These 24 Photos Will Get You Pumped for Mixed Relay Triathlon

2009 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2009 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2009 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2010 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2010 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2011 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2011 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2011 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2012 Stockholm ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2012 Stockholm ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

2013 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2013 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2013 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2013 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2014 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2014 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2014 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2015 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2015 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2016 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2016 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2016 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2016 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

2016 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships

Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

Mixed relay has officially been added to the Olympic program—and it’s something to get excited about! This weekend’s ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany will feature a chance to get a taste of why so many are loving this format.

The fast and furious format has proven itself to be an event no one can miss, especially this year, with some of the strongest squads on the planet wanting to get the first shot at Olympic relay glory. In Hamburg, 21 teams of two men and two women from the same country will shape up to each complete the 300m swim, 6.6 km bike and 1.6 km run. The first team crossing the finish line will be crowned the world champion.

Even though teams will not be announced until the night before the race, some strong squads will be competing in Hamburg this weekend, ready to bring their home countries another medal after the WTS men’s and women’s races on Saturday.

Hamburg has hosted the thrilling and engaging event for five years running, consistently attracting crowds upwards of 250,000 spectators. Catch all of the action at Triathlonlive.tv on Sunday, July 16 at 5:45 am. PDT/8:45 a.m. EDT.

Read the complete preview at Triathlon.org.

RELATED – Mixed Relay Is in the Olympics: Here’s What That Means