UAE Triathlon Association was declared by the chairman of General Authority of Sports in October 2016. The Association aims to spread the culture of Triathlon in UAE based on International standards, discover & develop national talent to build high-level sports generation to represent the country in world Championships and to host regional and international championships in UAE.
UAE Triathlon Association is the official body in United Arab Emirates concerned with the complex sports like (Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon and ParaTriathlon), which are all governed by the International Triathlon Union 'ITU'.
Triathlon in UAE is currently experiencing notable leap through which it was able to find an honorable place for it internationally through the Association membership in the International, Asian, Arab and West Asian Triathlon Confederations.
Triathlon is an Olympic game that first appeared in the Olympic Games in the Sydney 2000 edition, it is a three-way race that starts with swimming, then cycling, and ends with running.
There are different distances for the triathlon and the main ones are:
- Super Sprint (350 m swim - 10 km bike - 2.5 km run)
- Sprint (750 m swim - 20 km bike - 5 km run)
- Olympic (1500 m swim- 40 km bike - 10 km run)
Aquathlon is a race consisting of two sports: running and swimming, where the rider starts running, then swimming and ends up running again.
Duathlon is a race consisting of two sports: running and biking, the race starts with running, then cycling and ends with running.
ParaTriathlon is a triathlon alternative for people of determination. It also consists of three sports, swimming, cycling and running. ParTriathlon first appeared in the Olympic Games for in Rio de Janeiro games in 2016, the distance consists of (750m swim, 20K Bike, 5K run or wheel chair)