Open Race

Open Age-Group, September 11

The 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final is coming to Cozumel, Mexico. Be part of this exciting event that provides an amazing racing experience for age-group athletes and also showcases the world’s best triathletes. The age-group races will finish on the same blue carpet as the pros.

Cozumel will welcome 150 of the world's top Olympic-distance triathletes as they compete for a world championship title less than a month after the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to the elite World Championships, the event features top-flight sprint and Olympic-distance races for age-group athletes, who will represent their countries and race for World Championships titles, juniors and under-23s, as well as an aquathlon to kick off the action. In all, more than 8,000 of the world’s best triathletes will compete for world titles over five days of competition.

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships are hosted by FMTRI (Mexican Triathlon Federation), the National Governing Body for the sport of triathlon in Mexico, and ASDEPORTE. Launched in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries. Visit for more information.

Do I have to qualify to participate in the 2016 open age-group races?
No, the open age-group races are open to everyone ages 6 and older.

If you have qualified for the ITU Standard (Olympic-distance) or Sprint World Championships, you will be contacted directly to register for those races. All athletes competing in the sprint or standard age world championships are also elegible to compete in the open race in any distance. 

Registration Categories

Open-Age Group Standard Individual

The Standard distance features a  1500m swim, a 40km  (NON-DRAFTING) bike and 10km run. This course features a single lap bike, two laps on a 5km loop run course and point-to-point swim course, just like the elite and word championship age group events, allowing spectators to see you multiple times throughout your race. Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet at FONATUR Marina.

Open-Age Group Sprint Individual

The Sprint distance features a750m swim, a 20km (NON-DRAFTING) bike and 5km run. This course features a single lap bike and run course and point-to-point swim course, just like the elite and world championship age group events, allowing spectators to see you multiple times throughout your race. Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet at FONATUR Marina.

Open-Age Group Standard Relay

Standard relays will compete as part of the Standard distance race with a non-drafting 1.5km swim, a 40km bike and 10km run. Each relay is a team of three with each team member racing one leg of the triathlon – swim, bike, run. The team assigns a  captain who will register the squad with a name and cover the registration fee. Each team MUST have a team name. Without a team name, the relay will not be timed. Once the team has been registered by its captain, the two other team members are required to register but will not be charged again. They will give the team name during registration to be assigned to their respective team. Please pay close attention to the spelling of your team name. If it does not match, you will be considered a new team and will be charged for registration.

All three team members must be registered at the time the captain registers the team.  The person registering the team will need to have important information of the other two athletes along with their FMTRI Triathlon membership number.  A waiver for the two remaining relay members will be emailed to the email address provided for their signature.

There are three categories of relays: all male, all female and mixed (any combination). Awards will be handed out to the three fastest teams from each category.

Each team member has to pick up his/her own race packet up. There are no exceptions.

Physically Challenged (PC) Open Division

The PC Open race will be contested  on the sprint-distance age-group course (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). Athletes who compete in this race do not need to have an ITU or FMTRI Triathlon confirmed classification. Any disabled athlete who does meet the current classification standards can compete in this event, which is sanctioned by FMTRI Triathlon and follows PC Open rules.


6 -7 years 50 mts.  1 km. 500 mts. Red
8 - 9 years 100 mts. 2 km. 750 mts. Blue
10 - 11 years 150 mts. 4 km. 1 km. Green
12 - 13 years 300 mts. 8 km. 1.5 km Yellow


What Do You Get? (Open Race)

Closed and secured race course.
Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet in front of the grandstands.
Same finish line as the elite and world championship age-group races.
Chip timing with online results.
Cool participant t-shirt.
Goodie bag with great swag.
Swim cap and race number.
Run course in the footsteps of the elite and world's best athletes.
A well-deserved finisher medal.
Medical support / assistance.
Aid stations on the course.
Awesome post-event recovery area directly adjacent to the finish area.
Awards three-deep for each age group.
And an unmatched triathlon and Cozumel experience!

Race Rules and Regulations

The age group races of the Open Race are sanctioned by FMTRI Triathlon and will follow FMTRI Triathlon competitive rules. All open age-group races are non-drafting.

Registration Policies

By registering, all athletes agree to the following registration policies:

Refund Policy

There are NO REFUNDS, ROLLOVERS, DEFERALS or BIB TRANSFERS. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to cancellation of the event or of your participation. No exceptions!

In the event of extreme weather, natural disaster, community disaster or other unforeseen emergencies, our action steps will be as follows:

The event organizer, in concert with FMTRI Triathlon and local officials and authorities, will make the final decision based on the safety of athletes, spectators, vendors, volunteers and others affiliated with the event.
The event organizer in conjunction with FMTRI Triathlon may, based on the conditions of the course, shorten the distances or cancel the event altogether.
Because costs of the event will already have been paid out to cover various levels of production expenses, there will be NO REFUNDS, transferred fees or future complimentary entry fees.

Racing Age

For the sprint race, the registered athlete has to be 16 years of age or older as of December 31, 2016.

For the standard and relay race, the registered athlete has to be 18 years of age or older as of December 31, 2016.

Packet Pick-Up / Bike Racking

Each athlete has to pick up his/her own race packet. No exceptions!
Bikes have to be racked at the allocated times. No exceptions!


Registration starts at 10:00 am (-5 GMT) on Monday, February 1st. 

Since January 1st, 2013 The Mexican Triathlon Federation (FMTRI) made it mandatory that all Mexican triathletes must be affiliated in order to be able to participate in events that take place in Mexico.

Foreign triathletes that desire to participate in an event sanctioned by FMTRI in Mexico must purchase a "one day membership" ($10USD). This membership must be purchased at the moment of online registration.