ITU Triathlon History

  • Gergely MarkusEmail author
  • Antonio Arimany


Triathlon was first created in the early 1970s by the San Diego Track Club, where members were looking for an alternative workout to the rigours of track training. The club’s first event consisted of a 10 km run, an 8 km cycle and a 500 m swim, but over the next decade, triathlon grew in leaps and bounds and soon gained recognition throughout the world. The first Ironman competition was held in Hawaii in 1978 and gained worldwide recognition in 1982, when Julie Moss bravely struggled to the finish line.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Triathlon UnionITU Maison du Sport InternationalLausanneSwitzerland

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