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ITU World Cross Triathlon Championship Spots

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Thunder Bay, ON

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 running of XTERRA Sleeping Giant.

While we know this has been expected by many since the progression of the pandemic, we still can’t believe we are making this call.

We have been in contact with all who have registered for the 2020 event and refunds will be processed over the next week with the help from our registration partner Active.

Thank-you to all who have been supporting our event for the past 7 years, for sending words of support, and we hope to be back bigger and better in the very near future.

Stay healthy and safe our friends.

Gord, James and the XTERRA Sleeping Giant Team

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!

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in the 2019 XTERRA Sleeping Giant! What an amazing day! Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2020.

Event Highlights

  • 10 direct qualifying spots to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii, USA (Top Male and Female in 10 year age groups with roll-down to 3rd)
  • 2 qualifying spots per 5 year age group into the 2021 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships  in Australia!
  • Draw for a free Mountain Bike  – you must race to validate your draw entry
  • Draw for Trail Shoes
  • Course vistas of Lake Superior
  • Fast, Fun and non-technical Course!

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Come for the race but stay to explore the area!

2019 XTERRA World Championships Highlights! - Qualify at the Giant!!

Race Overview

Race Overview

Event date: August 22nd, 2020.

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 right 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

Registration Options

The registration fees below does not include the HST.

T-Shirt Cut Off Is August 5th 2020 11:59pm EST


As part of your registration, we would like to provide you with a FREE event shirt however there is a catch:) You must cross the finish line in order to receive it!

If you miss the t-shirt cutoff, then it will be on a inventory available bases.

Race Early Bird February 9  – May 6th 11:59pm EST May 7 – August 5,11:59pm EST

T-shirt Cut off!

August 6 – August 19, 8:00pm EST
Saturday August 22nd 2020

Full Distance Triathlon – Open to everyone!

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2020

XTERRA World Qualifier event AND ITU Qualifier

$103 $118 $128 $148
Saturday August 22nd 2020

FULL Distance Triathlon  – RELAY

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2020

$128 $153 $173 $193
Saturday August 22nd 2020

FULL Distance Duathlon

min age 16 as of Dec 31 2020

$103 $118 $128 $148
Saturday August 22nd 2020

SHORT Distance Triathlon

min age 16 as of Dec 31 2019

$88 $103 $113 $133
Saturday August 22nd 2020

SHORT Distance Triathlon – RELAY

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2020

$103 $113 $133 $153
Saturday August 22nd 2020

5 kmTrail Run

min age 12 as of Dec 31 2020

$55 $65 $75 $90
Saturday August 22nd 2020

21 km Trail Run

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2020

XTERRA World Trail Run Qualifier

$80 $90 $100 $110
Saturday August 22nd 2020

Kids Triathlon – Ages 6-15

age as of Dec 31 2020

$65 $75 $85 $95
For 2020, there will be a total race cap of 500 participants across all disciplines. Please note that there will be a limited amount of same day registration available…. So don’t risk it 🙂
Race Information

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 Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at 8:00pm EST


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

Accommodations: In Thunder Bay: Holiday Inn Express, Marriott Town Place Suites, Hampton Inn and Suites

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!

Event Timeline

Event Timeline – 2020 to be UPDATED

Race Packet Pickup
Date Time
 Wednesday, August 19  On-line Registration Closed – 11:59pm EST
Thursday, August 20 4pm – 8:00pm: Fresh Air Experience, Thunder Bay – 807-623-3800
Saturday, August 22 6:30am – 8:30am: At race venue (Sleeping Giant Provincial Park)
Important Dates
Date Details
February 9 Early Bird Registration expires at 11:59pm EST
August 6 FINAL Price Increase and T-Shirt Cut-Off at 11:59pm EST
August 19 11:59pm EST- Online Registration closes
August 20  4- 8:00pm Race Kit Pick-up, Fresh Air Experience, Thunder Bay – 807-623-3800
August 22 RACE DAY!  Good Luck to all!
Time Details
6:30am Race kit pick-up opens at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
7:00am Transition zone opens
8:00am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for all events
8:50am Start of the first wave of the FULL TRIATHLON and FULL RELAY
8:57am Start of the DUATHLON
9:15am Start of all TRAIL RUNs
Time Details
7:00am Race kit pick-up opens at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
7:00am Transition zone opens
8:00am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for full triathlon, relay and duathlon events
8:30am Start of the first wave of the SHORT TRIATHLON and SHORT RELAY
12:00pm Start of the KIDS Events
2:00pm All trails re-opened to the public for regular use. Thank-you!
Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

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

Minimum Age Requirements:

Full Triathlon / Relay and Duathlon – 18 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

Short Triathlon / Relay  – 16 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

5km Trail Run – 12 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

21km Trail Run – 16 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

Youth Triathlon – 3-15 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

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.

Maps and Distances

Maps and Distances

Adult Races

Race Swim Mountain Bike Trail Run Maps
Full Off-Road Triathlon and Relay

Min age 18

1200m – double lap 20-24km
Two loops of the bike course
NEW 10.6km
Out and Back
run course
Sleeping Giant Final Map
Short Off-road Triathlon and Relay

Min age 16

600m – single lap 10-12km
loop of the bike course
Nature Trail Run
Sleeping Giant Final Map
1st Run Mountain Bike 2nd Run Maps
Off-Road Duathlon

Min age 18

loop of the run course
loops of the bike course
NEW 10.6km
loop of the run course
Sleeping Giant Final Map


Race Swim Mountain Bike Trail Run Maps

Age as of Dec 31 2020

50 1500m 500m Coming Soon!

Age as of Dec 31 2020

100m 5km 1km Coming Soon!

Age as of Dec 31 2020

200m 5km 2km Coming Soon!

Age as of Dec 31 2020

10km 3km Coming Soon!

Age as of Dec 31 2020

400m 10km 4km Coming Soon!
Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards

  • Race category is based on your age as of December 31st, 2019
  • 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 regardless of being a team of 2 or 3.
  • Overall podium finisher (1st, 2nd, 3rd, male and female overall) will be awarded for the overall placing, but not repeated 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.  Winner 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.


Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Map

Photos 2019

Click HERE For 2019 Photos!



Photos 2018

Click HERE For 2018 Photos!



How to Qualify for the XTERRA World Championships


XTERRA Sleeping Giant has been awarded 10 direct entry spots for age groupers into the XTERRA World Championships held on

October 31st 2019 in Maui Hawaii.

  • Those spots will be divided evenly with 5 going to female racers and 5 going to male racers
  • Within the genders, they will be awarded in the following groupings: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • However you will be racing in your corresponding 5 year age group at the XTERRA worlds.
  • You must accept your spot at the event awards ceremony in person otherwise it will be rolled down as per the below.
  • There is a roll down but for 2019 XTERRA is restricting it to 3 deep only. If a finisher does not wish to accept the entry, it will then be rolled down to the next fastest finisher within that gender (only 3 deep for 2019).
  • If you accept a Championship Spots you will have no longer than 2 week post event to validate your entry online before that spot is voided.  It does not roll down after the initial acceptance at the event awards ceremony.
  • For more information about the XTERRA World Championships, please visit their website by clicking here!


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

How to qualify for the 2020 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships


NOTE: In order to be considered for qualification, particpants MUST be an active and registered member of BOTH, Triathlon Canada AND their Provincial Triathlon Governing Body (e.g. Triathlon Ontario for residents of Ontario) BEFORE THE START OF YOUR QUALIFYING ATTEMPT RACE

 TRIATHLON CANADA: How to Qualify Guide

XTERRA Sleeping Giant has been selected to be a National Qualifying Event for the 2020 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships being held in Almere, Netherlands!  

On August 24th, 2019, you will be competing to earn your qualifying spot into the 2020 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Almere, Netherlands!

XTERRA Sleeping Giant has been awarded 1 ITU world championship spots per 5 year age group per gender e.g. 20-24, 25-29 etc.

These Spots only apply to the Full distance race category of the XTERRA Sleeping Giant race on August 24th 2019.

These spots qualify you for the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships for the following year (so in 2018, you are qualifying to race in the 2019 World Championships.

At XTERRA ‘Mine’ Over Matter you will be racing in 5 year age groups with your competing age being as of December 31 2018 and our online results will show it that way.  However, after the race we will release a second set of results to Triathlon Canada which show the results with your age adjusted to December 31 2019 again in 5 year age groups.

If you have qualified for one of those World Championship Spots, you will be able to claim it via an on-line form on the Triathlon Canada Website.

After the XTERRA ‘Mine’ Over Matter event, Triathlon Canada takes over this process however we are happy to answer questions guide you through it.

Please fee free to contact Race Director James Kowalewski with your questions:



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.

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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.

Director's Notes

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.


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