Hosting Triathlons on a College Campus: Perceived Health Outcomes and Satisfaction


  • Eddie Hill
  • Tamara Morgan
  • Brittany Hooper



triathlon, health benefits, college campus


Multisport, endurance racing, and obstacle racing (e.g., Spartan Run) have gained significant traction recently (Case, Hill, & Dey, 2009; Hill, Ridinger, Shapiro, & G.mez, 2012). In fact, youth participation in triathlon is at an all-time high (USA Triathlon, 2015). On any given weekend, triathlon events are being held in communities throughout the United States. Hundreds of triathlons are held at local, regional, and national levels. The sport of triathlon has grown to the point that international competitions are held worldwide and every 4 years world-class triathletes compete for medals at the Olympic Games. In 2014, women’s triathlon became an NCAA sport, and in December 2015, the $2.6 million USA Triathlon Foundation Women’s Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant became a reality (USA Triathlon, 2018). However, little research exists on smaller, more accessible triathlons held in college-based communities.

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