North Pole Triathlon

Saturday 30th June 2018

Chena Lake Recreation Area: 3780 Laurance Road, North Pole, United States

Triathlon, Olympic/International


The North Pole Triathlon is an Olympic distance race held in and around Chena Lake Recreation Area in North Pole, Alaska.  The event gives racers the opportunity to swim 1500 meters in one of the best open water areas in the region and to bike 40K (26 miles) through a great community.  The 10K (6.2 mile) run will be on a combination of paved and gravel trails within the Chena Lake Recreation Area. We hope you will agree this event is yet another great race that locals can be proud of and experience the world of triathlon racing.  This race will be a great introduction to anyone who has never swum in an open water race and wants to give it a try.

Event details and schedule

Registration opens Feb. 1 and will close when 99 participants have registered.


The North Pole Triathlon will be raced in and around Chena Lake recreation area starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 30.  All transitions will occur at the first parking lot off of Lake Park Road.


Entry fee is listed below and also requires USA Triathlon membership.  If you are not a USAT member you will need to buy either a one-day membership pass ($15 adult; no one-day option if 17 and under) or an annual pass ($50 adult/$10 if 17 and under) to participate.  Minimum participant age is 16 as of 12/31/18.  Note: it is not necessary to be an Active member to register.


Registration Prices

Feb. 1- June 19-$50

June 20-27-$75

June 28-$100

Registration closes at 7:00 pm AST on June 28


Swim course

The water temperatures at Chena Lake are highly variable (55 to 65 degrees) so it is advised that athletes come prepared with wetsuits. Wetsuits will be allowed for all participants if the water temperature is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The swim portion of the race begins with a mass start along the shore.  The course will be marked with large orange floats at each corner. The race will begin on the eastern shore at the first parking area on Lake Front Drive and proceeds counterclockwise in a large triangle around the lake where you will exit to transition to the bike.


Bike Course

The bike course is 40 km and in past years has been on the public roadway.  However, in 2018 there may be construction on the entrance road to the park so our contingency plan is a nontechnical mountain bike course up over the dike and on the flat floodplain.  Watch the website for updates when we know more.


While on paved roads, participants must observe all rules of the road and stop at all stop signs and while making left turns.  We will not stop traffic; be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Ride as close to the shoulder as possible and use caution when passing.  NEVER ride two abreast, it is against USAT rules.  We are visitors to the North Pole area and want to be allowed to continue to race in the community; abiding by the rules of the road will help us succeed.


The bike course typically runs through the community surrounding Chena Lake.  It starts on the eastern shore at the first parking area on Lake Front Drive.  From Chena Lake, proceed out, taking a right onto Laurance Road and out of the recreation area.  At the stop sign, turn left to go under the Richardson Hwy overpass then onto Buzby Road. Right onto Laurance Road, right again onto the Old Rich Hwy until it nearly intersects the Richardson Hwy at turnaround #1.


Retrace the outbound route, except there is an additional right turn onto North Pole High School Blvd, proceed through turnaround #2 at the school’s parking lot, then backtrack on the boulevard, back onto the Old Rich and to the recreation area. Racers will continue all the way north on Laurance road until reaching turnaround #3 near the Chena dam.  Circle around the island in the roadway then ride back to the transition area to complete the bike ride.


We will update course maps in case of road construction.


Run Course

The run is 10 km using a combination of paved and dirt trails.  It will be well marked. The run consists of one large loop with a short out and back followed by a shorter second loop. On the first loop racers will run out from the transition area heading north along the bike path on the eastern shore of Chena Lake for 1 km before veering left and immediate north for 1.5 km where the short out-and-back begins. Racers will turn left at the intersection and proceed 0.5 km before reaching the turnaround point. At this point, racers head east staying on the trail for 2.0 km before the trail veers south for an additional 2.1 km before turning right onto the paved bike path and returning to the transition area and the end of lap one. The second lap will again follow the trail north for 1 km. At this point, turn right and proceed on this trail for 0.6 km then turn right and retrace lap 1 back to the transition area and the finish.  There will be aid stations approximately every 2 miles on the run course.

Organised by

Alaska Interior Triathlete

3031 Ester Dome Rd., Fairbanks

Phone: 907-455-6520

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