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All races are Olympic length* unless otherwise specified.
All details listed are subject to change…and many will.
This year sees a great increase in number of events listed due to the introduction of new races, and the Jeju competition is not even listed yet. Jeju provides the full Ironman distance, and sometimes the 70.3 length course. There is one sprint length course for enthusiast/ adult competitors, in Icheon, although most events hold sprint-length races for children.
For latest details check in here regularly, or visit the Korean language page of the Korea Triathlon Federation‘s site for the most complete and up-t0-date updates. Finally though, be aware that not all events listed on the KTF website are actually officially operated KTF events, such as the Yeosu race. KTF merely helps advertise them; as a result, organizational details may be different on the day of the event. Other events such as that held in Uljin are fully independent and not listed with KTF at all.
* Olympic length triathlon = 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride, 10 km run.
Last weekend saw the running of the annual International Triathlon Union event in Korea’s picturesque sea-side town of Tongyong, just west of Busan and Goeje Island. For the first time Gwangju Tri Sports entered two competitors in the general race on Sunday, following the elite races on Saturday. Congratulations to Helena Gray on completing her first internationally recognized race event [edit: not counting Daegu]!
Helena Gray with her finisher’s medal, standing proudly and appropriately with her British flag.
The race on Sunday featured a course with only one circuit per leg, unusual as the swim typically involves two circuits of 750 meters, and the bike and run courses often demand two trips around a course or more. The result was that the bike course wound far around the countryside beyond the town, featuring many spectacular views of coastal scenery from atop the numerous hills of the 40 kilometer course.
You can see some of the course in the footage of the elite races here: the women’s, and the men’s.
GTS makes the Tongyong finish line, despite the tall hills and the busy course. There were more than one thousand competitors on the day.
- This page last updated:
September 27th, 2012
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The three final Olympic-length races for the 2012 season
1.) Nestled in the valleys among the foothills of Gangwondo, near the end of the white-water mecca of Naelin River, the town of Inje plays host to the first Inje Race on October 21st.
2.) The First Korean Coast Guard Commissioner General Cup is being held in Incheon. The event offers both Olympic length and the shorter sprint length course triathlon. It is being held on the 28th of October.
3.) Perhaps as a result of the Incheon race scheduling, the Uljin Triathlon Race, traditionally the last of the season, has been pushed back to November 4th.
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See the KTF website in Korean for more details (including race course maps and directions) for most events planned for this year, or phone them at their listed number at the bottom of their website page. For help in English, ask for ‘Mr. Gi.’
It’s worth also noting that the Korean language branch of the KTF site is kept significantly more up to date and complete than the English language version.
The Seoul Synergy club’s event list is here, and offers good detail as to how to register for an event on the KTF site in Korean.
All distances for these events are standard Olympic course: swim 1.5kms, cycle 40kms, run 10kms, unless otherwise indicated. Be sure to check in regularly here or elsewhere online; details are subject to change.
Helena completed her first Olympic length triathlon in the Daegu 2012 race on the 29th of April. Well done, Helena!
Arirang TV caught a good bit of the Mokpo event this year; both Robert from Jeonju and David from Gojae featured in it, which you can see here.
See the KTF website in Korean for more details on most events planned for this year, or phone them at their listed number on their website here. For help in English, ask for ‘Mr. Gi.’
The Seoul Synergy club’s event list is here.
Our helpful printer-friendly calendar list of all events planned for around the country is below.