A Sport Your Entire Family can Enjoy
The sport of triathlon promotes a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike. The explosion in the sport’s popularity is due in part to the variety of courses and distances offered and venues that appeal to a broad spectrum of ability levels. The number of kid-specific races held in conjunction with adult events has also surged, providing an activity the entire family can enjoy.
Generally speaking, triathlons are organized in four race formats:
|Sprint||750m (0.5 mi)||20km (12.4 mi)||5 km (3.1 mi)|
|Olympic||1500m (0.9 mi)||40 km (24. 9 mi)||10 km (6.2 mi)|
|Half||1900m (1.2 mi)||90 km (56 mi)||21 km (13.1 mi)|
|Full||3900m (2.4 mi)||180 km (112 mi)||42 km (26.2 mi)|
Ironman®, arguably the brand most widely known and commonly associated with the sport of triathlon, promotes the Full distance. The Half is, not surprisingly, half the distance of a Full. It is a wildly popular format and serves as a stepping stone for many who wish to complete a Full. The Olympic is so named because it follows the format used in the Olympic Games. Distances for the Sprint vary, but the most common sprint distance is that used by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Sprint distance races allow beginners a manageable and fun way to enter the sport.
Variations to the distances listed above include races designed for kids—think quick and fun—and courses designed for racing off-road using a mountain bike for the cycling portion of the race.