A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. Its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual components. The word “triathlon” is of Greek origin from τρεις or treis (three) and αθλος or athlos (contest).
The most common distance are
Super Sprint 400m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run
Sprint 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run
Olympic 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run
Ironman 3.86km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run
Triathlon is considered by some to have its beginnings in 1920s France, the origin of triathlon is attributed to a race during the 1920s–1930s that was called variously “Les trois sports”, “La Course des Débrouillards”, and “La course des Touche à Tout.” This race is held every year in France near Joinville-le-Pont, in Meulan and Poissy. The first modern swim/bike/run event to be called a ‘triathlon’ was held at Mission Bay, San Diego, California on September 25, 1974.
World Champion: Male- Javier Gomez Female- Non Stanford
Olympic Champion: Male- Alistair Brownlee Female- Nicola Spirig
Ironman: Male- Frederik Van Lierde Female- Mirinda Carfrae
Incurro has been the driving force behind the successful organising and running of a triathlon for the last five years at primary school level. This has involved pupils from as young as 4 competing as a team, they love the sense of achievement when they complete their stage and it becomes a real team effort (you should hear the noise they make cheering each other on). Older pupils can compete either as part of a team or individually. This year saw the first Earley cluster inter-school competition with over 100 children from 5 different schools competing. Check out some local coverage here
Incurro also organised its first open water Triathlon at Dinton Pastures in 2013. It involved encouraging and providing the opportunity to 8-16 year olds to “give it a try” and over 80 Juniors took us up on our offer. They braved chilly water (the same weekend as the Worlds in London where they halved the swim distances as it was too cold for them…), a challenging off road cycle and testing run. For more info, some pictures and video from the event check out
Incurro’s mission is to encourage, motivate and provide opportunities for everyone to “give it a try” and what better way of doing that than competing as a Family. Therefore Incurro intend to create a unique (and maybe the first) Family Triathlon relay event. With a team consisting of members of the same family (can include aunts/uncles) completing a leg of the event each. Each team will have to decide how to deploy each member to their strengths. A handicap system will be in place to help ensure everyone has FUN. For further information check out the try-a-tri.co.uk website.