/ Modified aug 22, 2022 4:17 p.m.

UA adds women's triathlon to sports offerings

Competition will begin next fall.

Women's Triathlon AP Athletes compete in the women's individual triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Friday, July 29, 2022.
AP Photo/Rui Vieira

The University of Arizona is adding a new varsity sport, women's triathlon.

The NCAA approved the sport for competition in 2014. Across the nation, 40 schools now have triathlon teams. UA athletes will begin competing in the fall sport next year.

The races consist of a 750-meter open water swim, a 20-kilometer bike race, and a 5-K run.

It is the 13th women's sport at the university and the first sport added since 2014.

University of Arizona officials said they will now begin a national search for a head coach.

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