The Best Triathlons in India

By October 5, 2019 No Comments

Why be good at only one sport, when you can be amazing at three! I’m sure nearly every triathlete has had this thought at least once.

Triathlons are an endurance event that requires you to clock a swim (ideally in open waters), a bike ride and a run across various distances in a continuous sequence. Runners hail the triathlon, a sport that offers a cross-training workout for the whole body, as the new marathon. This multisport evolved in the 1970s and was introduced as an Olympic sport in the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. In recent years, several Indian athletes have been smitten by the Triathlon bug and are travelling for races across the globe.

There are different types of triathlons, ranging from the easiest, known as the super sprint triathlon to the most challenging which is the Ironman.

  • The super sprint consists of 0.4km swim, 10 km bike ride and 2.5km run.
  • The sprint triathlon includes an approximately 0.75km swim, 24 km bike ride and 5km run.
  • The Olympic distance, which is typically 1.5km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run.
  • Half Ironman (70.3) is comprised of 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride, and 21km run.
  • The Ironman distance consists of 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42 km run which is considered the most challenging.

Triathletes compete in the above distances for the fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run sections.

While it is a great opportunity for aspiring athletes to test their endurance levels, in recent years we have seen some amazing homegrown triathlons that have helped shape Indian amateur athletes to compete at an international platform.

Ironman 70.3 Goa – This will be India’s first ever Ironman triathlon event to be held in Goa on October 20, 2019, and will take place near Panaji. The event is hosted by Yoska, a fitness technology company. The race kick starts on the Miramar beach with a 2 loop swim course in the Arabian sea, the bike leg will go through the city and along the Mandovi river for 3 laps of 30km each and the finally the run leg will start and end at the Miramar beach.

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Goa Triathlon – Enduro Sports Goa organises the Goa Triathlon and has various distances that are open to adults and kids – the super sprint, sprint, and Olympic distances. The event which is scheduled to happen in January every year will see triathletes from across India come together to finish their swim leg in the Vainguinim Bay, followed by the cycle ride on the Goa University-Miramar beach road and culminate with the run leg on the same route. One of the few triathlons where triathletes experience swimming in the open waters.


Tri Thonnur – It is a favourite event amongst amateur triathletes. This event happens in September every year and was organised by the Enduro team until last year. Going forward, Yoska (a fitness technology company) will organize the event. It has various distances such as the Sprint Triathlon, Olympic distance, and Half Ironman that one can choose from. Tri Thonnur gives you an experience of an open water swim which serves as the stepping stone for future Ironman aspirants.


Hyderabad Triathlon – This is an annual sporting event which is scheduled to happen at Gachibowli Stadium in November. From its humble beginning in 2011 to celebrate its 10th edition, the Hyderabad Triathlon has come a long way and is considered to be India’s biggest Triathlon in the Open Category. The various distances in this event are a sprint, Olympic, and half iron triathlon distances and you can choose to participate in the distance of your choice based on age and eligibility criteria.

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Deccan Triathlon – This event is organised each year in November by the Kolhapur sports club (KSC) in the district of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. This is another event that gives triathletes an experience of open water swim across distances such as sprint, Olympic, and half iron distance triathlon.


Upcoming triathlon events that you should give a shot at are the :

Tigerman Triathlon -It is organised by ProHEALTH organisation and is central India’s biggest triathlon event. The event is scheduled to happen in January and has various race categories to choose from based on age category such as:-

  • Tigerman Triathlon individual and team (3km Swim, 120km Cycle, 25km Run)
  • Olympic Tiger Triathlon individual and team (1500m Swim, 40km Cycle, 10km Run),
  • Tiger triathlon sprint (750m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run) and
  • Tiger Triathlon junior (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 2km Run) and senior cubs (500m Swim, 10km Cycle, 2km Run).


HercUlean Tri – The 1st edition of the event is scheduled to happen on March 1st, 2020, at Konark, Odisha and is organised by team TABONO SPORTS.

The various race categories to choose from are –

  • HercUlean Tri – 3.5 km Swim, 170 km Bike Ride, 42 km Run
  • HercUlean Tri.5 – 1.75 km Swim, 85 km Bike Ride, 21 km Run

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Deepthi Velkur

Deepthi Velkur

Deepthi Velkur is a former sprinter who is trying her hand at various sports today. A tennis fanatic, who believes that sleep should never be compromised.