One of the most frequent questions that I am asked is, "why did you pick Mixed Team Relay as the format for Major League Triathlon?". While there a many reasons for why we selected MTR as our structure of choice, I can sum up the reason in one word; Equality.
Equality in sport is something that is incredibly important to MLT. Women and men are equal and they should be treated as such. MTR offers perhaps the most gender equal opportunity in sport. Each team has two female professionals and two male professionals competing side by side, on the same course, at the same time, for the same amount of money.
We may be a start-up and I am the first to admit that we don't have all the answers. However, we are 100% committed to providing an equal opportunity for all of our athletes; male or female. We are incredibly supportive of the ITU's initiative to add MTR to the Olympic agenda. We hope that our commitment to this form of racing can in some way help MTR become a secondary medal event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
We love our sport, but since its inception, it has been a sport built for participants, not spectators. The ITU has done a phenomenal job tailoring their races to the fans within the sport, however it is our belief that their introduction of MTR will truly transform our sport.
MTR is a format consisting of teams of 4 athletes (two women and two men). Each athlete completes a 300 meter swim, 6km bike and 1.5km run. Each athlete completes the circuit and then tags the following teammate. The first team to have all four athlete across the line wins. It is the most exciting form of racing in triathlon and most importantly it is quite possibly the most gender equal form of sport in the world.
In conclusion, these are the reasons why we chose MTR. Whether you are a Triathlete or you have no idea what a triathlon is, do yourself a favor and watch an MTR race. We'd love for you to watch an MLT race, but if you can't, check out the ITU Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships this Summer. I can promise you that you will not regret it.
Chief Executive Officer | Major League Triathlon