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Recommended Competition Distances for Youth and Junior Athletes

by USA Triathlon

The below table lists USA Triathlon's recommended distances for youth and junior athletes.

Racing AgeCategorySwim DistanceBike DistanceRun Distance
7-8Youth50m to 100m
*pool swim recommended
*pool swim recommended
*pool swim recommended
5k to 7k2k
13-15Youth200m to 400m8k to 10k2k to 3k
16-19Junior400m to 750m15k to 20k5k
Elite Distances
13-15Youth Elite400m10k2.5k
16-19Junior Elite750m20k5k


  • Racing age is as of December 31 of the year in which the event takes place.
  • Youth Elite and Junior Elite races are draft-legal, typically staged on multi-lap closed courses, and officiated using World Triathlon rules
  • The recommended minimum for Olympic/Intermediate Distance events is 16. The recommended minimum age for Long Course/Half-IRONMAN/Ultra Distance events is 18.
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