Race Details

Leon’s Triathlon is far from a one-size-fits-all event. Regardless of athletic experience, physical ability and/or competitive goals, there are a variety of ways to get involved in weekend activities.

Triathlon 101

Triathlons consist of swimming, biking and running (in that order). Like all triathlons, athletes utilize a secured Transition area to grab their required gear and move from one discipline to the next. The clock begins when each wave starts the swim and ends once each respective athlete crosses the finish line. There are no time breaks during the first or second transition period.

Two Triathlon Distances

Sunday’s triathlon offers two distance formats. Both race distances are available to individuals and relay teams – where two or three people combine and split-up the three disciplines:

Sprint500 meters11.6 miles3.1 miles15 miles
Olympic1,500 meters23.2 miles6.2 miles30.3 miles

Two Duathlon Distances

For those who don’t care to swim, the event now offers two duathlon options (individuals only, no relays), replacing the first swim with an additional run portion. Distances include:

DistanceRun #1BikeRun #2Total
Sprint1.55 miles11.6 miles3.1 miles16.25 miles
Olympic3.1 miles23.2 miles6.2 miles32.5 miles

Choose From a Variety of Divisions

Participants may choose a specific race category (known as “divisions”) to start alongside, indicated during the online enrollment process. Athletes may elect to compete for awards or simply prefer to be “non-competitive” and enjoy the experience with their peers, including:

Age Groups

All individuals are automatically placed in this category, unless choosing a different division during the registration process. Age groups are subdivided by gender and five-year age increments (e.g. 20-24, 24-29, 30-34, etc.). It is important to note that Age Groups are assigned based on athlete age as of December 31 of race year (thus no changes during the calendar year). Age Group participants compete against their own 5-year peer group.

First Responders

Also known as the “BlueLine Wave,” this division is open to all active duty and retired law enforcement, fire, EMS and non-military personnel. Proof of status must be presented at Packet Pick-Up. First Responder awards are subdivided by gender in both Sprint and Olympic distance.

Military Competition

This division is open to all active, retired and veteran military personnel from any branch of service. Proof of status must be presented at Packet Pick Up. Military awards are awarded to the top 3 finishers by gender in both Sprint and Olympic distance.

Elite Amateurs

Also known as “Amateur All Stars,” these are extremely fast, non-professional athletes competing in the Olympic distance. Elite Amateurs start in the first wave, and are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet (and submit proof of) qualifying times for eligibility:

      • Premier Female: 2:30:00 or better
      • Premier Male: 2:15:00 or better

Athletes with physical disabilities. Paratriathletes are subdivided by gender, and can be classified by a variety of standards. This event classifies paratriathletes into one of three categories:

    • Ambulatory
    • Visually Impaired
    • Wheelchair
Friends & Family

This new, non-competitive division provides an opportunity for friends and family to enjoy the day together. The Friends and Family group will start toward the end of their respective distances. This group is not eligible for competitive awards.

Athena / Clydesdale

Generally heavier participants may opt-into this division. These athletes are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet these minimum weight requirements, and will be required to weigh-in prior to competition:

    • Athena (women): 165+ lbs
    • Clydesdale (men): 220+ lbs
Industrial Athletes / Building Trade

New in 2021! This category is open to any active or retired individual who worked within an industrial trade union. Participants will declare their fellowship within the registration system and compete for awards within this group.

90s Military Reunion Wave

On June 6, Leon’s will host a reunion race to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of hosting the original Military World Championship qualifier. Active duty, retired, and veterans should follow the Leon’s Triathlon Military Reunion group page and be on the lookout for special discounts on race registration, hotel accommodations, and racing kits and/or gear. The group page will be used as a way to provide information on the event, photos of previous years races and an easy way for participants to collaborate with others, meet or reacquaint with former athletes as well as comment on training leading up to race day.

As you can see, a variety of special programs and competitions exist for participants of every ability, interest level and ultimate goal. The event consists of a great balance between world-class athletes and first-time participants. Every athlete is celebrated equally!

Indiana State Championships

In addition to the inaugural Military & First Responders National Championship, Leon’s Triathlon will also serve as the 2021 USA Triathlon Indiana State Championships for all Age Groups and High School athletes.

Paratriathlon Participation

Leon’s Triathlon has long been a proud supporter of paratriathlon development, offering physically challenged participants a myriad of ways to participate. This year, we’re ecstatic to host the North Central Regional Paratriathlon Special Qualifier, which qualifies athletes for the 2021 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships. Paratriathletes have four unique opportunities to participate in the 2021 event:


Paratriathlon Participation OptionsSwimBikeRun
Leon’s Triathlon – Open Sprint Distance500 meters11.6 miles3.1 miles
Military & First Responders – Triathlon Championship500 meters11.6 miles3.1 miles
Military & First Responders – Duathlon Championship1.55 mile run (no swim)11.6 miles3.1 miles
USA Paratriathlon Development Series Race750 meters11.6 miles3.1 miles

Paratriathlon Camps & Clinics

Leon’s Triathlon weekend will features two separate training and development opportunities for paratriathletes. The first is Dare2tri’s Injured Military Camp. The camp is open to any injured military or veteran with a physical disability, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, or PTS. Additionally, the event is also hosting a complimentary Paratriathlon Training Clinic to share best practices, training/transition aspects, and details regarding the overall paratriathlon pipeline. Learn more here.


Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup

Race Results

Race Results

USAT Regions

USAT Regions

Team Cup Challenge

Team Cup Challenge