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Feature: Looking Back at 40 Years of Professional Triathlon

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the first professional tri prize purse. We take an in-depth look back at the eras that have defined our sport and how the pros have affected the age-group experience.

While modern triathlon was born in 1974 on the sands of Mission Bay, San Diego, and Ironman was created in 1978 in Hawai’i, it was 1982 when the true spark was lit. Julie Moss’s famous crawl to the finish line at Ironman Hawaii in February was beamed to living rooms across the planet via ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and the sport was primed for a boom. Up until that year, the term “professional triathlete” didn’t exist, as no race had offered prize money. But starting in 1982, professional triathlon—and the sport as a whole— would never be the same.