History of The Nyon triathlon
The Nyon triathlon was created around a table one night in November 1988, when two friends bet on organizing a triathlon in 8 months. That is how the first Nyon triathlon was born on the 27th August 1989. The first event welcomed 300 competitors.
Through the years, the demand has been growing. The capacity of the bike park had to be adapted to welcome up to 1’500 participants !
The cycling and running routes went through modifications during the first few years due to stricter safety regulations imposed and offered new routes more selective and varied for the competitors.
The infrastructures were adapted to make the event more popular and to offer optimal conditions for the growing number of spectators and participants; most specifically, the welcome, the registration area, refreshments, animation and the signalization.
The hand full of volunteers has now grown to more than 600 volunteers who are not only active during the event but also before and after the race to set up and dismantle the infrastructures.
The organization committee, comprising currently more than 35 members has seen a succession of four presidents take the lead of the event without any disruptions.
Vanni Vogel decides to end his role as president of the organising committee. The responsibility of the organization was taken over by Yannick Grivel, then President of the Cercle des Nageurs de Nyon (CNN). Moreover, the Nyon Triathlon is no longer affiliated to the Association des Sociétés Sportives Nyonnaisses (ASSN) but to the CNN, which includes a triathlon section.
the Nyon Triathlon is a non- profit association, a separate entity and no longer dependent of the Cercle des Nageurs de Nyon. The association statutes are available here (french only).
The Nyon Triathlon became the largest triathlon in Switzerland, with 2,293 participants of all ages.
The 28th edition, that took place from 5th to 7th of August 2016, hosted the FISU University World Championships, which was the first world championship ever organised in Nyon.