Day of Race Parking
Please see our Parking Guide available HERE. There will be plenty of places to park and anywhere Downtown is just a short walk from the race site.
- Parking is not permitted on the race course, surprisingly.
- If you do decide to park on the race course then please be advised that a big greasy truck with a large hook will come and tow it away. You don’t want that, so heed the signs.
Safety & Courtesy
- Watch for pedestrians and stray vehicles on the course. Can vehicles be stray? Maybe. The Kelowna Apple Triathlon bike course is a ‘Closed Course’ so there should be no vehicles. But … watch for vehicles anyway.
- Respect other athletes.
- Show appreciation to volunteers. They are an integral part of the race and without them you wouldn’t be racing. Say thanks. Hug them.
- Rudeness towards a volunteer or official is grounds for disqualification.
- There is NO day of race package pickup.
- Saturday Racers – Race package pickup is Friday.
- Sunday Racers – Race package pickup can be done on Friday or Saturday.
- Please check the SCHEDULE to see when you can get your hands on some free swag, your bike numbers, wristbands, caps and all that other lovely stuff.
- Bikes must be checked in the night prior. See our schedule for when transition opens and closes.
- When you check your bike in it must have it’s bike number attached.
- When you check your bike in you must have your wristband on.
- A bike mechanic will be available in the morning. They will not want to rebuild your bike from scratch. This is not the time to get a free annual tune up. They will help sort any issues that you may have.
Timing Chips / Numbers
- Timing Chips will be given to you the day prior in your race pack.
- Your bike number goes on your bike. Make sure it is visible from either side whilst riding. Attaching to the seat post is a preferred location.
- Your helmet sticker goes on the front of your helmet. It helps the photographers allocate your photos to you.
- Don’t lose your timing chip. If you do lose your timing chip then come and see us at the Admin Tent. We will tell you that you weren’t supposed to lose your timing chip, and then give you another one.
Transition on Race Day
It’s show time! You’ll no doubt want to head to your bike, set up your little transition area.
- Transition opening time is TBC.
- No spectators will be allowed in transition. Only Competitors with valid wristbands will be allowed in transition.
- You will be assigned a spot according to your race number.
- Got a tiny bike with 650 wheels? Are your legs as long as the Wurtele’s? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do for you. We know it sucks to have a bike you can’t remove from under the rack bar or one that is flailing around in the wind because the wheels can’t touch the ground.
Relay Team Transition
Shared the duties between team members? Good idea. Solo sounds like hard work.
- The timing chip is your ‘relay baton’. Each athlete must have the timing chip when they do their segment of the race.
- The timing chip will be handed from one team member to the next in transition.
- A race bib number must be worn by the runner.
- All team athletes must have a wristband to enter the transition area.
- Only one bike per athlete. Seriously, who writes this stuff? Just bring one bike, check one bike in the night prior, get one bike in T1, ride one bike on the course. Obviously.
- Remove your wetsuit at your transition area. When you pull down your wetsuit, have a quick check to make sure it’s the only thing you pulled down.
- Only bring into transition the items you need for the race.
- Athletes may use the Bag Drop for extra items.
- The Bag Drop is in the expo area.
- You will need your wristband to pick up your bag. It has your number on it and ensures that Big Dave from Alberta doesn’t go home with tiny Susan from Washington’s yoga pants.
- It will be open from 6:00am until 2pm.
- Don’t leave valuables in your Bag Drop bag.
Waves starts will be announced closer to the race date and communicated in the athlete newsletter.
Be calm. Be wise. Be safe.
- A warm up swim is highly recommended. If you don’t get a warm up swim then have a 5 minute jog. Get the blood moving and get your heart rate up.
- Don’t be a hero. If you need help then ask for help.
- If you need help, ask early. Don’t wait until you are in distress. Swim to a Lifeguard, Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard. Hang on, have a chat, chill out.
- You can hold on to help as long as you like. Do not propel yourself forward using the craft. You can carry on when ready or they can calmly get you out of the lake.
Warning. You will get wet.
- Wear your official swim cap. It’s the right colour for us to herd you around efficiently.
- Stay off the swim course prior to the race.
- Please gather at the swim start area 15 Minutes Prior to your race start.
- Wetsuit ruling. An announcement will be made in the morning prior to race start.
- It is a Beach Start
- Lifeguards are on Kayaks, SUP’s and in boats.
- No course cutting. No diving under bouys.
- Please only discard your swim items (Wetsuit, Goggles, Swim Cap, Hopes and Dreams) in your own transition spot.
Swim Course maps will be posted shortly.
Sometimes the water is too hot for wetsuits. Okanagan Lake is pretty warm so this happens at The Apple frequently. No amount of wailing and tears will overrule the decision.
If wetsuits are prohibited you will hear an announcement early on race day. ‘No wetsuit’ means a couple of rules come into play so listen up. If wetsuits are prohibited then …
- You may not wear any other type of suit that you remove after the swim.
- Whatever outer layer you wear in the swim YOU MUST WEAR IT ON THE BIKE AND RUN.
- No wetsuits means no wetsuits, no short sleeved wetsuits, no neoprene shorts, nothing that aids buoyancy.
- Top Tip: If it is a no wetsuit swim, don’t wear anything baggy!
An athlete can wear a wetsuit for temperatures between 22 and 24.5 degrees as long as they compete in a separate “participation” wave after the race has commenced. Athletes who opt into the wetsuit wave will be included in a different set of results and will not be eligible for prizing and awards. These are not our own made up rules but rather following TriBC / ITU regulations:
- The wetsuit wearing athletes MUST start in a separate participation wave.
- The wetsuit wearing athletes must have a separate results sheet.
- Awards, prizes and podium positions shall NOT be awarded to participation wave athletes.
The swim is done. It’s pedal time!
- If you have your hands on your bike then you helmet MUST BE ON AND STRAP DONE UP.
- Do not mount your bike until after the mount line. Patience is a virtue.
- Merge with the other bike traffic in a controlled manner.
- Dismount your bike before the dismount line. Please arrive at the dismount line at a reasonable speed. You are entering transition, not landing a fighter jet. We will not ‘Be your wingman anytime’. Take it easy.
- You are responsible for counting your own laps on the bike.
- We have timing mats on the course to verify laps.
- Stay to the right.
- No drafting + No blocking = No penalties. (only the Youth & Junior Series are Draft Legal)
- No headphones.
- Watch out for random pedestrians and those stray vehicles we mentioned earlier.
- Emergency vehicles have right of way. All. The. Time.
We have a new bike course in 2018. Stay tuned for updated course maps which will be available soon!
Ignore some of the previously mentioned rules and you’ll incur a penalty.
- Drafting and blocking infractions = 1 min (Sprint) or 2 mins (Olympic) in the Penalty Box.
- Draft zone is 3m x 12m & 20 seconds to pass.
- Penalty Box located at entrance to T2.
Time to get sweaty.
- Marked by volunteers and cones
- Aid stations on course
- Count your own laps
- Lap verification mats on course
- Watch for pedestrians & stray vehicles
- Emergency Vehicles have the right of way.
Run Course maps will be available soon.
You made it home. Cameras are flashing, people are cheering, you feel like a rockstar.
- Please try to clear the finish chute promptly.
- Please do not re-enter finish chute once you have left.
Don’t lose them! Velcro them. Pin them.
- You will receive your timing chip at package pickup.
- DO NOT LOSE / FORGET YOUR TIMING CHIP
- Timing chips must be turned in at the finish line
- If you DNF turn in your timing chip in to an official or the finish line crew.
- There is a $75 charge for lost timing chips.
Hopefully you will not need to see these guys, but if you do …
- Write all medical conditions on back of race number bib
- The Canadian Ski Patrol is on the course
- There is a Physican at the Medical tent at finish line.
- In case of an emergency call 9-1-1
- Massages are available at in the expo on Saturday or Sunday.
Transition Check Out
- The Transition Area will be fully open after last runner has entered the run course.
- You may only remove bikes at that time.
- Make sure you take your own bike, not the nicest one you can find.
- Limited re-access to Transition Area permitted during race only at Harmony Bridge
- Do NOT interfere with other racers.
- Clear out all your equipment before 2:00 pm
- Transition closes at 2pm.
Lost and Found
- Located next to the Volunteer Tent
- The Volunteer Tent is located on the Plaza outside of Prospera Place. This is over the road from the transition area.
Thank you so much for coming to join us – we appreciate your presence at the 34th Annual Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon.
Since we want you to race hard and have fun we decided to include beer, pancakes and a band as part of the post-race festivities. Each athlete will get one plate of pancakes – hand the tear off portion of your bib to get loaded up. Your friends and family may also indulge for $6….please bring exact cash for that.
Beer requires ID, no exceptions – even if you haven’t been carded in decades, do us a favour and bring it as it is part of our liquor license requirements.
Thanks again and have a great race!