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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the cancellation policy?

Please see our race policies here

Will the event be cancelled if weather is inclement?

The event is sanctioned by Triathlon BC and follows standard protocols for ITU racing. On-site commissaries from TriBC, along with the Race Director, will determine if weather may adversely impact the safety of the event and make appropriate changes if necessary. The event is early in the season and mountain weather in Whistler may be unpredictable. Racers are encouraged to prepare for cold weather and precipitation. Lake temperatures will be measured on race day and a determination will be made should the temperature be below safe swimming standards, in which case the swim may be shortened (or canceled, though that is extremely unlikely). If the swim is canceled we will do a duathlon format.  

Is the event a qualifier for anything?

Yes! XTERRA Whistler is now a qualifier for the 2025  XTERRA World Championships in Trentino, Italy.

Do I need the Tri BC Insurance?

Yes, if you are not a member of Triathlon BC then you will need to purchase the Single-day Tri BC Membership insurance with your race registration. This is mandatory and will be done through the registration process. Non Tri BC members are required to pay an additional $15.50 Day of Race Tri BC insurance fee during the registration process. For U19 the one day Tri BC license is $5.50

Are there Awards?

We have awards for;

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Overall Male & Female for both Sprint & Championship races.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Female Age group awards for both Sprint & Championship races.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Males & Female Youth A (14-15), Youth B (16-17), and Juniors (18-19). 

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Relay Teams

There are no awards for the kids race U14. Kids U14 will receive finisher medals.

What do I get in my race package?

You will receive a XTERRA Whistler swim cap (must be worn for the race), timing chip, race bib (with safety pins), a bike plate (must be attached to bike) XTERRA Whistler swag (TBD), and some other goodies. For information on where and when to collect your race package, please see the Race Info page.

Is there a bag drop for my extra gear?

No, but there will be adequate room around the official transition area (fence lines) for storage of non-essential gear bags. 

Is the swim a mass start?

Yes. There will be one wave for the Sprint distance and one wave for the Championship distance on Sunday. The start area beach is large and the swim course will provide lots of room for racers to spread out. Swimmers with less experience or anxiety may self-seed to the rear of each wave. The Youth B (16-17) and Junior (18-19) races will start with the Sprint field. The Kids races will be split starts. 

How technical are the bike trails?

The bike course is challenging. While XTERRA Whistler runs on the easiest trails we have in Whistler, some still find them technical and challenging. We have had racers in their 60’s and 70’s successfully complete both the sprint and championship courses. The course is a mix of gravel road, gravel double track, and traditional single track. All of the trails in the Lost Lake area (known as Zappa trails) are either designated Green or Blue. There are no Black trails in the bike course. We highly encourage athletes to pre-ride the bike course prior to race day if possible. We will be having some bike clinics prior to the race. 

Will there be places to pass other racers?

There are 2 longer sections of gravel road at the beginning and middle which will provide great passing opportunities. For Championship distance, this will provide 4 good passing locations. Standard amateur sportsmanship conduct will be in effect for all other parts of the bike course. If a faster rider approaches you from behind and signals intent to pass, the rider in front should find a safe place to pull aside and let the faster rider by.

Can I ride a cyclocross or gravel bike for this event?

No. Traditional road handlebars are not permitted and tire width must be minimum 1.5”.

How technical is the run course?

The run course is a mix of gravel and decommissioned logging road, gravel double track, and traditional single track. The run course does contain some technical features, including the descent of the Green Lake Loop (decommissioned logging road) on the Championship route and final single track trails to finish (elevated slatted woodwork) (both Sport and Championship routes). This will make the run fun and challenging for all.

What are the rules for this event?

As a Triathlon BC sanctioned race the XTERRA will adhere to official ITU rules, which can be found at https://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/World_Triathlon_Competition_Rules_2022.pdf.

Where can I park?

There is VERY limited parking at Lost Lake. Plan to park in one of the public parking lots (https://www.whistler.ca/services/transportation/parking) and walk or ride into the race area. Walk is 15-20mins and Biking is <10mins. 

Where can I stay?

Check out our Accommodation page.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely. In fact we’d love you to. If you’ve ever participated in an event before, you’ll know that volunteers are the heart and soul of it all. Without them races simply do not happen. If you’re free September 14, or 15, 2024 to help volunteer, please complete the volunteer application. Your help is so appreciated.