Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHY IS IT CALLED THE TRI-CONIC CHALLENGE?
The name comes from the history of Port Alberni which includes many historical features and assets that are unique to the area. We've simply paired up these assets alongside athletes who like history and like to make history through their own efforts. In 2017 we featured the No. 7 Steam Train built in 1929, the MV Frances Barkley built in 1958 and the Hawaii Martin Mars Waterbomber built by the US Navy in 1945. For 2018 we continue with the Steam Train for the run. The bike event will feature the 'Swan' an old Steamship that spent 40 years at the bottom of Sproat Lake and is now up for public display. The swim event will still showcase the home area of the Martin Mars but this year we feature the First Nations carvings on Sproat Lake - the 800 year old Petroglyphs.
2. WHO IS HOSTING THIS EVENT?
The Tri-Conic Challenge is an initiative of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.
3. WHAT DOES IT COST/HOW DO I REGISTER?
Check out the Fees page here for more specific information on registration costs and what registration includes.
Registration is through our Event page on RACEROSTER.COM. There you will be able to find a full pricing breakdown as well as more specific information on bundling your registration.
Registration Packages to be picked up the day before each event or day of where time permits. All registrants will be notified of locations and times for these.
4. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN ONLY ONE/TWO OF THE EVENTS?
Yes! In 2017 our event occured over a three day long weekend as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. For 2018 we are moving the event to 'individual' ones with the option for registrants to sign up for all three. Those doing so will see some significant rate reductions for the Tri part of the event.
5. WHERE CAN I STAY IN THE ALBERNI VALLEY?
Port Alberni is known for its beautiful warm summers. Consider booking a campsite with one of our partners. Experience the rugged West Coast lifestyle by camping near lakes, rivers, mountains, and giant old-growth forests. We encourage you to BOOK SOON as our area is often booked heavily during the high season time frames. We have purposely scheduled the events for 2018 outside of the major long-weekends so that our guests (you) can have more choice for places to stay.
6. Why do you refer to it as a Tri event ie: Triathlon ?
Ah, good question! The event was initially planned as a triathlon concept however our registrants have asked us to focus on the individual side of things but still provide an option to do all three.
- > What is the Safety Plan? The safety plan is extensive and will be communicated through this website and direct messaging as we close in the dates. Rest assured we have one!
What is the Safety Plan?
Check out Shaw TV's coverage from the 2016 No. 7 Challenge.