Paratriathlon

All of our paratriathlon programs are integrated in our scheduled programs.

Paratriathlon Background in brief:

WHO: Paratriathlon events are for athletes with physical and visual impairments. See the Categories section below for more details.

WHAT: Sprint Distance Triathlon - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.

WHERE: International, National or Local events. Most race directors will try to accommodate paratriathletes when requested.

WHY: Paratriathlon is unique in that if fully integrates athletes with physical and visual impairments alongside their able bodied counterparts at the same event.

WHEN: Check your Triathlon Provincial Sport Organization’s race calendar website for local events or for International Paratriathlon Races visit www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon.

 

 


Sport Classes

There are five sport classes in Paratriathlon:

  • PT1 - Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.
  • PT2 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT3 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT4 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..
  • PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

 

ITU has completed a first phase of its Research Project in Paratriathlon in order to implement an evidence-based classification system. This project has engaged a number of researchers and members of ITU Paratriathlon Committee and staff. The new classification system will be implemented throughout the 2014 season and all athletes will need to undergo classification under this system.

Last edited on 27/10145 - Check http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon/categories for the latest categories.