The 2023 North Pole Triathlon:
The North Pole Triathlon is an Olympic distance race held in and around Chena Lakes Recreation Area in North Pole, Alaska. Racers swim 1500 meters in the best open water area in the region and bike offroad 20K (13 miles) on beautiful wooded, flat, smooth park trails. The 10K (6.2 mile) run is on a combination of paved and gravel trails within the Chena Lakes Recreation Area. You couldn’t ask for better conditions: smooth water, a scenic bike course with no traffic and a run with lots of shade add up to an event people return to year after year.
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.
2022 Results: Individual / Relay / Searchable / Menu / USAT
2021 Results at: usatriathlon.org or athlinks.com
2020 Results: Cancelled Due To Covid-19
2019 Results at: usatriathlon.org
2018 Results at: usatriathlon.org
2017 Results at: usatriathlon.org
2016 Results at: TriFind.com - (.pdf file) or athlinks.com
2015 Results at: TriFind.com - or athlinks.com
2014 Results at: TriFind.com or USAT
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