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To tri, or not to tri… That is the question…

Paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016, following in the footsteps of triathlon, which became part of the Olympic program at the Sydney 2000 Games. Since the first paratriathlon world championships, in 1989 in Avignon, France, the sport has become more and more popular throughout the world. The course includes a 750m (0.5 mile) swim, a 20km (12.4 mile) cycle and a 5km (3.1 mile) “run”, a distance known as the triathlon sprint. Time spent in transition between swimming, hand-cycling and wheelchair “running” is included in the total event time, and the athlete who completes the course in the least time wins. People with various types of disabilities take part in paratriathlons, including wheelchair users, amputees and visually impaired athletes.

Athletes are classified according to their capabilities and use adapted equipment to assist their movement. Paraplegics use an adaptive ankle strap to hold their legs together during the adaptive swim portion of a paratriathlon. Paraplegic competitors in wheelchairs use a manual hand-bike called a hand-cycle, turning the pedals with their hands for the cycling portion. They compete in the “run” portion of the race using what’s called a racing wheelchair. How iRoll Sports is a HUUUUGE fan and promoter of Paratriathlon. Most people who get involved in paratriathlons realize it’s more than just an adaptive sport…. it’s a lifestyle! Paratriathletes train hard, eat clean, and stay focused. Shoot us an email at if your interested and/or have any questions about paratriathlon.

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