2023 Moose Nugget Triathlon
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Road Tri – Sprint and Olympic Distance Races held at Little Campbell Lake and Kincaid Park.
The Olympic Distance Triathlon will serve as the USAT Alaska State Championship Triathlon and the Sprint Distance Triathlon will serve as the USAT Alaska High School State Championship (all ages over 13 are welcome in the Sprint Distance Triathlon, but just the high school age participants will be competing for the high school state championship)
Welcome to the Moose Nugget Triathlon, an Olympic distance road triathlon in beautiful Anchorage Alaska. We’ve got a great course lined out for racers covering areas from Little Campbell Lake to Kincaid Park to the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
Run Course Change – The run course will be run along the multi-use pathway from the stadium toward the entrance of Kincaid Park. It will not go down the Coastal Trail. Updated map will be posted soon. Distances will remain the same, 5k for the sprint and 10k for the olympic. You will just take a left after passing through the tunnel in the stadium instead of going to the right as in past years.
The Moose Nugget Triathlon is a road triathlon based at Little Campbell Lake in Kincaid Park. The races consists of both a sprint and olympic distance event. The swim will take place in Little Campbell Lake, the bike along the roads in and around Kincaid Park, and the run will be on the scenic Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. See the course tab for detailed course descriptions and maps.
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Important Race Logistics and Information for Racers and Spectators
- Bib Pickup – Friday, July 28th @ Chain Reaction Cycles (1148 Huffman Rd, Anchorage, AK 99515) from 5:00-7:00pm. Please use this opportunity to pick up your bib. We will only have limited bib pickup race morning only for those from out of town who can’t make it Friday.
- Race Day Flow – Race starts at 10:00am. Give yourself lots of time (like 1.5-2 hours, for real). Start by dropping off your bike and swim gear at T1 at Little Campbell Lake. Once that is set up, promptly drive over to T2 at the lower stadium lot near the chalet to park and set up your T2 with your running gear. Get on the shuttle bus to get back to the lake. Once you get back to the lake, check in and pick up your timing chip. No parking at the lake except for volunteers and spectators (see not below about spectators). We will provide a bag for your gear at T1 that we will transport for you to T2 after the swim is complete. You should not have to return to T1 once you leave on the bike.
- Spectators – Racers, please pass this information on to any spectators you might know. We will allow parking at the lake for spectators, but note that the road to the lake will be CLOSED from the start of the swim until after the last swimmer leaves on their bike. This is for the safety of the racers navigating the section of gravel road on road/tt bikes. If you choose to park at the lake, you will be stuck there until after the slowest swimmer is done and on the bike course. You can always park at the stadium and bike back to the start to watch, then bike back to the stadium to watch the rest of the race. IMPORTANT – For the safety of the racers on the course, please do not follow racers or otherwise drive back and forth on the course during the bike leg. If you want to cheer from on the course, please find a good, safe spot to park off the road and cheer from there for the duration. The roads get very narrow when you have racers going both directions on the road and vehicles trying to navigate around them.
Note Regarding Championship Events – When registering, be aware of the different options. For high school age racers, they must sign up for the “Moose Nugget Sprint Triathlon – High School Champs” if they want to be eligible for the high school state championship. For adults, you must sign up for the “Moose Nugget Distance Triathlon” to be eligible for the Alaska State Championships. Adults are more than welcome to sign up for and race the Sprint Distance triathlon, but just be aware that it is not considered the State Championship.
This event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, and participants must either be a member of USAT or purchase a one-day race license. If you are an annual USAT member, you will see a $15 credit off your entry. If you need the one day license, the entry fee includes this in the price. In order to obtain event insurance and official USAT sanctioning, the following policies must be posted:
• To maintain the integrity of the event timing, the combining of any leg from a solo participant with that of any team is not allowed.
• Official race bib transfer policy: Due to increased litigation and higher insurance costs, no participant may transfer his/her entry slot/bib number to another individual. Sorry, but this one is a biggie. If an individual is found to have raced under someone else’s name or bib number, that person will be disqualified.
• Refund Policy: Planning and developing an athletic event that ensures adequate support and supplies for participants is difficult. We rely on the registration information to provide us with an accurate participant count. Because this is vital to the success of our events, there will be no refunds once a registration has been processed.
Olympic Distance Course
(scroll down for Sprint Course)
2-Laps in Little Campbell Lake – More details and map coming soon. Water temperature is expected to be in the mid 60’s and wetsuits are strongly recommended.
The bike will take place between Little Campbell Lake and Kincaid Park. CAUTION: The first section of road between T1 and Raspberry Road is dirt/gravel. Olympic distance racers will complete 2 full laps of the course before finishing at the Kincaid Stadium. Do not turn into the stadium parking lot until you are finishing. Use caution when making the turn into the parking lot as you are coming off a fast downhill and it is a tight corner. Riders have crashed here before, don’t add yourself to the list.
Run Course has Changed.
The run will exit T2 into the Kincaid stadium and head out through the tunnel on the south end. Runners will turn left and follow the red flags to get to the multi-use pathway along Raspberry. Runners will stay on this pathway until the turnaround point 5k into the run, approximately at the Raspberry Road and Sand Lake Road intersection.
Sprint Distance Course
1-Lap in Little Campbell Lake – See Olympic swim course map above. Water temperature is expected to be in the mid 60’s and wetsuits are strongly recommended.
Bike (12.5 Miles)
See Olympic bike course map above. CAUTION: The first section of road between T1 and Raspberry Road is dirt/gravel. For the sprint, racers will complete ONE full lap of the course before finishing at the Kincaid Stadium. Use caution when making the turn into the parking lot as you are coming off a fast downhill and it is a tight corner. Riders have crashed here before, don’t add yourself to the list.
See the Olympic run course map above (pending). The run will exit T2 into the Kincaid stadium and head out through the tunnel on the south end. Runners will turn left and follow the red flags to get to the multi-use pathway along Raspberry Road. Runners will continue for 2.5k and turn around and return to the stadium for the finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there something you are dying to know about the race? If so, check the FAQ list below. If you don’t see your question answered here, drop us a note and we will try to answer it.
- Isn’t the first section of road gravel? – Yes, the first 1/3 of a mile is dirt/gravel. We have a plan in place to have the road “tuned up” the week prior to the event to take out most of the roughness. We have used this successfully before for a road triathlon. Racers just need to use caution for this first section until they reach the pavement. Consider it the “Alaskan Style” aspect of our race.
- What kind of bike should I use? – Whatever you have (except e-bikes). While road or TT bikes would be advantageous, all bikes are welcome. Just make sure they are in good working order.
- Do I need a wetsuit for the swim? – Water temperatures range from the low 60’s to about 70 degrees depending on the weather leading up to the event. Wetsuits are highly recommended, but not required. We always have a few racers who swim without, but the vast majority use a wetsuit.
We will populate this soon, but in the meantime, if you have any specific questions, feel free to send me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will see if I can answer them.
Memberships purchased or renewed after October 01, 2022, will be current through December 31, 2023. Membership benefits include race entry discounts, free or reduced price entry for club clinics and events, and priority entry into limited space activities among other things.