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Find Two 2014 Triathlon Events in Toronto

Two major triathlon events return to Toronto in 2014. In July, we host the Toronto Triathlon Festival. The Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend, in August, is organized by a completely different promoter. (Updated Aug. 11, 2014: see the Where is the Triathlon on the Toronto Islands? section below).

Where can you watch these triathlon events in Toronto? And what specific disciplines will be on display?

"Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda" image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)
“Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda” image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)

The Toronto Triathlon Festival in July 2014

The media will probably note that the Toronto Triathlon Festival will shut down parts of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway for part of July 13, 2014.

This annual summer Toronto event has participants swimming from Ontario Place to the mainland, cycling on the Gardiner and DVP, and running along the Martin Goodman Trail south of the CNE.

The Toronto Triathlon Festival disciplines are individual and relay formats for each of the Olympic distance and sprint distance.

The Olympic distance requires a 1500m swim, 40Km bike ride, and 10Km run. This is the discipline in which Simon Whitfield won his Olympic gold medal. The organizers have invited Whitfield to provide some inspirational coaching to the competitors as part of this weekend festival.

The sprint distance offers a 750m swim, 20Km bike ride, and 5Km run.

The relay formats allow two or three athletes to specialize in the swim, bike or run portions of a race.

Spectators can watch parts of the event from a variety of locations. The focal point is Ontario Place, just south of the CNE. I would take the TTC to Coronation Park, and walk west along the Martin Goodman Trail. Watch the swim as well as the transitions from swim to bike and from bike to run in this vicinity.

The northern limit of the bike segment is the DVP at Eglinton; and the Gardiner is closed east from the South Kingsway. The westernmost run is the Martin Goodman Trail (Lakeshore West) at the South Kingsway.

Let’s remember that the 40Km bike ride requires the combined stretch of DVP from Eglinton to Gardiner at South Kingsway… twice. Imagine a few hundred competitors trying to race eight loops of a 5Km portion of the Martin Goodman trail by bicycle! They need the distance on a safe roadway.

On Sat. July 12, the “Pan Am Cup” race for elite women begins at 7:00am; the elite men’s begins at 9:30am. (Updated July 12, 2014): On July 11, 680News reported a road closure on eastbound Lake Shore Blvd from Parkside Dr. to Newfoundland Rd. until 1pm. That’s about 4Km one way, so my guess is the cycling leg for the elite race will bike five full laps (or six laps of 3.3-ish Km) distance for the Olympic discipline. Remembrance Dr. is also closed, possibly as a transition area.

The freeway closures are only scheduled for Sunday, according to the Toronto City Hall road closures page, for the rest of the races which start at 6:50am for the Olympic distance and duathlon. Other races begin later that morning.

Join the Finish Line Festival at Coronation Park, just east of the CNE grounds and south of Lakeshore, later on Sunday. The organizers haven’t posted their detailed plans, but last year included family-friendly attractions including pro sports, police and fire services representatives.

Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend in August 2014

Mainstream media will pay much less attention to the Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend on August 23 and 24, 2014. Their competition is confined to the Toronto Islands, with little impact on the rest of the city. Toronto Island Ferry service will start early to accommodate the competitive schedule for this event.

The Toronto Island Triathlon disciplines are give-it-a-tri, sprint triathlon, duathlon and sprint duathlon. The give-it-a-tri distance will likely require a 400m swim, 10Km bike ride and a 2500m run.

Note that these distances are much shorter than the Olympic distance for the Toronto Triathlon Festival, so these disciplines can indeed squeeze onto the Toronto Islands.

Spectators will want to follow this link to the City of Toronto’s official Toronto Islands Ferry Schedule page. Other than that: pack a picnic and some beach chairs, take the ferry and enjoy watching the competition.

On Sat. Aug. 23, the give-it-a-tri starts at 8am. Sunday’s races also begin at 8am. Remember to get to the ferry dock with plenty of time to spare! And the subway never starts nearly that early on Sundays.

Where is the Triathlon on the Toronto Islands?

(Added Aug. 11, 2014): Thanks to vigilant reader  Charlotte F. for asking about directions for spectators to the Toronto Island Triathlon. After checking their official pages describing the race course for the athletes, here is my best advice.

"Map of Toronto Islands for Triathlon" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
"Map of Toronto Islands for Triathlon" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

The transition zone, where triathletes mount and dismount their bicycles to switch from swim to bike, and from bike to run, is a pretty large area on the southern island. My map shows that approximate spot with the large blue circle. That map shows Hanlon’s Point in a pair of green ovals, and marks Lakeshore Ave. (on the island, NOT “Lake Shore Blvd” on mainland Toronto) with curved blue & green lines.

The action starts on the long south shore facing the open lake, with the swim at Hanlon’s Point. The bike is on Lakeshore Ave. The run starts on the north side of the transition area and finishes there, too.

My advice is to find a nearby spot “off the beaten path” but near the transition zone, and walk briskly to change locations for start, transition, and finish. Obey the course officials and respect any paths that are roped off for the athletes.

The official map pages are “Give It a Tri on Toronto Islands 2014” and “Sprint Triathlon on Toronto Islands 2014“. They also have a map for the duathlon.

Some Official Online References for these 2014 Triathlon Events in Toronto

The official online sites for these two Toronto triathlon events have extra information; here are some links.

Spectators for the July triathlons will find “Toronto Triathlon Festival Unique Downtown Course” the most useful official web page, with links to maps for each discipline. The Toronto Triathlon Festival home page outlines the whole weekend and provides lots more detail.

The Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend has one major page. I also found the Multisport Canada Race Distances page really useful for triathletes across Ontario. And you can click on the Race Distances page’s logo to go to their home page.

Newer triathletes should find that both sites are worth exploring, to learn more about entering triathlon competitions.

I’d written about these Toronto triathlons in previous years; for example:

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The Usual Pair of Toronto Triathlon Competitions in 2013

About a year ago, I learned that there are two Toronto triathlon competitions; and that each has more than one event. I sorted it out in “To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012“.

Now it’s time to remind triathletes to register for your 2013 races.

Two Toronto Triathlon Organizations

"Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda" image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)
“Triathlon Transition Zone in St. Kilda” image by pfctdayelise (Brianna Laugher)

The simplest introduction to these triathlons is by month: July or August.

The Toronto Triathlon Festival of July 19-21, 2013

The 2013 Toronto Triathlon Festival, or TTF, takes the weekend of July 19-21, with Olympic distance and Sprint distance races, including relays.

The start zone is at Ontario Place, with the swim before transitioning to bicycle on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. You then run parallel to the lake and finish in Coronation Park.

As you know, the Olympic distance has 1,500 metre swim, followed by a 40 Km bike and 10 Km run. The Sprint distance covers exactly half of each.

Interested triathletes should start with their official page, “Important 2013 TTF Registration Info“. The “Registration” button is plain as the nose on Pinocchio’s face, but I had to look awhile before seeing it at the far right of the top menu.

The Toronto Triathlon Festival opened registrations in December, so the clock is ticking.

Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend: Tentatively August 24-25, 2013

As of Jan. 19, 2013, MultiSport Canada says that the dates for all their triathlon races are tentative. However, the Aug. 24-25 weekend is posted for the Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend.

The venue is the Toronto Islands; the ferry fare is included in your entry fee.

Saturday’s race is “Give it a Tri”, which covers a 400m swim, 10Km bike section, and 2.5Km run.

On Sunday, the Sprint Duathlon and Sprint Triathlon are contested.

  • Sprint Duathlon starts with a 5Km run, 20Km bicycle section and finishes with a 3.75Km run.
  • Sprint Triathlon covers exactly the same distances as the July Festival’s Sprint distance: 750m swim; 20Km bike; 5Km run.

Their information is at “Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend“.

Prepare Early for Two 2013 Triathlons in Toronto

Triathlon races truly test an athlete’s fitness, and require both planning and mental focus during those events. It’s exciting to see a healthy enthusiasm for triathlon in Toronto, to go with the many charity running events.

Travelling triathletes should scout ahead for repair and rental shops. Where can you get bicycle repairs in Toronto on a weekend?  Is there a triathlon wetsuit rental shop in Toronto? When are they open?

Online retailer Light in the Box includes bike accessories in their broad selection of discount-priced, quality goods.

Again the important differences between the two events include:

  • Dates: July versus August.
  • Distances: Olympic and Sprint versus Sprint and Give-it-a-Tri.
  • Venues: Ontario Place (connected by bridge to the mainland, a few kilometres west of the ferries) versus the Toronto Islands (only accessible by ferryboat. The Mythbusters demonstrated that riding a bicycle underwater is futile, in the “It is impossible to ride a bicycle under water” segment of a mini-myths episode).

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One Triple 2012 Toronto Triathlon Aug. 25-26 on the Islands

While the competitors know when and where to compete in “MultiSport Canada’s Toronto Island Triathlon Weekend“, spectators need the details for the three competitions, too!

The Venue, Dates and Times for the MultiSport Toronto Triathlon 2012

"North West Triathlon" by (The contributor of this photo is David Hawgood)
“North West Triathlon” by (The contributor of this photo is David Hawgood)

The venue for this triathlon festival in Toronto consists of the Toronto Islands. The transition area and finish line are just south of the Toronto Island Airport, south of the Hanlon’s Point ferry dock. Further ferry details below!

The dates are August 25 and 26, 2012.

The starting time is 8am or there-abouts for each competition. Yes, eight o’clock in the morning.

These events seem scheduled to finish well before noon, especially for Saturday’s Try-a-Try. Spectators should plan to arrive for the start, or risk missing the chance to view a 2012 triathlon on the Toronto islands.

The three events are the “Try-a-Tri” on Saturday, followed by both the Duathlon and the Short Triathlon on Sunday morning.

The Try a Triathlon on Sat. Aug. 25, 2012

This introductory triathlon event’s competitors swim 400 metres, bicycle 10 Km, and run 2.5 Km on Saturday morning.

The Duathlon on Sun. Aug. 26, 2012

Duathlon athletes eschew the swim. Instead this event starts and ends with a 4.5Km run, with the 30Km bike ride sandwiched between the runs.

Sunday’s Short Triathlon Competition on the Toronto Islands

This triathlon consists of a 750 metre swim, followed by a 30Km bike stage and finishing with a 7.5Km run.

The Triathlon Spectators’ Guide to Hanlon’s Point

The first task for spectators is crossing from the mainland to the Toronto Islands.

The triathlon organizers have arranged for service from the ferry docks to Hanlon’s Point, starting at about 6am on Saturday and Sunday.

The Hanlon’s Point ferry dock is north of the transition area but north and east of the Toronto Island airport.

Vantage Points for the Triple Toronto Triathlon in August 2012

Follow Lakeshore Road south; the transition zone is where the athletes rack their bicycles when they’re not riding.

The swim portion uses the lake on the south side of the island.

The bicycle portion starts and ends in the transition area, and uses Lakeshore Road east to Ward’s Island on the southern coast.

The run for Saturday’s Try-a-Tri is north and east of the transition zone. However, Sunday’s runs use both the north and part of the southern routes along Lakeshore Road.

Partisan cheering for your friends or loved ones might be best near the transition area and finish line. However, the competitors might appreciate exhuberant cheering anywhere along the route.

Extra Note about the Toronto Ferry Docks

Out-of-town visitors might not realize that the Toronto ferry terminal just south of, and “behind”, the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel at the south-east corner of Queen’s Quay and Bay Street.

The Hanlon’s Point ferry would likely be the only one operating that early either morning.

On Saturday, take the subway to Union Station, then either the #509 Harbourfront or #510 Spadina line south. The subway won’t be available that early on Sunday morning. An alternative is the #6 Bay bus southbound.

No More Confusion about Toronto Triathlons

I had written “To Untangle Two Toronto Triathlons in 2012” because the “Ironman” brand had planned their first Olympic distance triathlon for Toronto in 2012. That straightened out the confusion between two organizations with different triathlon distances.

Where to Watch the July 2012 Toronto Triathlon Festival Races” was my spectators’ guide to their completely different event.

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