What to Expect - the Long Answers
What: Trail Run, Trail Bike, Trail Run
Where: Willmore Park, Edson, Alberta. Edson is located on HWY 16, 2 hrs west of Edmonton, or 1.5 hours east of Jasper. Willmore Park is located 6km south of Edson on 63 street.
When: Saturday, August 19, 2023 9:00am start.
Check-in: 7-8:30 am
Don't forget: BUG SPRAY- the mosquitos are plentiful and hungry.
**limited spots available - adult duathlon maxes out at 100 entries**
Sprint Duathlon (solo): 5.4 km run, 20km bike ride (3 loops), 5.2 km run
$80 per person
Early bird $65
Team Duathlon: 5.4 km run, 20km bike (3 loops), 5.2 km run (1 runner, 1 cyclist - same runner for 2nd portion)
$140 ($70 per person)
Early Bird $110
TRI-A-Duathlon (solo): 3.4 km run, 6.7km bike, 2.3km run
$70 per person
Early Bird $55
Kids event – age 4-6 years: 460m bike, 300m run
Kids event – age 7-13 years (is 13 years of age on December 31): 1.1km run, 800m bike
Check-in: 7-8:30 am
Start time: 9:00am
Medal Ceremony: 2:00pm
Kids Race: 2:30pm (this is a fun event, there will be no timing of kids events)
Beer Gardens: 12:00pm-3pm with consumption by 4:00pm
There is a train crossing, south of HWY 16 on 63st. Please give yourself extra time in case there are unexpected delays.
Running route – These are multi-use trails with loose gravel or sand in spots, tree roots, bridge crossing, boardwalks, grass, and dirt with rolling hills, with many spectacular views of the McLeod River. Please be cautious of tree roots.
Cycling Route – There are no paved trails. Expect trail terrain such as dirt, grass, tree roots, boardwalks, loose gravel or sand in spots. Please use caution while racing. Tree roots can be slippery. There are also many turns and rolling hills.
Parking and Spectators:
There is limited parking at Willmore Park. Onsite camping is available if you book in advance. There are 2 vehicles per site and limited access will be available for vehicular traffic in the campsite during the race and will be temporarily closed for the kids race. Otherwise, parking will be located alongside the road at Willmore Park, with a parking attendant assisting vehicles. All vehicles will be parked with guidance from an attendant alongside the road. There is no charge for parking, but we highly encourage car-pooling.
The loop road at the bottom of the toboggan hill will be available for athlete or equipment drop off. No race day parking available.
We welcome spectators, friends and families to cheer on our athletes and enjoy our beautiful park. There is a day-use area towards the McLeod River, with a small playground, toys, picnic tables, firepits, and river access. Remember to bring bug spray.
Spectators are encouraged to car-pool.
Race Package Pick-up:
Race package pickup will be offered on Friday night on location at Willmore Park from 5-8pm. It will also be available on Saturday morning, from 7:00am – 8:30am at Willmore Park.
First Aid- On site for EMS will be our Local Fire Department. They have additional training and currently support our local EMS for emergency calls. They will have an ATV and a bike for emergency purposes. ATV’s are otherwise not permitted on the trails. A station will be set up for regular first aid.
We will have bike racks for the transition area. One bag will be permitted next to your bike for shoes, helmets or other gear required for the cycling portion of the race. Although we will have race officials nearby, your gear is left at your own risk. Please check in your bike and bag if required between 7:00am-8:30am on Saturday, August 19, 2023
Timing Chips - There are timer chips located in the racing bibs for accurate timing. The chips will be recording each leg of the race and will require the athlete to cross through the transition area for accuracy.
Washrooms – There will be onsite port-a-potties and campground washrooms with hand sanitizer.
There will be awards for the top 3 finishers in each category.
Solo-Sprint, Team Sprint, TRI-a-duathlon.
All registered kids will receive a medal. Kids events are not timed with a chip timer. It is a fun event.
Awards will be at 2:00pm, so most athletes can congratulate the top finishers.
Post- Race Beer Gardens:
Thirsty? We will have an on-site beer gardens from 12:00pm -3:00pm with consumption until 4:00pm. Feel free to purchase a locally brewed Craft beer (CASH ONLY) from APEX Predator Brewery. https://apexpredatorbrewing.com/ Enjoy conversing in the Beer Gardens with other competitors and spectators while talking about your race experience. ID will be required for all cash sales.
Willmore Park is located along the beautiful McLeod River. There is on-site camping available, however pre-registration is required. First come, first served! There are spots located near the river as well as some set back in an over-use campground. There are only 41 sites in total available. Book early to avoid disappointment.
A brand new bike skills park was completed in Fall of 2019. This bike skills park is a huge attraction to our area for residents and visitors. The Edson Cycling Association has been working tremendously hard to fundraise and manage this construction. In addition, they have built many kilometers of multi-use trails over the past several years. We will not be utilizing the bike skills park during the event. However, it may be of interest to check it out. Please refer to the Edson Cycling website for the most up-to-date information on all trail maps and the bike skills park. http://www.edsoncycling.com/