Splash and Dash

What is a Splash and Dash?

A Splash and Dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. The run can take place on a trail, a road or a path. Similarly, the swim can take place in any body of water – a pool, a reservoir, or an ocean. USA Triathlon’s Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series will feature a swim/run combination. As an athlete progresses and depending on water conditions, a traditional aquathlon may either feature a swim/run or a run/swim/run combination.

What is the concept?

The USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series will be returning for its seventh year and is open to athletes ages 7-15. There will be over 60 events in each of the six USA Triathlon regions. 

The focus is on PARTICIPATION rather than competition. The series will expose youth participants to USA Triathlon and the exciting world of multisport! Timing will not be required at each event, although it is acceptable. All events within the series will be USA Triathlon sanctioned.

Why Participate?

  • Exposes and educates youth to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting, and safe atmosphere! It will really help you to “get your feet wet!”
  • Engages youth athletes in pre-race and post-race activities such as vendor areas, clinics, and additional educational opportunities.
  • Creates an opportunity to meet friends and other youth athletes who are interested and also engage in the multisport lifestyle!
  • Less equipment required compared to that of a triathlon since a Splash and Dash (aquathlon) does not require a bike.

Can I Participate?

Absolutely! If you are in between the ages of 7-15 and have a USA Triathlon annual youth membership, you are eligible to take part in the fun and exciting multisport series! Be prepared for a great experience, bring a positive attitude, and be ready to learn firsthand about multisport! 

2019 Splash and Dash Series Events

*Dates and locations are subject to change without notice.*

New for 2019, Splash and Dash Series events will be included in the USA Triathlon National Youth Series. Click here to view all National Youth Series events!

Awards - New for 2019!

In addition the hat and finisher medal Splash and Dash series finishers will receive at events, all finishers will also be eligible for awards as part of the National Youth Series events. Click above to view all events in the National Youth Series. Awards include: 

  • 1 race completed: 1 entry in the end of season raffle (prizes TBD)
  • 2 races completed: 3 entries in the raffle, USAT stickers, USAT File Folder
    • *can include participation in 1 Splash and Dash event
  • 3 races completed: 5 entries in the raffle, 2020 Youth Digital Membership
    • *can include participation in 1 Splash and Dash event
  • 4 races completed: 10 entries in the raffle, USAT Notebook
    • *can include participation in 2 Splash and Dash events
  • 5 races completed: 12 entries in the raffle, Rudy Project Youth Bike Helmet
    • *can include participation in 3 Splash and Dash event

Please note: list of prizes and participation giveaways may shift slightly .