What is Mixed Relay?
The Mixed Relay format, also known as 4 x Mixed Relay, consists of teams of four, comprised of two men and two women. Races last between an hour and ninety minutes depending on the course layout and are very explosive and exciting to watch.
The inaugural Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup was held in Nottingham on 2 September 2017, with Leeds I taking the win in front of a packed crowd at Victoria Embankment.
Each athlete completes a mini triathlon before tagging their team mate. The mini triathlon format can vary but is normally set at course distance of around 300m swim, 7.5km bike, 1.5km run.
The Mixed Relay format was introduced by the ITU in 2009 after merging the previously individual men's and women's mixed relay titles. The event was initiated with the aim of increasing the profile of the sport to get more triathletes, as well as introducing the team discipline to the Olympic Programme.
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 was the first time the event featured as a major multi-sport games, where English quartet Vicky Holland, Jonathan Brownlee, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee taking the gold medal.
The IOC Commission announced on Friday 9 June 2017 that Mixed Relay would be included in the Tokyo 2020 programme, with teams to international teams set to claim automatic qualification via the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay Series.
Mixed Relay Opportunities
Mixed Relay racing opportunities are have previously been quite rare across the mass participation market, however more event organisers are beginning to host this exciting and fast moving format for all levels of triathlete. Opportunities to competes as a team however are widely available with the Accenture Mixed Team Challenge allowing you to team up in the tribe and relay format at a number of UK locations.