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What is a triathlon?

A triathlon is a three-stage race that includes swimming, cycling and running that’s performed continuously. There are four different course lengths for a triathlon:

Sprint: swim (0.47 miles); bike (12 miles); run (3.1 miles)
Intermediate (or Olympic distance): swim (0.93 miles); bike (25 miles); run (6.2 miles)
Long course: swim (1.2 miles); bike (56 miles); run (13.1 miles)
Ultra: swim (2.4 miles); bike (112 miles); run (26.2 miles)

The Ironman World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii has attained near legendary status since launching in 1978. This is an ultra distance event, and is televised on major networks. As you can see above, the required lengths are brutal.

Fun fact: The triathlon became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Games, utilizing the intermediate distance.

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