World Triathlon, the international governing body for the sport of triathlon and all related multisports, is welcoming bids for the 2025 and 2026 World Triathlon Championship Finals, the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in 2024 and the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in 2026.
Applications are also open for cities bidding to host World Triathlon Championship Series, World Triathlon Cup, World Triathlon Para triathlon events and World Triathlon Multisport Cup, or the Middle Distance and Long Distance Duathlon Championships.
World Triathlon Championship Finals 2025 & 2026
Host Cities, with the endorsement of their respective National Federation, can now bid to host the World Triathlon Championship Finals in 2025 or 2026, the crown jewel of World Triathlon’s annual calendar. Previous hosts have included such cities as London, Budapest, Beijing, Auckland, Chicago, Gold Coast, Lausanne, Edmonton, Abu Dhabi in 2022 and the next ones planned for Pontevedra in 2023 and Malaga in 2024.
The World Triathlon Championship Finals create an instant economic impact by bringing in a significant number of international tourists to the Host City, consisting of over 5,000 competitors, support teams, officials, family and friends. With the addition of local races, the number of competitors can exceed 10,000.
At the Championship Finals, World Champions will be crowned for the Elite, U23, Junior and Para triathlon, the Mixed Relay World Championships for U23/Juniors and potentially Para triathlon, as well as Age-Group Standard distance, Age-Group Sprint distance, Age-Group Aquabike Standard distance and Age-Group Mixed Relay World Championships.
The World Triathlon Championship Finals Host City will also welcome the annual World Triathlon Congress, with delegates from up to 173 countries making decisions on the future of the sport.
The World Triathlon Championship Finals Host City can expect to attract an audience of millions of people from around the world. This includes international TV distribution of the live coverage, international mainstream TV and print media distribution, full coverage on Triathlonlive.tv and extensive social media presence.
Bids for the 2025 and 2026 Championship Finals have to be submitted before August 30, 2023, with the announcement of the Host Cities planned for December 15, 2023.
World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships 2024
World Triathlon is also welcoming bids from Host Cities, with the endorsement of their respective National Federation, for the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in 2024, an event that will crown the Mixed Relay World Champions and the World Triathlon Super-Sprint Champions.
The host of the inaugural edition of this event was Montreal in June 2022, while Hamburg will host it in July 2023.
Bids for the Sprint & Relay Championships 24 have to be submitted before July 15, 2023, with the announcement of the Host Cities planned for September 20, 2023.
World Triathlon Multisport Championships 2026
World Triathlon is also welcoming bids for the 2026 edition of the World Triathlon Multisport Championships, a mega event that includes the World Triathlon Long Distance Championships; World Triathlon Duathlon Championships (Sprint and Standard); World Triathlon Cross World Championships; World Triathlon Cross Duathlon Championships; World Triathlon Aquathlon Championships and World Triathlon Long Distance Aquabike Championships.
The World Triathlon Multisport Championships are designed to provide a well-organized event in all triathlon-related multisport disciplines, with a wide global reach and high-quality competitions for athletes. Taking place over approximately 10 days, the World Triathlon Multisport Championships is more than just a sports competition for the athletes. It is also an important development opportunity from the grassroots to elite level, giving athletes from a wide range of Age-Groups the opportunity to race. The entire occasion is a visual spectacle designed to inspire and motivate, from the experienced to the newcomer. The estimated number of athletes participating at the championships is 4,000.
The deadline for presenting bids for the Multisport Championships ends on August 30, 2023, with the selected city to be announced on December 15, 2023.
2024 Season Events
The World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the World’s best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the flagship Championship Finals.
The World Triathlon Championship Series comprises Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) and the new super-sprint format, as well as some Mixed Relay.
Elite triathletes now compete in these prestigious events in search of the World Triathlon Championship title. Since its launch in 2009, the profile of the World Triathlon Championship Series has grown rapidly, establishing itself as the pinnacle of Olympic and Sprint distance triathlon racing across the globe.
The hosting of Championship Series events offers cities opportunities to be showcased to millions of people via a live international television broadcast as well as to attract thousands of local, national and international guests and race participants. To date, annual on-site spectators for the Series events are upwards of 1 million.
World Triathlon Cup
The World Triathlon Cup competitions are World Triathlon’s second tier events, intended to provide a solid and professional base for triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Championship Series. These events are aligned with the World Triathlon Development programs. They carry a substantial prize purse, have significant media, television and internet coverage and are also attractive for tourist destinations and major cities.
Cities hosting World Cup events can expect to attract an audience of millions of people around the world, including live internet streaming on Triathlonlive.tv and the distribution of features and interviews on all World Triathlon platforms, as well as international news distribution and international print media coverage.
Para Triathlon Events
The Para triathlon events open for bidding are the 2024 World Triathlon Para Series and the World Triathlon Para Cups.
Since making its Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, the sport of Para triathlon has seen its profile increase significantly, and the top tier Series events attract large audiences both in terms of live spectators and watching around the world on TriathlonLive.tv. The top-tier Para Series has been held in major triathlon cities such as Montreal, Leeds and Yokohama, both as standalone events and part of a WTCS weekend, while the Para Cups, like the World Cups, provide a professional base for those with world championship and Paralympic dreams, with many long-term partner cities such as Besançon and Alanya.
Bids are also welcomed to host Multisport Cups in 2024. Following on from the success of the Multisport World Championships, the Multisport Cups will be held throughout the season, with events providing new opportunities for top Elite athletes to compete for prize money, as well as mass participation Age-Group races, in multisport disciplines outside of the standard and sprint- distance triathlons. To be considered to host such an event, organizers must offer at least two of the following events; Long Distance Triathlon (including Aquabike), Duathlon, Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon and Aquathlon.
Cities interested in hosting any 2024 season event must submit their bid documents before July 15, 2023. World Triathlon will review all candidatures and will announce the winning cities on September 20, 2023, after the approval of the Executive Board.
Middle & Long Distance Duathlon
World Triathlon is also welcoming bidding cities interested on hosting the World Triathlon / Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Championships 2024 & 2025 and the World Triathlon / Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships 2025.
Cities interested in hosting any of these events must submit their bid documents before July 15, 2023.
World Triathlon will review all candidatures and will announce the winning cities on September 20, 2023.