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Welcome to the exhilarating Triathlon Quiz!

Are you prepared to showcase your knowledge of the ultimate endurance sport and prove you’re a genuine triathlon fanatic?

We’ve compiled a set of thrilling questions that will challenge your expertise in all three disciplines.

Just keep track of your correct answers and check our result table to gauge your performance.

So grab your goggles, hop on your bike, and lace up your running shoes—it’s time to dive into the world of triathlon trivia and see if you can conquer the course!

Table of Contents

1. In which year was the first modern triathlon held?

  • A) 1978
  • B) 1983
  • C) 1985

2. How long is the swimming segment of an Olympic distance triathlon?

  • A) 2.4 miles
  • B) 1.5 kilometers
  • C) 750 meters

3. Which order do the events in a triathlon occur?

  • A) Cycling, Swimming, Running
  • B) Running, Cycling, Swimming
  • C) Swimming, Cycling, Running

4. Who is known as the “Ironman World Champion” of triathlon?

  • A) Chris McCormack
  • B) Mark Allen
  • C) Dave Scott

5. What type of bike is commonly used in triathlons?

  • A) Mountain Bike
  • B) Road Bike
  • C) Time Trial Bike

6. In which country was the first Ironman Triathlon held?

  • A) Australia
  • B) United States
  • C) South Africa

7. What is the total distance of the run portion in a “Half Ironman” triathlon?

  • A) 13.1 miles (21.1 km)
  • B) 15.5 miles (24.9 km)
  • C) 18.6 miles (29.9 km)

8. How long is the swimming segment of a “Sprint” distance triathlon?

  • A) 500 meters
  • B) 750 meters
  • C) 1 kilometer

9. What are the typical age groups for competition in triathlon?

  • A) 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+
  • B) 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
  • C) 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

10. In which year was the triathlon added to the Olympic Games?

  • A) 1992
  • B) 2000
  • C) 2004

11. Who was the first female Triathlon Olympic Gold Medalist?

  • A) Emma Snowsill
  • B) Nicola Spirig
  • C) Brigitte McMahon

12. What is the name of the company that organizes the Ironman World Championship?

  • A) World Triathlon Corporation
  • B) International Triathlon Union
  • C) Challenge Family

13. What is the maximum time limit to complete an Ironman triathlon?

  • A) 16 hours
  • B) 17 hours
  • C) 18 hours

14. How many disciplines are included in an “Aquathlon”?

  • A) Two
  • B) Three
  • C) Four

15. What is the trademarked name for a triple iron distance race?

  • A) Ultraman
  • B) Iron Cowboy
  • C) Anvil

16. Which swim stroke is the most common in triathlon competitions?

  • A) Breaststroke
  • B) Backstroke
  • C) Front crawl (freestyle)

17. How many laps do athletes complete on the cycling portion of an Olympic distance triathlon?

  • A) 5 laps
  • B) 8 laps
  • C) 12 laps

18. In which city was the first ever World Triathlon Series held?

  • A) Madrid, Spain
  • B) Sydney, Australia
  • C) Edmonton, Canada

19. What is the name of the international governing body for triathlon?

  • A) International Triathlon Union (ITU)
  • B) World Triathlon Association (WTA)
  • C) Triathlon International Federation (TIF)

20. What common piece of equipment is used in triathlons to transition from one discipline to another more efficiently?

  • A) Slip-on shoes
  • B) Tri-suit
  • C) Snap-on helmet

21. How is the swimming segment of a triathlon typically started?

  • A) Mass start
  • B) Staggered start
  • C) Rolling start

22. What is the name of the continuous race format, in which athletes do not have a break between disciplines?

  • A) Non-stop triathlon
  • B) Relay triathlon
  • C) Draft-legal triathlon

23. What is the term for athletes swimming, cycling, and running together in a group during a triathlon?

  • A) Peloton
  • B) Drafting
  • C) Packing

24. Which of the following is NOT one of the three major types of running shoes suitable for triathlons?

  • A) Cushioned shoes
  • B) Stability shoes
  • C) Hiking boots

25. Which legendary triathlete won six consecutive Ironman World Championships from 1988 to 1993?

  • A) Mark Allen
  • B) Paula Newby-Fraser
  • C) Chrissie Wellington

26. What is the name of the triathlon race that involves racing across multiple U.S. states?

  • A) Epic 5
  • B) Race Across America (RAAM)
  • C) Ultraman

27. How long is the bike portion of a standard Ironman triathlon?

  • A) 112 miles (180.2 km)
  • B) 120 miles (193 km)
  • C) 100 miles (160.9 km)

28. What is the proper sequence of activities athletes perform in the transition area?

  • A) Cycle shoes off, running shoes on, helmet off, race belt on
  • B) Helmet off, cycle shoes off, running shoes on, race belt on
  • C) Cycle shoes off, helmet off, running shoes on, race belt on

29. How long is the running segment of a Sprint triathlon?

  • A) 3.1 miles (5 km)
  • B) 6.2 miles (10 km)
  • C) 4.3 miles (7 km)

30. For which race is the slogan “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!” used?

  • A) Ironman Triathlon
  • B) Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • C) Ultraman Triathlon

31. What is the term used to describe the area where athletes transition between the swim, bike, and run segments of a triathlon?

  • A) Changeover Zone
  • B) Switch Area
  • C) Transition Area

32. What is the standard distance for a “Super Sprint” triathlon?

  • A) 400m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run
  • B) 500m swim, 5km bike, 1.5km run
  • C) 300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run

33. Which athlete holds the world record for the fastest female Ironman time?

  • A) Chrissie Wellington
  • B) Daniela Ryf
  • C) Mirinda Carfrae


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Jane is a social worker and founder and author of thefamilyconscience.com - a parenting and family travel site. She's a swim parent with two children swimming competitively at regional level and is also a swimming official. Both she and her kids regularly take part in triathlons and are members of a triathlon club. The Family Conscience offers advice for motivation and positive mindset for teens and tweens - particularly important when it comes to sport!

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