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2016 Events

2016 events coming soon!

2016 Splash and Dash

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2016 Splash and Dash Series

USA Triathlon is now accepting applications to host a Splash and Dash for 2016. For more information, please email

2016 details: Request for Proposal and Splash and Dash Event Application. If you are interested in hosting an event, please send your application to Cody Crowther. (These documents are editable and savable PDFs).

Applications will be accepted and approved on a rolling basis. The deadline for 2016 applications is October 30th, 2015.

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 Youth Splash and Dash 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 Youth Splash and Dash Aquathlon Series will be returning for its third year and  is open to athletes ages 7-15. There will be forty five (45) 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.

Event Distances

Ages 7-8

Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12

Ages 13-15











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 one-day or 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!

Educational Materials

Tri Basics
Aquathlon Basics              

No USA Triathlon Membership?

Prior to the event, be sure to purchase your Youth Annual Membership which includes a wealth of benefits! Click here to become a member and to view member benefits. 

You may also purchase a One-Day Youth Membership. The One-Day Youth Membership can be purchased through the Race Director, but does not include any benefits of the Youth Annual Membership!

What is USA Triathlon sanctioning?

The term “sanction” refers to the compliance of a multisport event to USA Triathlon’s safety requirements. Safety plans, course maps, and event details must be submitted for review by experienced USA Triathlon staff. This ensures events are safe and fair competition environments.

USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,000 events across the country. USA Triathlon not only sanctions triathlons, but also paratriathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, aquabikes, off-road events, winter triathlons, youth races, camps and clinics. 

USAT Splash & Dash-Colorado Springs

USA Triathlon is pleased to announce that one of our Youth Splash and Dash events will be taking place in Colorado Springs! Our event will be in August of 2016 at the Memorial Park Recreation Center in Colorado Springs.


More information coming soon!