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What is triathlon?

Triathlon is an activity that combines swimming, cycling and running in one event. The three sports are performed consecutively with no breaks. The portion of a triathlon where athletes change from one sport to the next is called a transition


How long are triathlons?

  • Sprint or Mini-Triathlon: Among the three categories, Sprint or Mini-Triathlons are the shortest in distance. The swim distance can fall anywhere under a 1 mile, the bike is less than 15 miles and the run is less than 5 miles.
  • Olympic or International Triathlon: The distance for the swim is .93 miles, the bike is 24.8 miles and the run is 6.2 miles.
  • Half Ironman: This is half the distance of a full Ironman. It consists of 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking and 13 miles of running.
  • Ironman: Famous for being the ultimate test of endurance, the swim is 2.4 miles, the bike is 112 miles and the run is 26.2 miles (yes, a marathon).

What are the bare basic equipment needs to compete in a triathlon?

  • Swim: Bathing suit, cap and goggles and maybe a wet suit if the water is super cold.
  • Bike: Road bike (if the tri is on a road) or Mountain Bike (in the tri is off-road), bike shorts, helmet & sneakers.
    • Helmets are REQUIRED by USAT regulations.
  • Run: You can wear your sneakers, bathing suit and bike shorts as a bare minimum.




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