The Event

What date is the event ?

The races are will be on June 29, 2019. 


Where will the event take place in Montreal ?

The main venue of the Groupe Copley World Triathlon is the Grand Quay in the Old Montréal.


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
Sprint triathlon Athlete must be over 16 on December 31st, 2019
Standard triathlon  Athlete must be over 18 years of age on December 31st, 2019


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. 


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

 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


What rules will be used for this event?

Only the International Triathlon Union (ITU) rules will be used. You can read the complete ITU rules here


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
  • Mirrors


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.




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

Groupe Copley World 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 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.


Is there a time cap?

Yes. If the athlete misses the time cut off (30 min for Sprint, 1h10min for Standard) they will be disqualified and won't be allowed to continue the race.



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.


Can I listen to music for the bike segment?

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


What equipment is considered "illegal" during the bike segment?

Mirrors attached to the bike, helmet or glasses are not allowed during the bike segment.


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.


Should the total distance and the number of laps differ, how do I know I have completed the bike segment?

You have to complete the number of laps indicated on the maps (5 for the Sprint and 10 for the Standard) and not the total distance that may be advertised.



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 bare chested?

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


Time cap

Is there a limited time or time-cut-off to complete the race?

The Groupe Copley World Triathlon is different from many other triathlons because:

  • It takes place in the heart of Old Montreal. We need to restrict the street closings as much as possible; 
  • The Elite races need to start at the exact scheduled time because of the worldwide broadcasting contracts (over 24 million people will see the event live).


The course must be cleared for 2pm , which is the time limit to cross the finish line.


This means that you have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the Sprint format triathlon. Based on our predictions, there are only a few participants who need more time. But since it could happen, we have planned accordingly to make sure everyone has the best experience!


The Sprint Men 16-54 race starts at noon. Alternatives are put in place to make sure you can finish the race, but you may need to shorten your race to cross the finish line. 


Time limit

  Swim Bike Run

Sprint Men 16-54

Start : Noon

- Time: 1:30pm (*) Time: 1:40pm

(*): time limit to finish the swim and bike portion


What happens if I don’t finish on time?


Alternatives are planned to make sure everyone can cross the finish line on time. These only apply to the Noon start of the Sprint Men 16-54 race.  


1:30pm: time limit to complete the combined swim and bike portions. At 1:15pm, you will be invited to leave the bike course and to go to the transition area to start the run portion. For example, instead of completing 5 bike laps, you could only complete 4. 


1:40pm: time limit to start the 2nd lap of the run portion. This is at the discretion of the officials. For example, if you’re walking the run portion, it’s possible that an official won’t allow you to start the 2nd 2.5km lap as you wouldn’t have time to finish in 20 minutes.  If you complete the 1stlap at this time or later, you will be invited to cross the finish line directly instead of running the 2nd lap. 


If you need to transfer to the transition area or cross the finish line before running the last lap, you will get a finishing time and it will appear in the final results. However, your result will not count towards the national teams’ selection. 


I have registered for a race, do I need a ticket to access the activities?

No. All registered participants have access all day to activities and to the central venue for free. Each participant gets a guest ticket that can be given to the person of their choice. 


How will I get the ticket for my guest?

The ticket won’t be sent. Your guest will have to pick up the ticket at the entrance on the day of the event. The ticket will be in the participant’s name. 


I want to bring my children, is there a special fare?

Access to the venue is free for children of 12 years old and under. 


What is included when I buy a ticket?

The ticket gives you access to all event’s areas, including the Triathlon Stadium and Triathlon Village. 

Triathlon Stadium :

  • Giant screen to see the race live
  • Bleachers at the finish line
  • View on the transition area

Triathlon Village :

  • Relaxing zone: yoga, stretching and recovery, Essentrics
  • Family zone: inflatables, face painting, mascots, etc.
  • Spinning initiation zone
  • Fan zone: sofas and giant screen, view on the CAMTRI and Amateurs’ podium

General information

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 


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.


To ensure that you have the best experience on the day of the race, it is important that all your questions about the event be answered. If the FAQ section does not answer all of your questions or if you still have uncertainties, contact us at info@triathlonmontreal.com