Get Started

Get Started in Triathlon

Triathlon is for everyone. Whether you love to swim, bike or run, there’s a multisport discipline for you. To get started, take a look at our beginners' guide, find training and nutrition tips in Multisport Zone, learn about the benefits of becoming a USA Triathlon annual member and catch up on the sport's rules.

About the Sport

Learn more about Triathlon

Triathlon became a sport in 1974 and was added to the Olympic program in 2000. USA Triathlon has something to offer everyone interested in getting involved in the multisport lifestyle. Whether you're ready to take the plunge and do your first race or hope to learn more about the sport and its history, USA Triathlon has resources for you.

Learn About Paratriathlon

Paratriathlon

Want to get your start in triathlon but think you’re limited based on an impairment? Whether you like to swim, bike or run, paratriathlon has something for everyone. Not the athletic type but still want to be a part of the para community? Find out how to get involved in the sport and learn about the different sport classes and rules.

Learn How Gwen Got Started in Triathlon

In 2009, Gwen Jorgensen didn’t even know triathlon was in the Olympics. Now she is one of the best triathletes in the world; Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Champion and holds a record 17 career ITU World Triathlon Series gold medals. Here's how the driven and talented athlete made her way to Olympic Gold Medalist.

Grow Youth & Junior Participation

Youth Triathlon

Thousands of young athletes around the world participate in triathlon each year. Learn about the racing formats available to youth and junior athletes, and stop by KidZone for swim, bike and run tips, contests and more multisport opportunities just for kids. 

Follow Triathlon

Follow USA Triathlon

Stay connected with USA Triathlon online and through your favorite social networks. Follow USA Triathlon for exclusive content, training tips, race updates and the opportunity to share your stories with other multisport athletes. Relive event excitement through photos and videos online at usatriathlon.org

Find a Community

Find a Triathlon Community

As an athlete, we know your focus is to swim, bike and run to the best of your ability and to have fun while doing it. USA Triathlon’s network of Sanctioned Events, Certified Coaches, Clubs and Regions is here to help you reach your multisport goals.

Support Triathlon

Support the USA Triathlon Foundation

The USA Triathlon Foundation strives to ensure the next generation enjoys similar opportunities in the sport of triathlon, with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the chance to compete, and every elite athlete should chase his or her Olympic dream.