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5 best sprint triathlon events

With multisport events becoming more and more popular in recent years, there are now a huge number of sprint triathlons to choose from in order to have your first try of a tri. The distance of a 750m/0.47 mile swim, 20km/12.34 mile bike, and 5km/3.1 mile run should take anywhere between one and two hours. Here are our 5 favourite swim-bike-run events over the sprint distance. 

1. Blenheim Palace Triathlon

One of the highlights of the UK triathlon season, the Blenheim Palace Triathlon is the world’s ONLY triathlon located slap bang in the middle of a World Heritage Site. With two separate Sprint triathlons taking place over the race weekend, entrants can expect a 750m swim in the fresh water lake, followed by a slightly more testing undulating bike course and a 5.4k run around the stunning Queen’s Pool to finish. The event as a whole welcomes 7000 participants every year – as well as being great for first timers looking to dive into their first triathlon, it’s a fun day out for the whole family too.

2. Laguna Phuket

It’s a testament to the quality of this event that the 25 for 25 Sprint Triathlon event at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon sold out in its very first edition in 2018. Held amongst one of Asia’s most luxurious resorts, Athletes can expect a 0.5K swim in the Lagoon, followed by an 18.5K bike and a speedy 6K dash to the finish line. And for all those looking for a big feed beforehand, each entry includes a ticket to the pasta party!

3. Grand Rapids Tri

With a fast and flat course perfectly suited to beginners and seasoned vets alike, the Grand Rapids Triathlon in Ada, Michigan kicks off with a beautiful swim in the Thornapple River (don’t worry, it’s more like a lake!). Athletes move onto a flat, country road cycle before topping things off with a scenic and, crucially, shaded run. Entrants can also take advantage of numerous free clinics before race day, as well as a pre-race swim and ride to get familiar with the course. As a previous host of 6 USAT Championships, the Grand Rapids Tri is a truly world class event.

4. London Triathlon

Offering a unique urban route through the capital, there’s a good reason the London Triathlon attracts 11,000 athletes year on year, making it the biggest competition of its kind globally. There are 3 distances on offer (Super Sprint, Sprint & Olympic) on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as the option to enter the race as part of a relay team. Sprint competitors take the plunge for a 750m looped swim in Royal Victoria Dock, followed by 20k bike towards Central London and 5k run by the ExCeL Arena. For the more daring, why not make a weekend of it and enter both days!

5. Nautica Malibu Triathlon

Taking place on the spectacular sands of Zuma Beach, Malibu, the Nautica Malibu Tri is one of the most sought after events on the west coast, attracting 3,000 competitors for race distances from Classic to Long Course. Remarkably, last year’s event raised over $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles pediatric cancer research. The classic distance boasts a half mile swim in the ocean, followed by out and back bike (17 mile) and run (4 mile) courses. Athletes can expect to make their way through some of Malibu’s prettiest roads, and take in some truly iconic views of the surrounding mountains and Pacific Ocean.

The list of best sprint triathlons in the world:

  1. Blenheim Palace Triathlon
  2. Laguna Phuket
  3. Grand Rapids Tri
  4. London Triathlon
  5. Nautica Malibu Triathlon