Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run competition open to competitors of all ages from seven to seventy! The competition consists of a pack start followed by a run, a swim before a final run to the finish line.
Competitions & Training
A series of Biathle competitions are run each year in Great Britain. In addition, an international Biathle World Tour series of events are run together with a European and World Championships with events generally open to all age groups.
Order of Events
- The Biathle competition begins with a pack start, in which all competitors gather at the starting line. The firing of a start gun commences the race.
- In case of a false start, a second start will be given. In case of a second false start, the respective athlete's start number will be called and the athlete will be penalised with 10 seconds on the starting line.
- Jockeying for position during the first few meters of the race will be accepted however un-sportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
- Competitors must stay inside the competition lane during the race. Competitors leaving the competition lane will be disqualified.
- Competitors run the first leg of the running portion of the race to the swimming area.
- The final 50 meters of the first running portion of the competition is a transition zone, in which the competitors remove their shoes (and socks, if worn) and place them in the pre-assigned boxes (designated with the respective athlete's start number), before diving into the water.
- Athletes are required to place all of their kit in the transition boxes and not to hand them to other persons or leave them on the ground or elsewhere other than in their assigned transition box. Should any item be left on the floor, disposed of on the floor or handed to any person, the competitor will be given a time penalty.
- Competitors are not allowed any outside assistance during the race.
- Competitors may enter the water and swim free style (in any fashion) and swim the required length.
- Upon completion of the swim, the competitors must locate their shoes in the pre-assigned boxes and put them back on before continuing the race. Athletes must wear their shoes during the running portions of the competition.
- The competitors complete the final leg of the run to the finish line. The first person to cross the finish line wins.