World Champs 2019

Þriþrautarsambands Íslands is excited to be supporting this year’s Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
This will be the third time we send an age group team to race in the Triathlon Grand Final for the Olympic and Sprint distances.

Questions and Answers

When and where is the event?

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final 2019 will be held from 29 August - 1 September in Lausanne, Switzerland.


What are the distances?

Olympic: swim* 1500m; bike 40km; run 10km

Sprint: swim* 750m; bike 20km**; run 5km


* Open water races

** Draft legal race


I’m not sure this is for me. What does it mean to race in a World Championship?

Triathlon is one of the few sports in the world where as an amateur / age grouper, you can represent your country.


It’s an opportunity to have fun, challenge yourself, and wear the Iceland flag with pride. We sent a team to London in 2013 and to Rotterdam in 2017 - talk to them about their experience.


How can I get involved?

Only national federations can register people for the event.


All information about how to qualify can be found here.


Is there a minimum age for participating?

Minimum age for the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final 2019 is 16 years for the Sprint distance and 18 years for the Olympic distance. Check point for the age of the participant is the age at 31 December of the year of the triathlon.


What can I expect?

The team will travel and stay together. A facebook group will be set up to provide updates, and you’ll get a chance to meet the team before departure.


Sarah Cushing will be the team manager for the event. Sarah has raced in 4 ITU world championship races (Auckland; London; Edmonton; Chicago), as well as organizing the Rotterdam event for Iceland competitors.


Important dates

15 June: Laugarvatn triathlon qualifying race

22 June: Closing date for selection applications

29 Aug - 1 Sep: Race time


What will the cost of this be?

All selected athletes will need to pay their own way. An outline of costs to consider is below:


Sprint distance race entry fee

CHF 330.00

Olympic distance race entry fee

CHF 350.00  

Uniform (including racesuit and teeshirt)





€789 per person twin share for 4 nights at 4* Hotel Starling

Includes: airport transfers; massage; race cancellation insurance; daily buffet breakfast; access to bike mechanic; bike build; event related transfers to opening and closing ceremonies, race registration, and race start.


How can I find out further information?

Check out; talk to your club president; or to any board member of Þriþrautarsambands Íslands. You can also talk to anyone who went to London in 2013 or Rotterdam in 2017 to find out more about their experience.


For those who qualify, information will be shared on a regular basis as we get closer to the race.


Selection criteria

The following information outlines the selection policy and criteria for age group athletes in the Icelandic World Championship Triathlon Team to Lausanne, 2019.


Selection is based primarily on two key aspects:

  • Eligibility of athletes, and
  • Race qualification standards.

All athletes wishing to gain selection must complete a Selection Nomination Form within seven days of the qualification event - Saturday 22 June, 2019.


Eligibility criteria. You must on selection race day:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Iceland - or have lived continuously in Iceland for two years, hold an Icelandic kennitala, and not have represented another country within the last 12 months
  • Be a current member of an Icelandic affiliated triathlon club
  • Have a good relationship with the Icelandic Triathlon Federation.

Race qualification standards:

  • Finish within 20% of the gendered age group winner’s time
  • Finish within the number of allocated slots (based on age group finished position).

Overseas based Icelanders

If circumstances prevent the athlete from traveling to Iceland to attend the selection event, they may still be considered for special circumstance selection. However, the following must apply:

  • Must be a citizen of Iceland
  • Must complete the selection application within seven days of the Iceland selection event
  • Membership of an Icelandic triathlon club is encouraged, but not compulsory.

Special circumstances

Consideration will be given to athletes who are unable to compete in (or finish) the selection event. Any special circumstances selection is at the selection committee’s discretion.


This includes athletes who:

  • Have entered the selection event and their performance was adversely affected by illness / injury / mechanical problems
  • Are unable to compete at the selection event due to health / surgery / other extenuating circumstances.

The Icelandic Triathlon Federation needs to be able to demonstrate all selected athletes have met our criteria and can demonstrate an ability to compete at a world championship race. Therefore experience with open water races is preferred.  


If you have any questions relating to the above policy, please contact the Age Group Team Manager, Sarah Cushing at


A copy of the complete policy is here.

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