2013 Biathle and Triathle World Championships to be hosted in Egypt
UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann stated, "These are exciting times, this is the first time Egypt will have hosted the event and with Triathle debuting, it promises to be an edition to remember, plus there is also no nicer setting than the Red Sea. Furthermore, we are working hard to bring Modern Pentathlon to the wider public and with both the Biathle and Triathle having universal appeal; we are guaranteed to attract a whole new fan base to our sport."
As one of the core elements of its grassroots development program, Biathle (run-swim-run), designed as a 'Sport for All', has been practised for over 50 years. Through Biathle, UIPM has established a competition comprised of two fundamental components of Modern Pentathlon, running and swimming, two of the most practised sports in the world, giving it widespread appeal. Inexpensive to organise, simple to understand, it can be organised practically anywhere in the world and at any time of the year.
Now with the introduction of new laser technology, Triathle (run-shoot-swim) will be debuting alongside the Biathle event, giving these World Championships a whole new dimension. This move by UIPM confirms its drive to broaden its reach by giving as many people the opportunity of trying out the sport. With the safe and environmentally friendly laser shooting, this event can happen anywhere, from a school, to a city centre or even on a beach, giving the sport a broader spectrum of influence across the globe.
The Biathle race works with athletes completing one-half of their total running distance, before entering a 50 meter transition area. Athletes then dive into the water and swim the required swimming distance before exiting the water, putting on their shoes and running the second leg of the run to the finish line. Juniors will run from between 500m and 1000m, then swim between 50 and 100m and then finish the race with the same running distance. Adults run either 1km or 1.5km, swim 100 or 200m and conclude with the same running distance again.
The first Biathle World Championships took place in Monaco in 1999 and the Biathle World Tour began in 2002 to include up to six competitions in various locations throughout the year. Medals are awarded to the top three athletes in each age group at both the World Championships and the World Tour.