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North Pole Triathlon
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
North Pole, AK
Triathlon-Olympic - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
The North Pole Triathlon is an Olympic distance race held in and around Chena Lake Recreation Area in North Pole, Alaska. The race gives racers the opportunity to swim in one of the best open water areas in the area and to bike on very flat and smooth roads through a great community. The run will be on a combination of paved and gravel trails within the Chena Lakes Recreation Area. We hope you will agree this event is yet another great race that locals that be proud of and experience the world of triathlon racing. This race will be a great introduction to anyone who has never swum in an open water race and wants to give it a try.
The race starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 25. The swim is a counterclockwise triangle in the lake. All transitions will occur at the first parking lot off of Lake Park Road. Race distances are a 1500 m swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run.
Event details and schedule
The North Pole Triathlon will be raced in and around Chena Lake recreation area starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 25. The swim is a counterclockwise triangle in the lake. All transitions will occur at the first parking lot off of Lake Park Road. Race distances are a 1500 m swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run.
The water temperatures at Chena Lakes are highly variable so it is advised that athletes come prepared with wetsuits. Wetsuits will be allowed for all participants if the water temperature is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The swim portion of the race will begin with a mass start and will be 1500 m in length. The course will be marked with large orange floats. The race will begin on the eastern shore at the first parking area on Lake Front Drive and proceeds counterclockwise in a large triangle around the lake where you will exit to transition to the bike.
The bike course is 40 km and will be ridden on the public roadway. Participants must observe all rules of the road and stop at all stop signs and while making left turns. We will not stop traffic; be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ride as close to the shoulder as possible and use caution when passing. NEVER ride two abreast. It is against USAT rules. We are visitors to the North Pole area and want to be allowed to continue to race in the community; abiding by the rules of the road will help us succeed.
The bike course runs through the community surrounding Chena Lakes. It starts on the eastern shore at the first parking area on Lake Front Drive. From Chena Lake, proceed out, taking a right onto Laurance Road and out of the recreation area. At the stop sign, turn left to go under the Richardson Hwy overpass then onto Buzby Road. Right onto Laurance Road, right again onto the Old Rich Hwy until it nearly intersects the Richardson Hwy at turnaround #1.
Retrace the outbound route, except there is an additional right turn onto North Pole High School Blvd, proceed through turnaround #2 at the school’s parking lot, then backtrack on the Blvd, back onto the Old Rich and to the recreation area. Racers will continue all the way north on Laurance road until reaching turnaround #3. Circle around the island in the roadway then ride back to the transition area to complete the bike ride.
The run is 10 km using a combination of paved and dirt trails. It will be well marked. The run consists of one large loop with a short out and back followed by a shorter second loop. On the first loop racers will run out from the transition area heading north along the bike path on the eastern shore of Chena Lake for 1 km then veer left and immediate north for 1.5 km where the short out-and-back begins. Racers will turn left at the intersection and proceed 0.5 km before reaching the turnaround point. At this point, racers head east staying on the trail for 2.0 km before the trail veers south for an additional 2.1 km before turn right onto the paved bike path and returning back to the transition area and the end of lap one. The second lap will again follow the trail north for 1 km. At this point, turn right and proceed on this trail for 0.6 km then turn right and retrace your path back to the transition area and the finish.