World Triathlon Hamburg is waiting for you with breathtaking courses! In the heart of Hamburg you swim through the Alster, cycle along famous hotspots to the Elbe and finally run on a circuit along the Outer Alster to your finish line in front of the magnificent Hamburg city hall.



  • Sprint Distance: 0,5 km Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
  • Olympic Distance: 1,5 km Swim, 40 km Bike, 10 km Run


Swim course

Experience the morning charm of Hamburg while swimming in the Alster, framed by some of the most impressive buildings the city has to offer. The start takes place as a water start in the Binnenalster. There is one lap to swim and the first turn is at 650m meters (OD) / 220m (SD).

Please note: You have to swim through a tunnel of approx. 40m length with poor lighting conditions. The exit is via wide steps and is carpeted but can still be slippery. Here you should exercise caution. The transfer route to the entrance of the transition area is about 200m long and carpeted and takes you past hundreds of supporters.


Transition Zone

Welcome to what is probably the longest transition zone in the world. The transition zone is on the Ballindamm and is divided into various starting blocks over 500m. Please be aware of other participants who are in the competition and who are coming towards you. The exit to the bike course is at the rear end of the transition area near the Glockengiesserwall. The exit to the run course is at the beginning of the transition area near the Europapassage.


Bike course

The bike course is mostly flat and offers very good asphalt conditions. Here you can show off your scooter qualities. 180° turns at the Altonaer Rathaus (OD) and on the Lombardsbrücke (SD, OD) still pose technical challenges.

Olympic distance participants complete three laps; the participants of the sprint distance two laps. The maximum incline on the course is 5% on 2 x 200m per lap. Both courses lead the participants along numerous sights such as the Speicherstadt, Landungsbrücken and the Reeperbahn. The section over the Lombardsbrücke offers a wonderful view over the Alster (OD). 


Run course

We are happy to present you our new run course for 2023. The run course leads from the transition area on Ballindamm via Jungfernstieg and Neuer Jungfernstieg in to the Outer Alster. The flat course follows the banks of the Alster, mostly on cycle paths and footpaths with asphalted and sandy sections, past great buildings with great views of the Outer Alster and the final reward, an unforgettable finish in front of the magnificent Hamburg City Hall.

Please note: Only limited overtaking opportunities for wheelchair users.


Aid Stations

Sprint distance: swim start, swim exit, run course (KM 0.2; KM 3), finish 
Olympic distance: swim start, swim exit, run course (KM 0.2; KM 3; KM 5; KM 8), finish

*Subject to changes