Introduction Why Sanction Your Event With Triathlon BC?
Race Directors Forms Triathlon BC Online Sanction Website
Kids of Steel Mandatory Kids Race Distances Sanctioning Information


One of the main roles of a governing body for sport - apart from developing athletes at all levels - is to provide sanctioning for events held within its jurisdiction. Triathlon BC is committed to ensuring that safe, high-quality events are held throughout the province of BC.  This is accomplished by requiring Race Directors and organizations who request that their events be sanctioned adhere to the rules and regulations outlined by the International Triathlon Union and Triathlon Canada.

An event that is deemed 'sanctioned' by Triathlon BC is an events that meets minimum standards, is  well-organized, fair, safe and follows ITU and TriCan regulations.


Race Information sheets and Provincial Championship bid forms are now available as downloads below.  

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Sanction & Event Forms

Would you like to host a sanctioned Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquathlon event?  Perhaps you would like to bid on a Provincial Championship or a Provincial Race Series event.  The first step in hosting a sanctioned event is the submission of a Race Information Sheet, together with a $150 sanction deposit.  The submission of the Race Info Sheet will ensure your event is listed on the TriBC Race Calendar.

Once a race is listed on TriBC's Event Calendar, a Race Director must download, complete and return a sanction package within 60 days prior to event day.  This package outlines critical information about the event, including (but not limited to) the Emergency Action Plan, type of competition, event distances and provides the names and contact information for key staff that are responsible for various event details.

Upon successful completion of your race event, Race Directors must complete and submit a Post Event Form within 30 days of the event.  Event fees are based on the number of participants and type of event that was hosted.  All Day Of Race fees collected help offset Officials expenses, contribute to athlete and sport development, and allow Triathlon BC to offer development courses for Athletes, Officials and Coaches throughout the province.

Important changes to the sanctioning process, together with alterations to the One Event membership fees and insurance certificate request protocol have been implemented with the start of the 2009 season.  Highlights include an increase in Day of Race Fees for Adult competitors ($15) and Relay participants ($6). In addition, in order to issue a Certificate of Insurance, a new request form must be submitted each event.

Kids of Steel Mandatory Kids Race Distances 

A reminder to all Race Directors hosting Youth (Under 16) events.  At the end of 2009, Triathlon Canada adopted new (mandatory) race distances and equipment regulations for all youth events.  Major changes include:
  • Swim distance for 10-11 y.o. extended from 150m to 200m
  • Cycling distances shortened for 10-11 y.o. (5km max) and 14-15 y.o. (10 km max)
  • Clipless pedals are now permitted at any age PROVIDING they have recessed cleats on the shoes (i.e. mountain bike shoes) and double sided mountain bike pedals.
  • NO ATHLETE may race up an age division.  The ONLY exceptions are 15 year old athletes who apply through their certified coach to Triathlon Canada (see criteria attached).  
  • ALL 14-15 y.o. and Junior athletes must have DRAFT LEGAL aero bars (they may not extend beyond the hoods and must be joined – no bull horns).  No aero bars permitted before 14-15 yrs.
Download the complete Kids of Steel/Youth Event Regulations HERE.

Do you know a 15 year old racer keen to take on the challenges of longer distances and tougher competition?  Triathlon Canada's comprehensive 'Racing Up' protocol might speak to this racer!  Click HERE to learn about TriCan's Racing Up protocol.

To learn more about the Kids of Steel program and Youth opportunities within BC, visit the Young Athletes page.

Sanction Protocol

This section pertains to the various areas of sanctioning, such as authority, purpose, process, compliance, and ultimately, the refusal to approve an event.  Specific questions and information about the sanctioning process should be directed to the TriBC office via email.



  • Triathlon BC, as the Provincial Governing Body of Triathlon and an affiliate of Triathlon Canada, retains the exclusive right to sanction triathlon, duathlon and multi-sport events within the province of British Columbia.


  • To guide and assist race directors in conducting a safe, fun, fair and memorable event.
  • To provide an atmosphere of health, welfare, and safety for  competitors, race personnel, spectators, officials, and volunteers.


  • Complete sanctioning packages must arrive at TriBC's office a minimum of 60 days prior to event day.
  • Sanctioning packages will be reviewed by the Race Committee. Once approved, a confirmation notice will be sent to the listed Race Director.
  • Upon approval, the Race Director may request a Certificate of Insurance be issued.
  • Following an event - and no later than 30 days after an event takes place - a Post Event Form, together with all necessary fees, must be returned to Triathlon BC.  Failure to submit the Post Event Form will result in a $25 late charge.


  • Sanctioned events are expected to comply with ITU and Triathlon Canada Competition Rules.
  • Sanctioned events must verify that all competitors are current (annual) Triathlon BC members or have purchased a one-day event membership.


Sanctioning of any event can be refused by Triathlon BC for the following reasons:
  • Poor past performance.
  • Concerns that race management is not capable of meeting Triathlon BC safety and competitive rules criteria, or other factors indicating potential problems in race operations.
  • Insufficient time to process sanctioning requests.
  • Incomplete sanctioning packages.
  • Outstanding past requirements, obligations and/or fees.
  • Not being in good standing with Triathlon BC.
  • Failing to comply with conditions of sanctioning.
  • Any other issue which Triathlon BC deems is a serious concern which may affect Triathlon BC's ability to obtain insurance coverage.
  • Such other matters as Triathlon BC may consider in preserving the reputation of the Society and/or reasonable safety concerns.
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