I never heard of a mixed relay triathlon before – at least not with four teammates. It sounds like so much fun! Each team is composed of two women and two men who each have to to complete a mini triathlon. The order is up to them and everything is going to be super exciting because of how fast the sprints are and how quickly (and often) the leaders can change.
Here is a link to the video of the promo that ITU put out. The music is really inspiring too: ITU’s MIxed Relay Championships
Check it out if you get a chance. I think it looks like a lot of fun. I hope to see this event added to the Olympics someday to help get some more buzz about triathlons. Here is the course profile, as posted by xtri.com:
Sprint Distance: Elite Mixed Relay – Sunday 26 August – 14:45 (UTC/GMT + 2)
Swim (750m) – Off a pontoon start, athletes will swim one 750m lap.
Bike (20km) – Generally flat profile with no noteworthy climbs. There are four circuits of 5km to ride. The route is technically demanding, due to the many changes of direction and tight turns. Very good tarmac surface.
Run (5km) – Off the bike, athletes will transition again in front of Stockholm Palace and run two laps of a 2.5km run course.
I’ve been a part of triathlon relays – but only as a swimmer on a three person team. I think this event looks like a lot more fun. In the future, I hope to see more triathlon relays like it in the states.
Categories: Triathlon Races