Since 2002, the World Triathlon Hamburg has been an integral part of Hamburg's sports summer. Every year, around 10,000 participants and over 250,000 spectators come together on the two days of competition, making the World Triathlon Hamburg the biggest triathlon in the world.
The event takes place in the very heart of Hamburg. The start takes place in a representative location on Hamburg's Jungfernstieg and ensures a great atmosphere before the participants complete their swim in lake Alster. From the transition area at Ballindamm, athletes cycle towards the river Elbe and along some of the city's best sights such as the Speicherstadt, Landungsbrücken, Reeperbahn, Fischmarkt and Elbphilharmonie. The final run course leads along the western bank of the Alster, past magnificent buildings and with great views over the Outer Alster, and ends with an unforgettable finish in front of the magnificent Hamburg City Hall.
With the sprint distance (0.5km/20km/5km) and the Olympic distance (1.5km/40km/10km), the World Triathlon Hamburg offers the right challenge for every level of performance and experience level. Fans of team events or those who would like to get a taste of the triathlonsport can also start as a relay on both distances.
The World Triathlon Hamburg was already part of the ITU World Cup when it was first held and has been part of the World Triathlon Championship Series since 2009, bringing the best triathletes in the world to the Hanseatic city. In 2007 the first triathlon world championships in Germany took place in Hamburg and from 2013 to 2019 the annual mixed relay world championships as part of the World Triathlon Championship Series.
In 2023 the triathlon world championships will take place again in Hamburg as part of the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships. This includes the World Triathlon Championship Series for elite athletes, as well as the Junior World Championships, the Age Group Sprint World Championships and the Elite Mixed Relay World Championships for elite, junior/U23 and Age Group athletes categories.