ITU launches Triathlon Mixed Relay Series

A new Mixed Relay Series will launch in 2018 as the ITU prepares for the inaugural Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020.

| December 12, 2017 | NEWS

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Mixed Relays are amongst the most exciting triathlon races there are, filled with exciting memories like the one pictured above where the Australian team anxiously awaited for countryman Jake Birtwhistle to unleash his impressive kick to take this year's world title at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg.

As the ITU prepares for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games, where the Mixed Relay has been added to the program, a new Triathlon Mixed Relay Series has been announced. The series will include two events this year, which will take place in Nottingham at WTS Leeds on June 7 and in July at WTS Edmonton. Hamburg will once again host the Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship in July, too. All three races will allow countries to start earning qualifying points for the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualifying Ranking.

ITU officials met about the Olympic Qualifying process this weekend following the Science and Triathlon conference in Edmonton. It has yet to be ratified by the ITU board, but it looks like qualifying for Tokyo will begin on May 11, 2018 and run to May 11, 2020. 

The mixed relay consists of four athletes per team, two men and two women, who each compete over a sprint distance race. (In Hamburg the distances are 300 m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run.)

There will be five Mixed Relay Continental Championships that will also give points for the Olympic Qualification Rankings.