Get Inspired: How to get into triathlon

How Louise Minchin & others caught the triathlon bug
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Why get into triathlon?Triathlon is a great way to get active by swimming, cycling and running, and it's fun and varied too.
Who is it for?All ages, from mini triathlons for kids to GO TRIexternal-link beginner events. There are also a number of women-only events.
What if I want a proper workout?Triathlon events come in a variety of course distances and mixing in a bit of competition will push your workout to the max.
Can I take it to another level?If you want to push it up a gear, consider joining a local clubexternal-link to take part in some structured training before racing.
Is there a disability option?Paratriathlon is very popular with many inclusive events and competitions that cater for most disabilities.

Like running, swimming or cycling? Fancy doing all three, one after the other? Triathlon is the sport for you!

The Brownlee brothers' dad on his incredible sons.

Triathlon mainly runs from May-September and there are loads of races and taster sessions to choose from. Find a comprehensive list of races via the British Triathlon event finder.external-link

Go Triexternal-link is a fun way to get a taste without breaking the bank. Pool-based races are a great introduction to the sport if you are a first timer.


Two-time Paralympic swimmer Lauren Steadman

Swimming, cycling and running are popular amongst para-athletes so paratriathlon is the perfect activity. British Triathlon is fully inclusive, organising paratriathlon competitionsexternal-link through the season. Use the club finderexternal-link for a session near you.

Youth triathlon

Brownlee brothers hope their Foundation inspires children

If the kids are keen to have a go the British Triathlon event finderexternal-link has children's and juniors listings. Mini tri distances start from 50m swim, 800m bike, 600m runthe British Triathlon event finder.external-link

Coaching and volunteering

Whether you've competed in triathlon in the past or just have an interest in developing talent in cycling, swimming or running, coaching opportunities are available through the British Triathlon Federation.external-link

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.

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