Sanctioning Information

Sanctioned events enjoy the following benefits:

  • Insurance Cover - €6.5 Million Public Liability Cover. Ensures the event has the appropriate volunteer and participant insurance
  • Demonstrate that the event will be conducted in accordance with the Triathlon Ireland & ITU rules, as outlined in the current rulebook
  • Demonstrate that the event will be conducted in a fair and safe manner
  • Demonstrate that the events planning and preparation meets the standard of quality required by Triathlon Ireland
  • Signifies that the Event Organiser has completed a thorough review of the swim, bike and run courses and has evaluated and considered all medical, safety and emergency requirements for the event.
  • Race Promotion
  • Access to experienced Technical Officials
  • Expert Advice - safety, race organisation, marketing etc
  • Access to Triathlon Irelands Race Entry System
  • Maintain a positive image of the sport of triathlon by setting minimum standards for staging of safe races which are accessible to the public

To ensure our events are safe and fun, event organisers must complete the Triathlon Ireland event sanctioning process. Event organisers submit an event management and safety plan and are subsequently awarded a sanction certificate which can be shown to your local authority that your event has been approved by Triathlon Ireland.

Event Sanction Process

Should you wish to sanction your event with Triathlon Ireland please follow the steps below:


1) Make a race request.  

Please log into your Triathlon Ireland membership account and submit your online race request by clicking “Make A Race Request” on the left-hand menu of your screen.  

Please note, you will need to make a race request for each distance you wish to hold.  Eg Middle, Standard, Sprint, Try-A-Tri, Children's Triathlon.  

This should be done at least 6 months prior to your event for triathlons and 4 months prior to your event for aquathlons/duathlons/kid's events.

Note - Clubs will need to be affiliated first before races can be put online

2) Payment of Race Sanctioning Fees & Submission of your Event Management and Safety Plan.

All races will be required to pay their sanctioning fee upon completion of their race request. This fee must be paid in full to Triathlon Ireland prior to the race being published on the 2020 race calendar.

Upon receipt of your race request a member of our Events Department will contact you to confirm that Triathlon Ireland has received your event application. Please download the Event Management Plan. Please note this template must be used.

Triathlon Ireland will allocate you a Technical Official to your event and introduce both parties.

Please forward a copy of your completed Event Management and Safety Plan to your allocated Technical Official for review.  Once your plan has been reviewed you will then receive feedback if any issues are identified. 


3) Race Officials (Technical Officials & Motorcycle Officials)

As a condition for ALL races to be sanctioned, it is a requirement that you put forward two individuals for every race you run, to officiate at another race.  For example, if you are running one race, you will need to put forward two people, if you are running two races, you will need to put forward four people, if you are running three races, you will need to put forward six people.  There is a cap at six, no matter how many races you run.  As always, we would be grateful if you can provide more potential officials where possible.

Officials will be assigned ongoing to all events.  Once your Officials have been confirmed you will be notified by Triathlon Ireland and contact will be made between the Technical Official and the race organiser. 

The Officials will be present on the day of your event to ensure that your event course is safe and that competitors follow ITU rules while competing.  A report will be completed by the Technical Officials following your event. A copy of this will be forwarded to you upon submission.


 4) Competitors

All competitors of Triathlon Ireland sanctioned events must hold a valid 2019 Triathlon Ireland racing license, a current International Federation Licence or a One Day Membership in order to compete, as this is their insurance on the day.


 5) Race Documentation & Post Race Fees

 Prior to your event you will be forwarded the following:

  • Race permit
  • Sanctioning notice
  • Competitor sign on sheets - if relevant ( Only applicable to events not using the TI entry system )
  • Marshal sign on sheets - if relevant ( Only applicable to events not using the TI entry system )
  • Race results template (Excel format ONLY)

 It is important that all of the above documentation is returned to the Triathlon Ireland office as quickly as possible, in the required format, following your event.  These documents are required for Insurance purposes.

Extra Competitor Fees

Triathlon Ireland charge extra competitor fees for any events with over 500 competitors .  You will receive an invoice for any post-race fees owed to Triathlon Ireland following submission of all race documentation and results.  Please see here. for further information on Extra Competitor Fee rates.