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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 sixth year and is open to athletes ages 7-15. There will be at least fifty (50) events in total with events in each of the ten (10) 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! 

USA Swimming Foundation

USA Triathlon and the USA Swimming Foundation have partnered in launching a joint campaign to provide all USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon participants, and their families, with an incentive and opportunity to participate in quality, affordable and easily accessible learn-to-swim programs.

Click here for more information and to find a swim club in your area.

2017 Recap

USA Triathlon is excited to announce that in 2017, the fifth year of the Splash and Dash series, a record of over 2250 participants finished 50 successful events across the nation! Races averaged 45 participants each. The event with the most athletes was the Norwich Splash and Dash on June 17 in Norwich, Connecticut with 194 finishers! Please watch this video of their awesome event!

2018 Series Application Period Now Open

The application period is now open for the 2018 Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series. Interested race directors should view the Request for Proposal PDF for more information. Applications will only be accepted online through this link. The application period will close on Friday, December 1, 2017. Applications received after that time cannot be guaranteed to be reviewed. Please email Cody.Crowther@usatriathlon.org if you have any questions on how to apply. APPLY TODAY!

2018 Splash and Dash Series Events

The schedule will be posted here in early 2018!