History of the Modern Triathlon

If you consider yourself an advocate of womens’ equality, consider that triathlon is one of the most progressive sports of the 21st century. Unlike most sports, the prize purse offered in a major race, is the same for men and women. The lack of gender bias shown in triathlon is both empowering and unifying, as it increases the value of women’s sports and brings men and women together in the same competitive field. When an Ironman commercial aired regularly on ABC’s popular Wide World of Sports in 1980, triathlon began to become a household name.

As the popularity of triathlon continues to grow, its enduring value in the current sports climate becomes increasingly more evident. Despite being one of the most expensive sports to engage in, Triathlon participation continues to grow. One reason might be that a triathlon allows the athlete to incorporate his or her family into the training process. Not many sports offer this multi-dimensional, work-life-balance benefit. Most children can swim, bike or run, if not all three. Being able to spend quality time with family, while working towards your own personal athletic goals is another awesome perk of triathlon.

Triathlon has become one of the hottest sports in the world. The synergystic effects of cross-training the three disciplines produces some uniquely hard bodies. There is an impressive number of celebrities and professional athletes who boast of adding “triathlete” to their resume. Some¬†Celebrity Triathletes¬†include: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, David Duchovny, Will Ferrell, Amanda Beard, Anna Kournikova, Robin Williams, Mark Vanderloo, Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.