When do training sessions start?

  • Please see full schedule here.

How much does it cost?

  • Swim Sessions:  Cost is $5 per athlete per session, to help cover pool costs.  Fee is collected at the pool.

  • Run/Bike Skills Sessions:  Free  

Can my child attend training sessions?

  • Any child may attend the training sessions.  However, for insurance purposes, they MUST be a registered athlete for the 2018 Woody's Triathlon or sign a waiver at the first training session.  

Do we need to register for training sessions?

  • No!  This is drop-in training only.  You do not need to commit to attending every session or confirm attendance before the sessions (with the exception of the aquathlon, which requires pre-registration). Please remember that our sessions have a maximum number of athletes per session to allow for proper training and safety.

What is Stantec Triathlon Training?

  • Stantec Triathlon Training is a program that provides swim, bike, run and transition training to athletes who will be racing at the Woody's Triathlon.  Thanks to our generous sponsor, Stantec, all of the training is provided free of charge (other than a nominal fee for swimming to help cover pool costs).

Where do the training sessions take place?

  • All sessions take place at the Michener Aquatic Center in Red Deer.  Run/bike skills sessions will be on the grounds and parking lot outside the Michener Curling Rink (located just West of the pool).

Who runs these training sessions? Are they qualified instructors?

  • We are so fortunate to have a team of excellent, qualified instructors and coaches!  Our swim program coordinator is Dave Lorenson. We have both paid and volunteer coaches in the pool. Our paid coaches include experienced competitive swim coaches, Cathy Forner, Serge Gingras and several highly trained competitive swimmers and triathletes. Our volunteer coaches are high school triathlon students and parents like yourselves.  Please volunteer!

  • Our bike/run program coordinator is Kevin Hesterman.  Our volunteer coaches are experienced competitive triathletes, high school triathlon students  and parents like yourselves.  Please volunteer!


Who are all the young people in blue shirts at training?

  • Lindsay Thurber High School has for-credit triathlon classes.  Part of this class includes volunteering for a local race.  We are pleased to have these dedicated high school students as volunteers for swim training, bike/run training, and for race day.  These athletes will also be competing in the Junior Sprint race on the morning of June 24th.  During training, if you see one of these students wearing a blue Stantec training shirt, please thank them for volunteering their time!

  • This year, we also have the pleasure of welcoming international students to our volunteer family!

Do you need parent volunteers?

  • YES! Absolutely!  This program cannot happen without both coaches and parents volunteering.   Please consider giving us a hand, whether it's helping a young group of swimmers in the pool,  directing a running drill or lending a hand with setting up or putting away equipment.  ABSOLUTELY NO SKILLS OR EXPERTISE REQUIRED!  

  • This year, we have set up a very simple online volunteer sign-up.  Please click here.  Sign up for any days you are able to help.  You do not have to set up an account.  Just follow the simple instructions and leave your name, email and phone number so we can contact you if necessary.  Feel free to email our coaches at with any questions.

What does my child need to bring to training?

  • Swim:  Bathing suit, goggles (if desired) and towel.  Life jackets are available for younger swimmers.

  • Run/Bike:  A properly sized bike and bike helmet, running shoes, water bottle, towel for transition practice, extra layers for colder days and a snack (especially if going to both swim and run/bike).

What will my child be doing at the Run/Bike Skills Sessions?

  • These sessions are designed to focus on developing racers' skills.  Bike handling, transition procedure, run technique and triathlon rules are all covered.  Parents are expected to encourage their children to bike and run on their own time to gain endurance for the race.  Training sessions may sometimes, but WILL NOT ALWAYS, include practice on the Woody's course.

My child wants to participate in both the run/bike training and the swim training. Can they do both on the same day?

  • Yes!  We have planned the schedule and the activities so that all athletes can attend both training sessions. Please bring your athlete to the correct training session based on their race age.

    • 5 to 7 year-olds:  Bike/run 9:30 - 10:30, swim 11:00 - 12:00  **Enough time will be provided for children to have a snack, get changed and into the pool for 11:00

    • 8 to 11 year-olds:  Swim 10:00 to 11:00, Have a snack, Bike/run 11:30 to 1:00

    • 12 to 15 year-olds:  Swim 9:00 to 10:00, Have a snack, Bike/run 11:30 to 1:00

  • An Aquathlon is a race that has both swimming and running.  On June 3rd, we will host an aquathlon as part of the Stantec Triathlon Training program.  This will give the racers a chance to practice swimming their actual distance in the pool, exit the pool the same way they will on race day, go through transition, and then run their race distance on the actual Woody's course. Click HERE to see all details about the aquathlon.

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