Aviemore Triathlon

Join us in the beautiful Cairngorms for Aviemore Triathlon: enjoy an open water swim in the cool, calm waters of Loch Morlich and enjoy mountain biking and running on the trails of Glenmore Forest.


19th September 2021

19th September 2021 @9am

Long Hard Durty:

  • 1,000m Open Water Swim, 18km Technical Mountain Bike, 9km Trail Run

Short Fast Durty:

  • 500m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run

Short Fast Durty (Non Competitive):

  • 500m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run
What is Non Competitive?

 In 2021, we’re trialling a a non-competitive (untimed) opt-in wave at the Short Fast Durty Tri in 2021 alongside the regular competitive/timed waves. This is in response to feedback that some participants are interested in the challenge, but not so interested in being timed, or being listed in results. You will still be issued with a dibber (for safety purposes), but we won’t publish your result, we will just list you as finishing. Just select the Non-Competitive option on Entry Central to sign up to this wave.

A covid safe aviemore

We will continue to follow Scottish Government guidance on Covid-19 and will be prepared to make the following alterations to event structure, if necessary, to allow for social distancing. Full details of the event format will be sent to all entrants in advance of the event.

  • Alterations may include:
  • Time Trial Starts
  • Digital briefings, no race day briefings.
  • Swim leg: distance may be reduced for  both Short and Long races. The swim section may also be optional 
  • Reduction of race touch points as far as reasonably possible throughout registration & course.
  • Extended transition areas to allow for social distancing.
  • Track & Trace health declaration may be required.
  • Spectators discouraged (sorry – we really love having everyone along normally, but this will depend on Government guidelines at the time!)
  • Removal of prize-giving (sorry – but if has to be done, it has to be done).

* This is all subject to obvious Covid-19 caveats, particularly changes in Scottish Government guidance and stakeholders requirements.

A Greener Aviemore Triathlon!

  • Feed station cups are our biggest source of waste. So we’re stopping using them. Completely. There will be no cups at feed stations. You need to bring your own or, if you don’t have one, we’ll provide you with a re-usable soft folding cup with your race entry in 2021. You will need to carry this with you and use it on the course if you wish to use feed stations.
  • T-shirts: some of you love them and some of you don’t. If you’re the latter, we’ll now give you the option to donate the cost of your event tee to our chosen charity, The John Muir Trust. You can make this selection when you sign up via Entry Central by choosing No T-Shirt. Your entry cost will remain the same and we’ll donate the equivalent value to The John Muir Trust.

We appreciate your help in ensuring our events make minimal impact on the environment.

Please read the Athlete Guide it will answer most if not all of your questions. If you have competed the event before please check the maps as the run courses have been revised.

Athlete Guide 2021

Short Fast Durty Course Map 2021

Long Hard Durty Course Map 2021

Please read the Athlete Guide, it will answer most if not all of your questions.If you have done the event before be sure to check the revised maps as the run courses have been amended


The Mountain Bike section is on a mix of great fast forest roads (some less well used, and so a bit rougher), and shorter fun-dabby-dozy twisty, narrow rooty forest singletrack.

In general, we will be designing a course that is mostly ‘Blue’ standard or below for the Short Fast Durty course (with a small amount of fun singletrack thrown in)

The Long Hard Durty course will have some more ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ sections – if you’ve practiced on a mountain bike before the race, you’ll have a quicker and happier time! You’ll need a mountain bike, and Helmets are compulsory.

Click on the links for further information on course descriptions:

Short course map Long course map


The Run will be on a mix of forest trails, and includes a section of open hill running (Long Hard Durty only) with breath-taking views.

Take 30 seconds to look around you!. Bits of the course meander through rough and trackless natural forest. Mmmm, lovely.

Short course map Long course map


What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Full water safety team cover
  • Full race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Well stocked aid stations
  • Finisher’s T-Shirt (Or a donation to our nominated race charity)

Venue & Facilities

Badaguish Outdoor Centre,
Scotland PH22 1AD

Well, have we found a great venue an off-road race!

In the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountain itself – you’ll be swimming in the cool clean water of Loch Morlich, Biking on superb trails in the huge Glenmore Forest, and finishing yourself off with a scenic run through stunning woodland and open hillsides.

The Aviemore Triathon is based at the Badaguish Centre, right in the middle of the forest. The race will be raising funds for the Centre – they help people with a disability enjoy an outdoor holiday – a cause that we know you’ll agree is worth supporting 100%. We’re encouraging all entrants to raise money for the Centre either via sponsorship or donation.



On-site camping and WigWams will be available at the Badaguish Centre for a small charge. The site has showers, toilets, and acres of picturesque grassy goodness.

There are lots of other accommodation options in the Glenmore valley and in the nearby ski village of Aviemore (where there are also lots of shops, restaurants and visitor activities). Follow the links from the tab above for more info.

Aviemore and the Rothiemurcus/Glenmore are are very well set up for an overnight stay, and longer visits as part of your trip to Aviemore Triathlon.

There are loads of outdoor activities locally, massive forests, great mountains, lots of visitor attractions (including the Reindeer Centre and the Cairngorm Funicular – both almost on the race course!).

There are good accomodation options at race HQ itself (links below), and the town of Aviemore (which has plenty of Hotel, B+B and Hostel options) is a few minutes from the start line.



We are delighted that Aviemore Triathlon will be hosting the Triathlon Scotland Scottish Cross Triathlon Championships again in 2021. 

You do not need to compete in the championships to enter the event however if you would like to take part in the championships please see https://www.triathlonscotland.org/performance/scottish-championships/ for more information and details of eligibility.


Can I ditch the wetsuit?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on wetsuit use and water temperatures .

Can I wear boots/gloves?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on the use of boots/gloves for the swim section .

What’s the water temperature?

Water Temperatures vary depending on the weather conditions pre-event but the loch temperature is likely to be around 13-14oC .

What type of bike do I need?

We would recommend a mountain bike for this event. The short course is suitable for cross bikes and gravel bike however the long course definitely requires a proper mountain bike.

Can a Relay Team be made up of 2 people rather than 3?

Yes relay teams can be made of 2 people with 1 person completing 2 of the 3 sections, when completing the entry be sure to put the appropriate name against each event leg .

What is the exact route?

Full route information will be published on our website around 2 weeks prior to the event. Some routes require land owner permission and cannot be recced prior to the event, we therefore do not publish the route in advance of the events .

Can I defer?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer deferrals, for information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events .

Can I have a refund?

For information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events .

Can I Change distance?

If the event you have entered has more than 1 distance option available then it is possible to transfer to another distance, this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of the event and may be subject to a small admin fee. Please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events for more information .

I’ve forgotten if I signed up, can you check?

Entry Central shows event sign ups for all events. Head over to the entries page and click List under Dates and Status you can then search the list by your name .

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Long Hard Durty

2020 price freeze

  • Triathlon Solo
    £59 (Triathlon Scotland/England/Wales Members)
    £65 (non-member)
  • Triathlon Relay
    £79 (Triathlon Scotland/England/Wales Members)
    £85 (non-member)

* plus Entry Central Fees


Short fast Durty

2020 price freeze

  • Triathlon Solo
    £49 (Triathlon Scotland/England/Wales Members)
    £55 (non-member)
  • Triathlon Relay
    £64 (Triathlon Scotland/England/Wales Members)
    £70 (non-member)

* plus Entry Central Fees


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