Ibiza has always been an enclave of great significance for Spanish triathlon. The first triathlon races were organized in 1987, with Olympic distance triathlon as well as duathlon and quadrathlon. At that time triathlon had just arrived in Spain and those were the years when the first triathlon races were organized in our country. Triathlon really started to take off worldwide when a group of US marines organized the first Hawaii Ironman in 1978 with the following distances: 3800m swim, 180 km bike and a 42.195 run marathon.
In the 80’s, triathlon grew gradually and became a popular sport. The ITU (International Triathlon Union) was founded in 1989 in the French commune of Avignon, and the first official World Championships were held. It was established that the Olympic distance triathlon would include a 1.5 km Swim Segment, 40 km Bike Segment and 10 km Run Segment. Triathlon, as an official sport, was internationally acknowledged when it was included in the 2000 Sidney Olympic Games Program.
Meanwhile, Ibiza continued to organize triathlon, duathlon and quadrathlon races in most of the municipalities of the Island and the first triathlon clubs were set up, like the Club Triatlón Santa Eulalia, Trijasa and Home de Ferro, which succeeded specific triathlon sections in Bike Segment Clubs, such as the C.C Botafoch Ibiza and C.C Los Amigos de Santa Eulalia. Between 1997 and 2017 our island hosted more than a dozen long distance Spanish Championships, the European Championship of Cross Duathlon in 2007, and one of the most relevant organizational references of our island, the Long Distance World Triathlon, held on the 11th of May 2003 and organized by Home de Ferro in close collaboration with all the island administrations.
Triathlon is currently experiencing a period of great growth with the creation of new triathlon clubs and new organizational proposals that continue to promote a sport that has always been a national reference on our island. Internationally, there are more than 100 National ITU Member Federations, among them FETRI (the Spanish Triathlon Federation) that has more than 30,813 affiliated athletes. Since 2008, the ITU has been chaired by the Spaniard, Marisol Casado, and Spanish triathletes are always front-page news for their successes. Javier Gómez Noya won his first Olympic medal for Spanish Triathlon in the 2012 London Olympic Games, and the Majorcan, Mario Mola, has won the ITU World Triathlon Series twice.
Thanks to the close collaboration among everybody in the Ibizan Triathlon field, local authorities and the Spanish Triathlon Federation, a new and demanding proposal is born within the framework of this successful organizational development, the organization of the 2018 Ibiza ETU Multisport European Championships to be held between the 20th and 27th of October 2018.