What is the difference between Duathlon and ? How are they both similar and was makes them unique?
Come on board as we take a look at the similarities and differences between Duathlon and Triathlon. Duathlon is a popular athletic event carried out a running leg, continued by a cycling level and a second running one in a tripod format that looks just like the Triathlon. Duathlons are either carried out at sprint, standard and long distances. The sprint distance Duathlons consists of a five-kilometer run, a 20-kilometer bike and 2.5 kilometers run.
The standard duathlons consist of 10 kilometers run, a 40 kilometers bike and 5 kilometers run. The long distance has no standard parameters, but according to the Powerman, Zofingen course consists of a 10-kilometer run, 150-kilometer bike, and a 30-kilometer run. Unlike the triathlons, duathlons do not have a swimming leg. This is the critical difference between the two events; they are similar in every other aspect apart from the swimming leg. The Duathlon is a sport from the triathlon, but the swimming part was deliberately omitted to create variation.
Another sport derived from the triathlons is the aquathlon. The Aquathlon is a combination of both running and some swimming but omits the cycling . There is also the Aquabike, which has both swimming and biking but doesn’t include running. The variation in both running and cycling is carried out simultaneously by a team of a fixed number of players according to the rules. Just one team player will hit the tracks on foot; others will be cycling. However, every member of the team must come together at a given point in time. The members of the team are allowed to exchange the duties of running as well as cycling amongst themselves as the game proceeds.
The reason for the rotation of tasks is to minimize the time consumed from start to destination and to optimize the time allowed for each session. This means that the team members must work together to ensure no time is wasted, this brings the excitement into the event. An example of a Duathlon race that has been around for a long time now is the 100 km-Dresden race in Germany. The world largest Duathlon event ever to hosted took place in London; the game was the inaugural London Duathlon. The event took place in Richmond Park, Surrey and had over 2,500 participants. The primary race consisted of a 10km run, 20 km cycle and a5 km run.
The game grew from 2,500 participants to over 4,000 participants in just five years. The first running of the Ultra distance in London took place in 2010 and consists of 20km run, 77 km bike and 10 km run. Similar triathlon events were hosted in London but are not as popular as it’s companion the Duathlon. Both games require utmost concentration from the players; the players have to work together as a team for them to be successful, this is the fun of the game.