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Triathlon races vary in distance. The main international race distances are:

  1. Sprint Distance; 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run
  2. Standard distance; commonly referred to as the “Olympic distance”: 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run
  3. Long Course;1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike, and a 21.1-kilometer run (half marathon)
  4. Ultra Distance; commonly referred to as 226 or the ‘Ironman’; 3.8-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike, and a 42.2-kilometer run (full marathon)

The most recognised branded Ultra Distance is the Ironman triathlon and our own Iron Man in PE.

A transition area is set up where the athletes change gear for different segments of the race. This is where the switches from swimming to cycling and cycling to running occur. These areas are used to store bicycles, performance apparel, and any other accessories needed for the next stage of the race. The transition from swim and bike is referred to as T1 and that between the bike and run is referred to as T2. The athlete’s overall time for the race includes time spent in T1 and T2. Transitions areas vary in size depending on the number of participants expected. In addition, these areas provide a social headquarters before the race.

The nature of the sport focuses on persistent and often periodised training in each of the three disciplines, as well as combination workouts and general strength conditioning.


A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run components.


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