How long is a sprint triathlon?

Are you thinking of taking the plunge (quite literally) into completing your first triathlon? You may already know some of the basics about triathlons, for instance that the race is made up of 3 disciplines, swimming, cycling and running, but did you know that there are also a number of recognised race distances for these events?

Regardless of the triathlon distance, events are typically divided into age groups. This means that you will be competing alongside other triathletes who fall into the same band for age and sex as you, with the exception of triathletes who fall into the separate elite category.

As the second shortest triathlon distance, behind the super sprint, the sprint distance is still fairly accessible to beginners, but enjoyed by triathletes of all abilities.


Exactly how long is a sprint distance triathlon?

The sprint triathlon is the second shortest distance on our list, but at some events will be the shortest option available. A sprint triathlon offers a further challenge and step up from the super sprint distance but remains accessible to aspiring triathletes. To get your first sprint triathlon under your belt you will ned to complete the following:

  • Swimming – 750m (0.5 miles)
  • Cycling – 20km (12.3 miles)
  • Running – 5km (3.1 miles)

For your first race, focus initially on getting over the finish line rather than your time. A training plan that incorporates 5-6 combined hours or swimming, running and cycling per week will help you build up your fitness and prepare for your sprint.