What is a triathlon ?

The sport of triathlon is composed of three disciplines : swimming, biking and running. Multiple types of triathlon exist in the world, such as ITU/Olympic triathlon and Ironman, with different distances. The two main International Triathlon Union (ITU) distances of triathlon races are the Standard (Olympic) and the Sprint distance. The Standard distance comprises a 1500m swim, a 40km bike and a 10km run. The Sprint, with or without drafting, is half the length of the Standard distance : 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run and finally, the Super Sprint includes a 375m swim, a 10km bike and a 2.5km run.

What is a duathlon ?

The sport of duathlon consists of two disciplines : running, biking and running again. The Standard distance without drafting comprises a 10km run, a 40km bike and a 5km run. The Sprint distance comprises a 5km run, a 20km bike and a 2.5km run. 

What date is the event ?

Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th 2017

Where will the event take place in Montreal ?

The ITU World Triathlon Series Montreal will take place in the Old Port of Montreal.

Is the St. Lawrence River safe to swim in ?

The ITU has strict standards (p.43) to adhere to for safe swimming conditions and the St. Lawrence River meets the requirements without any problem. The water quality is monitored by the City of Montreal on a weekly basis. Please check their website (french only) for more information. 

Is the ITU World Triathlon Series Montreal for elite athletes only ? 

No, in fact it is open to anyone in search of fitness and looking for a rewarding challenge. Triathlon is the new thing !

Do I need to be a member of Triathlon Canada and Triathlon Quebec in order to compete at the ITU World Triathlon Series Montreal ?

No. Although you will need to pay a one-day license purchased during the registration process.  It's a matter of liability and/or accident insurance and because it is a federated sport. 

When do I know I'm ready to do a triathlon or a duathlon ?

With some time and training, anyone can do a triathlon or duathlon. To complete the Sprint triathlon you need to be able to swim 20 lengths of a 25m pool (also practice in open water), be able to cycle for 40-60 minutes and then run 30-40 minutes. These are also applicable for the duathlon since the bike and run legs are similar. If you are not sure about one of the discipline, you might want to consider entering in a team and choose the discipline you are the most comfortable in. 

At what age can I start competing for a triathlon or a duathlon ?

For Standard duathlon and triathlon, athletes must be 18 years of age on December 31st, 2017. For the Sprint, in both disciplines, 16 years old on December 31st, 2017 is necessary and for the Super Sprint, athletes must be 12 years old on December 31st, 2017.




What are the prices for entry ?

Please check our "Register!" section. 

What is the deadline to register ?

Online registration for age groups (AG) can be completed until Sunday, July 30, 2017 at midnight (11:59). It is also possible to register Wednesday, August 2 (2:00 pm to 7:00 pm) and Thursday, August 3 (1:00 pm to 8:00 pm) at the InterContinental Montreal Hotel. It will also be possible to register Friday, August 4 (1:00 pm to 7:00 pm) at the venue (Jacques-Cartier Quay). Please check the Full Schedule for the Registration and Check-in Tent opening hours. ALSO, please bring the Triathlon Quebec (TQ) member card, if applicable.

Must the event disclaimer/waiver be signed by all ?

Yes, every individual and every team member must complete the event disclaimer/waiver - if you are signing up online, you will check a box to agree to the event disclaimer. Those signing up in person must sign a physical dislaimer form, available on site. Entrants 18 and younger must have it signed by a parent or legal guardian. 

I have entered as an individual along with my friends/family, why are we in different start groups ?

The start group times are allocated according to gender and age groups, which means that if you and your friends or family are of various ages and genders you might not be able to start in the same start groups.

Will there be start waves, and how will these be determined ?

Yes, there will be start waves for all races – Super Sprint, Sprint and Standard "Olympic" distances. These waves will be determined according to various categories such as age groups and gender. Start waves will be communicated once entries have closed, prior to race registration.

May I start in another start wave ?

No, the various categories are pre allocated a start wave each with a specific start time and color of swimming cap. This could lead to a disqualification.

What does "Team Registration" mean ?

​​All race options can be completed as a team relay allowing each participant to complete the discipline they are most comfortable with. The relay format markes the triathlon very manageable for first-timers, giving them a great introduction to the sport and the chance to enjoy participating with family and friends.

Can a team entry consist of 2 participants and not just 3 ?

Yes, a team can have 2 participants where one person can do two legs of the event.

When and where can I pick up my Race Kit ?

Race kits may be picked up Wednesday, August 2, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 13:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the InterContinental Hotel and Friday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 6:30 am to 9:00 am directly at the venue (Registration and Check-in Tent).

When and where is the bike check-in ?

You must go to the Registration and Check-in Tent, identify your bike with the bike number given by the TIM and head towards the Transition Area.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017 : Saturday's AG events Bike Check-in from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 : Sunday's AG events Bike Check-in from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Can I send a friend to pick up my Race Kit ?

Yes, but you have to fill up th required document and bring it to the check-in, prior to pick up. It is also possible to send us the document at info@triathlonmontreal.com prior to race day. 

What will I receive as part of my entry ?

  • ​​​Race number, standard or personalised
  • Body tatoos
  • Swim cap
  • Draw string bag
  • Elite or Age Group Athletes' guide
  • On-course water and electrolyte
  • Finishers Medal and online certificate
  • Prize-giving
  • After race meal
  • After party
  • Secure bag storage zone in the Athlete's Lounge
  • Many more ! 

 Additional Athlete Services on offer at 2017's event include :

  • Mechanical services for bike
  • Training program and preparation tips
  • Elite autograph sessions
  • Travel services, airport transfer and shuttle services for Elite athletes only

How can I get my personalise race number ?

The personalise race number consists of adding your name and it will be possible if registered before June 30th, 2017.

Is it possible for me to cancel my race entry ? And what is the policy on refunds and tranfers ?

​The International Triathon of Montreal has implanted a "I'm changing my mind" Policy. Please visit for more information. 

Where can I find the results ?

People can obtain the results on our website (information coming soon), on SportStat's website and directly at the venue.




Do I need triathlon specific equipment ?

While triathlon is a gear centric sport, it doesn’t have to be. You are welcome to cycle an old mountain bike and run in your favourite pair of shoes. It’s up to you how much you wish to invest

Is there a cut off time ?

​Yes, each race distance must be completed in specific set times (information coming soon).

If you are unable to complete your race within the allocated time frame, you will be asked to leave the course.

What is considered "Illegal equipment" in a triathlon and duathlon event?

  • Headphone(s) or headset(s)
  • Glass containers
  • Mobile phone(s) or any other electronic listening communication device
  • Cameras and GoPro’s or similar

Will there be hydratation on course ?

Yes, several aid station will be available along the bike and run course. Volunteers will hand out water and electrolyte only. 




Do I have to bring a cap for the swim segment ?

ITU World Triathlon Series Montreal will be providing swimming caps in different colors depending of the starting waves.

Is it accepted to wear two (2) swimming caps, one on top of the other ?

Yes, but not necessary. 

Do I have to wear a wetsuit ?

The wetsuit use is different for Elite and Age Group athletes and depends on the swim length and water temperature. Please check the ITU Competition Rules (p.22) for all the requirements. 




What to do when checking in bike ?

​Please ensure that you :

  • Wear your bike helmet, fastened on your head, when you come into check-in
  • Please also bring with any equipment you need into transition, clearly marked with the stickers provided
  • Please note that no bags will be allowed to be left in the Transition Area
  • Ensure that your handle bars are plugged for safety reasons

Last minute tweaks will be available.

What is drafting ?

Drafting is the concept of taking advantage of the wind protection provided by the cyclist ahead of you, thus spending less energy. A cyclist must ride at a close distance to enjoy the benefits of drafting. A group of cyclists can then ride in a peloton. When drafting is not allowed (standard triathlon), each cyclist must keep a 10m distance with the preceding athlete, and has only 20 seconds to pass.

Is drafting allowed ?

Yes, but only in the specific Sprint Triathlon.

When are TT bikes allowed ?

TT bikes are only allowed in Standard triathlons, when drafting is not allowed. For safety reason, they cannot be used in triathlons where drafting is permitted. Please consult the ITU regulations (section 5, p.28) for more information on the cycling leg.




Is there a shuttle between the Host Hotel (InterContinental Montreal) and the venue ?

There will be no shuttle between the host hotel and the venue, since it is only 1.2km apart.

Which day is the main event ?

The main competition is both Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Where can I get the ITU World Triathlon Series Montreal promotional gear ?

Directly at the venue (August 5th and 6th) or at our online store

Do I need tickets to access the site ?

No, it is possible for spectator to walk freely around the Old Port of Montreal and see the race from different key location, either for the swim, bike or run segment.

How much are the stands tickets ?

The Grand stands are free of charge and allows to see the Elite transition line and the finish line.

Where can I park to access the venue ?

There is no reserved parking on the venue and very few parking spaces in the Old Port of Montreal. We strongly encourage you to take public transportation to the venue. The two closest metro (subway) stations are Place-d'Armes and Champs-de-Mars, on the orange line. Please visit the STM website for more information. 

Is there going to be a Wifi connection for spectators ?

Yes, the Old Port of Montreal Wi-fi network is free of charge and available to all spectators : VieuxPortdeMontreal. 

Is it possible to bring animals on site ?

Animals are tolerated but must be in leach on site. In addition, owners have to pick up after their animals. 

I lost something, where can I find it ?

All the lost & found items will be transported to the Information Booth at the venue.


If the FAQ section does not answer your question, send an email to info@triathlonmontreal.com