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The North Pole Triathlon is an Olympic distance race held in and around Chena Lakes Recreation Area in North Pole, Alaska. The event gives racers the opportunity to swim 1500 meters in one of the best open water areas in the region and to bike 40K (26 miles) through a great community. The 10K (6.2 mile) 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 another great race that locals can be proud of in the world of triathlon racing. This race is a great introduction for anyone who has never swum in an open water race and wants to give it a try.
This year for the first time we will also have a relay option. Teams of two or three people may choose any combination of legs.
Registration opens Feb. 1 and will close when 99 participants have registered or at 12:00 pm AST on June 24, whichever comes first.
The North Pole Triathlon will be raced in and around Chena Lakes recreation area starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 26. All transitions will occur at the first parking lot off of Lake Park Road.
Entry fees are listed below and also require USA Triathlon membership, including all relay team members. If you are not a USAT member you will need to buy either a one-day membership pass ($15 adult; no one-day option if under 17) or an annual pass ($50 adult/$10 if under 17) to participate. Minimum participant age is 16 as of 12/31/21. Note: it is not necessary to be an Active member to register.
- Feb. 1- June 9 $50
- June 10 - 23 $75
- June 24 $100
Relay team fees:
- Feb. 1 – June 9 $90
- June 10 - 23 $120
- June 24 $150
Each team member must have a current USAT membership.
Water temperatures at Chena Lakes are on the cool side (55 to 65 degrees) so it is advised to bring a wetsuit. Per USAT, these are allowed for all participants if the water temperature is 78 degrees F or lower. The swim begins with a mass start (typically less than 50 people) along the shore. The course will be marked with large orange floats at each corner. 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 on public roads. While on paved roads, 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 safe and remain 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 ensure this.
The bike course routes through the community of North Pole. It starts on the eastern shore at the first parking area on Lake Front Drive. From Chena Lakes, proceed out to the entrance, 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.
The return retraces 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 boulevard, back onto the Old Rich and back to the recreation area. Racers will continue all the way north on Laurance road until reaching turnaround #3 near the Chena dam. Circle around the island in the roadway then ride back to the transition area to complete the bike ride.
The run is a well-marked 10 km on a combination of paved and dirt trails. It 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 Lakes for 1 km before veering left and immediately 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 turning right onto the paved bike path and returning 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 lap 1 back to the transition area and the finish. There will be aid stations approximately every 2 miles on the run course.