General Race Rules

  • No handlers allowed for any part of the race, except at T2 when you turn you bike over to a volunteer handler.
  • Lap counters will be provided for the swim and do an excellent job at counting your laps for you; however the swimmer is still ultimately responsible for knowing how many laps they swim.
  • No wet suits, fins, snorkels, flotation or floating devices allowed.
  • Any swim stroke, or combination of strokes is allowed. Stopping and standing is also allowed. Walking is not allowed.
  • All participants, except the top seeds and lane donations, will circle-swim.
  • A protective hard shell bicycle helmet is required and chin straps must be fastened at all times while the rider is on the bike.  This includes on Saturday when you drop your bike off.
  • No tandems, recumbent bicycles, fairings or any other device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance allowed. (Exceptions can be made for participants with disabilities after approval from the race director.)
  • No mandatory bike safety check.
  • All bikes must be standing (not upside down) in the transition area.  You may not use a kick stand as they have proven to unreliable.  You may make your own or they are available for purchase at all of the bib pick ups.


Race Day Parking (Carpooling is strongly encouraged!)

Parking before 8:30am is available in the back (east) Bartlett parking lot. Turn right at the first stoplight into Bartlett High School/Native Heritage Center and follow the road to the Bartlett back parking area. If you are parked in this lot, you will be able to exit during the race, but expect delays as you will have to cross the run course to exit.


Parking after 8:30am is in the Tikahtnu Commons parking lot. For access to GNT parking, turn left at the second traffic light. Follow signs and parking volunteer instructions to park in the marked areas on the west side of Tikahtnu. Proceed to Bartlett on foot via use of the sidewalk on the main through road in Tikahtnu, cross Muldoon at the same second traffic light, then use the back entrance across from the VA. There will be a flagged off area for pedestrian traffic, as you’ll be sharing the road with bike-return UHaul trucks.  Please use this same route when leaving Bartlett.


No racer/spectator RVs or motorhomes will be permitted in designated GNT parking areas.


Handicap and media parking will be in the main Bartlett parking lot which you can access by turning right at the second traffic light. Please bring your Handicap or Media pass.



Thank you for supporting these amazing athletes. Please follow directions from all volunteers and race officials. You can cheer on your racer, but you can't offer any assistance such as helping change a flat or providing pacing.  To view the swim, enter the pool building and take the stairs on your right. The racers will exit the building from the doors on the left near the tennis courts. They will bike along the highway and run back to the finish line at Bartlett High School. There is no place to park along the Arctic Valley Road or at T2. Any cars will be asked to turn around and this might cause you to miss your racer's finish.


Please stay and visit the vendors and cheer on the other racers! We will have food vendors, a booth to make a sign for your racer, food trucks and even a bouncy house for the kiddos!  No dogs, or bikes, are allowed in the finish line area.


Awards Banquet

Monday, May 18th at 6pm

Begich Middle School

7440 Creekside Center Drive


GO GREEN!  Wear your new GNT green shirt and bring your new reusable filled water bottle.  (Drinks will not be provided at the banquet.) Bring a dish to share.


Throughout the awards presentation are drawings for many donated prizes. There are tickets for both racers and volunteers. Families are welcome!


Awards are given for the following categories:

  • Top 10 overall
  • Top 5 in each age group (five-year increments through the oldest participant)
  • Top 3 mother-daughter teams (combined time of mother and one daughter)
  • Top Tri-Generation team (combined time of grandmother, mother and one daughter)
  • Top team of each division (combined top five times of a school, business or open team)
  • "Most Improved" as compared to last year. You must have checked the box indicating that you wanted to be considered for this award during registration.



Race Photographers

There will be a team of professional photographers from Alaska's Focus Photography at the race taking pictures along the course, so keep your number visible and a smile on your face! After the race, a link from the homepage and Facebook will allow you to view and purchase the images.