The premier event – The Oliver Half Iron, features a 2km, two loop swim in the clean and protected waters of Tucelnuit Lake, in the heart of Oliver, B.C. The 89 Km 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 two loop 21 Km run through quiet residential and along the banks of the Okanagan River.
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 of the Town of Oliver and the surrounding communities, before, during and after the event is unparalleled and is what truly separates this race from most others.
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
Rolling Swim Start
Triangle course, large yellow buoys mark the corners with orange buoys in between
Swim course cut-off is 1:10 from when you enter the water. 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!
TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FOR THE BIKE COURSE
Cyclists leave transition and ride south along Park Dr
Turn left on Eastside Ave
Right on Tucelnuit Dr
At Tucelnuit Dr/McKinney turn left then right and ride up Black Sage Rd hill
Continue along Black Sage Rd keeping right at the Old Barn as Black Sage Rd becomes Road 22 and comes out at Hwy 97
Right on to Hwy 97 and ride north on Hwy 97, past Road 6 and continue towards Oliver
Left at Rd 2 (*CROSSING HWY 97)
Left on to Fairview Rd
Right on Willowbrook Road and ride north towards Willowbrook
AID STATION is just north of Willowbrook Rd & Jones Way
Keep left just past the Aid Station as Willowbrook Rd becomes Fairview White Lake Rd
Continue riding north on Fairview White Lake Rd and ride to the Turnaround
Turnaround point – junction of Fairview White Lake Rd & White Lake Rd
Follow Fairview White Lake Rd south back towards Oliver
Keep right at Willowbrook as Fairview White Lake Rd becomes Willowbrook Rd
Left at Fairview Rd
Right on Rd 2
Right on to Hwy 97, cyclists ride South along Highway 97 to Rd 18
Left on Rd 18 (*CROSSING HWY 97)
Cross bridge and Rd 18 becomes Ryegrass Rd
Continue north on Ryegrass Rd passing Saskatoon Avenue and staying on Ryegrass Rd, passing Silver Sage Winery, turning right on Orchard Grove Lane and up to Black Sage Rd. (CHANGE FROM 2018 COURSE)
Left on Black Sage Rd.
At Tucelnuit Dr/McKinney turn left then right on to Tucelnuit Dr
Left on to Eastside Ave
Turn Right on Park Dr
Distance 91 km Total Ascent/Descent 1116 m / 1115 m Lowest Point 277 m (at 14.13 km) Highest Point 579 m (at 50.58 km) Uphill 36.63 km (40.0%) Downhill 37.17 km (40.5%) Flat 17.82 km (19.4%) Max. Height Gain 302 m Steepest Uphill +13.3% (at 27.45 km) Steepest Downhill -15.6% (at 70.56 km) Longest Uphill 2.70 km Longest Downhill 2.43 km (at 69.21 km)
BLACK SAGE ROAD ON THE BIKE COURSE
CLIMBING UP FAIRVIEW RD. TO WILLOWBROOK RD.
OUTBOUND ON WILLOWBROOK RD – New Pavement all along the course to the far turnaround
Two loop run course along quiet residential streets and along the Okanagan River Hike and Bike Path
Aid stations approximately every 2.5k and there are four aid stations on the course
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.
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!
*NOTE – YOU MUST HAVE YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGE TICKETS WHEN ORDERING*
Complimentary Post-Race Beverage 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 or cider from orchard Hill Estate! Your first drink is 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.
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
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Package Pick Up at Tucelnuit Elementary School
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Package Pick Up at Tucelnuit Elementary
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mandatory Bike Check In
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pre-Race Meeting at Tucelnuit Elementary
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mandatory Bike Check In
5:30 am Transition opens
6:40 am Transition closes
6:50 am Pre-race briefing for athletes at swim start entrance
7:00 am Race Start is 7:00 am at Rotary Beach
11:30 am Post-Race BBQ Lunch service begins
11:30 am – 4:30 pm Beer & Cider Garden open for Athletes and Spectators
4:00 pm Awards Ceremony at Rotary Beach
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 in 8.5 hours.
The swim course cut-off time is 1:10 hour after the final participant enters the water. 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.
The bike course cutoff time is 5:30 after the final athlete enters the water.
NOTE: You need to be passing the far turnaround point at the 50km mark, no later than 11:00 am. After 11:00 am you will be directed by race officials as to your options and a race official will take your timing chip if you are deemed to not be able to make the cut off.
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 Hwy 97 & Rd 2, Hwy 97 & rd 18. A race vehicle will proceed at cutoff time pace to inform you of your position and open the intersections.
NOTE: There will be a run course cut-off time at the run turnaround (10.5km) at 2:10pm. 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 around noon.
Family & friends are NOT allowed in transition
Swim 2km – Two Loops
Rolling swim start.
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 the last athlete enters the water. 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.
**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 89 km
The bike course begins with athletes leaving transition and heading out and riding south along Black Sage Rd. and the turning right and riding north towards Oliver. At Rd. 2 athletes turn left across Hwy 97 and ride up Fairview Rd and out on the out-and-back course. There are two aid stations on the bike course – athletes will pass Aid Station #1 on the way out and the way back. Aid Station #2 in Willowbrook will be accessed only on the way out, plan accordingly.
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.
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. 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 at 3:40 pm.
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
HALF IRON RESULTS RELAY RESULTS
Race Results 2014 & prior: RACE RESULTS