SD 2022

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 ninth year and is open to athletes ages 7-15. USA Triathlon hopes to have 40 or more events in 2022.

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 must be USA Triathlon sanctioned. By participating in a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event, athletes can rest assured the event has met USA Triathlon's stringent safety standards backed by the protection of our strong insurance program.

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! 

2022 Splash and Dash Series Schedule

Race directors interested in being part of the 2022 series should apply here today. Race directors can expect the following benefits in 2022:

  • Splash and Dash-branded finisher medals for each athlete
  • USA Triathlon-branded drawstring bags - New for 2022
  • Waived youth event sanctioning fees! - New for 2022
  • Dedicated support from the USA Triathlon events and sanctioning teams.

Please click here to view our application document with more information!

If you have questions, please email Programs@usatriathlon.org for more details.