The 2023 race happens on Sunday, May 7th, 2023. Athletes should be at Brennan Park (1009 Centennial Way) by 8:00. The race begins between 8:50 and 9:30, depending on age, so spectators can show up a bit later.
- Age categories for all Kids of Steel races is determined by your age on December 31 in the race year.
- Life jackets are NOT allowed in the pool. Alternately, athletes who cannot swim one length comfortably could race on a team while they work on their swimming. Flotation devices will be available for athletes that need extra assistance- lifeguards will provide flotation devices to any swimmer that appears in need.
- Road bikes are not appropriate for the bike courses which include trails and gravel.
- T-shirts must be ordered before the close of registration, therefore we cannot guarantee that all participants will receive the exact size specified.
- It is a Triathlon Canada / Kids of Steel rule that there is no “racing up” – athletes MUST race in the category determined by their age as at December 31.
- All athletes on a relay team must be in the same age division. Boys, girls and mixed relay teams are welcome!
- If you are registering a relay team, please register all members at the same time and choose “Relay Team (3 Persons)” or “Relay Team (2 persons)” and not the Individual category. All relay legs must be accounted for in the registration, i.e., on a two person team, one person MUST be signed up to do two legs.
Course Descriptions and maps
- Age 5 & under – 25m
- Age 6 &7 – 50 m (2 lengths)
- Age 8 & 9 – 100m (4 lengths)
- Age 10 & 11 – 150m (6 lengths)
- Age 12 & 13 – 250m (10 lengths)
- Age 14 & 15 – 300m (12 lengths)
- Age 16 & over – 300m (12 lengths)
- Age 5 & under (100-200m) – Transition on grass at west exit of pool. Short closed loop in parking lot.
- Age 6 & 7 (800m) – Leave transition area at bike exit and head out across grass towards men’s ball diamond, turn right on Centennial Way. Go through stop sign across parking lot entrance and turn right on Loggers Lane. Ride to turnaround across from the All Weather Soccer fields entrance. Turn left across Loggers Lane and head back to Centennial Way and transition area.
- Age 8 & 9 (2km) – Leave transition area at bike exit and head out across grass towards men’s ball diamond, then turn right on Centennial Way. Go through stop sign across parking lot entrance and turn right on Loggers Lane. Continue on right side of Loggers Lane until just past entrance to All Weather Field / BMX Track, then get onto the paved Corridor Trail. Ride along Corridor Trail until Raven drive. Turn right and follow Raven drive back to the trail past Hendrickson Fields on your right and then the equestrian ring on your left. Turn right at BMX track, and then turn left just before Loggers Lane back onto the Corridor Trail. Follow the Trail to the end of the parking lot in front of Brennan Park, then turn left and follow the cones back to the transition area behind the pool.
- Age 10 & 11 (4.6km) – Leave transition area at bike exit and head out across grass towards men’s ball diamond, then turn right on Centennial Way. Go through stop sign across parking lot entrance and turn right on Loggers Lane. Continue on right side of Loggers Lane until just past entrance to All Weather Field / BMX Track, then get onto the paved Corridor Trail. Ride along Corridor Trail until just before the Adventure Centre. Turn sharp right and ride over small bridge into Loggers Creek Trail. Turn left, cross bridge, then loop around to the right and back along Loggers Creek Trail to Finch Drive. Cross Finch Drive and go back into trail past Hendrickson Fields on your right and then the equestrian ring on your left. Turn right at BMX track, and then turn left just before Loggers Lane back onto the Corridor Trail. Follow the Trail to the end of the parking lot in front of Brennan Park, then turn left and follow the cones back to the transition area behind the pool.
- Age 12 & 13 (8.4 km) – Start as above, but instead of heading back to transition area after passing BMX track, turn right back onto Corridor Trail and head towards Adventure Centre on your second bike loop. After second time through Loggers Creek Trail network, return to transition area along Corridor Trail as above.
- Age 14 & 15 (8.4 km) – same as 12-13
- Age 16+ (12.2 km) – As 12-13 route, but with additional loops of Loggers Creek Trail before heading back to transition.
- Age 5 & under (100 m) – From transition, run towards the finish chute, and under the arch.
- Age 6 & 7 (400 m) – Leave transition area at run exit, cross parking lot and follow right-hand edge of parking lot to far end of soccer fields through yellow gate. Run around corner and back along edge of soccer field towards concession stand. Pass concession stand and turn left through yellow gate into finish chute in middle of parking lot.
- Age 8 & 9 (800 m) – Leave transition area at run exit, cross parking lot and follow right-hand edge of parking lot to far end of soccer fields. Turn left past green equipment bins and run along top edge of soccer fields. Turn left again and stay outside chain link fences as you run along long edge of soccer fields. Turn left again along south end of fields, left half way through field and head back towards concession. Stay right through yellow gate and turn into finish chute in middle of parking lot. (One short lap total)
- Age 10 & 11 (1 km) – As above for 8-9s, but instead of turning in middle of field, continue to end of field. After one lap turn right into finish chute in middle of parking lot. (One loop total)
- Age 12 & 13 (2 km) – As above for 10-11s but with one additional loop of grass soccer fields before heading to finish. (Two loops total)
- Age 14 & 15 (3 km) – As above for 12-13s but with one additional loop of grass soccer fields before heading to finish. (Three loops total)
- Age 16+ (5 km) – Same as 14-15 age group route, with two additional loops. (Five loops total)
- Transition Area |PDF Map
- get information about race day
- hear the rules and learn about any last minute changes or updates
- double-check the course maps so you know where you are going on Sunday
- check your swim wave start
- familiarize yourself with the transition area (there will be someone there to explain the transition process for individuals and teams)
- pick up your race package
- Get your bike in good working order and make sure your helmet fits. Tune up your bike, and make sure that everything is working as it should. Also, ensure that your helmet fits properly! See helmet checklist here.
- Put your race number sticker on your bike. The small sticker in your race package goes on the front of your bike.
- Your race number goes on your front. You can pin it directly to your shirt with the safety pins, or you can use a race belt (if you’re fancy).
- Tie the flagging tape in your package to your handlebars. This helps the volunteers direct you to the correct place on the race course.
- 8:50 am — Age 14-15 and 16+ (300m)
- 9:00 am — Age 12-13 (250 m)
- 9:10 am — Age 7 & under (50 m)
- 9:20 am — Age 8-9 (100 m)
- 9:30 am — Age 10-11 (150m)
- Get your body marking and helmet checked. We will check that the race number tattoos are applied properly, and we can help with any issues. In addition, we will be checking all the helmets for individual racers and for relay bikers. There will be a separate (speedy) line if you are only swimming or running, where we will quickly check your tattoo and sign you off. You MUST be checked by us before heading to transition.
- Set up gear in transition. Triathlon BC rules require only athletes and our volunteers be allowed in the transition area. Show your helmet and bike post sticker to a volunteer at the secured entrance, then proceed to the racks for your age group and set up your bike and other equipment (towel, shoes, etc). Experienced volunteers are available to help if you need it. Make sure your race bib is pinned to the shirt you will be wearing for the bike and run. The race number must be on your front and visible.
- Go to pool lobby for marshalling based on your wave times. See above for wave times for your age group and listen for the marshalling announcement for the pool. All athletes must be body marked and have gear in transition by 8:45 am. Swimmers please enter the pool area from the Rec Centre lobby. Spectators please enter from the door on the opposite side of the pool.
- All KOS rules are in effect. Please read Kids of Steel Rules & Safety
- Come prepared – make sure your bike is in good, safe working order and your helmet fits well.
- Bring all your equipment and make sure you have a good sleep and a good breakfast!
- Know the course and how many laps/loops you have to do — check out the course maps and come to the pre-race meeting
- Be familiar with road rules and proficient at basic bike skills (e.g. signaling, stopping, cornering, riding in a straight line, riding with other people and passing)
- Bring weather-appropriate clothing for cold, wet, or hot and sunny weather.
- Parents and other spectators access the pool area only from the west doors (back parking lot). Only participants and volunteers can enter from the rec centre lobby and use the door between the pool and transition area.
- Listen to the race marshalls and volunteers.
- SMILE AND HAVE FUN! Everyone is cheering for you!
The Squamish Youth Tri uses Karelo for registration. The 2023 registration opens on February 14th, and will remain open until April 30th.
The price for the triathlon is $40 per participant. This year we are offering a discount for multiple kids in the same family. The second (and subsequent) registration within a family is $30. To make use of this discount, use the promo code “FAMILIES” when registering the second and subsequent children.
Earlybird registration pricing ($30 for first registration, and $25 for siblings) is in effect until March 31st, at which point the price increases to to the regular price.
The cost for the Tiny Tri is $10.
The entry fee is subsidized. However, we would like the event to be as inclusive as possible. If you feel you need an additional discount to be able to participate, please enter the code “SYT22” in the promo code box, and $10.00 will be deducted from your entry fee. Honour system please.
A few notes about registration:
If you have any questions about registration or general questions, please email us.
If you’d like to volunteer, please go to the volunteer sign up page.
(ages are as of December 31 in the race year in accordance with Kids of Steel rules)
Pool swim at Brennan Park. One length is 25m; distance varies by age as follows: Click on the distance to see the swim diagram for that group:
Note that road bikes are not appropriate since the bike courses include gravel and trails.
Bike Course map (All Ages)| PDF Map
Run Course map (All Ages) | PDF Map
Package pick-up for local athletes will be from 5:30 – 7:00 on Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at Brennan Park. The pre-race meeting will be happening concurrently.
Out-of-towners can pick up race packages on the day of the race (Sunday morning) at Brennan Park Rec Centre.
In past years we required hard copy waivers. These were incorporated into the registration process, and are not required this year.
Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting
There will be a mandatory pre-race meeting at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 6th in the Brennan Park auditorium. At this meeting, you:
To Do Before Race Day
Please do the following BEFORE you arrive on race day (or at least before you get into line to have us check you):
The change last year to the swim waves worked GREAT and we got lots of great feedback, so we are doing it again! The changes included pre-set times for meeting by age group and the new zig-zag swim pattern in the pool. All athletes still have to have their gear set up in transition by 8:45 am. The wave times for each age group are shown below — this will be the time that you must be in the auditorium ready to be marshalled on to the pool deck.
Wave times for each age group are below.
RACE DAY PROCESS
Please ensure that you have done all the things on the “Before Race Day” list before you arrive on Sunday morning!
The transition area will open at 8 am, but there are some things you need to do first!
Arrive at Brennan Park early (8 am at the latest), and then do the following IN ORDER (if you do not have a bike lock, leave your bike on your car or with another person until you have done Steps 1 and 2 below):
YOU MUST SHOW YOUR RACE NUMBER (BODY OR RACE PLATE) TO REMOVE YOUR BIKE AND GEAR FROM TRANSITION AFTER THE RACE IS OVER
General Rules and Reminders
Please help us make this day successful for everyone by keeping in mind the following:
Here are a few ideas to make you child’s experience at the SYT fun, enjoyable and safe, with just the right amount of competitive spirit:
Check the Equipment List: Make sure you have everything you need – here is a handy checklist.
Training: This can look very different for a child compared to how an adult will train for a triathlon. Please do not train with your child as you would as an adult. Children should be able to complete the distance in each event comfortably.
SWIMMING: Your child can work with a swim coach as well as have plenty of mess around time in a supervised pool; both are great ways to train and have fun.
BIKING: Your child will need be comfortable with safely biking on the trails around Brennan Park. Training for your child can be with an accredited bike coach or can be as simple as regular rides with friends or parents. Include safe bike handling skills and road safety in your training.
RUNNING: Your child should be able to run, walk or jog the running distance in the SYT. The run will be mostly on grass. Please explore of variety of running, skipping, hiking, jogging options with your child during their training. Find what is right for him or her and most importantly keep it fun and light.
ORIENTATION AND RACE TRANSITION
Run through the entire course with a Squamish Youth Triathlon coach! Ask questions and receive helpful tips for race day.
These triathlon clinics will be run on April 30th. Registration details will be announced as they become available.
The Squamish Youth Triathlon is running the fifth annual TinyTri event for kids 5 and under who are eager to participate in their first multi-sport event! This event is un-timed. Tiny triathletes must be accompanied by a parent throughout the entire course, and yes, that means an adult must be in the water with them for the swim.
Each athlete will swim across the shallow end of the pool, from the beach entrance near the lifeguard office, to the west exit (approximately 25 m). Floatation of any sort is allowed, but a parent must be in the pool with each child.
Bike transition will be on the grass immediately outside the west exit of the pool. Athletes will ride one to three laps of the short, closed bike course in the parking lot (100 – 200m) before returning their bike to transition. Anything with wheels is OK — run bikes, big wheels, training wheels or two-wheelers. Helmets are mandatory.
From transition, athletes will run approximately 90 m towards the finish chute and under the SYT arch where they will receive their finisher award.
Distances are approximate, but most Tinies will be able to complete the course in less than 10 minutes.
Registration is capped at 30 registrants.
On Race Day, check in will be in the auditorium between 10:30 and 11:00. Participants will be body marked (if they would like). Parents can fill out the Tiny Triathlete’s Profile form (found in the race package) if they wish. Between 10:15 and 10:30 am, please take your bike and gear (towel, water bottle, runners, shirt with race number attached, whatever other clothes you want to wear) in to the transition area, and then at 10:30 am, go (dressed to swim) to the auditorium for instructions.
The Tiny Tri will be underway by 11:00am, or when the last SYT racer completes the main course.
This race is introductory, fun and non-competitive. Emphasis is on “Complete” not “Compete”. Every Tiny racer will receive a reward at the finish line. Older athletes and fans will be asked to line the course and cheer for the Tinies as they race through the course.
A separate category is available for Paratriathlon Athletes (formerly called Athletes With a Disability or AWAD) in accordance with TriBC rules. Due to the nature of our course, we cannot accommodate all categories of disability. If you wish to enter the Squamish Youth Triathlon in the AWAD category, we ask that you first contact the race director.
The following information on Paratriathlon is taken from the Triathlon BC website:
“Triathlon is the only sport where athletes with a disability compete alongside their able-bodied counterparts at a local, national, and international level. Triathlon BC is proud to offer a Paratriathlon category at all sanctioned races.”
Rules & Categories
Triathlon BC uses the same rules and categories as Triathlon Canada and the ITU.
Paratriathlon Competitive Categories shall be established based upon physical disabilities. Medical evidence shall be required as to disability and classification at National and International Events. The six categories are as follows:
TRI 1 – Handcycle: Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee. Must use hand cycle on bike course and racing wheel chair on run.
TRI 2 – Severe leg impairment including above knee amputees. Athlete must ride bicycle and run with above knee prosthesis (or similar prosthesis) or run using crutches.
TRI 3 – Les Autre: This category includes athletes with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, double leg amputee runners or paralysis in multiple limbs. These athletes will ride a bicycle and run. They may use braces or prosthesis if required.
TRI 4 – Arm impairment including paralysis, above elbow amputees and below elbow amputees, or impairment in both upper limbs. Athletes may use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike and/or run.
TRI 5 – Slight leg impairment including below knee amputees. Athlete rides bicycle and runs with prosthesis.
TRI 6 – Visual Impairment, legally Blind (20/200 vision with best corrective vision). A handler of the same sex is mandatory throughout the race. Athlete is tethered during the swim. Athlete uses a tandem bicycle and may be tethered during the run.
The Squamish Youth Triathlon swim, bike, and run courses are accessible to Paratriathlon athletes in all categories except that TRI 1 category athletes will not be able to use racing wheelchairs on the run course which is soft grass.
For more information on Paratriathlon, check out the TriathlonBC website.