Vancouver Triathlon

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Date(s) - 06/09/2021
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Second Beach


Race in scenic Stanley Park!

The 19th Vancouver Triathlon shuts down Stanley Park to allow you a closed road course!


What You Get


Standard Distance Triathlon
starting at*
1.5k Swim, 37.6k Bike, 10k Run

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Sprint Distance Triathlon
starts at*
750m Swim, 18.8km Bike, 5km Run

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Tri it Distance Triathlon
starts at*
300m Swim, 9.4km Bike, 2.5km Run

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*Register EARLY!  Fees increase on August 3 and August 21

  • Fees DO NOT include GST or online transaction fees
  • Triathlon BC membership required. You will be required to provide a valid membership number or purchase a membership (annual or  $20 ‘day insurance’)
  • We will be cross-referencing all inputted information.  If an inputted number is invalid, you will not be allowed to participant unless you:
    • display your valid membership number at package pickup
    • pay the day fee at package pickup.
  • Not a member yet?  Become a member of TriBC Now


Stanley Park – Ceperley Field (next to 2nd Beach Pool)

Stanley Park is located on the traditional territory of Coast Salish First Nations, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh.


As the entire course will be closed to traffic between 6:30am and 10am, parking within Stanley Park (north of Second Beach) will be accessible between 5 and 6:30am ONLY. Ample parking is available south of Lost Lagoon and parking lots surrounding Denman St.

Note:  Pay Parking is in effect.


The Vancouver Triathlon is excited to announce a new partnership with the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront.  This great partnership will offer competitors needing hotel accommodation great rates starting at $199 for the event weekend of September 3-7 2021. Rooms are limited and will be based on availability, to confirm your room book as soon as possible.

Competitors and spectators can claim these rates online at

Located near the beach, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront is in Downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood and walking distance to dining, attractions, Stanley Park and a short drive to the Triathlon Venue.


Package Pickup

Saturday, September 4   12:00pm-6:00pm @ The Right Shoe (1601 W 4th Ave, Vancouver)
Sunday, September 5     1:00pm – 6:00pm @ Stanley Park (2nd Beach)
     * you will be dropping your bike off at this time.

Bike Check

Not required

Race Itinerary

September 5th – Sunday –
1:00pm- 6:00pm – Package pickup, Bike Check and DROP OFF – Stanley Park.
     **Overnight security is provided**
3:00pm-4:00pm – Transition Training Seminar @ Transition

Transition Training Seminar

Never completed a race before? Need some advice/assistance? We all do!
We’re here to help! We are offering ‘Transition Training’ Seminars for all our our events.   Multisportscanada staff will be onsite on Sunday from 3-4pm. They will walk you through the in’s-and-out’s of the event; how to prepare your bike for the race, what to watch for, and of course answer any and all questions you may have!

September 6th – Monday –


Athlete check-in and chip pickup


Pre-race briefing (in transition)


Wave 1 – all Tri it triathlon athletes


Wave 2 – All Sprint Women & Teams


Wave 3 – All Sprint Men


Wave 4 – All Standard men 40+


Wave 5 – All Standard Men Under 40


Wave 6 – All Standard Women & Teams


Awards presentation


  • You may have noticed a recent announcement by the Parks Board that the Park is being closed from 7pm-7am daily.  Our event is excluded from this closure.
  • As the coyote attacks that are occurring are not normal be havious, we have to revise the run course.  We are requesting that upon your arrival on Monday morning you:
    • try to stay in larger groups when going to the transition area
    • use main corridors when arriving (avoid coming into the park via narrow trails)
    • try to maintain good sightlines and be ‘noisy’ in treed areas


We are implementing mandatory masking at the event.  Masks will be required:

  • When picking up race kits on Saturday
  • At bike drop off in transition on Sunday
  • Any time you gather before and after the event on Monday
  • Volunteers will also be wearing masks in high-touchpoint locations and sanitization stations will be available for everyone.




Standard  = 1.5km  •  Sprint Triathlon = 750m  •  Tri it = 300m

The swim will be held in English Bay on the shore of Second Beach. The expected water temperature is 17degrees Celcius and air temp 21degrees (current water temperature is 19 degrees). Wetsuits are suggested and the provided swim caps must be worn. Lifeguards on paddleboards, and volunteers in motorboats and canoes/kayaks will patrol the swim course. The Olympic event will consist of two(2), 750m laps (a beach run to begin the second). The Sprint event will be 1 lap. All waves will start with a beach run. Olympic athletes will have to exit the water to start their second lap. Please ensure you are on the beach 10 minutes prior to your race start time. The Tri It event will consist of a 1 lap course.


We will be swimming with the tide going out.
High tide (13.1 ft) will be at 5:10am.  Low tide at 12:11pm (3.0 ft).


Standard  = 37.6km  •  Sprint = 18.8km  • Tri it Triathlon = 9.4km

The sprint and Olympic distance bike courses will be comprised of 2 or 4 laps respectively. The course follows Park Drive.
The Tri it/Draft Legal wave is 1 lap of the course.  For the Draft Legal Wave, athletes must have been certified by TriBC to do draft-legal events.  Contact TriBC for details.

THIS COURSE IS ENTIRELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. Draft marshals and volunteers will patrol the course. Please keep your head up and be aware of other athletes, pedestrians and wildlife. The course will open to traffic flow at 10am.
The park may be busy with walkers – PLEASE KEEP YOUR HEADS UP. We will do our utmost to ensure your safety, but ultimately it is in your hands.
The Tri it event will consist of a 1 lap course.


  • Participants may use road or mountain bikes.
  • All bike repairs are done by cyclists only.
  • Portable music players are not permitted.
  • The practice of drafting behind cyclists is illegal.
  • Course Marshals will direct competitors and assist with traffic control.


Standard  = 10km  •  Sprint = 5km  •     Tri it Triathlon = 2.5km    

From transition, you will exit transition towards the swim chute.  A left turn onto the paved trail and follow it past First Beach to the turnaround point at the Inukshuk.  Return the same way but just past First Beach you will follow the trail right, to the upper trail back towards the transition area.  If you are lapping, follow the course back down the hill to the left, finishers stay right to the finish line!

Aid stations (with water and F2C) will be available at the exit of transition and at the Inukshuk turnaround point.
Get a detailed view of the map here –


The area where everything takes place and in competitive events, the place where a race can be won or lost!  In our event, usually a crazy spot as many people don’t know where to find their equipment during the event.

Please place your bike and equipment and then look around to ‘site’ your location—what are you next to, what does your towel look like, what rack are you in, etc.  When set up, leave transition and walk towards your bike when coming from the swim.

*NOTE: Transition will remain open once the race starts, but please stay next to your bike to avoid collisions with athletes that are currently racing.
**NOTE: Please have only what you will be racing with placed by your bike. No large bags, buckets or bins are allowed next to your bike.


The concept is simple: 1 person swims, 1 person bikes and 1 person runs. The ‘baton’ (timing chip) is passed between each team member in transition. Teams are a great way to take on a triathlon with friends or family.  Same sex, or mixed, race in one category.


Celebrate with fresh beer from Stanley Park Brewing! Head to Stanley Park Brewpub to redeem your bib for a refreshing sleeve of beer of your choice. Offer is valid from September 6th (right after your race!) until October 6th. One beer per race participant. Be sure to bring your race bib with you to enjoy.



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