Dive in to the World’s Largest Triathlon


Not only is it the final World Triathlon Series race before the Olympics, but the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon is the world’s biggest triathlon, and begins this Saturday.

The sprint distances (0.5km swim, 22km bike, 5km run) will begin Saturday morning, kicking off Saturday morning with the elite women race at 16:35. Jodie Stimpson from Great Britain is currently in first, followed by popular American Gwen Jorgensen. The men’s elite race will follow at 18:40, with Fernando Alarza and Mario Mola, both from Spain, are set for the first two positions, respectively.

All Olympic distances (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), along with some relays, will take place Sunday.

Hamburg will also host the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships, with teams of two men and two women from the same country shape up for the 300m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run.

This weekend-long even allows Rio-bound athletes to fine tune their techniques, and offers all competitors the final opportunities to accumulate critical points towards a World Championship title. Hamburg Triathlon is one of just three World Triathlon Series races left on the calendar.

Follow all of the action live at triathlonlive.tv and on Twitter @triathlonlive. Join the conversation with the hashtags #WTSHamburg and #CTrankings. A full weekend schedule can be found here.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.