Sprint and Olympic Triathlon Xel-Há 2016, National Triathlon Championship 2016

General Registrations are sold out, thank you for your interest! You can still participate by signing up for the Red Cross Benefit Dinner (except Sprint category). Secure your place and support this great cause.


November 19th, 2016 Olympic Triathlon
November 20th, 2016 Sprint Triathlon, Children and Women Beginners

Place: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Location: Xel-Há Park, Km. 240 Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez, Xel-Há, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
Host Hotel: Bahía Príncipe Coba
Number of competitors: 900 in the Olympic event / 900 in the Sprint, Children and Women Beginners events.
Categories: Olympic, Sprint, Children and Women Beginners. Space is limited.
Scheduled starting time: 6:30 a.m. for both November 19th and November 20th



Age Male female Swimming Cycling running
9-10-11 IA IN 150 m 4 km 1 km
12-13 IB IO 300 m 8 km 1.5 km
14-15 IC IP 400 m 10 km 2.5 km


Category Meters
9-10-11 6.00
12-13 6.70
14-15 7.00


Category Swimming Cycling running
Women Beginners 400 m 10 km 2.5 km

"Consult all the information about the Women Beginners program here"


Age Male female Swimming Cycling running
16 and 17 JV JF 750 m 20 km 5 km
(University age)
18 to 24
SA SN 750 m 20 km 5 km
25 to 29 SB SO 750 m 20 km 5 km
30 to 34 SC SP 750 m 20 km 5 km
35 to 39 SD SQ 750 m 20 km 5 km
40 to 44 SE SR 750 m 20 km 5 km
45 to 49 SF SS 750 m 20 km 5 km
50 to 54 SG ST 750 m 20 km 5 km
55 to 59 SH SU 750 m 20 km 5 km
60 and older SI SV 750 m 20 km 5 km
Relay SMW (Mixed) SM SW 750 m 20 km 5 km

Olympic Triathlon

Age Male female Swimming Cycling running
(University age)
18 to 24
A N 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
25 to 29 B O 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
30 to 34 C P 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
35 to 39 D Q 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
40 to 44 E R 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
45 to 49 F S 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
50 to 54 G T 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
55 y 59 H U 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
60 and older   V 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
60 to 64 I   1,500 m 40 km 10 km
65 to 69 J   1,500 m 40 km 10 km
70 to 74 K   1,500 m 40 km 10 km
75 and older L   1,500 m 40 km 10 km
Relay MW (Mixed) M W 1,500 m 40 km 10 km


Age Male female Swimming Cycling running
Elite Sub 23 X 23 Y 23 1,500 m 40 km 10 km
Elite X Y 1,500 m 40 km 10 km

All Olympic Relay members must be at least 18 years of age and must present an official ID before receiving the Triathlon package (the birth date determining the age of the competitor must be on or before December 31st.

We are proud to inform you that for the second consecutive year, Xel-Há has been selected by the Mexican Triathlon Federation as venue for the National Triathlon Championship 2016, which will involve the best triathletes in the country along with all those who would like to live this great experience.

Xel-Há Triathlon 2016 will take place on Saturday, November 19th (Olympic Triathlon), and Sunday November 20th (Sprint Triathlon, Children and Women Beginners).

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Xel-Há Triathlon you can sign up choosing one of the following options:

  • General
  • Red Cross Benefit Dinner
  • Women Beginners Category
  • Special Places

As in previous years, the amount raised by Triathlon registrations will be donated to Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico, AC for its environmental conservation programs.


For all who are interested in participating in any of the categories.


From August 10th to September 30th, or until places are sold out, you can register for the Triathlon through a contribution of $5,000 MXN* (five thousand pesos) per person, which will go entirely to the Red Cross of Quintana Roo.

Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 20th at Xcaret Park. Limited space for this registration.

Your contribution to the dinner includes:

  • The satisfaction of helping the Red Cross of Quintana Roo
  • Guaranteed registration for Triathlon Xel-Há 2016 (single)
  • Deductible tax receipt (in case you need it)
  • Single complimentary entrance to Xel-Há All Inclusive for you and a preferred price for up to five companions on the day of the event (adults $499 MXN, children $299 MXN).
  • In addition you will receive the same benefits as the rest of the competitors.
  • If you would like a companion to attend the Benefit Dinner with you, the cost is $1,000 MXN per person. This invitation is optional and does not include registration for the Triathlon.
  • * The cost of the dinner does not include FMTRI membership (Mexican Triathlon Federation).



The new Women Beginners category is exclusively for women who have always dreamed of completing a triathlon and want to learn the basics to get started in this sport.

Registration for this category includes a six-month online training program, with weekly advice and articles that include the necessary instructions for living a great day at the Triathlon.

There is limited space for this category.

The best way to participate in the Women Beginners category will be through training, so register in advance and do not miss your place!

More information: ironnelly@hotmail.com


The registration fee does not include FMTRI membership (Mexican Triathlon Federation).


From August 10th to 20th the following athletes can register directly for the Triathlon:

  • The first three places in each category of the 2015 Xel-Há Triathlon
  • The first three places in the 2015 National Triathlon Circuit
  • 2016 National Circuit competitors who have qualified for the 2016 Cozumel Triathlon

All these special places can secure their place in the event providing they register within the corresponding dates. A week before the opening of registration, we will send you an email with a link so you can sign up directly.

Events with drafting allowed by age and Elite groups:

The following Rules and Regulations apply:

  1. It is recommended to maintain a minimum of a one-meter safe distance between each competitor.
  2. Drafting between women and men is NOT ALLOWED. Only competitors of the same gender can draft.
  3. Elite athletes category are allowed drafting.
  4. It is not allowed for age-groups to draft with the Elite category.

For events with drafting, permitted bicycles must have the following characteristics:


  • The frame of the bicycle must be of a traditional shape and style, i.e. made up of two triangles.
  • A main triangle of three straight or tapered tubular elements which may be round, oval, or flattened and another triangle at the rear.


  • The wheels must have a diameter between 55 cm minimum and 70 cm maximum, including tires.
  • Both wheels must be of the same diameter.
  • The wheels must have at least 16 metal spokes for the Elite and 12 for the age groups.
  • The spokes can be round, flattened or oval, provided their width does not exceed 2.4 mm.
  • Wheels that do not meet the above requirements will be allowed to be used as long as they are included in the UCI list of non-standard wheels.
  • The use of blades or discs is prohibited.

Handlebars & Aerobars

  • Traditional cycling handlebars with a downward curve are permitted.
  • Aerobars are allowed provided they do not exceed the imaginary line of the brake levers.
  • There must be no free space between the left and right sides of the aerobars at their farthest point.
  • Aerobars that point forward must be united at their farthest point by a bridge made of the same material.
  • The brake levers must be placed on the handles, not the aerobar.
  • Water bottles should never be placed on the aerobar.

The penalties for not meeting the above requirements are:

  • For the first event in which prohibited equipment is used, one (1) penalty minute of the athlete’s total time will be added for the Olympic Distance and 30 seconds will be added for the Sprint Distance.
  • If the athlete participates in a second event with prohibited equipment, the penalty will be 2 minutes for the Olympic Distance and 1 minute for the Sprint Distance.
  • If the athlete attempts to participate in a third event without modifying or removing the prohibited equipment, the athlete will be disqualified and will not be allowed to continue participating.
  • Please note that these rules also apply for mountain bikes.


To participate in the event, it is mandatory that you're affiliated with the Mexican Triathlon Federation during the year. Thus, it is required to have your membership current, otherwise payment can be made at www.triatlon.com.mx.

The membership is valid until January 31st, 2017.

Benefits of Membership:

Your membership will include:

  • Accident insurance: it protects you during training and competitions.
  • Triathlete Magazine and an FMTRI T-shirt that you will receive during the National Triathlon Circuit hologram events, at the Federation module.


Registration dates for Xel-Há Triathlon will be as follows:

Special Places: from August 10th at 9:00 am to August 20th

Red Cross Benefit Dinner: from August 10th at 9:00 am to September 30th

General Public and Women Beginners: from August 23rd at 9:00 am to September 20th

Registration will be held only at the site www.triatlonxelha.com , with payment made by credit card (no service charge).

Important: Registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable. Every registered participant grants the Organizing Committee the right to use his/her name and/or image in any promotional materials relating to the Xel-Há Triathlon 2016.

Fees in MXN:


Preferred Price (MXN)
August 23rd - September 6th

Regular Price (MXN)
September 7th - 20th

From 9 to 15 years old $650 $750
Sprint $1,290 $1,490
Olympic $1,490 $1,690
Sprint Relays $1,990 $2,190
Olympic relays $2,100 $2,300
Elite $1,550 $1,550
Foreign Elite $1,550 $1,550
Women Beginners $1,700 $1,900

Competitors are entitled to:

  • Commemorative T-shirt (three in relays)
  • Swimming cap
  • Competitor numbers for the race, bike and helmet
  • Provisions during the course and finish
  • Designated place for your belongings
  • Finalist medal (three in relays)
  • Discounts on admission to Xel-Há for the competitor and up to five companions the day of the event
  • Discounts in shops and optional activities inside Xel-Há for competitors the day of the event
  • Loan of an electronic timing chip
  • Results and finish times posted on www.triatlonxelha.com

Registration and delivery of packages:

  • Olympic: Friday, November 18th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the tent of the Organizing Committee.
  • Sprint, Children and Women Beginners: Saturday, November 19th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the tent of the Organizing Committee.

No packages can be picked up on the day of the event, nor can be collected by any person other than the competitor, nor at any other time than the established schedules.

The competitor who does not collect his/her package forfeits registration rights.

All competitors must show an official ID and personally sign the liability release form at the time of package pick-up.

For minors, a copy of the participant’s ID is needed as well as the signature of his/her parent or guardian.

Sprint, Children, and Women Beginners category participants may also pick up their packages on Friday, November 18th.

Mandatory Pre-Race Briefings:

  • OLYMPIC: Friday November 18th at 17:00 and 19:00 h
  • CHILDREN: Saturday November 19th at 17:00 h
  • WOMEN BEGINNERS: Saturday November 19th at 18:00 h
  • SPRINT: Saturday November 19th at 19:00 h
  • Location: Parking lot recovery area

Transition Zone (ztr):

Bicycles will be received in the ZTR on Friday November 18th (Olympic) from 16:00 to 20:00 h and Saturday November 19th (Sprint, Children and Women Beginners) from 16:00 to 20:00 h

Only bicycles will be received, no helmets, sneakers or any other kind of personal equipment.

No bicycles will be received on the day of competition.

The bicycles will be under safeguard at the ZTR and may be picked-up once the event has ended or at a scheduled time set up by the Organizing Committee.

Important: In the event that bicycles are not picked-up at the scheduled time, Xel-Há and the Organizing Committee will not be responsible for bicycles left in the ZTR.

Body Marking:

Body marking of competitors will be done both on arms and legs during registration day at the ZTR entrance, before dropping off bicycles. No marking will be done on the day of the Triathlon.


Information available at www.triatlonxelha.com

Electronic Timing:

We will be using the latest technology for partial and total timing through a sensor and timing chip that will placed on the competitor’s ankle during the entire competition. The chip must be returned at the end of the race.


Unofficial: you can consult them in the tent designated for that purpose.

Official: results will be published on the day of the event at 5:00 p.m. at www.triatlonxelha.com, where you may print your official certificate.


The Mexican Triathlon Federation will appoint Judges and their decisions will be final.

Regulations and Guarantee:

The event will observe the current regulations of the FMTRI (Mexican Triathlon Federation).


Unforeseen circumstances not included in the present document will be submitted to the authority of the Organizing Committee.

First Aid Services:

First Aid services will be available during the event. We advise all competitors to get a medical exam before the competition, as they alone, and NOT the Organizing Committee, are responsible for their health. Any special conditions, ailments or medical allergies must mentioned in your registration form.



Prize distribution of $100.000 MXN cash Among the Elite categories for both Men and Women.


Prize distribution of $30.000 MXN cash Among the five best times in each category for both Men and Women.


Men / Women

1st place $5,000
2nd place $4,000
3rd place $3,000
4th place $2,000
5th place $1,000


Awards for the first three places in each category from the age of 12 (including relays).

A special raffle of surprise packages (Dolphin Swim or Manatee Encounter, or tickets to Xcaret, Xel-Há or Xplor) for the age 9-15 categories.

For the children’s category from 9 -11 years old ALL FINALISTS ARE WINNERS and will be awarded.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make any changes if it considers that the conditions for the event may affect or jeopardize the physical integrity of the competitors.

For Further Information:

Phone: (984) 875-6008 • infotriatlon@experienciasxcaret.com.mx • www.triatlonxelha.com

Take advantage of our special offer for competitors and add your Xel-Há admission to your registration fee.
Admission Xel-Há Adult* $499 MXN
Admission Xel-Há Children** $299 MXN

* All Inclusive Admission features food, drinks, snorkeling equipment, towels and locker. DOES NOT include registration for the Triathlon.
** Applies for children between 5 and 11 years with ID. Children under 5 are free with ID. Promotional price for the competitor and up to five (5) companions.