New Years Day Triathlon

Start the year in a unique way at the iconic Edinburgh Triathlete’s New Year’s Day Triathlon. This is a race for everyone with a great mix of first-timers (about a third of participants each year) and more seasoned campaigners looking to test their winter fitness. With an emphasis on fun, we aim to make this a great start to the year of sport in Scotland. You’ll love the fantastic support and atmosphere!

Held on the 1st January each year, the swim is 400m (eight lengths of the Royal Commonwealth Pool).

The bike is three laps on roads closed to traffic, done clockwise around Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. This comprises a 0.36km lead-in, 3 laps each of 5.27km (with 110m of climbing each lap) then back along the same 0.36km to ‘transition’, giving a total of 16.53km.

The run is ‘only’ once around the same loop as the bike course (again clockwise), a distance of 5.63k.

Relay team entries are welcome.

There is a separate Duathlon race for 8 to 15 year olds prior to the main event. This involves a run of about 500m, then approximately a 2km cycle, followed by another short run (all on roads closed to traffic).

How to Enter

Individuals and relay teams can sign up via EntryCentral.

Entries for the kids duathlon are on the day. Please note that for the cycle, helmets are compulsory and bikes must be in a road-worthy condition.

You can keep up to date with news about the race on our Facebook page.



Please note that the event is at a time of year when bad weather is possible. We have managed to run the event in various conditions and have only ever once had to adapt the course. We will endeavour to make the event happen but if there is no choice but to cancel given certain weather and advice we will refund a proportion of the entry fee once all unrecoverable costs have been considered. By entering you are accepting this is a condition of your entry.