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Point Grey Triathlon

CANCELLED for 2017

An Official TriBC Sanctioned Event


An Official Sanctioned Race


Contact: ubc.triathlon@ubc.ca or 604 822 3996 (24 hours).

Event Description: The beautiful UBC Campus plays host to this popular summer triathlon. Swim in the indoor pool, cycle along scenic Marine Drive, and run in the scenic shade of UBC Main Mall and South Campus. Options include Sprint, Short, Duathlon, Relay and a new Kids 'Splash Pedal and Dash' fun race. A  favourite for new triathletes and seasoned racers alike; as well as parents and kids!

Come and have some fun - we offer a free clinic series (Run Ready, Swim Ready, Bike Ready and Race Ready), professional race timing and a fully staffed official TriBC sanctioned event.

Event Format Public, staff and student registration available in Sprint, Short, Duathlon and Relay. Relay teams register 3 people, 2 needed to race. All start times are based on estimated swim times. Kids 'Splash Pedal and Dash' fun race for 6 -12 year olds with parents/guardians access alongside at all times.

Confirmation of Registration: From May, once you have registered your name will appear on the 'Entrants List' within approx 48 hours. You'll receive more details closer to the race.

Race Distances (swim/cycle/run):

Sprint - 700m, 20km, 5km
Short - 400m, 11km, 5km
Relay - 700m, 20km, 5km
Duathlon - 5km run, 20km cycle, 5km run (no swim)

Kids 'Splash, Pedal and Dash' - see menu below.

Early Bird Registration Close: Midnight Monday May 15th 2017 discount fee

Registration Deadline: 5pm June 12th 2017 also souvenir shirt order deadline.

Relay Team Roster Submission Deadline: 5pm Thursday June 15th 2017

Event: from 7am Sat Jun 17th 2017

General Race Start Timings (check Entrants List for your start time):

Sprint – 7am
Short – 8.45am
Duathlon – 9am
Relay – 9.30am

Kids 'Splash, Pedal and Dash' - from 10am

Race Day Late Registration: Available on Race Day only at University Square (East Mall and University Blvd) Sat Jun 17th 2017 extra fee - payment by debit or credit card only. 

Late Sprint – 6am
Late Short – 6.45am
Late Duathlon – 7am
Late Relay – 7.30am

Late Kids 'Splash, Pedal and Dash' - 9.45am

Don't follow the adult race guidelines on this webpage! 

The course is open for parents to be alongside/have access to their kids as they take part in this fun event! Certificate, gift and donuts for all kids after they finish; have a picture on the podium and tell the other kids at school how much fun you had at UBC in a real swim, cycle and run.

Age: 6 to 12 (other ages please ask)

Routes and Distances: This will NOT be part of the regular triathlon routes. Swim 1x  length of Indoor Aquatics Pool; cycle 750m; run on Main Mall 750m and  run across the main triathlon Finish Line to grab your Completion Certificate, water bottle gift and donuts!

Included in the experience: Guided swim, cycle and run. Water bottle gift. Finish zone podium digital photo opportunity, donuts and refreshments.

Registration and Prices: Register here on the website at the menu further down this page or in person at UBC.

Early Registration Deadline: Midnight Monday May 15th 2017

Regular Registration Deadline: 5pm June 12th 2017

Race Day Late Registration: Available on Race Day only at UBC SRC Sat Jun 17th 2017 extra fee. Please email/call for arrival times.

Race Day Procedure:

Time of Kids 'Splash, Pedal and Dash': Arrive at 10am on Sat Jun 17th 2017. Kids and adults will receive a familiarity talk with our friendly staff before having some fun from approx 10.45pm onwards.

We're happy to announce our partners are offering free clinics and workshops for our race participants. No need to book a place, there's enough room for everyone.

  • Triathlon Training BRICK workout: from TBD to TBD with Running Room Wesbrook Village.  All runs start and finish at the store and all runs are on trail - PGT participants are welcome to drop in and train on Mon clinic nights 6:00pm or Wed at 6:00pm, or Sun at 8:30am. Call the store for more details!
  • Bike Readiness Clinic:  TBD 6pm - 7:15pm and TBD 6pm - 7:15pm  with More Bikes at 1856 W. 4th store location.  This session is perfect for first time triathletes and experienced racers alike and will give you some great maintenance and cycling tips from a current triathlete and bike mechanic Brice Evans to get the most out of your race.  We are also offering discounted tune ups at $49.99 (regular $59.99) and 15 percent off any accessories and parts up to July 18, 2016.
  • Race Ready: TBD at 6pm - 7pm with UBC Tri Club at UBC War Memorial Gym Room 206/208. This workshop will cover all the essential prep you need to make your race one to remember. Specially geared towards the PGT: Training, gear and nutrition tips for the big day!

Mandatory Bike and Helmet Check: All competitors must complete a bike and helmet check prior to taking part. Your equipment will receive check stickers from our partner More Bikes who are available during store hours. This check is to fulfill your TriBC safety requirements, regardless of the last check you may have completed.  Limited checks will be available on race day (this will require an early arrival).

Race Package Pick-up: Save time on race day and collect your race package from the Running Room West 4th from 4.30 - 7pm on Wed June 14 or Running Room Wesbrook Village from 4.30 - 7pm on Thu June 15. You'll need to show Government photo ID and sign a waiver.  The bag serves as your wet bag on race day and includes your race number and safety pins, event information and race day procedures, sponsors product, upcoming event information, and a technical shirt (if purchased). All members of relay teams must be present to sign a waiver in order to receive the team's race package. SAVE TIME and combine your Pre-race Package Pick Up and Bike Check at West 4th Ave on Wed June 14 (Running Room and More Bikes are closely situated). Race package pick-up will also be available on race day (this will require an early arrival).

Wet Bag: Participants will be given a bag when they pick up their race package. Fill it with anything you would like to have following your swim (e.g. towel, change of clothes, flip flops) and drop it off with our staff on the pool deck on Race Day. After your swim, your wet bag will be handed to you as you exit the pool and before you get changed. You can leave your wet bag at the pool after this and it will be available at the Finish Zone following your race!

Heat Allocation: Following the registration deadline, all swimmers are assigned to heats based on their estimated swim time. Out of courtesy for other participants, please do your best to submit an accurate estimated swim time - if your estimated swim time changes significantly prior to the registration deadline, please contact us. Heat times are subject to change depending on final registration numbers.

Race Rules: For the safety of all participants and spectators, all competitors must follow the rules of Triathlon British Columbia.  It is recommended that participants become familiar with these rules here. For first timers, highlights of these rules include: No headsets or headphones (iPods and other music devices) on the run or cycle; helmet securely fastened from the time they remove their bicycle from the rack at the start of the cycle until after they have placed their bicycle on the rack at the finish of the cycle; competitors must mount and dismount their bicycle at the designated area or line; cycling is not permitted in the Cycle Transition area; drafting (riding within 10 meters of another participant) is not permitted; passing - participants are asked to ride on the right side of the lane and to pass on the left side of the lane; turn around points - there are a number of 180-degree turn around points on the course, reduce speed and use caution.

Maximum Swim Times: We also have strict guidelines for keeping your race on schedule - UBC Recreation will disqualify participants that exceed the maximum swim times: Sprint/Relay, - 28 minutes Short - 20 minutes. Participants disqualified for exceeding the time will be asked to leave the pool but may continue on to the cycling and run portions on the race but will not be ranked.

Merchandise: We offer our Point Grey Triathlon 2017 Technical T-shirts in youth and adult sizes for $32. Buy when you register or email ubc.triathlon@rec.ubc.ca for more information. Spec includes 6-oz, 100% polyester jersey knit, wicking properties and easy care fabric. Size measurements for Youth S, M, L here and Adult XS, S, M. L and XL are here.

Hotel Discount: Coming from out of town? If you are looking for accommodation during race weekend, check out The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites. There is a special rate exclusively available when you contact Tracey Fagg at (604) 639-2402 or sales@coastvancouverairport.com and ask for the "UBC Athletics & Recreation rate" for the Point Grey Triathlon. 

Parking: Pay parking is available throughout campus. The closest parkade to your arrival check in is North Parkade . Exit the parkade for a short walk to University  Plaza, location of Registration and the Cycle Trans area. For more information on parking throughout campus, including rates, please click here.

Race Day Weather: Come prepared to dress for a variety of weather conditions. Average temperatures can range from 20 - 35 degrees Celsius with sunny skies, but July in Vancouver can be unpredictable. In the event of extreme weather conditions please visit here.

Step by Step Guide: Please use the following steps as a guide on what to do when you arrive at UBC for your race. This is for the ADULT race only, Kids racers arrive for 10am and receive a welcome brief:

  • Bike and Helmet Check: 60 mins before your heat time. Head to the Registration Zone by Cycle Transition where you'll find our sponsor More Bikes. They will approve your bike and helmet prior to your race. If you have already had your helmet and bike approved before race day at a More Bikes location, you will not need to complete this step.
  • Race Package Pick-up: 55 mins before heat time. Pick up your race package at the Registration Zone by Cycle Transition. Your race package will include your race number and wetbag. Please bring Government photo ID and you will also be required to sign a waiver. If you have picked up your package prior to race day, you will not need to complete step.
  • Cycle Transition: 45 mins before your heat time. If you have collected your race package and your bike and helmet are approved, head to the Cycle Transition Check-in. Bike racks will be numbered according to heat numbers and race volunteers will direct you to your area.  You must pin your race # bib to the outside of your cycling/running shirt, this must be visible at all times.
  • Timing Chip Pick-up for Triathlon and Relay Swimmer: 35 mins before your heat time. Head to the Aquatic Centre and change into your swim suit. Separate male and female change rooms have coin lockers for two quarters each if required. Go to the pool deck, do not shower immediately prior to your race so that we can apply your body number. Also make sure your wetbag is labeled correctly (done at registration/pre-race package pickup). You'll drop off your wetbag and be given your 'Startline Timing' timing chip, this must be worn on your ankle. Remember your race number and expect to remain on the pool deck after picking up your timing chip ready for your heat, you'll be called forward approx 15 minutes before your race.
  • Timing Chip Pick-up for Duathlon and Pre-Race Assembly: 25 mins before your heat time. If you are racing in the duathlon, pin your race # to the outside of your cycling/running shirt before you enter the Duathlon Start Zone, your race # must be visible at all times. The Duathlon Start Zone is located south of Cycle Transition area on Main Mall; this is where you'll collect your 'Startline Timing' timing chip and it must be worn on your ankle.  Once your chip is issued YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE ASSEMBLY AREA. A staff member will give a pre-race speech and lead you to the start line.
  • Team Relay Cycle/Run Pre-Race Assembly: 10 mins before relay hand-over. You must hand over the 'Winning Time' chip in the respective Assembly areas. Pin your race # to the outside of your cycling/running shirt. Your race # must be visible at all times.
    • If you are cycling, go to the Relay Cycle Assembly area located at the East entrance of the Cycle Transition area on University Blvd and East Mall: make sure you're there in time to meet your swimmer running from the pool.
    • If you are running, go to the Relay Run Assembly area located at the south exit of the Cycle Transition area on Main Mall: make sure you're there in time to meet your cyclist running through Cycle Transition.
  • Race: Have fun and good luck! Remember to look out for your turnaround points on the run and cycle as we have different distances for different racers!
  • Finish Line: Located south of Cycle Transition on Main Mall. Volunteers will be here to give you your PGT Waterbottle gift and help return your timing chip (If you do not complete your race, please return the chip to the chip collectors at the finish line, or mail it as soon as possible to the race organizers). A light snack and water will also be available, as is your wet bag and First Aid.
  • Awards: The Awards Ceremony will take place from approx 1pm at the Finish Line area, please check with our staff for timings on the day. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from all the Sprint, Short, Duathlon, and Relay race categories will be presented with certificates, overall winners will receive prizes. Additionally, TriBC and TriCanada will make awards too.
  • Wetbag Pick-up and bike collect from Cycle Transition: Grab your bag at the Finish Line area, make sure you have your bib number displayed. Please remove your bike and equipment from Cycle Transition as soon as possible following your race via the Check in/out. You must have your bib number to do this for security.
  • Race Day Procedure:

Our routes for the 2017 are featured below. The cycle route will be closed to traffic however the run route is an open course with a spectator-free zone in Hawthorn Place (Main Mall from Thunderbird to Stadium) to consist with noise by-laws. Please be aware of pedestrians and vehicle traffic across the complete run route. There is a downloadable pdf here Race Map PGT 2016

  • Cycle Route: Loop point for laps is located 250m north of Marine Drive/Stadium. Signage and an inflatable arch mark the spot. ALL complete TWO laps less Short racers (one lap only).
  • Run Route: Loop point is located at Main Mall/Stadium. ALL must complete TWO laps; signage clearly marks this point (map script below is misleading with '1 lap'; please ignore).
  • Road Closures: Expected road closures/restrictions to be in effect around the UBC area are marked on the map below for Sat Jun 17th between 4:00am and approx 4:00pm.

    This includes North West Marine Drive south to Kullahan Drive (western side only south of 16th) and University Blvd west of Main Mall.

    Alternatives and Diversions: 

    Marine Drive from West Mall to 16th Ave: use Wesbrook Mall and 16th Ave. Between West Mall and University Blvd is local access only, no through road. West Mall remains open for all Agronomy and Lower Mall access.

    Marine Drive south of 16th Ave: open bilateral direction on western side of carriage way with Traffic Control.

    University Blvd: closed, with north/south access via West Mall.

    Stadium Road: is open for local traffic only (hospice).

    Botanical Gardens: via Stadium Road only.

    Pool Map: This will follow soon, thank you for your patience.

    Results will be posted here by our professional timing partners 'Startline Timing'. 

    Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Regular registration is open until 5pm Monday

    Confirmation of Registration: From 5pm Monday June 12th, once you have registered your name will appear on the 'Entrants List'. You'll receive more details closer to the race.

    Late Registration: After regular registration closes, limited late registration will only be available at UBC Campus on Race Day Sat Jun 17th 2017. All late registrants must email ubc.triathlon@ubc.ca or 604 822 6000 (working hours) for guidance on availability and arrival times.

    Public or Student/Staff? Only current students and faculty/staff are eligible for the rates below. If you are a relay team and have one or more members who are public, your category will be 'Public'.

    Paratriathletes: We are very happy to accommodate the needs of athletes with a disability. Please contact us at ubc.triathlon@ubc.ca for more information.

    Refunds: These will be issued in full until 5pm Mon Jun 12th. After this date and until Sat Jun 17th 2017, there will be a $25 admin fee. If you are sick or injured after Sat Jun 17th 2017, refunds will be subject to a $25 processing fee and will only be issued upon written proof (Doctor's Certificate), which must be dated no later than Sat Jun 17th 2017 and submitted to UBC Recreation no later than 5pm Friday June 23rd 2017. In the unlikely occasion the race is forced to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the event organizers, refunds will not be given to any participants following the registration deadline.

    Earlybird Registration (Register by May 15th)


    Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student CSC Staff/Faculty Public
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Short Early (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC May 15


     58733 N/A  58737  58741
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Sprint Early (Coed)
    Sat 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC May 15

     58731 N/A  58735  58739
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Duath Early (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 18 UBC May 15

     58732 N/A  58736  58740
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Relay Early (Coed)
    Sat 9:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC May 15

     58734 N/A  58738  58742
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Kids SPLASH PEDAL DASH Early (Coed)
    Sat 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC May 15
    N/A N/A N/A
    N/A N/A N/A

    Regular Registration (Register by June 12th)


    Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student CSC Staff/Faculty Public
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Short Reg (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 12


     58733 N/A  58737  58741
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Sprint Reg (Coed)
    Sat 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 12

     58731 N/A  58735  58739
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Duath Reg (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17

     58732 N/A  58736  58740
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Relay Reg (Coed)
    Sat 9:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 12


     58734 N/A  58738  58742
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Kids SPLASH PEDAL DASH Reg (Coed)
    Sat 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 12 N/A N/A N/A
    N/A N/A N/A

    Late Registration (Available on Race Day)


    Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student CSC Staff/Faculty Public
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Short Late (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17

     58733 N/A  58737  58741
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Sprint Late (Coed)
    Sat 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17

     58731 N/A  58735  58739
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Duath Late (Coed)
    Sat 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jun 18 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17

     58732 N/A  58736  58740
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Relay Late (Coed)
    Sat 9:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17

     58734 N/A  58738  58742
    UBC Point Grey Triathlon
    - Kids SPLASH PEDAL DASH Late (Coed)
    Sat 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jun 17 Jun 17 UBC Jun 17 N/A N/A N/A
    N/A N/A N/A

    Latest Point Grey Triathlon News

    2017 Point Grey Triathlon Cancellation

    It is with great disappointment that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2017 Point Grey Triathlon scheduled for June 17. The UBC Recreation program has been a proud part of the BC triathlon community for over 30 years, making this decision extremely difficult and one made with great care and consideration. Our primary focus has and continues to be the experience and safety of our participants and unfortunately, due to ongoing development on campus and it’s impacts on event infrastructure and race experience, we are unable to offer the event this year. It is our intention that the Point Grey Triathlon will return to the UBC campus in the summer of 2018.

    For those wishing to look to other race opportunities across the lower mainland we would encourage you to visit the TriBC website events listing.

    We want to thank you for your support and understanding. Have a great summer and we hope to see you at our 2018 Triathlon events.

    Early Bird closing fast! Grab your place now on Vancouver’s best 2017 spring triathlon

    Get the Early Bird price before close on Mon May 15th! Come and have some fun at an official TriBC sanctioned event, race in a Sprint, Short, Duathlon or Relay – or how about joining in the Kids ‘Splash Pedal and Dash’ fun race for 6 -12 year olds?

    Follow the ‘Registration and Refund’ button on the webpage here for more details. Grab your place now and save $$$!

    Taylor | Faces of Recreation

    Taylor is a UBC Student in the Sauder School of Business.


    Why did you choose to compete in a Triathlon?

    I have always wanted to do a triathlon but I was intimidated by the long distances of traditional races. UBC’s Short distance triathlon was the perfect race for me to try out my first race. I had never biked or swam competitively so I made a gradual training schedule and kept to it.

    What is a Short Triathlon?

    A Short Triathlon is a 400m swim, an 11km bike, and a 5km run.

    What’s next for you?

    I loved it so much that I’m taking it one step further and signing up for the sprint distance for this year’s Point Grey Triathlon.

    A Different Way to Spend your Saturday: Try the Tri!

    Summer is just around the corner in Vancouver, and for many that means finding any excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. That could mean a bike ride around Stanley Park or a hike up the Grouse Grind, but why not try something a bit different?

    Try the Tri.

    UBC Point Grey Triathlon - Try the Tri

    Yes, the idea of a Triathlon can sound intimidating, but hear me out. Many triathlons offer a variety race lengths that, with a little bit of planning and training, are totally achievable. Now close your eyes and imagine yourself crossing that finish line… how incredible that feels  to have accomplished such a feat? Not to mention when you’re back at work the following week and everyone’s chatting about their weekends and you get to say “oh I just conquered a triathlon”….. no big deal. Specifically, we’re talking about the week of June 18th, after you complete the UBC Point Grey Triathlon.

    The facts: Short Triathlon

    The Short Triathlon distance includes a 400m swim, 11km bike, and 5km run. But are you wondering what that actually means? Let’s break that down a bit.

    • The Swim – 400m is 4 laps in the 50m competitive pool. Many triathlon’s take place in the ocean, but here you’ll be sheltered in the state-of-the-art UBC Aquatic Centre.
    • The Bike – 11km is the same distance you’d bike if you started from Canada Place and biked around Stanley Park to English Bay.
    • The Run – 5km, also very achievable, is approximately what it takes to run from Science World to Kitsilano beach if you follow the seawall through olympic village and past Granville Island.

    Train together, Tri together.

    Two friends crossing the finish line at the UBC Point Grey Triathlon

    Numerous studies show that it is easier to stay on track with a training schedule (and have more fun doing it) when training with friends. Did you know that you can request to race with your training partner? Register separately online, and then follow up with an email to ubc.triathlon@ubc.ca with the first & last names of both you and your friend and we’ll ensure that you’re in the same heat! Friends who Tri together, stay together – am I right or am I right?

    Divide and Conquer.

    Two friends doing the Point Grey Triathlon Relay

    So maybe you’re not quite ready to take on all three aspects of the Tri quite yet. So grab 1 or 2 friends, split out the legs and do it in a relay! The Relay distance includes a 700m swim, a 20km bike, and a 5km run. You can split it amongst 2 or 3 people and just divide out the legs of the race amongst yourselves. What better way to bond with your squad than to work together and cross that finish line as a team? You’ll be the #SquadGoals envy of the neighbourhood.