Information below will be updated further for the virtual tri by May 12, 2020


RACE DATES - JULY 11-31, 2020



  • Individual/Solo

  • Teams: Female, Male and Co-Ed

  • Kids



  • Adult Individuals: 12 yrs old & up

  • Teams: 12 yrs old & up

  • Kids Tri: 6-12 yrs old


Note: Age is based on age you will be on December 31st of the race year per USAT rules (i.e. for the 2020 race it will be the age you are on on 12/31/2020). For 12 year olds it is key to know that you may only be 11 years old on race day in June, but have a birthday in September where you turn 12; this makes the racer 12 years old on December 31st, which would make the racer eligible to compete in the kid's or individual sprint or team events.


SPRINT DISTANCE: Individuals & Teams

  • Swim: 500 yard pool swim (10 laps/20 lengths)

  • Bike: 20K (12.4 miles)

  • Run: 5K (3.1 miles)


Note for teams: A team may consist of two or three people. For two-person teams one person will compete in two of the three legs of the race. These legs do not need to be back-to-back (for example team member 1 may do the swim and run, and team member 2 may do the bike).



For more information on the kid’s event visit the Kids Tri page.


There are three pre-race bib pick-ups: Two during the week preceding the race and one the day before the race.


Bib Pick-Ups 1 & 2 

Tuesday, June 2nd    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Trek Bicycle Store Anchorage

530 East Benson Blvd

Thursday, June 4th   5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Chain Reaction Cycles

1148 Huffman Road


Bib Pick-Up 3

Saturday, June 6th   1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Chugiak High School Parking Lot

16525 S Birchwood Loop Rd


Bib pick-up is available on race morning for out-of-town racers only from 7:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m. at the Volunteer/Info Tent.


Racers must pick-up their own bibs. No exceptions – this is a USAT requirement. Adult racers are required to present a picture ID and a copy of their valid USAT card (if applicable) when picking up their bib. A parents or legal guardians may pick up bibs for a racers under the age of 18.  


There is no race day registration for the sprint triathlon.

There is race day registration available for the Kid’s Tri (pending the race not being sold out). See more on the Kids Tri page. 


Please understand and abide by the above policies. Race day is hectic and things go much more smoothly for you and the race volunteers when racers pick-up their bibs in advance.


6:00 a.m. Adult race transition area open*

7:00 a.m. Bib pick- up for out of town racers (see bib pick up info above)

7:00 a.m. Pool opens for swim warm up*

7:45-8:00 a.m. Final instructions and questions

8:00-8:20 a.m. Top 24 seeded men and women start. Men go first in the even years, and
women in the odd years.

8:20-8:45 a.m. Teams start

8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Individuals start (in bib number order)

10:00 a.m Adult race bib pick-up closes 

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Kid's bib pick-up and check-in (at the Chain Reaction Cycles tent by the kid’s transition area)

Noon - Kid’s transition opens

1:00 p.m. Kid's pre-race tri games (soccer field)

1:20 p.m. Parent meeting (Chain Reaction Cycles tent)

1:45 p.m. Kid's Tri racers on pool deck

2:30 p.m. Kid's Tri starts

3:45 p.m. All kid’s bikes must be picked up at T2 @ Birchwood Elementary School


Bib #'s              On Deck Time          Start Time (approximate)


1-24                      7:45 a.m                         8:00 a.m

TEAMS                 7:45 a.m                         8:20 a.m

25-99                    8:15 a.m                         8:45 a.m

100 - 199              9:30 a.m                         10:30 a.m

200 - 299              10:30 a.m                       11:30 a.m

300 - 399              11:30 a.m                       12:30 p.m.

400 - 425              12:30 p.m                       1:30 p.m

​Racers are not expected or needed to show up until one (1) hour prior to their approximate on-deck time listed above. If your approximate start time is 11:30 a.m., you do not need to show up at 7:00 a.m., your on-deck time is 10:30 a.m. so you just need to arrive at Chugiak H.S. with time to set up your transition and be on deck by 10:30 a.m.


*All racers are must set up their transition area prior to racing. The transition area will open at 6:00 a.m. on race morning (transition will not be open prior to this time or on the day before). As you are setting your gear and equipment up in the transition area remember that it is an active race area. Be aware of racers in and out of the area and give active racers priority.



  • Top 3 overall

  • Top 3 in each age group/each gender (five-year increments through the oldest participant; top 3 overall are taken out of the age group awards)

  • Top team in each division


Awards are given at the awards banquet the week following the race. Come join the fun and enjoy food, awards, and giveaways!


Awards Ceremony

Monday, June 8th   7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Chain Reaction Cycles

1148 Huffman Road



The Eagle River Triathlon is sprint distance triathlon on a stunning course in Chugiak, Alaska just 20 miles north of Anchorage. Known for its spectacular views, and fun, yet challenging bike course, the Eagle River Tri course is a favorite among racers in Alaska. 


SWIM – 500 yards

The swim takes place in the Chugiak High School swimming pool. The pool has 6 swim lanes and a warmup area in the deep end. Eagle River Triathlon is liked by racers for its split-lane swim. What does this mean? Two racers share a lane, with one designated for each side of the lane. Just you in your side of the lane, no need to worry about passing or being passed like one would if circle swimming. 


Key swim details:

  • All racers must enter the pool through the inside entrance of the school (also designated as the pool entrance), or through the locker rooms. Entrance to the pool is at the far northeast end of the school.

  • Timing chips will be passed out on the pool deck along with plastic ankle straps for the chip. If you have own strap feel free to bring it. Place the strap on you left ankle (before you start your swim) and do not take it off until you cross the finish line. These are not disposable chips and must be left off at the finish line and placed in the chip bucket. A volunteer will assist you in taking your timing chip off.

  • Only two swimmers per lane at any time. 

  • No circle swimming.

  • You will be sharing a lane with another swimmer; it's your responsibility to stay on your designated side of the lane. 

  • Each swimmer will have a lap counter who will indicate when there is 1 lap left and when your swim is complete. While the lap counters are there to help, it is ultimately the racer’s responsibility to count their own laps. 

  • Racers may put a small amount of gear (i.e. bike helmet, race belt/bib, etc) under the lap counter’s chair. No items may be stored elsewhere on the pool deck. Remember, items will get wet! 


Upon completion of 10 laps (20 lengths), racers exit the pool to the left and out the door designated for racers only and into the parking lot to the transition area to prepare for the bike leg of the race.

BIKE – 20K

The bike course consists of two out-and-back sections. Bikers exit out of the north end of the transition area and turn left (west) out of the transition area and up a short ramp to take a sharp right (north) onto S Birchwood Loop Road. Racers continue to the first turnaround at the corner of Old Cranberry Drive & K-L Lane. There will be a cone and volunteer marking the turnaround. Returning back on this same stretch of road, bikers go past Chugiak High School and turn right onto Hillcrest Drive, directly across from the south entrance into Chugiak HS. Racers will then continue through this second out-and-back section of the course which winds through various streets. Following the signs and volunteers, racers then turn at the second turnaround located at North Eagle River Road and ride this same stretch of the course back to the high school. Upon returning to the school, cyclists will cross S Birchwood Loop Road and enter the school grounds through the south entrance and follow flagging to the right back into transition area to change to run.
 This is a hot corner (that's tri lingo for "very busy") so please cross with care. Racers must slow down entering the high school and down the final stretch to the transition area.


Key bike details:

  • Bike drop off begins race morning at 6:00 a.m. There is no drop off prior to that time or the day before.

  • All participants must wear an undamaged and unaltered helmet, which meets or exceeds the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and which is clearly labeled by the manufacturer as satisfying such standards.

  • Helmets must be worn whenever on the bike including when transporting bike to and from your vehicle from the event area. 

  • The chin-strap must be fastened at all times.

  • You are responsible for knowing the bike course. Any potentially confusing intersections will be marked with traffic cones and signage.

  • Stay as far to the right as possible and practical. The bike course takes place on an open road. 

  • Obey all traffic laws! This is not a closed course. You will be sharing the road with traffic. Pay attention!

  • Obey all directions of volunteers and traffic officials. 

  • No drafting. You must stay at least 7 meters (or 3 bike lengths) behind the bike in front of you. 

  • You must not attempt to pass another cyclist unless adequate space is available and you are confident of your ability to pass the other cyclist. All passing is to be done to the left of the cyclist being overtaken. Be aware of vehicle traffic. 

  • Absolutely no riding two abreast.

  • You are solely responsible for ensuring your bike is in safe mechanical condition.

  • Do not get on your bike in the transition area. Walk/run your bike through the transition area to the “mount” line before getting on your bike.

  • When returning back to the transition area, get off of your bike at the “dismount” line before entering the transition area. 

  • There are no water stations along the bike course.

  • There is one restroom at the north bike turnaround (first out-and-back section)


View Bike Course Map

Bike Map South

Bike Map North

Bike Map Profile

RUN – 5K

The run is a single out-and-back course. Runners exit the south entrance of the parking lot and head east towards the Glenn Highway on the bike path. Proceeding through the underpass, runners then turn left (north) onto the paved trail adjacent to the highway. Runners will continue on the paved trail to the turnaround and then head back on the same route to the finish line. 

  • Obey all directions of volunteers and traffic officials. 

  • You are responsible for knowing the run course. Any potentially confusing intersections will be marked with traffic cones and signage.

  • Wear your bib in the front. Make sure your bib number is visible to the front when you cross the finish line. 

  • There is a water station at the run turnaround and finish line. 

  • There are no restrooms on the run course.

  • The timing chips are not disposable chips and must be left at the finish line and placed in the chip bucket. A volunteer will assist you in taking your timing chip off.

View Run Course Map


Racers will use the same transition area for both T1 (from swim to bike) and T2 (from bike to run). All racers will have an assigned slot in the transition area.


  • Transition slots are numbered according to bib numbers. Every racer (or team) has an assigned slot.

  • T1 and T2 are the same “active” transition areas. 

  • Transition set-up/bike drop-off begins race morning at 6:00 a.m. Don’t worry, you do not need to arrive at 6:00 a.m., racers may set up any time prior to their start time (even after the race has begun).

  • Please stay alert at all times while in the transition area as it will be active with racers coming in and out. Once you complete your race, please use the designated exits for removing gear to prevent accidents with active racers in transition. 

  • Only racers are allowed in the transition area. If you have spectators at the event, please ask them to view from outside the transition area. See the transition area map for the best spectator viewing areas.

  • You are responsible for providing your own bike stand for your transition slot. Stay within your own space and do not intrude on others space.

  • You must use a bike stand. Kickstands are not allowed in transition, they are not reliable and can cause other bikes to fall (think dominoes). 

  • Need a bike stand? Bike stands (of all wheel sizes) are sold in May at the Gold Nugget Triathlon bib pick ups. You are welcome to purchase one at that time. 

  • Bikes are NOT allowed to be laid down or positioned upside down.

  • Solo racers must return their bike to their designated slot before starting the run. 

  • Please do not loiter in the transition area. Racers are only permitted in the area while setting-up or removing their gear, or while racing. If you want to spectate, please do so from outside the transition area.

View Transition Area Map



USAT Rules & Sanctioning


This is a USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event. All USAT rules apply. Participation in a USAT sanctioned event means the event director has the proper permits in place, liability and athlete excess medical insurance coverage and the event plan has met the standard of organization required. USA Triathlon provides rules, guidance and governance to set the standard for safe and fair multi-sport races. 


For more information on USA Triathlon, race rules, and FAQs visit the USAT website at


It is every racer’s responsibility to know the rules, but we like to point out some key USAT rules and other things to remember:

  • No transferring bib numbers to another participant.

  • Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event (including when transporting bike to and from your vehicle.). Chinstraps must be fastened while on your bike.

  • All bicycle bar ends must be solidly plugged.

  • Drafting on the bike is not permitted. Keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. 

  • Adult participants (13 and over) shall not accept assistance of any kind (such as food, drink, equipment, pacing or bike handling) from any person except a race official. 

  • Adult participants must display their race number at all times. Racers are responsible for making sure the timers are aware of their number. Solo racers have different colored numbers than teams.

  • All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time

  • It is your responsibility to know the course and transition areas.

  • No headphones allowed while racing.



Other Important Race Information

  • Please leave dogs and other pets at home (please tell your family and friends).

  • Label all of your gear with your name and/or race number.

  • Follow all directions of race officials, traffic control personnel, and volunteers.



All teams will have their bike slot inside the transition area (southeast corner). All tag-offs will be done at the team bike slot. All team members must follow the same swim, bike, and run rules as outlined for adult individual racers.

Read through the Swim, Bike, Run and Transition information above as most of those items pertain to teams too.


Additional team information:​

  • Team swimmers should be on deck at 7:45 a.m.

  • Swimmers pick up their timing chip on the pool deck.

  • Team swimmers will start immediately after the top 24 seeded individuals and possibly a few additional racers. The volunteer passing out swim cards and timing chips on the pool deck will alert you as to which individual bib number the first team will follow. All other team swimmers will follow in bib order.

  • If one team member does two events (i.e. swim and bike, run and bike, etc.), the racer must follow all the transition rules as if you were a solo-event team member (i.e. use your team slot in the transition for your bike and gear).

  • Swimmers must leave swim and proceed to their slot in T1 to tag off to their biker at their biker's transition slot. Tag-offs are not permitted on the sidewalk outside of T1. 

  • The swimmer transfers their timing chip to the biker by taking the ankle strap (with the chip) off and giving it to the biker to put it on their ankle. 

  • After completing the bike leg, the biker tags off to the runner by taking the ankle strap (with the chip) off and giving it to the runner to put it on their ankle. 

  • The timing chips are not disposable chips and must be left at the finish line and placed in the chip bucket. A volunteer will assist you in taking your timing chip off.

  • Good luck and have fun!


Event parking is in the main Chugiak High School parking lot and at Birchwood Elementary School. While there is considerable parking between the two locations, we still encourage racers and spectator to carpool if possible.


Please follow all directions of traffic control personnel, volunteers, APD, and signs. Under no circumstances can cars pull off on the side of S. Birchwood Loop Road, or other neighboring roads, to drop racers. All racers and vehicles must use the designated parking areas.

  • West Parking Lot (main parking lot) From South Birchwood Loop Road, access the west lot by entering through the 2nd entrance to Chugiak High School. This entrance is usually an exit only for vehicles, but on race day is used for parking access in and out of the school. This entrance will share the "bike out" lane coming from the transition area. The driveway will be flagged to separate bikers and vehicles. All vehicle traffic will be one-way alternating in and out. There will be traffic control flaggers at both the top and the bottom of this entrance controlling incoming and exiting vehicles. Follow all directions from traffic control personnel. Parking lot is open all day but arriving and departing may be slow. Please be patient! 

    • The West Parking Lot is expected to fill up; when it does fill up follow the signs past the Chugiak High School entrance and continue approximately 1 mile and take a right on Birchtree Street. Birchwood Elementary School is on the right at the end of the road. Overflow parking is in the elementary school lot. It is an easy walk on a grass pathway between Birchwood Elementary School and Chugiak High School.

    • The East Parking Lot (back lot) is closed completely to all vehicles all day.

  • Birchwood Elementary School
    Both the upper lot and half of the lower lot are available for parking on race day.

    • Half of the lower lot is used for the Kids Tri transition area (T2) from the bike to the run. Please do not park in the area that is flagged off for the Kids Tri. 

    • The lower lot will close completely for traffic, in and out, for the Kids Tri from approximately 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will reopen when the Kids Tri is over. This is for the safety of our kids racing. Please observe these hours and do not try to leave.




The event is timed by Skinny Raven Events and Timing. There will be a timing device operated by timing personnel at each racer’s swim lane who will begin their swim. Timing mats throughout the race course will capture racer’s times at the following locations.

  • Door exiting the pool to the outside: This marks the end of the swim and start of the T1 split. Hand tracked swim cards are used for recording splits and used for back up purposes only.

  • Bike out: This marks the end of the Transition 1 split and the beginning of the bike split.

  • Bike in: Racers will dismount their bike at the conclusion of the bike and run over the same mat they did for their “bike out” to capture the end of the bike split and beginning of the T2 split.

  • Run out: This marks the end of the Transition 2 split and the start of the run split.

  • Finish line: Captures the end of the run split and overall race time.


In the event you lose your timing chip once your race has started, please continue with your race. While there is no guarantee we will be able to capture all split times, we will be able to get accurate start and finish times. 



  • No spectators or racers (when not racing) are allowed to use the door to the pool where racers exit and enter into the transition area. Spectators may use the door just south of the racer exit door which leads to the balcony area overlooking the pool; look for signage that reads “Pool Spectator Entrance”. Spectators may also use the main school entrance on the far northeast side of the building. 

  • Spectators are not permitted in the transition area (except parents assisting in the Kids Tri transition area)

  • Please leave pets at home. 



Official race bib transfer policy: No participant may transfer his/her entry slot/bib number to another individual. If an individual is found to have raced under someone else's name or bib number, that person, and the originally assigned racer will be disqualified and risk being banned from future Eagle River Triathlon events. 


Name changes will be available for Teams at a charge of $10.00/person/change. All changes must be done no later than June 4, 2020. There will be no name changes made on race day.


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