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Seward Parks & Recreation is proud to start your race season with our annual Pink Cheeks Triathlon. Pink Cheeks is open to ages 13+ and all ability levels.
This year's race will be a traditional triathlon, to help with mitigation. Starting with swim, bike, and run. Times for the swimming portion will be assigned according to the questionnaire filled out at registration. We will email you your race time and other information a week before the race. Please be accurate on your swim time to help smooth transitions. Transition times will be counted in participants' overall results.
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.
Register early to reserve a spot in this year’s race only 160 spots available this year! See you at the starting line!
Bib pick up will be 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, May 7 at Branson Pavilion, 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.
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 the 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.
Your transition time will not stop between the swim, bike, and run.
Bikers will need to mount their bike after the timing mat at the start of the race and will need to dismount before crossing the black and red matt for the finish.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
· 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?
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?
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