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Seward Parks & Recreation is proud to start your race season with our 29th annual Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon. Pink Cheeks is open to ages 13+ and all ability levels.
The race consists of a 5K run, 10K bike and 600 yard pool swim in that order.
Sign up as a team (a team consists of 3 individuals; 1 individual per segment) or compete as a solo in this popular Seward event. Race terrain includes High School cross country trail, city streets, minimal gravel roads and inclines as you run and bike through the city limits.
5K run, 10K bike (course will vary), but the start and finish will be at Seward High School.
Save your strength for the swim (12 laps) in the High School pool. Register early to reserve a spot in this year’s race. See you at the starting line!
Bib check-in will be 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, May 1st and race day from 8:00 am to 9:45 am at the Seward Middle School | 304 Sea Lion Avenue | Seward, AK 99664.
Soloist must be age 13 and older
Teams must consist of 3 members
Bikers are required to wear helmets. Bikers without a helmet will be disqualified.
Bikers are required to provide their own bike stand in the bike queue.
Team swimmers will start swim at 10:00 a.m.
No spectators are allowed in the pool area.
Your bib number will be marked on your right upper arm for officials’ use in the pool.
Team swimmers MUST be present at bib check-in to have bib number marked on upper arm.
No assistive devices are allowed in the pool, unless required as an ADA adaptive device as a reasonable accommodation. (Please allow us to smoothly transition you, by planning ahead and notifying us now of your needs, 224-4054.) Goggles and swim caps are allowed. No snorkels, fins, gloves, etc.
10:00 am race start
Mass run start at 10:00 am at the high school
Race order is: Run, Bike, then Swim
Your transition time will not stop between the run to bike but is recorded after the bike and run, before the swim.
Bikers will dismount to run over the blue mat finish line. Bikers run across finish mat.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
· After the runners’ return, bike out south heading down Swetmann
· Follow Swetmann which will turn into Resurrection Blvd, make a right on Alice.
· South on Alice past Phoenix and onto bike path at triangle park
· Make a right up Diary Hill, follow Dairy Hill which becomes Second (2nd) Ave
· Take Second (2nd) Ave to the end of pavement
· Turn right/west at Washington to Brownell Alley
· Turn left/south onto Brownell, gravel alley to Railway Ave
· Turn left/east on Railway Ave, past Alaska SeaLife Center.
· Continue east, past Iditarod park. Follow curve left/north onto Ballaine
· Biker’s Turn-a-round in front of Resurrection Campground/Monroe
· Return same route up to Dairy Hill
· At Dairy Hill/Swd Hwy take a left/north on bike path to Alice Drive
· Stay north along Alice Drive to Resurrection Blvd.
· Turn left/west by northwest along Resurrection.
· Follow Resurrection Blvd north to finish line at High School and start area
Q. What type of bike is recommended for this course? Road, hybrid, mountain bike?
A. Road or hybrid is recommended for this route, but skinny tires are cautioned against. There are several sections of the bike course which can be muddy and present potholes. There are locations and curves with loose gravel. As with all Alaskan cities, Seward weather is wildly unpredictable the first weekend of May. We may have snow on race day or snow and ice immediately before the event. We may have days of unending rain prior to race day which may damage more sections of the paved course. Bikers must come prepared for the muddy, pot-holed course. The race usually notes one or two flat tires each year.
Q. Is the bike route mostly pavement or are there gravely sections?
A. The bike course is mostly paved. However, there are several sections of the bike course which can be muddy and present potholes. There are locations and curves with loose gravel. As with all Alaskan cities, Seward weather is wildly unpredictable the first weekend of May. We may have snow on race day or snow and ice immediately before the event. We may have days of unending rain prior to race day which may damage more sections of the paved course. Bikers must come prepared for the muddy, pot-holed course. The race usually notes one or two flat tires each year.
Q. Is the swim circle swimming or shared lanes?
A. Two swimmers share one, full lane.
Q. Will showers be available post-race for out of town folks to use?
A. Showers in the pool locker room are available for Pink Cheeks racers only. The Harbormaster's Building on Fourth Avenue provided token-operated showers at about $2 per shower.
Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. No. Dogs are prohibited from the race and from start and finish lines. Please leave all dogs at home. Service animals are always allowed.
Q. What are the cutoff times?
A. Run 90 minutes | Bike 90 minutes | Swim 45 minutes.
Q. Is same day registration allowed?
A. No. Registration closes on April 28.