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.  Hower, 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.

TRIATHLON

Age

Swim

(pool or open water)

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

1.5km *

2.5km

800m

10 – 11 Years

200m

4km*

6km

1.8km

12 – 13 Years

300m

6km *

8km

2.4km

14 - 15 Years

400m

7km *

10km

3km

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

AQUATHLON

Age

Swim

(pool or open water)

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

2.5km

12 – 13 Years

350m

3km

14 - 15 Years

450m

3.5km

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

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

1.5km *

2.5km

400m

10 – 11 Years

1km

4km*

6km

800m

12 – 13 Years

1.5km

6km *

8km

1km

14 - 15 Years

2km

7km *

10km

1.5km

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

 

 

SAFEGUARDING

Please see Triathlon Ireland Child Protection and Safeguarding  here

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can children in the above age groups race in Try-a-Try or longer distance triathlon?

No

 

Can children in the above age groups be part of a relay team in a Try-a-Try or longer distance triathlon?

No

 

Can children in the above age groups race on open roads?

No.  All 15yrs and under must be on either closed or private roads.

 

Can children in the above age groups swim in open water?

Yes, however, they must be wearing wetsuits.

 

Can children take part in an adults race?

No.  All children 15yrs and under may only take part in a race for 15yrs and under.  There are to be no competitors 16yrs and above in the same race.

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