What Are the Distances in a Triathlon?
The triathlon, a race consisting of swimming, bicycling and running components, is one of the most grueling competitions in modern sports. It was pioneered in France in the 1920s, was popularized in America in the 1970s and became an Olympic sport in the...
The first modern long-distance triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman
Triathlon. It included a swim of 2.4 miles (3.9 km), a bike ride of 112 miles (180
To accomodate all different skill levels, there are several different distances for
triathlon races. Sprint distances vary from race to race, but the other distances are
The differences between a sprint, Olympic, and Ironman distance triathlons—and
how to choose between them.
You'll be thinking of longer distance
races to compete in. To help gauge what race distances
you're ready for, the following are some fitness benchmarks.
A good way to increase your distance
is to gradually build your distance
10% over three weeks. More »
The shortest triathlons are called "sprint-distance triathlons" and cover about a
quarter of the ground of their much larger cousins. Typically, such events involve
A sprint-distance triathlon is often the best way for a new triathlete to have
positive experience in their first event. A typical sprint distance event consists of
400 to ...
After trying out a sprint triathlon, moving up to an Olympic triathlon is the logical
next step. Search for a triathlon race and learn more about the Olympic...
Mar 12, 2015 ... Considering making the leap from sprint- to Olympic-distance triathlons in 2015?
Experts weigh in with six important things to add to your race ...
Check the triathlon events page - triathlon event distances vary, and some races
offer different distances for experienced and novice triathletes. There are ...