Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Triathalon has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 2011
  • Unified Sports? Yes
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 60 athletes + 14 Unified Partners

Swimming, cycling, and running are the three disciplines of a triathlon. Triathletes compete for the fastest overall time, with the time for transitions between disciplines also counting. Fast changing is therefore required. Endurance, strength, and speed are important for this multi-sport race. The triathletes must train specifically for each of the three disciplines.

We have 3 competitions:

  1. Sprint (750m swimming, 20km cycling, 5km running)
  2. Unified Sprint (750m swimming, 20km cycling, 5km running)
  3. Super Sprint (350m swimming 350m, 10km cycling, 2,5km running)

By the way:

Why does a triathlon start with swimming? For safety reasons! During the swim, athletes can't take a breather like they can during cycling or running.

The photo shows an athlete coming out of the water of the swimming part of the Triathlon.
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The photo shows an athlete swimming in open water during a Triathlon competition.
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The photo shows a triathlon scene at the beach. Athletes are running out of the water after finishing the swimming part of the triathlon. On the sides are spectators cheering.
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The photo shows a beach scene during a triathlon competition. The athlete is running in the center and to his left and right are people applauding.
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The photo shows an athlete on her bike during a triathlon competition.
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A photo of an athlete running at a Triathlon competition.
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On the photo, there is an athlete running a race in triathlon. As this is the last part of the three disciplines in triathlon (after swimming and cycling), he is giving high fives to the spectator waiting at the finish line.
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Triathlon takes place at Grünau.