Sunday June 3, 2018
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2018
The premier event – The Oliver Half Iron, features a 2km, 2-loop swim in the clean and protected waters of Tucelnuit Lake, in the heart of Oliver, B.C. The 94km scenic bike course takes you through the beautiful lower Okanagan Valley, past many of the wineries in the “Wine Capital of Canada”. The Half Iron finishes with a 2-loop 21 Km run through quiet residential and along the banks of the Okanagan River.
We will again hosting the 2nd Annual Aquabike race.
This fast course has seen professional triathletes, Michellie Jones, Tom Evans, Linsey Corbin, Matt Seeley, Karen Thibodeau, Nathan Champness, Elmar Heger and 2X Ironman World Champion, Lori Bowden.
The overwhelming support if Oliver and the surrounding communities, before, during and after the event is unparalleled and is what truly separates this race from most others.
2017 BEER GARDEN
We are excited to announce that for the 2018 Oliver Half we will be serving both Firehall Brewery Beer as well as Orchard Hill Estate Cidery product in our Beverage Garden – First one is on us!
Half Iron (swim, bike, run maps) & Aquabike (swim & bike maps only)
Click below to view course maps.
2 loop clockwise swim course, athletes will not exit the water after the first loop.
Expected water temp 18 – 21 degrees Celsius
Swim wave start is in waist deep water
Triangle course, large yellow buoys mark the corners with orange buoys in between
Swim course cut-off is 1:10 from the start of your swim wave. If you miss the swim cut-off, timing staff will take your timing chip and you will not be allowed to continue.
TUCELNUIT LAKE – WATCH OUT FOR THE JUMPING CARP!
Cyclists leave transition and ride south along Park Drive passing Oliver Parks and Recreation and crossing the “Red Bridge” and turning right onto Station Street to start the course. **PLEASE NOTE** – This section is only ridden on the bike out and you do not return to transition this way.
Cyclists ride the top section of the course and then at the 14Km mark pass transition and ride south completing two full loops of the bike course before returning to transition.
You pass by each aid station twice.
Please ensure that all garbage is dropped at the aid stations and nothing is left out on the course
It is each athletes responsibility to count the number of loops they ride.
Please ride to the right and do not block other competitors or traffic
The bike cut-off is 5:30 from the start of the final swim wave. If you miss the bike cut-off, timing staff will take your timing chip and you will not be allowed to continue.
You need to be passing the aid station at the 54km mark (just past Tucelnuit Elementary school on Tucelnuit Rd), no later than 11:00 am. After 11:00 am you will be directed to go to transition as you will have missed the bike cut-off.
BLACK SAGE ROAD ON THE BIKE COURSE
Two loop counter-clockwise run course along quiet residential streets and along the Okanagan River Hike and Bike Path.
Aid stations every 2 Km and there are four aid stations on the course
Course km markers
Please ensure that all garbage is dropped at the aid stations and nothing is left out on the course
The race finish is at road level just above the swim start
Please ensure your timing chip is dropped at the finish before leaving the finish area
Race results will be posted throughout the day near the finish. If you have any questions or concerns about your finish time, please see the timing tent at the finish to discuss and resolve
Post-race food and medical is located 50 m from the finish line
The post-race lunch will take place at Rotary Beach and will begin at 11:30 am. We’re excited to announce that our Catering Partner is Pappa’s Firehall Bistro. Chef Fotis and crew will be serving up a BBQ lunch post-race to athletes.
Athletes will give the tear tag on their race bib to the caterer to be served lunch and the second tag on their race bib to receive your complimentary beverage!
Complimentary Post-Race Beverage for 2018 from Firehall Brewery and Orchard Hill Estate Cidery
Athletes can sit and enjoy lunch overlooking the lake and enjoy a nice cold beer from Firehall Brewery! Your first beer in on us. Non-athletes can purchase lunch directly from the caterer so family and friends can have lunch with you post-race.
Aquabike awards will go to Top 5 for Men and Women.
Age group awards will go three deep in each age division for the Half Iron. Our awards this year are etched beer glasses for top 3 finishes winners and privately labelled 650 ml bottles of Dynamic Race Events Podium Blonde for age group winners.
Race Package Pick-Up and Race Expo
Note: You must pick up your own Race Package and you must have valid picture ID to receive your package.
Location: Tucelnuit Elementary School located at 6648 Park Dr, Oliver, BC
2 pm – 6 pm Package Pick Up at Tucelnuit Elementary School
2 pm – 5 pm Package Pick Up at Tucelnuit Elementary
2 pm – 5 pm Mandatory Bike Check In
5 pm – 6 pm Pre-Race Meeting at Tucelnuit Elementary
6 pm – 7 pm Mandatory Bike Check In
5:30 am Transition opens
6:40 am Transition area is closed
6:50 am Pre-race briefing for athletes at swim start entrance
7 am Race Start is 7:00 am at Rotary Beach
11:30 am Post-Race BBQ Lunch service begins
11:30 – 4:30 pm Beer Garden for Athletes and Spectators
4 pm Awards Ceremony at Rotary Beach
**Be sure to stick around for amazing prizes from our sponsors and custom labelled beer prizing and etched beer glasses for age group winners!**
Course Cut-Off Times
Course Cut-off Times
Due to restrictions of municipal permits, race insurance and volunteer staffing, all participants must remain on pace to complete Oliver Half Iron Triathlon in 8.5 hours.
The swim course cut-off time is 1:10 hour after the final Half Iron wave start. Swimmers need to be out of the water before the cut-off. Any swimmer exiting the water after the cut-off will not be allowed to continue.
Bike The bike course cutoff time is 5:15 after the final wave start.
NOTE: You need to be passing the aid station at the 54km mark (just past Tucelnuit Elementary school on Tucelnuit Rd), no later than 11:00 am. After 11:00 am you will be directed to go to transition as you will have missed the bike cut-off and a race official will take your timing chip.
You may also be stopped by race staff if:
Race staff deems you in no condition to continue.
It is calculated by your location, your pace and the distance on the course you are at that you will not finish on time.
We will be opening up these intersections to normal traffic flow in advance of a rider pushing the edge of the cutoff time. This means you may find yourself having to obey traffic laws at the busy intersections of Station Street and Fairview Rd (opening at 12:00pm). A race vehicle will proceed at cutoff time pace to inform you of your position and open the intersections.
Run – two loops
NOTE: There will be a run course cut-off time at the run turnaround (10.5km) at 7 Hrs. after the final wave start – 2:10. No one will be allowed to proceed with the second loop of the run after this cut off time. The official race finish is 8.5 hrs at 3:40 pm. The run course sweeps will leave approximately 15 minutes after the last runner departs.
We want everyone to finish the race. Like last year, we will try and keep our run course aid station open as long as possible. While completing the event is of paramount importance to all athletes, you must heed this rule out of concern for your fellow competitors, race staff, public servants and members of the communities who generously welcome this event to their roads and trails.
Transition area is at Tucelnuit Elementary School on Park Drive. Transition will be open on race day from 5:30 am and will close at 6:40 am to ensure all of the athletes are down at the swim start. Only athletes who are wearing their wristband and are body marked will be allowed access. Any bike not properly displaying the bike frame number will be removed from the transition area during the swim. You will not be allowed access to the transition area to reclaim your bicycle and gear until after the last athlete has started the run.
Family & friends are NOT allowed in transition
Swim 2km – Two Loop
The swim course is a two loop clockwise swim and swimmers will not exit the lake after the first lap. The swim start cut-off time is 1:10 hour after each wave start. All participants that are still in the water after 1:10 has passed, will be pulled from the course and not allowed to continue.
The corners on the course will be marked with yellow buoys. Buoys are placed 125 – 150 m along the course.
**NOTE** If at any point during the swim, race personnel deem that an athlete should not continue or are not going to make a time cut-off, the athlete will be removed from the water and will not be allowed to continue the race.
Bike 94 km
The bike course begins with athletes leaving transition and heading out and riding the top section of the course and then two full laps. There are two aid stations on the bike course that cyclists will pass twice.
Aid stations will have bottled water, bottled sports drink, gels and bananas.
Athletes arriving at transition after the 5.5 hour bike cutoff will not be allowed to continue.
You will be stopped due to cutoff times if:
Race staff deems you in no condition to continue,
You are far behind the next to last athlete,
Note: There are two traffic controlled/flagger intersections in Oliver on the bike course. Congestion is anticipated and it is imperative that the race does everything possible to harmonize with the local community.
We will be opening up these intersections to normal traffic flow in advance of a rider pushing the edge of the cutoff time. This means you may find yourself having to obey traffic laws at the busy intersections of Station Street and Fairview (opening at 12:45pm). A race vehicle will proceed at cutoff time pace to inform you of your position and open the intersections.
Run 21.1 km – Two Loops
Leaving transition runners head out towards Rotary Beach and along Lakeside Drive past the first aid station which is located just above the hill from the run finish. The course is on quiet residential streets and on the Okanagan River Path and is a flat course.
There are 4 aid stations on the run course serving water, sport drink, fruit, gels, ice and support.
There will be a run course cut-off time at the run turnaround (10.5 Km) at 2:10 pm after the final wave start. No one will be allowed to proceed with the second loop of the run after the cut off. The official race finish is 8:30 after the final wave start at 3:40 pm.
RIVER TRAIL, WHICH IS NOW PAVED
Oliver is 45 Km south of Penticton in the Okanagan Valley and is a 5 hour drive from Vancouver. The closest airport is in Penticton.
Click on the Tourism Oliver logo for accommodation listings, entertainment information, dining out or any local area info you may need. Please feel free to call the Visitor Information Center if you have any questions or need any help finding accommodations, maps etc.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID MCCOLM
Click below for 2015 Oliver Half Iron Results
Oliver Half Iron race results from 2012, 2013 and 2014, click here.
For 2004 to 2011 Results click here to go to the Race Headquarters website and search under the Multisport section by year.