What are you doing in regards to COVID-19?

As it is unknown what the COVID-19 situation in Ontario will look like in Summer 2022, we cannot plan for any specific policies and procedures at this time. However, please know that we will follow every public health guideline and ensure that the risk of transmission is as low as possible.

Please keep an eye on our COVID-19 page for updates as the situation progresses or reach out if you have any questions.

Are life jackets permitted? Mandatory? Supplied?

Athletes in the 3-5 age group are accompanied by an adult within arms’ length and have the option of wearing a life jacket.

Athletes in the 6-7 year old age group and older age groups should be very comfortable in the water as they are swimming unassisted. Life jackets are offered so that athletes feel 100% comfortable swimming in the race environment. The life jacket is not intended as an aid for non-swimmers. It is not a requirement for athletes to continuously swim their designated distance. Resting by using the lane ropes or side walls is permitted and encouraged.

Life jackets are offered to all age groups and supplied on deck.


What does my child need to participate?

All your child needs is a bicycle (road bike or mountain bike) or tricycle. Scooters are NOT permitted. PROPERLY FITTED bike helmet with functioning chin strap, swim suit, goggles (optional), running shoes (no sandals or Crocs), shorts and shirt, water bottle, hat, towels and sunscreen.
Helmets must comply with either CPSC or CSA standards as indicated by a label on the inside.

Are scooters allowed?

Scooters are not permitted in the race. Balance Bikes are permitted in the 3 to 5 age group only.  Training wheels are permitted in any age group.

What happens after the race?

Athletes are welcome to visit the post race tent where we offer juice, water, fruit, fruit snacks and nut-free cookies.  Gluten free cookies are also available.

What is a "wave"?

Waves are the groups that athletes are placed in according to their age.  Each athlete is assigned a wave # and they are called into the pool by this wave number.  This season there are only 6-8 athletes per wave so that each athlete has their own lane.

What are the rules for clipless pedals?

Clipless pedals are permitted at any age, with the following conditions: For ages 13 and under, the cleat must be recessed into the cycling shoe, such that the sole of the shoe, not the cleat, makes full contact with the ground. The athlete must be able to clip into both sides of the pedal. For ages 14 and up, all clipless pedal systems are permitted. Visit our Race Details page or contact us with any equipment questions before race day.

Are Aerobars permitted?

Aerobars are not permitted this season (2021) due to the age groups participating. Typically they are only permitted with 14+ age groups.

Who counts the laps and loops for the athletes doing multiple laps/loops?

It is the responsibility of parents and athletes to count the laps and loops.  We will make suggestions at each venue as to the best place to stand so that you can call out how many loops your child needs to complete.  Attend an orientation session with your athlete so everyone understands how bike looping works.
Last year we heard a lot of “THREE MORE TO GO-GREAT JOB!” and “LAST LOOP-KEEP IT UP!” THIS is what we want to hear out there!

Do they need to wear a helmet?

YES. No one will be allowed to bike without a helmet. Transition volunteers will make sure no athletes leave the transition zone without a helmet that is fastened!
PLEASE make sure your child’s helmet fits properly.

Are there refunds for cancelled races due to weather?

Unfortunately no. Weather is an uncontrollable factor as are uncontrollable circumstances and every effort will be made to proceed with a safe event. It is possible that the swim and/or the bike portions of the event are cancelled. If this is the case, then a swim/run or bike/run or a run only event will take place. Participants will still receive their t-shirt,race kits and medal. TRi KiDS races are outdoor, rain or shine events. There are no refunds or rain-dates.

What happens in inclement weather?

The race goes on rain or shine. In the case of lightening the race will be delayed or stopped immediately if in progress.The race will not resume until 30 minutes after the last incidence of lightening. If the road conditions are unsafe due to rain the bike portion of the race will be cancelled and a swim – run event will take place. There are NO rain dates, NO refunds or transfers if a race is modified or cancelled due to weather.

How do I volunteer for one of the races?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering, we would love to have you! Please keep an eye on our website and social media in early 2022 to sign up to volunteer. Note that we do sign volunteer hour confirmation forms for high school students.

Is my child safe on the course?

Safety is our highest priority. While parents need to understand that participating in a sporting event like a triathlon has, by its nature, elements of risk, as do all sports. You can help make your child’s experience the safest and most enjoyable by practicing before the race to improve their skills and increase their confidence. Also plan to attend one of our orientation sessions.

Can I participate in the triathlon with my child?

Participants in the 3 – 5 age group must have an adult accompany them in the water, within arms reach. Parents may continue with them on foot for the bike and the run.

Please note that we are still assessing the success of last year’s pilot where parents aided in transition and a decision has not yet been made for 2022 on this policy. The website will be updated when a decision is reached.

How do we get our equipment out of transition?

Once your child has finished their race you may collect their gear from the main transition and the drop transition. Please make sure it is safe for parents to collect from transition while the race is still going on. Be alert to athletes still on course.
The race organizers are not responsible for lost gear.

Is this a timed event?

Yes, it is a timed event and finishing times will be posted via our home page under the updates section. There are no awards. The finishing time of each individual will be posted in alphabetical order and not in order of completion time. We encourage and celebrate participation.

What additional equipment will be permitted in the swim?

We will provide life jackets for all athletes in any age group, if desired. Water wings and puddle jumpers are not permitted in all locations. Check the pre race newsletter for the rules at each race venue. No other swim aids are allowed i.e. flutter boards or fins.


Is bike inspection mandatory?

No, however it is strongly recommended. Safety is a priority and you want to avoid disappointment if the bike cannot be used on race day. Spokes’nSlopes is our official bike shop for our Ontario races and Cyclepath Kelowna is our shop for BC. Visit them and get your bike in racing condition.