The North Pole Triathlon is an Olympic distance race held in and around Chena Lake Recreation Area in North Pole, Alaska. The race gives racers the opportunity to swim in one of the best open water areas in the area and to bike on very flat and smooth roads through a great community.
Swim: The water temperatures at Chena Lake are highly variable so it is advised that athletes come prepared with Wet suits. Wetsuits will be allowed for all participants if the water temperature is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The swim portion of the race will begin with a mass start and will be 1500 m in length. The course will be marked with large orange floats. The race will begin at the swim beach of Chena Lake and proceeds northward around the peninsula and then cuts across the lake to the far eastern bank where you will exit to transition to the bike. Swim Course Map - (.pdf file)
Note: Due to two separate transition areas we are asking that everyone surrender their bikes and running items 30min prior to race start so that way everyone will have enough time to get to the swim start location and hear all of the race instructions.
Bike: The bike course is 40km and will be ridden on the public road way. Please make sure that you observe rules of the road and stop at all stop signs and while making left hand turns. We will not be stopping traffic so you will need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ride as close to the shoulder as possible and use caution when passing. NEVER ride two abreast since that is against USAT rules and regulations. We are visitors to the North Pole area and want to be allowed to continue to race in the community and just abiding the rules of the road will help us to be successful with that. Bike Course Map
Run: The run is 10km using a combination of paved and dirt trails. It will be well marked. The run consists of 1 large loop with a short out and back followed by a shorter 2nd loop. Run Course Map
Chena Lake Recreation Area: 3780 Laurance Rd North Pole, AK 99705