Kyaninga Triathlon returns in 2017: Gallery

Kyaninga Triathlon returns in 2017: Gallery

A volcanic crater swim? Check. A race far from the triathlon trail? Check. The East African sun? Oh yes. The Kyaninga Triathlon in Uganda returns in April 2017 for another rare showcase of East African triathlon.


As the memorable images above from the December 2016 show, the race is located at the base of the Ruwenzori Mountains and situated on a volcanic crater lake that’s 224m deep.

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The 2017 race, which includes sprint, standard and relay options, will again be hosted at the Kyaninga Lodge in western Uganda, with the date set as 1st April.

“Of the international events that I’ve participated in, this has been one of the truly memorable triathlons that I’ve taken part in,” says Adam Cameron, who finished third in December. “This is ultimately down to the warmth and friendliness of the local Ugandans, who gave us so much extra energy. And if you’re ever in this part of the world? This really offers a unique way to see the country and its people.”


Medium Course: 750m swim/16.5km mountain bike/4km run

Long Course: 1.5km swim/33km mountain bike/8km run

All proceeds from the event go towards ‘Kyaninga Child Development Centre’, which is an organization focusing on the rehabilitation and integration of children living with disabilities. Head to here to enter.


Meanwhile, the Running the Rift marathon from the same race organisers will take place on the 11 November 2017 (

The volcanic crater swim start

Competitors from the 2016 event head to the swim start

The race briefing flanked by the Ruwenzori Mountains

A competitor attempts the Brian Clough walking on water trick…

The 224m deep swim has either 750m or 1.5km distances

The bike offers 16.5km or 33km distances

54 athletes finished the December 2016 edition

The run boasts 4km or 8km off-road options