RVA Sprint Triathlon

The RVA Sprint Triathlon is Richmond’s only pool sprint triathlon. Hosted by the Rockville Center, this race is set in beautiful Rockville, VA. Participants will enjoy a short pool swim, rolling rural bike, and fun out-and-back run course.  This event includes a classic sprint triathlon, kid’s splash & dash (swim-run), and new this year we will also have a shorter beginner-only race for first-time triathletes only.  Prefer to not swim or run?  No problem as we have both duathlon (run-bike-run) and aquabike (swim-bike) options.  The RVA Sprint Tri will feature a “seeded” race start with the top 12 seeded women starting approximately 7 minutes ahead of the top 12 seeded men to set up an exciting battle of the sexes to cross the finish line first!

Why We Race

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The Venue

The race starts and finishes at the Rockville Center which is located at 16238 Pouncey Tract Rd, Rockville, VA 23146.

Adult, Beginner, & Youth Races

We will offer the sprint distance triathlon for ages 13 to adult, a shorter beginner-only triathlon, and a youth Splash & Dash (swim-run) race for ages 15 & under.  The youth race is part of the new USAT VA-MD Youth Series.  Learn more here >

Race The Tri, Du, or Aquabike

The RVA Sprint will feature 3 race options – triathlon (swim-bike-run), duathlon (run-bike-run), and an aquabike (swim-bike) – for both the sprint triathlon and beginner-only triathlon.

Sprint Course

Participants will complete a 300yd pool swim, 20k rolling bike on rural roads, and a fun 5k run.  If racing the duathlon, the swim will be replaced with a .75 mile run.

Beginner-Only Course

Participants will complete a 150 yd pool swim, 6 mi rolling bike on rural roads, and a fun 1.5 mi run.  If racing the duathlon, the swim will be replaced with a .75 mile run.

Kid’s Splash & Dash Course

Ages 15 & under will complete a 100yd pool swim and 1 mi run.

“Seeded” Race Start

The RVA Sprint Tri will feature a “seeded” race start for the top 12 seeded women and top 12 men.  The women will be sent off approximately 7 minutes ahead of the men which should make for an exciting battle of the sexes to see who will be the first to cross the finish line!  The first person across the finish line will win a free race entry to any Live Red Foundation race.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday, Aug 24

  • 3:00-5:00 pm- Packet Pick Up @ Endorphin Fitness (8910 Patterson Ave)

Sunday, Aug 25

  • 5:30-6:30 am – Packet Pick Up
  • 5:30-6:45 am – Transition Open
  • 6:15-6:45 am – Optional Swim Warm Ups
  • 6:45 am – Sprint Tri Pre-Race Instructions
  • 7:00 am – “Seeded” Women’s Sprint Tri Mass Start
  • 7:07 am – “Seeded” Men’s Sprint Tri Mass Start
  • 7:15 am – Self-Seed Tri & Duathlon Time Trial Start
  • 8:00 am – Beginner-Only Triathlon Time Trial Start
  • 9:00-9:30 am – Kid’s Splash & Dash Packet Pick Up
  • 10:00 am – Kid’s Splash & Dash Start
  • 11:00 am – Awards (approximate, after last finisher)

Beginner Triathlon Guide

Our coaching partner, Endorphin Fitness, has an amazing Beginner Triathlon Guide that you can view here.

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

The RVA Sprint Tri is a USA Triathlon’s event and therefore every participant, official, volunteer, and spectator must abide by USAT’s competitive rules.  These rules are intended to provide for the orderly and consistent administration of events sanctioned by USAT and are not designed to establish standards of care for the safety of participants or other persons.  USAT makes no express or implied warranty, guarantee, or representation regarding the degree of safety, which may or may not result from compliance with the competitive rules.

Please visit https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/About/Multisport/Competitive-Rules for a complete list of USA Triathlon Rules.


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Finisher’s Medals & Awards

Every finisher will receive a finisher’s medal.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall in the triathlon, duathlon, and aquabike as well as in each age group category for the triathlon and splash & dash.


Register at least 2-weeks before race day to be guaranteed a race shirt.  All participants must purchase a one-time USA Triathlon membership or annual membership but ages 17 & under can use code “LiveRedyouthRD” to receive a free membership.  If you need financial assistance to register, please contact us at [email protected].

  • Sprint Individual:   $95 thru June 30   |   $105 July 1 – Aug 22   |   $110 Race Weekend
  • Sprint Relay:  $145 thru June 30   |   $160 July 1 – Aug 22   |   $175 Race Weekend
  • Beginner Triathlon:  $65 thru June 30   |   $75 July 1 – Aug 22   |   $80 Race Weekend
  • Splash & Dash:  $27 thru June 30   |   $35 July 1 – Aug 22   |   $45 Race Weekend

Online registration will close at midnight on Aug 22nd.  You can register in person at packet pick up on Saturday from 3-5pm (preferred) or Sunday morning before 6am. If you need to register Sunday morning, please email [email protected].


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