Categories and Classification
The six paratriathlon categories are as follows:
TRI 1 - Wheelchair user: Includes Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, Polio, Double Leg Amputee and
disabilities that prevent the safe use of a conventional bicycle. Must use “hand cycle” on bike
course and “racing wheelchair” on the run;
Profiles, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17a, 18a, 19
TRI 2 - Severe leg impairment,including above knee amputees. Must ride bicycle and run with
above knee prosthesis or run using crutches;
TRI 3 - Les Autres: Includes athletes with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy,
double leg amputee or paralysis in multiple limbs. Must ride a bicycle or tricycle and run. May use
braces or prosthesis;
Profiles 12a, 12b, 13, 14, 15, 17b, 18b, 20, 25, 26a, 26b, 27, 28, 31, 32
TRI 4 - Arm impairment: Includes paralysis, above elbow amputees and below elbow amputees,
or impairment in both upper limbs. Must ride a bike. May use prosthesis, brace or sling on the bike
Profiles 16, 21, 22, 24, 29
TRI 5 - Moderate leg impairment: Includes below-knee amputees. Must ride a bicycle and may
run with prosthesis;
TRI 6 - Visual Impairment: Includes avisual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than
40 degrees with best corrective vision. One guide of the same gender is mandatory throughout
Profiles 36, 37a, 37b
For more information about Paratriathlon Classification
Athletes who have not been classified by ITU, but who wish special consideration at Triathlon Ontario sanctioned events due to physical limitations may apply for Temporary Classification.
This process is currently unique to Ontario.
Athletes wishing to apply for Temporary Classification should allow a minimum of 60 days for the evaluation. The classification process MUST be completed no less than 4 weeks prior to the date of the first event they wish to enter.
Race Directors identified on the request application will be informed of the outcome and any recommendations made by the Technical Committee regarding course accommodations that may be necessary.