Children's Events

Triathlon Ireland is committed to nurturing the grass roots of the sport and giving children the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon, regardless of their ability.  We aim to work with clubs and race organisers to provide races for our young athletes.

In this area, race organisers will find information about running a childrens race.

RECOMMENDED DISTANCES FOR CHILDRENS RACES

The distances below are recommendations only.  However, they must be closely adhered to.  If you are running a race where any of the distances are longer than outlined below, please contact Triathlon Ireland to discuss your proposed distances.

Junior and Youth race distances and age requirements

TRIATHLON

TRIATHLONSWIMBIKERUNMINIMUM AGE
Team Relay250m5km1.5kmRefer to derogation
Super Sprint Distance250m10km2.5kmRefer to derogation
Sprint Distance (Pool Based)400m20km5kmRefer to derogation
Sprint Distance (Open Water)750m20km5kmRefer to derogation
Standard Distance1500m40km10kmRefer to derogation
Middle Distance3000m80km20kmRefer to derogation
Long Distance4000m120km30kmRefer to derogation

CROSS TRIATHLONSWIMMOUNTAIN BIKECROSS COUNTRY RUNMINIMUM AGE
Team Relay200m4km-5km1.2km-1.6kmRefer to derogation
Sprint Distance500m10km-12km3km-4kmRefer to derogation
Standard Distance1000m20km-25km6km-8kmRefer to derogation

Note: All ages noted refer to the age of the child on 31st December of the race year.

AQUATHLON

Note: All ages noted refer to the age of the child on 31st December of the race year.

AQUATHLONRUNSWIMRUNMINIMUM AGE
Sprint Distance1.25km500m1.25kmRefer to derogation
Standard Distance2.5km1km2.5kmRefer to derogation
Long Distance5km2km5kmRefer to derogation

DUATHLON

DUATHLONRUNBIKERUNMINIMUM AGE
Team Relay2km8km1kmRefer to derogation
Sprint Distance5km20km2.5kmRefer to derogation
Standard Distance10km40km5kmRefer to derogation
Long Distance20km80km10kmRefer to derogation
CROSS DUATHLONCROSS COUNTRY RUNMOUNTAIN BIKECROSS COUNTRY RUNMINIMUM AGE
Team Relay1.2km-1.6km4km-5km600m-800mRefer to derogation
Sprint Distance3km-4km10km-12km1.5km-2kmRefer to derogation
Standard Distance6km-8km20km-25km3km-4kmRefer to derogation

CHILDRENS RECOMMENDED DISTANCES

Age

Swim

Cycle (Grass)*

Cycle (Tarmac)

Run

3 Years & Under

No

No

No

No

4 - 5 Years

No

200m

400m

100m

6 - 7 Years

No

1km *

2km

400m

8 – 9 Years

100m

800m

10 – 11 Years

200m

4km*

6km

12 – 13 Years

300m

6km *

8km

14 - 15 Years

400m

7km *

10km

3km

 

 

Aquathlon

 

Age

Swim

Run

3 Years & Under

No

No

4 - 5 Years

No

100m

6 - 7 Years

No

400m

8 – 9 Years

150m

900m

10 – 11 Years

250m

12 – 13 Years

350m

3km

14 - 15 Years

450m

 

Duathlon

 

Age

Run

Cycle (Grass)*

Cycle (Tarmac)

Run

3 Years & Under

No

No

No

No

4 - 5 Years

50m

200m

400m

50m

6 - 7 Years

250m

1km *

2km

250m

8 – 9 Years

400m

400m

10 – 11 Years

1km

4km*

6km

800m

12 – 13 Years

6km *

8km

1km

14 - 15 Years

2km

7km *

10km


 

SAFEGUARDING

Please see Triathlon Ireland Child Protection and Safeguarding information  here