Are you looking for an upcoming challenge as a triathlete? We have gathered some of the biggest events throughout the US for you to set your next goal whether you are a competitive athlete or new to the game. Find a suitable distance and a race near you.

What are the different Triathlon Distances?

In the world of Triathlons there are several distances all the way from sprint distances, which you can easily train for as a beginner to the world famous Ironman races, where the most trained athletes compete against each other.

  • Super Sprint
  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Olympic Triathlon
  • Half Ironman
  • Full Ironman

Short Distance Triathlon: Super Sprint

The Super Sprint distance may vary depending from race to race, but is usually very suitable for beginners tapping feets into the world of Triathlons. The swimming part often takes place in the pool, which for many newbies is much easier than coping with the drills of an open water swim.

Swim: 500 m (0.3 miles)

Bike: 10 km (6.2 miles)

Run: 2.5 km (1.6 miles)

Short Distance Triathlon: Sprint

As a beginner, the next step would be the Sprint Triathlon. Whilst the super sprint usually easily can be completed in your everyday gear (even city bikes are commonly used), this distance will probably require minimum upgrades on gear and fitness program.

Nevertheless, the Sprint will also be attended by many intermediate triathletes. As the name already reveals, this distance is often used to test borders and set up the pace for a new PR. Distances may vary.

Swim: 750 m (0.46 miles)

Bike: 20 km (12.4 miles)

Run: 5 km (3.1 miles)

Standard Distance Triathlon: Olympic

It is probably not hard to guess, where this distance is usually run. Ever since Triathlons became part of the Olympic Games in Sydney (Year 2000), this distance is now called the Olympic triathlon.

Also known as the international distances, this is where pro-athletes compete against each other, but you will frequently find amateurs seeking to set new milestones in this format as well. In comparison with the shorter distances the importance of endurance and a strategic approach differs immensely to cross the finish line.

Swim: 1,5 km (0.93 miles)

Bike: 40 km (24.8 miles)

Run: 10 km (6.2 miles)

Middle Distance Triathlon: Half Ironman 70.3

Did we mention endurance as an important factor in the previous distance. Well, be prepared. Both the full and the half iron require a high amount of training and willpower to complete. This is where your lung capacity and mindset will be tested to the limit.  

If you aim towards your first half iron, we highly advise you to check up on your gear (and your budget) such as choosing your first event wisely. Events are held all over the world and if you are used to training in moderate climate and flat roads, you might look out for a half iron near you to begin with.

Swim: 1,93 km (1.2 miles)

Bike: 90 km (56 miles)

Run: 21 km (13.1 miles)

Long Distance Triathlon: Full Ironman 140.6

Entering for a Full Iron distance be ready for accumulated 140.6 miles from start to finish. Most events are organized by the Ironman brand and the most prestigious race to win is the World Championships each year in Kona, Hawaii.

Ironman athletes revolve their daily life around the next competition and this is where training, nutrition, gear and restitution is all planned months ahead in order to cross the finish line — to become a real and alive Ironman.

Swim: 3,9 km (2.4 miles)

Bike: 180 km (112 miles)

Run: 42.2 km (26.2 miles)