Early Bird Triathlon & Duathlon

Saturday May 16, 2020
Ottawa, ON
Carleton University

Event Highlights

Finisher Medals

Pool Swim

Family Friendly

Closed Course

The Early Bird is popular early season race because of its cozy pool swim and closed course! If you live in Canada, this is about as early as you can get with triathlon! 

Triathlon Events & Distances


  • 500m
  • 22K
  • 5K

Long Triathlon

  • 500m
  • 33K
  • 5K

Super Sprint

  • 100m
  • 11K
  • 5K

Try A Tri

  • 100m
  • 11K
  • 2K

Duathlon & SwimCycle Events & Distances

Sprint Duathlon

  • 2K
  • 22K
  • 5K

Long Duathlon

  • 2K
  • 33K
  • 5K

Long SwimCycle

  • 500m
  • 33K

Event Information

  • Race Kit Pick Up
  • Race Day Schedule
  • Race Orientation
  • Race & Venue Information
  • Course Information

Race kit pick up & late registration
Pre-Race Day - Friday, May 15
3:00pm to 6:00pm

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University (Campus Map Below)
You will NOT be able to park in Lot #6 to pick up your race kit - please use Parking Lot #7.

Race Day - Saturday, May 16
6:00am to 8:30am

Parking Lot # 6, Carleton University

7:50am Tri A Try / Super Sprint  - Pool Building #9
Long & Sprint Duathlon - Parking Lot #6
Long & Spring Triathlon / Swim Cycle / Relays - Pool Building #9 

Friday May 15 at 5 pm

Beside the registration tent.

Highly recommended for first-timers but all are welcome to attend for a walk-about the event site with pointers related to the event, followed by a Q&A.

Carleton University is the race site. It is located on Bronson Avenue in Ottawa. The parking lot is just to your right shortly after you enter the grounds of the University from Bronson Ave. Do not attempt to enter the University grounds from Colonel By Drive on race day because it will be closed to traffic very early in the morning.

There is a charge for parking on campus. Parking is pay and display. Parking fees are your responsibility. We recommend that you park in Lots #7 or #5 - there is no parking in lot #6. The rate is the same in each lot. There is also a parking garage at lot #18 right beside lot #6 which holds approximately 200 vehicles. Make sure to check your roof rack before heading in with your bike!

Check the map below for parking lot locations.

The Transition Zone and Registration Tent are located in Parking Lot #6 - adjacent to Parking Lot #7. It is a 300m walk to the Registration Tent and the event site from Parking Lot #7.

500M & 100M Triathlon Swim Courses
The swim is in Building #9 on the map below. Swimmers complete 2 pool lengths - 100M, or 10 pool lengths (500M) of the pool. Swimmers walk out of the pool building after they finish the swim and proceed to the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6.

Start Order and Procedure
Swim Starts will be ordered from fastest to slowest anticipated time. - with everyone in between them in the order of your anticipated swim time. It is very important that each Triathlon participant knows their anticipated 500m 0r 100m swim time. Time Signs on the pool deck will help guide you in finding your proper place in the start line.
Participants in the Try A Tri & the Super Sprint Tri (100m swim) must be on the pool deck by 7:30 a.m.

100m swimmers will participate in heats of 5 swimmers (1 per lane). Swimmers will start every 30 seconds by pushing off the end of the pool. Each swimmer will swim 2 lengths of the pool, climb out of the pool, and walk to the exit door of the pool building. Please make sure to be on deck by 8:00am

Each 500m swimmer will start in lane 1 of the pool and will start every 12 seconds by pushing off the end of the pool. Each swimmer will swim 10 lengths of the pool going down and back in each of the 5 extra wide lanes. After finishing the down and back swim in a lane, you duck under the lane rope, to go down and back in the next lane, etc., until you exit the pool from lane 5 after your 10th lengths.

Shoes Required for the Run from Pool to T-Zone
Due to University Construction, shoes are required for the run from the pool to the T-Zone this year. Bring your running shoes and leave them in the area outside of the pool (no shoes on pool deck or stairs!)

2Km Run Course - Sprint Du First Run
The 2Km run is on an out and back course on Colonel By Dr. Runners start on Colonel By Drive, and they run South on Colonel By Dr. to the 1Km point where they turn around and proceed back to the T-Zone on the grass beside Colonel By Drive.

2Km Run Course - Try A Tri Final Run
The 2Km run is an out and back course. Runners start in the T-Zone and they run South on the grassy shoulder of Colonel By Drive to the 1Km turn around point on Library Rd. on the University campus. Here they turn around and return on the same course to the Finish Line.

Cycle course
33Km (3 laps), 22Km (2 laps) & 11Km (1 lap) Cycle Course

Cyclists leave the T-Zone onto Colonel By Drive at Parking Lot #6, and head North. They turn around at (just before) Clegg St., and then return to the second turn around point at (just before)Hogsback Rd., where they turn around again, and head North again to the Bicycle Mount starting point at Parking Lot #6. This completes one lap of the course.

Try A Tri & Super Sprint = 1 bike loop
Sprint Triathlon and Sprint Duathlon = 2 bike loops
Long Triathlon and Long Duathlon = 3 bike loops

Final 5Km Runs - Sprint Tri, Sprint Du, Super Sprint Tri, & Long Tri
The 5Km run is an out and back course. Runners leave the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6 and run on the grassy shoulder beside Colonel By Dr. and then onto Library Rd. Runners continue along Library Rd. to University Rd. They cross University Rd. onto the paved recreational pathway beside the Rideau River and University Rd. to the 2.5Km point near Raven Rd. The runners turn around here and retrace their steps to the T-Zone or Finish Line beside the T-Zone in Parking Lot #6.


Course Maps

Club of the Event

15 Safe Families for Children

Greenbelt Church volunteers are back again in action at this year's Early Bird event, raising funds that support this beautiful, caring charity. Greenbelt volunteers are on the bike and run courses so they can help ‘stay the course’ for local children in need. Safe Families Ottawa helps provide safe, caring homes for children who are in temporary crisis scenarios. These trained volunteers give families breathing room to deal with situations like homelessness, job loss, incarceration and unexpected medical issues that stop parents or guardians from providing care to their children. The aim is to provide care for these children until they can be safely reunited with family, instead of having children unnecessarily sent into the foster care system. Your donation can help provide safe places for children right here in our region. Thanks for helping make a difference!

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