Our history

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History of the Nyon Triathlon

The Nyon Triathlon was born around a table one evening in November 1988. Two friends set themselves the challenge of organizing a triathlon within 8 months. And so the 1st Nyon Triathlon was born on August 27, 1989. At that time, the event welcomed 300 competitors.

Over the years, as demand has grown, the capacity of the bike park has had to be adapted to accommodate up to 1,500 participants!

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The cycling and walking routes were modified in the first few years to meet increasingly stringent safety requirements, which we don’t want to shirk, but also to offer competitors new, more selective and varied routes.

We also had to adapt the event’s infrastructure to make it popular and offer optimal conditions for the many spectators and runners alike, particularly in terms of reception, subsistence, refreshments, entertainment and signage.

Just a handful of volunteers were involved in the 1st edition, but today more than 600 are hard at work during the event, as well as in the days before and after the race, setting up and dismantling the infrastructure.

The Organizing Committee, currently made up of more than 35 people, has seen 4 successive presidents at the helm, with no detriment to the event.

Key dates

Vanni Vogel has decided to step down as chairman of the organizing committee. Responsibility for the organization was taken over by Yannick Grivel, then President of the Cercle des Nageurs de Nyon (CNN). In addition, the event is no longer run by the Association des Sociétés Sportives Nyonnaises (ASSN) but by the CNN, which comprises three sports sections, including triathlon.

Since January 2014, the Nyon Triathlon has been a non-profit association in its own right and no longer depends on the Cercle des Nageurs de Nyon. The association’s articles of association are available here.

The Nyon Triathlon has become the largest triathlon in Switzerland, with 2,293 participants of all ages.

The 28th edition, which took place from August 5 to 7, 2016, hosted the FISU Universiatire World Championship, the first all-sports world championship ever held in the town of Nyon.