Make History In Edmonton at the first-ever PTO Canadian Open

The 2022 PTO Canadian open is the first-ever PTO Tour event! Join the world’s best pro triathletes at an all-new triathlon race in Edmonton, Canada’s vibrant triathlon city in Alberta’s unique river valley.

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PTO Canadian Open 2022

For over two decades Edmonton has set the stage for the world’s best triathletes to go head-to-head in epic battles that have crowned heroes of the sport. Now it’s your turn to experience the buzz of this triathlon-loving city as you make history at the inaugural PTO Canadian Open.

You’ll get the chance to race on a fully closed-roads course the same weekend as the world’s greatest professional triathletes and also make your voice heard as you get up close and cheer them to victory. With an unprecedented $1m prize purse up for grabs, the racing will be as ferocious as it is gripping.

Location
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Date
23-24 July
Courses
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PTO Canadian Open Events

25km
0.5km
20km
4.5km
Early Bird
CA$
90
CA$90 from
April 1st
All inclusive pricing
100km
2km
80km
18km
Early Bird
CA$
225
CA$225 from
April 1st
All inclusive pricing
100km Relay
2km
80km
18km
Race with 2 or 3 competitors
Early Bird
CA$
275
CA$275 from
April 1st
All inclusive pricing
Open Water Swim - 750m
750m
Early Bird
CA$
25
CA$25 from
All inclusive pricing
Open Water Swim - 2250m
2250m
Early Bird
CA$
25
CA$25 from
All inclusive pricing
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RACE EXPERIENCE PACKAGES
Race Ready Package
Only 50 Slots! Includes Race Entry
  • 100km or 25km race entry
  • Virtual Training Programme with Paula Findlay
  • VIP Tent Access
  • Preferred Grandstand Seating
  • Friends and Family Finish Line Access
CA$
595
All inclusive pricing
All Access Upgrade
Only 50 Slots!
  • VIP Tent Access
  • Preferred Grandstand Seating
  • Friends and Family Finish Line Access
CA$
295
All inclusive pricing
Friends & Family Upgrade
  • Preferred Grandstand Seating
  • Friends and Family Finish Line Access
CA$
75
All inclusive pricing

Race
Info

The PTO Canadian Open will be a landmark event. With a spectacular location, closed-roads course and the opportunity to race your race and watch the pros, this is a triathlon experience you won’t want to miss.

The benefits

Race your race. Watch the pros.

As triathlon’s first grand slam series, the PTO Tour will provide an age-group experience like nothing that’s gone before. Rub shoulders with the pros in the fan zone, enjoy the thrill of your own race on a stage fit for the world’s best athletes and hit the grandstand to watch every spine-tingling moment of the pro race. It’s a weekend of triathlon you’ll never forget.

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Race Venue

The centre of the PTO Canadian Open will be in beautiful Hawrelak Park, at the heart of Edmonton’s scenic river valley. The 68-hectare park hosts many of Edmonton’s iconic events. A purpose-built stadium area will place athletes and spectators in the middle of the action with easy access to the swim venue, transition, athlete services, expo area and finish line. Hawrelak Park is located a short 5km commute or transit ride from downtown Edmonton.

You’ll race on the same streets as the pros, with age-group events having different length laps to provide an optimal mass-participation experience out on the course.

100
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100KM race

Key info

Swim – 2km

Presented by FORM, the event’s Official Swim Partner, the swim will be in the freshwater manmade Hawrelak Park Lake, adjacent to the stadium area. Water temperature on race day typically hovers around 20°C, making it a warm but wetsuit-legal swim. The race will set off with wave starts from the lake beach in groups of around 60-120 athletes per wave spread over a two-to-three hour period.

Several swim buoys will guide you around the three-lap swim including three large turn buoys outlined on the map. You will leave the water at the end of each lap for an Australian exit, run up the beach and around a large tree – enjoying support from cheering crowds – before diving back in. 

Transition is a short 250m run across carpet from the beach exit and T1 and T2 are in the same location.

Bike – 80km

The bike course starts and finishes in Hawrelak Park and winds through Edmonton’s river valley with some challenging uphill sections. The course sweeps through the green spaces of Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River and up into the city centre. The entire course is closed with two lanes dedicated for racers for the majority of the route. 

The bike features four 20km laps loops back through the stadium area on each lap. You will climb steadily up out of the river valley and back down three times on every lap for approximately 190m of elevation gain for every lap or 760m for the full 80km. The climbs average between 4-8% gradient and are 800m to 2km in length.

80km Bike Aid Stations

The bike aid station will be positioned around 8.4km from transition on each lap, giving four opportunities to top up on energy and drinks thanks to our Official Fuel & Hydration Partner, Precision Fuel & Hydration.

There will also be mechanical support and toilets available at the aid station.

  • Lap 1: 8.4km
  • Lap 2: 28.4km
  • Lap 3: 48.4km
  • Lap 4: 68.4km

Run – 18km

The three-lap run course is mostly flat, providing a quintessential Canadian experience racing through the lush greenery of Hawrelak Park along the closed roadway. 

During each 6km lap, you will cross the river upon reaching the backside of the park and continue past the turn around point for 25km athletes along a mixed surface trail through Buena Vista Park woods. At around 2.6km, you’ll turn around and head back over the bridge before another out and back section around the perimeter of Hawrelak Park before heading towards the stadium area along the same route. 

At the end of lap three, you’ll turn into a finish fit for the world’s best.

18km run Aid Stations

There will be four aid stations on each lap, giving plenty of opportunities to stay fuelled and hydrated thanks to our Official Fuel & Hydration Partner, Precision Fuel & Hydration. Aid stations will be accessible from both running directions.

  • Lap 1: 0.4km, 1.8km, 2.6km, 3.4km, 4km, 4.5km, 5.6km
  • Lap 2: 6.4km, 7.8km, 8.6km, 9.4km, 10km, 10.5km, 11.6km
  • Lap 3: 12.4km, 13.8km, 14.6km, 15.4km, 16km, 16.5km, 17.6km
25
km

25KM race

The 25km race format is the perfect choice for those dipping their toes into triathlon for the first time – or athletes wanting to put it all out there for a high-intensity ultra-fast time.

Key Info

Swim – 500m

Presented by FORM, the event’s Official Swim Partner, the swim will be in the freshwater manmade Hawrelak Park Lake, adjacent to the stadium area. Water temperature on race day typically hovers around 20°C, making it a warm but wetsuit-legal swim. The race will set off with wave starts from the lake beach in groups of around 60-120 athletes per wave.

Several swim buoys will guide you around the one-lap 500m swim including three large turn buoys pictured on the map. Transition is a short 250m run across carpet from the beach exit and T1 and T2 are in the same location.

Bike – 20km

The one-lap bike course starts and finishes in Hawrelak Park and winds through Edmonton’s river valley with some challenging uphill sections. The course sweeps through the green spaces of Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River and up into the city centre. The entire course is closed with two lanes dedicated for racers for the majority of the route.

You will climb steadily up out of the river valley and back down three times for approximately 190m of elevation gain. The climbs average between 4-8% gradient and are 800m to 2km in length.

20km Bike Aid Station

The bike aid station will be positioned around 8.4km from transition, giving you the opportunity to top up on energy and drinks thanks to our Official Fuel & Hydration Partner, Precision Fuel & Hydration.

There will also be mechanical support and toilets available at the aid station.

Run – 4.5km

The one-lap run course is flat and fast, providing a quintessential Canadian experience racing through the lush greenery of Hawrelak Park along the closed roadway. You will cross the river upon reaching the backside of the park and hit the first turnaround point at around 1.9km on the edge of Buena Vista Park woods. You’ll then run back across the bridge and turn right for another out and back before heading back towards the stadium area where you’ll turn into a finish fit for the world’s best.

4.5km run Aid Stations

There will be two aid stations during the run, which will be accessible from both running directions. This will give you four opportunities to stay fuelled and hydrated thanks to our Official Fuel & Hydration Partner, Precision Fuel & Hydration.

  • Aid stations: 0.55km, 2.6km, 3.1km, 4km

Event Schedule

PTO Canadian Open 2022

The full event schedule will incorporate a selection of side events as well as swim course familiarisation and plenty to see and do around the event village. There will also be the opportunity to get up close and personal with the pros as you watch the world’s top-ranked athletes fight for a slice of the $1m prize purse.

Precision Fuel & Hydration

Staying well fueled and hydrated during your PTO Tour race is essential if you want to perform at your best (and avoid the dreaded DNF!). 

That’s why Precision Fuel & Hydration will be providing their award-winning electrolyte drinks, energy gels and chews on course.

Race-Day Nutrition

Here’s what’ll be available in your race pack on on-course at this year’s race.

Your race pack will include a packet of all-natural PH 1500 drink mix, a very strong electrolyte drink designed to help you start well hydrated.

Our aid stations will be stocked with PH 1000, a strong electrolyte drink designed to help you stay hydrated when you’re sweating. It contains around 2x as much sodium as a standard sports drink.

PF 30 Energy Gels will also be out on the course. They contain 30g of carb and have a very mild, neutral taste, reducing flavour fatigue during longer efforts. The texture is designed to reduce stickiness in the mouth and minimise the need to wash them down with fluid immediately.

PF 30 Energy Chews can feel more satisfying to eat than gels during longer races and when working at slightly lower intensities, making them a great way to mix up your fueling plan. Each packet contains 2 chews efficiently delivering 15g of carb each. The “Original” flavour chews have a mild, neutral taste and look out for the Mint & Lemon chews for a refreshing option when you’re working hard in hot conditions.

Advice and Special Offers From Precision Fuel & Hydration

You’ll receive a detailed Fuelling and Hydration briefing email a few weeks before your event with advice on how to best use the products on course to maximise your performance.

If you want to try the on-course fuel and hydration in training, you can pick up a PTO Tour Taster Pack. Don’t forget to use the code DEATHTODNF to get 20% off your first order.

PTO Tour competitors will also have access to VIP support from the Precision Fuel & Hydration team in the build up to the big day, so you can be sure that you’re ready to race.

Race Ready Package

This special package for participants – limited to just 50 places – includes entry to the 100km or 25km race plus:

Virtual Training Programme: A 10-week training programme developed by Paula Findlay. The programme also includes three in-person and virtual sessions featuring Paula and other leaders.

VIP tent access (18+): Take a break from the action in our fully licensed VIP tent with food and beverage service and private patio overlooking the finish line.

Preferred Grandstand Seating: Dedicated seat close to the finish line where you can see bike and run laps, and all the finish line hype!

Friends and Family Finish Line Access: Allows up to four members of your family or friends to run across the finish line with you or greet you at the finish line as soon as you cross!

How To Buy

Choose the Race Ready Package from the main event selection page and complete your registration.

Paula Findlay with Canadian Flag
Matt Hanson Finish Line

All Access Upgrade

This package – limited to just 50 places – is available as an upgrade for both racers and spectators.

VIP tent access (18+): Take a break from the action in our fully licensed VIP tent with food and beverage service and private patio overlooking the finish line.

Preferred Grandstand Seating: Dedicated seat close to the finish line where you can see bike and run laps, and all the finish line hype!

Friends and Family Finish Line Access: For racers – allows up to four members of your family or friends to run across the finish line with you or greet you at the finish line as soon as you cross! For spectators – cross the finish line with your friend or family member who’s racing.

How To Buy

Racers: Choose your race distance as normal from the main event selection page, then add the All Access Upgrade at the bottom of your registration form.

Spectators: Choose the Event Experience Packages option from the main event selection page (at the bottom of the list), then add the All Access Upgrade at the bottom of your registration form.

Friends And Family Upgrade

This upgrade package for participants and spectators includes:

Preferred Grandstand Seating: Dedicated seat close to the finish line where you can see bike and run laps, and all the finish line hype!

Friends and Family Finish Line Access: For racers – allows up to four members of your family or friends to run across the finish line with you or greet you at the finish line as soon as you cross! For spectators – cross the finish line with your friend or family member who’s racing.

How To Buy

Racers: Choose your race distance as normal from the main event selection page, then add the Friends And Family Upgrade at the bottom of your registration form.

Spectators: Choose the Event Experience Packages option from the main event selection page (at the bottom of the list), then add the Friends And Family Upgrade at the bottom of your registration form.

About Edmonton

Nestled in Alberta’s unique river valley, Edmonton has been the home of professional triathlon racing in Canada for over 20 years. Edmonton is Canada’s youngest and fastest growing provincial capital and has produced more Olympic triathletes than any other Canadian city including PTO 2020 Champion Paula Findlay.

Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities, experiencing an average of 325 sunny days and 2,345 bright sunshine hours per year, and 17 hours of sunlight in the summertime. The city is also perfectly placed for further adventures in Canada, being a four-hour drive to Jasper or Banff National parks in the Canadian Rockies.

Getting To Edmonton

Edmonton International Airport has over 60 non-stop national, US and international destinations, so is easily accessible for athletes around the world to converge on this buzzing triathlon location.

Accommodation

Downtown Edmonton boasts a wide selection of hotel and other accommodation options, both close to the race venue and a broad choice of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets.

Nirvana Europe will also be offering bespoke event travel and accommodation packages for the PTO Canadian Open. Details of these options will be available soon.

Social Referral Rebate

The PTO Tour Social Referral Rebate programme allows you to earn 100% of your entry fee back. All you need to do is refer three friends to the same race! Here’s how it works…

The Social Referral Rebate programme gives you 100% of your PTO Tour event entry back if you refer three other athletes who also register for the same event. It’s our way of rewarding you for spreading the word about our events.

Once you’ve completed registration, you will receive a registration confirmation email from Active Network. It’s easy to spot – the one with a big QR code in it!

In this email you’ll find a referral link to share with your friends, family, clubmates, clients or whoever else shares your passion for triathlon.

If someone else signs up for the event using your code, that registration counts towards one of your referrals. You’ll need three to get your entry fee rebate.

If you can’t find your link in your Active Network confirmation email, you can follow these steps to get your code.

  • Login to your Active Network account at: myevents.active.com
  • Scroll down until you locate your event registration
  • Directly under the registration, next to text that states: Refer your friends, followed by social media icons, click copy link to get your unique link.

Your entry refund will be processed on the last day of the same month in which your event takes place. It may take a few days to hit your account.

Yes – the relay captain could refer their other teammates to sign up. Team members who sign up will receive their own code upon registering.

No, only entries for the same event will count. So if you enter the PTO US Open, that’s the only event for which your referral link will be valid.

If a registration is transferred, no referral rebate will be applied.

Yes, the referral rebate will be applied based on registration fee of the new category.

No, cancelled registrants will not receive rebates.

In order to qualify, all referred athletes must have a valid registration on the day of the event, whether or not they actually take part in the event or not.

If you entered before the Social Referral Programme was live, you can still take advantage of it. However, the mechanism will be a little different to that outlined above. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] or [email protected] to start the process.

The Social Referral Rebate programme is non-transferrable. All referred athletes must have valid registrations on the day of the event. Referrals only valid for the same event signed up to by the original referrer. If referrer’s original entry is subsidised, the rebate amount will reflect the subsidised entry amount.

Cancellation policy

Injuries/medical conditions

We understand that sometimes training for an event doesn’t go to plan, so we’re offering a 100% refund up to 21 days prior to the race if you get injured or have another medical issue that prevents you from taking part. For COVID-related cancellations, please see the section below.

All you need to do is send us a medical certificate/acknowledgment of your injury from a healthcare professional and we’ll refund you.

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to start the process.

COVID

We know that COVID continues to add a level of uncertainty to planning triathlon event schedules but we’re committed to making sure you get the race experience you deserve.

As well as a full refund if the event itself is cancelled due to COVID,  we’re also offering a 100% refund if you’re unable to attend or race a PTO Tour event due to personal COVID related issues – such as a requirement to isolate following contact with an infected individual, infection with COVID, lack of sufficient recovery from a COVID infection or other similar reason.

All you need to do is submit evidence of your positive COVID test (PCR or antigen/lateral flow) or other supporting medical report confirming you inability to race. 

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to start the process.

Becoming a parent

Becoming a parent is an important time in any athlete’s life – and the inflexibility of your race schedule shouldn’t add to the stress. That’s why we’re offering a 100% refund up to 21 days prior to the event if you are imminently due to become a parent or have just become a parent and are prevented from racing due to this.

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] to start the process.

Other circumstances

For non-medical cancellation reasons more than 21 days out from the event, such as family emergencies, bereavements, relocation or other circumstances that prevent you from racing, please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we’ll be as flexible as we possibly can to avoid you missing out.

Covid info

We understand the powerful effect COVID has had on the triathlon world, so to reassure you we’ve put together a simple COVID protocols list and associated cancellation policy.

Covid Protocols

  • All local and national restrictions/guidelines in enforcement at the time of the event will be enforced in addition to any and all PTO COVID requirements which will be clearly communicated prior to the event. 
  • All registered participants and anyone attending on site will be required to follow any mask wearing guidance that may be in place at the time of the event, all of which will be clearly signed. 
  • If entering the country to attend the event, all registered participants and event attendees will be required to follow all travel restrictions in place at the time of travel.
  • All COVID protocols and policies are subject to change as the global COVID situation continues to evolve.
  • If any registered participant or supporter suspects that they may be infected with COVID you are strongly advised to get a test as soon as possible and should under no circumstances attend the event if you have tested positive for COVID within 7 days of the event.
  • If you have any questions or concerns you should contact the event organiser via [email protected]

COVID Cancellation/Refund T&Cs

  • If any PTO Tour event is cancelled or postponed for any reason, COVID or other, all registered participants for the event in question will be eligible for a full refund.
  • If a registered participant is not able to attend or race a PTO Tour event due to personal COVID related issues (i.e. requirement to isolate following contact with an infected individual, infection with COVID, lack of sufficient recovery from a COVID infection or other similar reason they will be eligible for a full refund. To process the refund the registered participant will be required to submit evidence of their positive COVID test (PCR or antigen/lateral flow) or other supporting medical report confirming their inability to race. 
  • Any registered participant who wishes to request a refund for COVID-related reasons should contact the event organiser via the following email address sending an explanation of your reason for requesting a refund along with any supporting evidence (e.g. positive COVID test): [email protected]

Entry FAQs

Entries will close on 19 July at 23:59 MST. The last date for personalised race bibs is 8 July at 23:59 MST.

No! All fees will be absorbed by the PTO, so the price you’ll see is what you’ll pay (with the exception of local sales taxes outside our control). We’re even including a full package of FinishPix photos to commemorate your race.

No. We have the option of including your biological sex, which will allow us to categorise you and make you eligible for age-group prizes. However, you can opt out of this during registration.

You are able to take part in the 25km race. As per World Triathlon rules, the minimum age for the 100km race is 18.

No, the event is open to everyone – there is no qualification procedure required.

While the event is sanctioned through Triathlon Alberta, you do not need to be a member to race.

The event provides insurance during the race as part of your entry fee, however, we strongly recommend you take out your own travel insurance.

Yes, your entry can be transferred to another athlete. Please email [email protected] with details of who you would like to transfer your place to in order to start the process.

Relay FAQs

Yes, you can choose to participate in the 100km event as part of a relay team. You will find this option at the event registration page. There will be no relay option available for the 25km event.

The minimum number of athletes for a relay is two. The maximum is three. In the case of two athletes in a team, one team member will complete two of the triathlon disciplines.

Your entry can be transferred from an individual entry to a relay. You will need to pay the price difference between the races. To begin the process, please email [email protected].

Yes, please get in touch with the team at [email protected] to begin the process of changing your relay team members.

Pre-Event FAQs

Age-groupers won’t take on exactly the same courses as the pros. This helps us manage the flow of athletes to give the best possible age-group experience and pro race coverage.

Route maps and more information about course accessibility will be added soon. We are currently finalising the details of courses with local authorities to ensure the best possible closed-roads race experience.

Swimming will be available at the lake prior to triathlon race day as part of our open water swimming event.

Wetsuits will be mandatory if the water temperature is below 15°C and forbidden if the water temperature is above 22°C. It is highly likely that the PTO Canadian Open will be a wetsuit-legal event.

Athletes will start on the beach by the lake and can run or walk in when their wave starts. Waves will be by age group and spaced out (around 60-120 people per wave). Because it’s a lapped swim, it’s likely to take take 2-3 hours to get through all the waves.

Once you’re onto the carpeted swim exit, you’ll have a 250m run to T1.

Yes, T1 and T2 will be in the same location.

We will be implementing a 20m drafting rule to ensure as fair a race as possible. Competitors will be spread across the course thanks to age-group wave starts.

The bike course features challenging climbs out of the river valley on each lap. Total climbing for the 100km race will be around 1600m with around 400m for the 25km race.

Road bikes, triathlon bikes and flat-bar hybrid bikes with road tyres are all suitable for the event.

The event makes use of public roads, so riding the course is possible prior to the event. Please take care while riding amongst traffic and obey the rules of the road.

There will be aid stations on the bike for the 100km race. Exact locations are to be confirmed.

Yes, the run takes place in and around Hawrelak Park, so the course is easily accessible prior to race day.

The run will have a mix of pavement and crushed gravel trails. It’s a flat course through the trees and along the riverside.

There will be aid stations on the run for all athletes. Exact locations are to be confirmed

Course FAQs

You are allocated into an age-group bracket based on your age as of 31 December in the year the event takes place. The adult age groups start with 18-24 then 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 and so on.

Yes, we will have awards and prizes for the top-three athletes in each category.

Edmonton International Airport is around 30km from the event village at Hawrelak Park.

Edmonton has a wide selection of accommodation options catering for your individual requirements. Please take a look at the ‘Travelling To Edmonton’ section for more information.

Your race pack will be emailed to you close to the event date and will include all the final information you will need before making the trip to your race.

Once at the event village, head to the registration area where you’ll be prompted to display the Active Network QR code emailed to you following registration. You can either print this out or show it on your mobile device.

Bike racking in T1 will take place the day before your event. Please note this may change as we finalise event details.

Event registration will open on Thursday 21 July. Please note, this date may change as we finalise event details.

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Race Your Race. Watch The Pros.

Or watch the pros and race your race! A whole weekend of world-class triathlon.

Transparent and all-inclusive pricing.

All registration fees are included in the price you see.

FinisherPix Included.

Commemorate your race with high-res images of your day.

Events for everyone.

The perfect family environment to try one, or more, sports.

Ultimate Race Pack.

A top-quality event pack with sustainable gear plus partner goodies.

Supporting the sport, supporting the pros.

Your entry will help support triathlon.

Race Your Race. Watch The Pros.

Or watch the pros and race your race! A whole weekend of world-class triathlon.

Transparent and all-inclusive pricing.

All registration fees are included in the price you see.

Events for everyone.

The perfect family environment to try one, or more, sports.

FinisherPix Included.

Commemorate your race with high-res images of your day.

Ultimate Race Pack.

A top-quality event pack with sustainable gear plus partner goodies.

Supporting the sport, supporting the pros.

Your entry will help support triathlon.

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