Laponia Triathlon Sprint

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An opportunity to challenge yourself, your friends and your colleagues or to try triathlon for the first time.

Distances
750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run.

Race date
The 2021 race takes place in Gällivare on Thursday July 8, at 17:00.

Late entry, race numbers and timing chips
Late entry is done at the race office and must be done before 16:00 on race day. Please note that it is not possible to register for the race down at the starting area, only at the race office!

Pickup of race numbers is done at the race office. It is not possible to pickup the race numbers down at the starting area. Please make sure to pickup the race numbers well ahead of the race (race office is open 12:00-16:00 on Thursday).

The race office is located at Grand Hotel Lapland, two floors above the reception.

The timing is done electronically and you will get your timing chip when checking in at the starting area. Timing chip must be worn during the entire race!

Check-in at the start
Check-in of bike and gear at the starting area is done between 15:30 – 16:30. All athletes must have checked-in before 16:30.

The swim is in the river Vassara, some hundred meters upstreams from ”Gällivare camping”. Transition area and finish is on a meadow just next to the swim start.

In the transition area there will be bike racks marked with start numbers. Hang up your bike at the place marked with your race number and place your transition gear (helmet, cycling shoes, running shoes etc.) on the ground below your bike. After the swim you put your wetsuit on the ground below the bike and the same goes for your cycling equipment after the bike segment. After the finish you collect your bike and gear in the transition area.

Finish
There is no maximum time limit for the sprint race. Take the time you need!

When you have crossed the finish line you will get refreshments.

There are toilets in the transition area but no access to showers or changing rooms.

Timing
Results list will contain splits for swim, T1, bike, T2, run and total time. Results will be published on this website a few hours after the race but there will be no live race timing published during the actual race.
The timing is done electronically and the timing chips must be worn during the entire race.

The race number
The race number must NOT be worn during the swim, but shall be by your bike in the transition zone. During the bike your race number shall be visible from the back and during the run it shall be visible from the front. So you will need a ”race-belt” to attach your race number to. You can then turn the race-belt around making it possible to have the race number visible on the back on the bike and on the front during the run.

The Swim-course
The swim is in the river Vassara, some hundred meters upstreams from ”Gällivare camping”. Transition area and finish is on a meadow just next to the swim start.

The water temperature varies a lot but is typically between 16-18 °C. Wetsuit is mandatory if the water temperature is colder than 16 °C. The race director will announce if wetsuit is mandatory at least two hours before start. It is mandatory to use the race official swim cap received together with the race number.

The swim is 750 m long and is counterclockwise around yellow triangular buoys. Start by following the right hand side of the river for about 350 m, cross over to the other side and follow that (southern) side until you cross back over the river to the finish.

The swim course is safe since you are never far away from land. So if you cramp up or get tired you can easily get to land. There will also be kayaks in the water so just stop and wave your hands and a kayak will help out.

The Bike-course
The 20 km bike course heads south along E45 for 10 km where the turning point is located. Head back along the same road for the finish. Roads are NOT closed to traffic so pay attention to general traffic rules and be extra careful when making the U-turn at halfway, even though there are volunteers trying to make the traffic slow down and helping athletes making a safe U-turn.

Drafting is not allowed so you must hold at least 10 meter distance to the closest cyclist ahead of you.

You must wear a helmet during the bike and more specifically you shall put your helmet on before removing your bike from the bike-rack and keep the helmet on until you have put the bike back on the bike-rack.

The Run-course
The 5 km run is along cycling paths and is crossing a small road where a volunteer is making sure the traffic stops when runners are approaching.

Maps
Transition area
Swim
Bike 
Run

Rules
The rules of the Swedish Triathlon Federation applies. The most essential rules are:

  1. Drafting on the bike is not allowed and 10-meter distance applies. The distance is measured from front wheel to front wheel.
  2. Neoprene cap is allowed during the swim but you must wear the race official swim cap visible on top of that.
  3. Gloves are not allowed during the swim.
  4. Socks/booties are allowed during the swim.
  5. The race number must not be worn during the swim.
  6. The race number must be visible from the back during the bike segment and from the front during the run.
  7. The timing chip must be worn during the entire race.
  8. Helmet is mandatory during the bike leg.
  9. You are not allowed to ride your bike inside the transition area. You may get on your bike after leaving the transition area and must get off your bike before entering the transition area.
  10. Race marshalls will be present along the course and will hand out penalties in case of rule violations.
  11. If given a blue card, you have to serve a 1 minute penalty at the penalty box. Blue cards are given for violations of the non-drafting rule.
  12. If given a red card, you are disqualified.
  13. The penalty box is located at the transition area and if given a card you must serve the penalty the next time you pass the penalty box.

Awards
Awards ceremony will take place at Grand Hotel Lapland on Thursday at 20:30. Top-3 for the men and women will be honored and there will be chances to win prizes in a lottery. To be able to win in the lottery you have to be present at the ceremony to collect the prize.

   

Photography by Hans Berggren.