2021 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier

January 16, 2021


We are excited to announce that the Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon will serve as the USA Triathlon 2021 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier.

This will be the 5th year of this great event and the first year as the National Championship. Kincaid Park will once again serve as the world class facility to hold this event, with snowmaking capabilities that will ensure great trails even in adverse winter conditions. Relay options will also be available but will not be part of the national championship).

About the Race

The race will be the true winter triathlon format of run/bike/ski. The run will utilize the scenic Coastal Trail from the Kincaid Chalet for a 6k out and back course. The bike will take advantage of the multi-use trails along Raspberry and the STA singletrack trails throughout Kincaid for a course of around 8 miles. The ski will be freestyle format and utilize the world class nordic ski trails in Kincaid Park for 2 laps of a 3k loop. Stay tuned here and to the club Facebook page ( ATC Facebook Page) for more details.

2021 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier

Visit the race facebook page for photos and other information 

2021 Results Posted – Overall, Age Group, Relays 

ATC Covid-19 Mitigation Plan  

The Covid-19 Mitigation Plan linked to above will serve as our baseline for addressing the ever-changing landscape of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please note that things change frequently and may require updates to the plan or adjustments in our race-day processes.

Some of the key things to keep in mind are listed below for reference:

Travelers

Be familiar with the Alaska Travel Mandates. Currently, travelers are required to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departing to Alaska or quarantine upon arrival for 14 days or until a negative result is obtained. Tests can be found for a cost of $250 at the airport upon arrival, but results take 3-5 days to be returned. If you are planning to come to Alaska for the race and will have a short time between arrival and the event, make sure to find a way to get tested prior to departing to Alaska.

Race officials reserve the right to require participants provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test or certification of quarantine adherence from anyone attending from outside of Alaska prior to being admitted to the event venue.

Masks

Masks will be required before and after the event any time racers, volunteers, or officials cannot maintain proper social distancing. Masks will be required at all pre-race briefings and at the start of the event. Racers will be allowed to remove masks at a designated point shortly after the start of the event.

About the Race

The race will be the true winter triathlon format of run/bike/ski. The run will utilize the scenic Coastal Trail from the Kincaid Chalet for a 6k out and back course. The bike will take advantage of the multi-use trails along Raspberry and the STA singletrack trails throughout Kincaid for a course of around 8 miles. The ski will be freestyle format and utilize the world class Nordic ski trails in Kincaid Park for 2 laps of a 3k loop.

Stay tuned here and to the club Facebook page ( ATC Facebook Page) for more details.

  • 2021 Results – Overall , Age Group , Relay
  • Final Registration List
  • Wave Start List
  • Bib Pickup: 5:00-7:00pm Thursday, January 14th – Due to the high number of registrations, we are adding a pre-race bib pickup. We encourage anyone who can to pick up their bib early to help speed things up on race morning. Bib pickup will be at Chain Reaction Cycles. When you arrive, please have your ID and USAT card (if applicable) out and ready. Please do not linger. If you have questions about the event, save those for other times if at all possible. Due to COVID, we want to minimize exposure as much as possible. We will still allow race-morning bib pickup for people from out of town or those who can’t make the Thursday bib pickup, but would like to keep this to a minimum. 


  • Racer Information Sheet – Updated 01/08/21 (Race Day Schedule Update) – Everything you ever wanted to know about race day! 


  • Ski Course Update – In order to avoid routing the race through the middle of the biathlon range, we have made a minor adjustment to the ski course. See the updated map here .
  • Covid-19 – Click here for our Covid-19 Mitigation Plan – Please note that this may change as local, state, or national requirements require. 
  • Fatbikes are no longer required for the bike leg of this event; however, they are STRONGLY encouraged. Depending on course conditions, trail may be too soft to effectively ride a mountain bike. You can rent fatbikes at Chain Reaction Cycles.

Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon –  The 2021 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier!

Bib Pickup – Thursday, January 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Chain Reaction Cycles in Anchorage. Please have ID and USAT Card ready when you arrive. Face masks required.

Final Registration List 

General Information

  • This race is open to everyone (USAT membership required). It will serve as the 2021 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier.
  • Fatbikes are not required, but are STRONGLY encouraged for the bike leg. We do not guarantee the bike course will be firm enough to fully support a regular mountain bike; therefore, any racer choosing to use a regular mountain bike is assuming some risk. Fatbikes can be rented at Chain Reaction Cycles.
  • Only solo racers 17 years old and older are eligible for a national championship and qualification to the world championships. Racers under 16 and relays will still be able to race, they will just be separated in the results from the national championship results.
  • This event will be 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/Deferral Policy: As always, putting on a multi-sport event takes a lot of planning, forethought and investment. The registration numbers are the key to our organizing the best event we are capable of and the most fun for you. Once you register, there are no refunds offered. If the event must be cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues, we will offer all registered participants a deferral to either the 2021 Hammerman, the 2021 Moose Nugget, or the 2022 Tri-Flake.
  • COVID-19: We are working with USAT to develop plans to address the current COVID-19 situation. We intend to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our racers, volunteers, and officials while maintaining the integrity of the event.

Register Now for the 2021 Tri-Flake!


Memberships purchased or renewed after October 01, 2020, will be current through December 31, 2021.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.

The start and finish will be in the Main Stadium. Below is an overall course map.  Scroll down for maps of the individual legs.  Also below are links to Strava routes that you can use to follow the course for previewing as well as see the course profiles. 

Run (6k) 

The run will start in the stadium and run down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail for 3 Kilometers, turn around and finish back at the stadium where racers will transition to the bike leg or tag off to their relay teammate.

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2768549929315051264


Bike (8.2 Miles)

The bike will utilize the multi-use trail along Raspberry from the Stadium to the entrance to the park and then follow STA singletrack trails looping through the park and back to the stadium where racers will transition to the ski leg or tag off to their relay teammate. This is a 2-lap course. Racers will complete two full laps before returning to the stadium through the tunnel. 

NOTE: The stadium is closed to bikes until race day. Please do no pre-ride the tunnel and stadium until race day. 

Strava Route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/2768542896006096538

Ski (6K)

The ski will utilize the world-class nordic trails at Kincaid Park. Racers will complete two full laps. 



Transition (note: transition layout may change)

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.

  • When/Where is bib pickup? – Bib pickup will be at the check in table on race morning starting at 10:00am. The table will be located near the lower stadium parking lot. Please provide plenty of time to get checked in (remember, you aren’t the only one checking in race morning) and get your gear set up.  
  • How do the bibs/numbers work? – Each racer/team will get two (2) numbers. One will be a run/ski bib and the other will be a number plate for the bike. For the relay teams, the runner will need to transfer the bib to the skier. For the run and ski, the bibs need to be visible on the front of the racer. We are not using timing chips, so the timers need to be able to see your number when you come through. Do not put it under a jacket or other clothing.
  • What is the race format? – The race will be the traditional winter triathlon format of Run-Bike-Ski.  
  • How long are the legs? – Run = 6km, Bike = 8 miles, Ski = 6km (Course maps can be found under the “course” tab above)
  • Is the ski skating or classic? – The ski is “freestyle”, so the racer can choose whichever technique they prefer. Assuming sufficient snow depth, a classic track will be set on one side of the course for most of the loop.
  • What type of bike should I use? – While fat/snow bikes are not required, they are strongly recommended. A majority of the course is on singletrack trails. The trail surface can range from rock hard to sugar snow. Regular mountain bikes may not be able to “float” enough if the trails are soft, both requiring the racer to push their bikes a long distance and damaging the trail surface for other racers behind them.  
  • How do we pass people on the singltrack trail? – The singletrack portions of the bike course are narrow. Passing is difficult and requires the participation of both people to be safe and quick. The overriding theme of the process is “don’t be a jerk!” which applies to both the passer and the passee. If you are the person gaining on a racer ahead, announce it EARLY! Don’t wait until you are right on their wheel. Give them time to find a safe spot to let you by. Call out with “trail” or “on your left”. If you are the one being passed, once you know someone is gaining or if you hear them call out to pass, please try to quickly find a safe spot to let them by. It doesn’t do anyone any good to hold up someone else longer than necessary.  
  • Can we bring friends or family to spectate? – Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our permit does not allow us to allow spectators this year. We are likely still looking for volunteers, so that would be a way for someone to come watch the event while helping out, and they get a swag bag too!
  • What should we wear? – Everything! This is a winter event. We do not have a low cutoff temperature, so barring extreme weather, the race will go on. It can also be windy in the stadium, so be prepared for that. Due to COVID-19, we are not able to provide indoor or enclosed warming areas, so racers and volunteers will need to be self sufficient as far as warmth is concerned. We recommend having a vehicle nearby in the parking lot that can be used to warm up in. Racers should make sure to have dry, warm clothes to change into after the race.
  • What will the start format be? – We are still working on this as it depends heavily on the current COVID-19 situation on the day of the race. Currently, we are anticipating some form of wave starts by gender and/or age groups. All racers should be ready to start at the noon starting time.
  • Will there be aid stations on the course? – At this point, we do not anticipate there being any aid stations on the course. If possible, we will have one at the exit of transition. We are asking that racers plan to be self-sufficient when it comes to nutrition. Either carry food/water with you during the event or have it in your transition spot. Outside support along the course from friends/family is not permitted.
  • What type of awards will there be? – Everyone will get an award, so please don’t leave until you have yours unless you have already made arrangements. We will plan to do awards as quickly as possible after people finish, so don’t go too far. The top three overall men and women will get overall medals. The top three in each 5-year age group will get age group awards (top overall will be included in the age groups per USAT requirements, so they will get two medals). Finishers outside of the top-3 in their respective age groups will get a finisher medal. The top relay teams in each division (women/men/coed) will get 1st place medals, all other teams will get participation medals.


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The Alaska Triathlon Club is proud to be a Triathlon Club for members of all ability levels. We offer social events, swim, bike and run training, clinics and the chance to enjoy our sport with others in the last frontier. Join us and get involved!

Memberships purchased or renewed after October 01, 2020, will be current through December 31, 2021.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.