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Paratriathlon was added to the Paralympic Program in 2010 by the International Paralympic Committee. The sport will make its first appearance at the Paralympic Games at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Paratriathlon is a multidisciplinary endurance sport that challenges athletes to a continuous race over three disciplines: 750m of swimming, followed by 20km of cycling and 5km of running. The sport is designed to embrace as many athletes as possible, while testing a variety of key skills. Competition categories are based on types of impairment. Depending on the category, an athletes may use a handcycle, tandem bicycle or bicycle on the bike course, while wheelchairs are permitted on the run portion.
Paratriathlon events are for athletes with physical and visual impairments.
Sprint Distance Triathlon - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.
Who is eligible for Paratriathlon? Athletes with a vision impairment or physical impairment (such as spinal or nerve injury, limb loss or limb deficiency, cerebral palsy or other similar disability).
What are the classes? There are currently 7 classes for Paratriathlon, TRI 1-6.
How do I get a classification? Request a classification using the Get Classified form.
Classification Rules, Forms, Policies and Procedures: View International and National Paratriathlon Classification resources.
Classification Masterlist: See below for the National Paratriathlon Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as ITU Classification Rules or APC Classification Policy.
Rules & Equipment
Rules and equipment for athletes depend on their classification. Rules and regulations are available at: www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/