What is the average time for an Olympic or standard triathlon?

Are you taking part in an Olympic distance triathlon soon and wondering what a good time to complete the race might be? With three disciplines covered in one race, swimming, cycling and running, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on the average time it takes to complete a race and use that information to structure your training plan Signing up for a triathlon event, is also a great way to stay motivated.

Each of the 5 recognised triathlon distances will be a different average time, so in this article we are focusing on the Olympic distance. However, as there are many affecting factors such as the course terrain, age and gender, average times can still vary within different age groups for example. 

The Olympic distance triathlon, considered the standard distance for a triathlon, doubles the distance of a sprint triathlon providing a challenging race for beginners and experienced triathletes alike. The breakdown of an Olympic triathlon looks like this: 

Swimming – 1.5km (0.9 miles)

Cycling – 40km (24.8 miles)

Running – 10k (6.2 miles)

If you are a beginner you may want to just focus on completing the race, however if you do want to aim for a good time, under 3 hours is a very respectable result for a non-professional. Even if you have done a few races before, you should still train before taking part in an event to avoid any injuries.