tri·ath·lon | \trī-ˈath-lən, -ˌlän, nonstandard -ˈa-thə-\

Definition of triathlon 

: an athletic contest that is a long-distance race consisting of three phases (such as swimming, bicycling, and running)

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According to the office, his bicycle was said to resemble a time trial bike or a triathlon bike. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "One bicyclist assaults another on W&OD trail in Virginia," 23 Apr. 2018 The swim is the most intimidating thing about a triathlon for most people. Mitchell Gladstone,, "A Q&A with Philadelphia Escape Triathlon director Bill Burke," 21 June 2018 Potential new members will be interested to know that the Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club and Atholton Swim Club partner to hold a kids’ triathlon each year. Christina Hyder, Howard County Times, "Keeping cool at local pools on the hot days of summer [North Laurel/Savage]," 21 June 2018 Along with a sense of accomplishment, Schultz said his 99 triathlons have provided him with more than a few subjects for homilies. Steve Sadin,, "Mass start: Schiller Park priest set to compete in 100th triathlon," 11 July 2018 In terms of fitness, Kurinsky is training for a half iron man triathlon and would like to see this bike ride grow. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rabbi's bike ride across Florida's east coast includes local stops," 29 June 2018 Presenter Andrea Buono is a USAT Certified triathlon and running coach and nutritionist. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 2 July 2018 Other sports are trying to catch up; the 2020 Olympics will feature mixed events added to shooting, table tennis, swimming, track and field and triathlon. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "To Know Mixed Doubles’ Place in Tennis, Look at the Prize Money," 13 July 2018 Second-place triathlon finishes went to Mary Jacob of Fallston in 35-39, Olympic distance, 3:12:34; Christopher Tenbroeck of Joppa in 40-44, Olympic, 2:56:55; and Pam Moore of Bel Air, Athena sprint, 1:38:28. Bill Blewett, The Aegis, "Harford triathletes fare well at Diamond in the Rough," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of triathlon

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triathlon

tri- + -athlon (as in decathlon)

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English Language Learners Definition of triathlon

sports : a long-distance race that has three parts (such as swimming, bicycling, and running)

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