Aquathlon

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noun - Aquathlons consist of a continuous race or attempted involving swimming and running. It can be a swim-run-swim, a run-swim-run, a swim-run, run-swim, or any number of stages involving swimming and running. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and its member federation organizations sanction competitions and govern the sport of aquathlon. The ITU and USA Triathlon sanctioning organizations generally use the term aquathlon.

Synonyms

biathlon, Aquathon, run-swim-run, swim-run-swim, swim-run

History

Aquathlons have been around in various forms since the early 20th century in ocean lifeguard competitions. The National Surf Lifesaving Association of America, formed in 1965, held its first national competition that year and the events included a run-swim-run. The modern international standard lifeguard distance is 400 meter run - 400 meter swim - 200 meter run.

The Japan International Open Water Swimming Association offers short aquathlons (500m swim + 1.5 km run) and long aquathlons (1.5 km swim + 10 km run).

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