The sport

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 are Standard (Olympic) and Sprint. The Standard distance comprises a 1500 m swim, a 40 km bike and a 10 km run. The Sprint, with or without drafting, is half the length of the Standard distance : 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run. Finally, the Super Sprint includes a 375 m swim, a 10 km bike and a 2.5 km 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 10 km run, a 40 km bike and a 5 km run. The Sprint distance comprises a 5 km run, a 20 km bike and a 2.5 km run. 


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 25 m pool (also practice in open water), 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 joining a team and choosing the discipline you are the most comfortable with. 



The Event

What date is the event ?

The races are from Friday, Aug. 24th to Sunday, Aug. 26th, 2018. 


Where will the event take place in Montreal ?

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


Is the St. Lawrence River safe for swimming ?

The ITU has strict standards (p.43) that must be met to ensure safe swimming conditions and the St. Lawrence River meets all 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.



What are the prices for entry ?

Please check our "Register!" section. 


Is the ITU Montreal for elite athletes only ? 

No, in fact it is open to anyone passionnate by fitness and sport and looking for a new challenge. Triathlon is very trendy!


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

No. Although you will need to pay federations fees during the registration process. It's a matter of liability and/or accident insurance, and because it is a federated sport. 


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

Races Requirements
U13 triathlon Athlete must be at least 12 years old on December 31st, 2018
U15 triathlon Athlete must be at least 14 years old on December 31st, 2018
Sprint duathlon and triathlon Athlete must be over 16 on December 31st, 2018
Standard duathlon and triathlon and long distance triathlon Athlete must be over 18 years of age on December 31st, 2018


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 the waiver signed by a parent or a legal guardian. 


What does "Team Registration" mean ?

​​All race options can be completed in team relays allowing each participant to complete the discipline they are most comfortable with. The relay format makes 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 just 2 participants and not 3 ?

Yes, a team can have 2 participants (one person will complete two legs of the event).


What does “Group Registration” mean?

Group registrations are meant for groups of individuals who wish to register together.  For example, if you belong to a triathlon team, company, group of friends, or a family and you would like to register each individual participant together and take advantage of group discount, you can so here.


If we register as a group, does each individual have to do the same distance race?

No, each individual athlete may choose to register for a different distance (Sprint, Standard, Long).


I registered for the event, but I can no longer do it, can I get a refund for the registration?

Yes, you are able to get a partial or full refund (certain conditions apply), you may transfer it to another person, or report your registration to the following year. You will be charged and administration fee.  Please consult our refund policy here .



The Race

Do I need specific triathlon gear ?

Sometimes, triathlon seems to be a sport involving a lot of specific gear, but it's not necessarily the case.  You can use an old mountain bike and run in your favourite pair of shoes. It’s up to you to determine how much you want to invest in your gear


Is there a time limit to complete the race ?

​Yes, each race distance must be completed in specific set times

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


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 electronic devices


Will there be aid/water stations on the course ?

Yes, several aid/water stations will be placed along the bike and the run courses. Volunteers will hand out water and electrolytes only. 


Will I have access to toilets on the quay near the swim area?

No, there are no toilets near the swim area.


Where can I consult the course maps?

You can see race course maps and lap information here 




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

Montréal International Triathlon will be providing swimming caps in different colors, depending on the start waves.


 Is the St. Lawrence River safe for swimming ?

The ITU has strict standards (p.43) that must be met to ensure safe swimming conditions and the St. Lawrence River meets all the requirements without any problem.

If you would like more information regarding water quality click here .  Note the information is only available in French.


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

Yes, but it is not necessary. 


Do I have to swim crawl/freestyle to complete the swim portion?

No, athletes may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water. They may also tread water or float.


Do I have to dive into the water at the start of the swim segment ?

No, only the Elite athletes competing in the ITU WTS Montréal race dive into the water.  All age group athletes start the swim segment already in the water


Is it accepted to wear only a bathing suit (bottom) for the swim portion if you are male?

No, you cannot swim bare chested.  A triathlon top, or suit must be worn.


Do I need to wear my number bib during the swim?

No, the only time a bib number is worn during the swim is if wetsuits are worn.


Do I have to wear a wetsuit ?

The rules to use a wetsuit are different for Elite and Age Group athletes and depend on the length of the swim and the temperature of the water. Please check the ITU Competition Rules (p.22) for all the rules regarding the wetsuit.



What to do when checking in your bike ?

​Please ensure that you :

  • Wear your bike helmet, fastened on your head, when you come into the check-in
  • Also bring with you any equipment that you may need into the transition area, clearly marked with the stickers provided
  • No bags will be allowed to be left in the Transition Area
  • For safety reasons, make sure that your handle bars are plugged

Last minute adjustments will be possible.

Why must I check my bike in the day before? Is it safe left overnight?

Checking your bike in the day before gives you one less thing to worry about and carry on race day, and allows all athletes and event organizers to focus on the race, and keep things running smoothly.

Yes, the bikes are safe thanks to a 24hr Security team.

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 10 meters distance with the preceding athlete, and has only 20 seconds to pass.

Is drafting allowed ?

No, no races allow drafting this year.  

When are TT bikes allowed ?

TT bikes are only allowed in Standard triathlons, when drafting is not allowed. For safety reasons, 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 section.


Do I have to run?

No, you may run or walk.


Can I listen to music while I run ?

No, wearing headphones or headsets, using mobile phone(s) or any other electronic listening communication device is not allowed.


Do I have to wear my race number bib during the run portion  of the event?

Yes, and it must be worn and visible on the front of the runner. Please consult the ITU regulations (section 2.9, p13)


Can I run with a bare chested?

No, a tri-suit or short sleeved shirt must be worn.


How many laps must I do for the run leg?

Consult the race course maps for lap information.  The number of laps is written in parentheses below each leg distance.


General information

Do I need tickets to access the site ?

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


How much are the grandstands tickets ?

Access to the Grandstands is free and allows you to see the Elite transition area 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 Wi-fi connection for spectators ?

Yes, the Old Port of Montreal's 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 on leash at all times on-site. In addition, owners have to pick up after their animals. 

Note: Animals are not permitted inside any of the buildings, or on the Clock Tower Beach at any time.


I lost something, where can I find it ?

All the lost & found items will be brought to the Information Booth, located on the competition venue.


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