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XTERRA SLEEPING GIANT

September 7th, 2014

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Thunder Bay, ON

Come Race The Giant!

Come for the race but experience one of Ontario’s most spectacular parks, on one of the world’s ‘greatest’ lakes!

Event Highlights

  • 6 direct qualifying spots to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii, USA (Top 3 Male and Female)
  • Draw for a free Mountain Bike (1 male and 1 female) – you must race to validate your draw entry
  • Course vistas of Lake Superior
  • Raw, Rugged, Fast, and Fun Course!
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Race Overview

Event date: September 7th, 2014.

Location: The Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada.

Address: Approximately 75min from Thunder Bay (85km): From Thunder Bay head East on Hwy 17, turn left on Hwy 587 until you come to the Sleeping Giant Camp Ground.  You’ve arrived!

XTERRA Sleeping Giant is worth the journey!

The swim will be in the clean and clear spring fed Marie Louise Lake.  From there you enter into the contrast between the beauty and the beast.  Beauty belongs to the undulating, predominately single grassy mountain bike trail.  Intended to be a fast ride, it will provide ample opportunity for passing.  Beast, however, belongs to the more technical yet beautiful trail run.  Running through forest canopies, over creeks and providing views of Lake Superior, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world.  This course has everything you would come to expect when racing an XTERRA event in Ontario’s remote wilderness.

Registration Options

The registration fees below includes the HST but not the Triathlon Ontario race day fee. Current Triathlon Ontario members can apply their membership code to be exempt from this fee during the registration process.

Race Early Bird July 7 – August 31 **September 1 – 4, 11:59pm **
Full Distance Triathlon $75 $85 $99
Full Distance Triathlon  - RELAY $105 ($35/person) $120 $140
Duathlon $75 $85 $99
Short Distance Triathlon $55 $65 $79
Trail Run Short (5km) $35 $40 $45
Trail Run Long (15km) $40 $45 $50
For 2014, there will be a total race cap of 200 participants across all disciplines.  Please note that there will be NO day of race registration available** Sorry, no race gift if registering during this time.**

Race Information

Race fee includes entry, chip timing with splits, post race meal, race event gift, and park entry fee(s).

Important Notes:

  • Online registration will close Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 11:59pm

TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATIONS AND LOGISTICS

Closest Airport: Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) (multiple West Jet, Air Canada, and Porter flights per day).

Accommodations: In Thunder Bay: Valhalla Inn, Days Inn,

Camping - There is ample camping (tents and trailers) and cabins for rent at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (the race venue). Check it out here and let them know you’re booking for the race!

Maps

Race Swim Mountain Bike Trail Run Maps
Full Off-Road Triathlon and Relay 1km – double lap 20-24km
Two loops of the bike course
15-17km
Out and Back
run course
Sleeping Giant Concept Map
Short Off-road Triathlon 500m – single lap 10-12km
Single
loop of the bike course
5-6km
Nature Trail Run
Sleeping Giant Concept Map
1st Run Mountain Bike 2nd Run Maps
Off-Road Duathlon 2km
Single
loop of the run course
20-24km
Two
loops of the bike course
15-17 km
Single
loop of the run course
Sleeping Giant Concept Map
Trail Run  5-7km (Nature Trail)  OR 15-17km Run Course Maps

Event Timeline

Race Packet Pickup
Date Time
Friday,   September 4 10am – 8:30pm: Fresh Air Experience / Cyclepath (831 may Street North, Thunder Bay – 807-623-3800)
Saturday, September 6 10am – 5pm: Fresh Air Experience / Cyclepath (831 may Street North, Thunder Bay – 807-623-3800)
Sunday, September 7 6:30am – 7:30am: At race venue (Sleeping Giant Provincial Park)
Important Dates
Date Details
July 4 Early Bird Registration expires at 11:59pm
August 31 Next Price Increase at 11:59pm
September 4 8pm – Online Registration closes
Septemeber 5,6th Race Kit Pick-up, Fresh Air Experience / Cyclepath (831 may Street North, Thunder Bay – 807-623-3800)
September 7th RACE DAY!  Good Luck to all!
FULL TRIATHLON, FULL RELAY, DUATHLON and TRAIL RUN
Time Details
6:30am Race kit pick-up opens at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
6:30am Transition zone opens
7:45am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for full triathlon, full relay, duathlon and trail run events
8:15am Start of the first wave of the FULL TRIATHLON and FULL RELAY
8:20am Start of the DUATHLON
8:30am Start of TRAIL RUN
SHORT TRIATHLON
Time Details
6:30am Race kit pick-up opens at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
6:30am Transition zone opens
7:45am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for full triathlon, relay and duathlon events
8:00am Start of the first wave of the SHORT TRIATHLON
1:00pm All trails re-opened to the public for regular use. Thank-you!

Rules and Regulations

Please review all the rules and regulations prior to your race.

Race Entry Refund Policy

Refunds are for medical reasons only: 75% refunded 4 weeks prior to race, 50% refunded 2 weeks prior to race. Absolutely no refunds for any reason within 2 weeks of any race. No refunds if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Directions

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Map

Prizes and Awards

  • Race category is based on your age as of December 31st, 2014
  • Full Distance Triathlon will have awards on 10 year increments for both male and female. Example female 20-29, 30-39 etc.
  • Short Distance Triathlon will have awards on 10 year increments for both male and female. Example female 20-29, 30-39 etc.
  • The Duathlon and Trail Run will have awards for 39 and under, 40 and over for both male and female. Example male 39 and under, male 40 and over
  • Relays will be awarded as top 3 overall
  • Overall podium finisher (1st, 2nd, 3rd, male and female overall) will be awarded for the overall placing, but not for age group placing.  Therefore if the first overall female happens to be in the 30-39 age group.  The next fastest female in that category will be awarded first finisher for the 30-39 female age category.
  • Please know that our future plans are to grow our awards categories as our participant numbers grow.
  • Free Mountain Bike draw (1 male and 1 female).  Winners of this draw must be in attendance to receive prize.  If not in attendance, the prize will be re-drawn.
  • Free Trail Runner Shoe draw (1 male and 1 female).  Winners of this draw must be in attendance to receive prize.  If not in attendance, the prize will be re-drawn.

A note from Gordon (owner of XTERRA Sleeping Giant)

After five long years of begging, pleading and applying, I would like to introduce the “New” XTERRA Sleeping Giant 2014.  It takes place at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, known for its rough and rugged terrain and a giant rock peninsula, which at the right angle depicts a sleeping giant.

This will not be your typical (grandmas) triathlon implying weedy dark lakes, busy paved highways and bone jarring asphalt run courses. XTERRA Sleeping Giant consists of pristine clear water, a grassy, predominantly single-track bike course, followed by a trail run set beneath a forest canopy.  This course defines true off-road triathlon, it’s the natural human playground.

If it’s your first XTERRA, you will be so busy with the view, you will forget it’s a race.  If you are a seasoned off road triathlete, the long course will be sure to challenge you.

There is a distance category for everyone, including just a trial run, if that’s your passion.  I invite you to stay after the race whether you bring a tent or a trailer there will be a spot for you.  Enjoy 50 miles of hiking/biking trails and make sure you climb the 1300 ft ascent to the top of the massive Sleeping Giant peninsula.  Also enjoy the old mining town of Silver islet right on the shores of Lake Superior.  Its now mostly converted cottages but the history is still deeply engrained.

We look forward to seeing you, whether your from Thunder Bay or some where in north America, and I promise you an exciting and safe race that will keep you coming back for years to come.

AGE GROUPERS

XTERRA Sleeping Giant has been awarded 6 direct entry spots for age groupers into the XTERRA World Championships held on October 26th, 2014 in Maui Hawaii.

  • Those spots will be divided evenly with 3 going to female racers and 3 going to male racers
  • Within the genders, they will be awarded to OVERALL FIRST, SECOND and THIRD place finishers in both male and female categories however you will be racing in your corresponding 5 year age group at the worlds.
  • If a finisher does not wish to accept the entry, it will then be rolled down to the next fastest finisher within that gender
  • Winners of Championship Spots will have no longer than 1 week to accept their entry before that spot is rolled down to the next fastest participant within the specified age group.
  • For more information about the XTERRA World Championships, please visit their website by clicking here!

PROS

In NON-OLYMPIC years it will be mandatory for professional athletes wishing to race at the XTERRA World Championship to compete in at least one XTERRA event during the course of the season.

“The spirit of the rule is to honor the core collection of elite athletes that race with us year-round and support our growing number of XTERRA World Tour Championship events,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “From February through September we offer 29 major races in 22 countries around the world – including 13 in Europe and five in the U.S.  We feel this provides ample opportunity for professionals serious about racing in Maui to compete in at least one qualifying race. We need to honor the commitment and loyalty of the pros that are with us during the year.”

There are four notable exceptions to the rule, which are granted to a) former world champions, b) XTERRA World Tour race champions from previous year, c) sponsor exemptions, and d) extenuating circumstances due to injury.

a) Former XTERRA World Champions are always welcome

b) All World Tour Championship race winners from the previous season will automatically qualify to enter the XTERRA World Championship the following year.

c) The Title Sponsor of the XTERRA World Championship is allowed two racer selections per year.  Presenting Sponsors are allowed one racer selection per year.  The decision as to who receives the sponsor exemptions is made by the managing director in conjunction with each sponsor.

d) The managing director is able to use their best judgment on a case-by-case basis in determining severity of injuries that kept an athlete from competing in a qualified race.

The “must race in one” rule will not be in effect in 2016 and future Olympic years with the understanding triathletes racing for a spot on their national team are confined to a strict schedule.

Athletes interested in receiving a sponsor exemption or wish to explain non-compliance due to injury should email XTERRA at pro@xterraplanet.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Categories and Wave Starts
Categories and wave starts will be determined closer to the race date as they are determined by participant numbers. The greater the amount of participants, the more categories and waves. Wave starts will be kept to no more than 150 athletes in the full distance, and no more than 75 athletes in the mini distance. Any changes to this policy will be made public via this website as well as our event e-newsletter. Click here to start receiving the e-newsletter.
Washrooms and Changing Facilities
Mine over matter was designed to take place in a wilderness type setting. Our main location is situated in what used to be the Kelso Quarry. Basically there are no facilities there but the water filled quarry and large storage hut. We will be bringing in port-o-lets for the washrooms, but there will be no change rooms or showers available on site.

XTERRA Ontario's Sponsors and Supporters

XTERRA Sleeping Giants Local Sponsors and Supporters