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Triathlon Distances

This year I did my first triathlon, it was classified as a triathlon (1 km swim, 32km bike ride, 8km run), since then I have competed in 3 more triathlons and the length have varied slightly. Triathlon races vary in distances:

  • Ironman (3.8 km swim, 180km bike, 42.2 km run)
  • Half Ironman (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21.1km run)
  • Olympic Distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run)
  • Triathlon (750 km swim, 30 km bike, 7.5 km run) – sometimes know by organizers as sprint
  • Sprint Triathlon (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run)
  • Give it a Tri (300 m swim, 10 km bike, 2 km run)

The Triathlon and Sprint Triathlon is, in my opinion, the same, organizers of triathlon events alter the length of the swim, bike and run, accordingly to the International Triathlon Union the Sprint distance is (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run).

Organizers also add some additional races into a triathlon event like:

  • Duathlon (10km Run | 40km Bike | 5km Run)
  • Swim/Bike Half Ironman(1.9 km swim, 90 km bike)
  • Sprint Triathlon Relay (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run) – different individual do each leg
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