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Swim Distance Charts For Racing and Training

by Hazen Kent
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Triathlon Swim Distances

The swim distances for the various triathlon distances are below. You can also check out our triathlon training programs.

Sprint Distance Triathlon – Swim distances will vary. Usual distance will be ¼ mile or approximately 500 yards.

International Distance Triathlon – Swim distance will vary. Distance may range from ½ mile to 1.5k or 800-1700 yards.

Olympic Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 1.5k or approximately 1700 yards.

Half Iron Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 1.2 miles or approximately 2000 yards.

Iron Distance Triathlon – Swim distance is 2.4 miles or approximately 4000 yards.

Pool Miles, Yards, and Length Distances

The conversions are below for miles, yards, and lengths. You can also view our swim workouts here.

25 Yard pool (Short Course)

MilesYardsLengths
 25 yards (from wall to wall)1 length 
 50 yards2 lengths 
 100 yds4 lengths 
¼ mile  (Sprint Distance) about 500 yards  20 lengths
½ mile about 800 yards  32 lengths
1 mile (Olympic Distance) about 1700 yards  68 lengths
1.2 miles (Half Ironman Distance) about 2000 yards  80 lengths
2.4 miles  (Ironman Distance) about 4000 yards  160 lengths

50 Meter Pool (Olympic Size)

MilesYardsLengths
 50 meters (from wall to wall)1 length 
 100 meters2 lengths 
¼ mile   (Sprint Distance) about 400 meters  8 lengths
½ mile  about 800 meters  16 lengths
1 mile (Olympic Distance) about 1700 meters  30 lenghts
1.2 miles  (Half Ironman Distance) about 2000 meters  40 lengths
2.4 miles   (Ironman Distance) about 4000 meters  80 lengths

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