airplane.

FLYING

-Into Penticton Regional Airport: Flights from Vancouver (55 minutes) and Calgary (1 hour) daily.

-Into Kelowna International Airport: Flights from various locations. Kelowna is located 1.25 hours North of Penticton on Highway 97.

-Into Vancouver International Airport: Flights from various locations. Vancouver is located 5 hours West of Penticton.

DRIVING

Penticton is located 5 hours away from Vancouver, BC, 5.5 hours away from Seattle, WA, and 8 hours away from Calgary AB.

-From the USA: Drive North on Highway 97

-From Vancouver: Drive East on Highway 3 or 3A, or take the Coquihalla (Highway 5) and Highway 97C.

-From Alberta: Drive West on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada), 16 or 93.

How do I transport my bike?

We are currently still reviewing bike transportation options, in the interim please check with your airline individually.

Where can I stay?

You can visit our accommodation page for options.

What else is happening on race week?

Challenge Penticton 2017 will be a weekend long festival with many events and activities for everyone. Check back soon for more info.

What is the doping policy?

All details for the anti-doping policy can be found here: http://www.triathlon.org/anti-doping . All athletes are responsible, whether professional or amateur, to abide by these rules to ensure a fair race for all.

Where is Lost and Found?

The lost and found will be located at the Info Booth in the Athlete’s Village/ Finish area. After race day contact info@challengepenticton.com for lost and found. All unclaimed lost items will be donated after 30 days.

Where can I see my results?

Results will be posted live to www.sportstats.ca on race day. Instructions for live tracking can be found here. And instructions for live Facebook and Twitter posting can be found here. A link to the results will also be available online at http://challenge-penticton.com/about/results/ shortly after the race.

Weather and Geography

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED AIR TEMPERATURE IN JULY?

During July, Penticton tends to be hot and dry. Based on historical averages, July has an average temperature of 20.4°C (68.7°F), an average high temperature of 28°C (82.4°F), an average low of 12.7°C (54.9°F) and an average of 28.3 mm (1.1 in) of precipitation. The average wind speed for July is 8.5 km/h (5.3mph). During the daytime Penticton has a mean relative humidity of 37% (dry) in July.

WHAT IS THE AIR QUALITY LIKE IN JULY?

Penticton generally has excellent air quality with little to no pollution. However, during the summer forest fires can sometimes be cause for Smoky Skies Advisories.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED WATER TEMPERATURE IN JULY?

The average water temperature ranges from 19-23°C (69-71°F) in Lake Okanagan during July.

WHAT IS PENTICTON’S ELEVATION?

Penticton has an elevation of 385 meters (1263 ft.).

Entry

HOW DO I ENTER?

Register for any of the Challenge Penticton 2017 events at http://challenge-penticton.com/enter/

DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF TRI BC?

Members of TriBC, ATA, STAC, and Triathlon MB are covered for race insurance. If you are not a member of one of the above mentioned triathlon associations you will need to buy race week insurance for an additional 15$ at athlete registration. The race week insurance will cover one or more events at the Canadian National Multisport Festival and Challenge Penticton 2016. You will only need to purchase race week insurance once if you are racing in multiple events.

 

I CAN’T RACE, CAN I GET A REFUND?

Withdrawal requests must be received in writing via e-mail to info@challengepenticton.com. All requests must be received before April 23, 2017 to be eligible for a transfer of the existing 2017 entry to another athlete or a deferral into the 2018 Challenge Penticton Triathlon.

 

CAN I CHANGE WHICH EVENT I AM REGISTERED FOR?

Yes. Email info@challengepenticton.com with your requested change and you will be contacted with information regarding any additional charges. If you are switching to a lower priced event you will not be refunded as the refund deadline was April 23rd.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY RACE KIT FOR ME?

No, only registered athletes are allowed to pick up packages. Please bring your photo ID and TriBC, ATA, STAC, or Triathlon MB card to athlete registration during designated check-in hours.

Course

WHERE CAN I SEE THE COURSE?

Select the relevant page for the race you are entering from the ATHLETES option in the menu bar. When available the maps will appear there.

WILL MY RACE BE A MASS SWIM START?

The Half Distance will have a pro men start at 6:30 am, a pro women start at 6:40 am, age group and Aquabike start at 7:00 am

DO YOU HAVE AID STATIONS? WHAT DO THEY HAVE AVAILABLE

There will be Aid Stations. Locations and Nutrition TBD

IS THERE SPECIAL NEEDS?

There are no special needs aid stations for any of the events.

WHAT ARE THE CUTOFF TIMES?

Cut off times are TBD

RULES

What are the Age Groups?

Your age group is based on your date of birth as of December 31, 2016 and will span out over 5 year increments starting with

Male and Female

  • 18-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+
WHAT AGE GROUP WILL I RACE IN?

Age Group athletes will race in their Age Group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31st, 2017.

WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
  • Solo – 18 years old
  • Relay – 16 years old (swim), 18 years old (bike and run)
  • Aqua Bike – 18 years old
ARE THERE OTHER CATEGORIES?

There is a Professional field for the Half Challenge Triathlon. The Half Challenge Triathlon will also have a Team Relay division. All 5 events will have an Age Group category.

CAN I WEAR MY WETSUIT?

Wetsuit rulings will be based on water temperatures taken 1 hour before the start of the event. For age group athletes with swims of 1501m and longer wetsuits will be allowed and encouraged up until water temperatures of 24.6°C and above.

CAN I USE MY DISC WHEEL?

Yes, disc wheels are allowed for all draft-illegal races.

ARE THERE RELAYS?

Yes, there is a Team Relayn.

RELAY TEAMS

AM I ABLE TO SWITCH FROM THE Half Distance (Solo) TO A RELAY?

Yes. Please contact info@challengepenticton.com to register your team and pay the additional $200 fee to enter the relay.

WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF MY TEAMMATES CAN’T DO THE RACE?

Do your best to find a replacement in the race, if no replacement is found you are still able to race with 2+ athletes in which one athlete will do two legs of the race.

SPECTATORS

WHERE CAN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WATCH ME?

The athlete village (Okanagan Lake Park), transition (Rotary Park), Gyro Park and Lakeshore Drive are central and ideal viewing areas for all of the race events.

CAN MY FRIENDS GO OUT ON THE COURSE TO CHEER ME ON

No, the racecourse is closed to spectator traffic. But there are many roads that can take you to junctions to cheer on your athlete. Many of the best spectator locations are right in the downtown area along Lakeshore Drive.

CAN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FINISH WITH ME

Yes! However please be courteous of other athletes.

CAN I GO INTO THE MEDICAL TENT TO FIND MY ATHLETE?

The Medical Tent is highly congested and spectators will not be allowed in. The athlete’s Emergency Contact will be notified. There will be a Medical Information Tent next to the Medical Tent where medical updates will be available on athletes who enter the Medical Tent.