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The Marshalton Triathlon consists of four legs and takes participants through a 10-mile route in beautiful Chester County. This family-friendly event is designed for participants eight years old and up and follows a pedal, paddle, pace, and pedal format.


Pedal 2.3 Miles downhill to the Brandywine River 


Paddle 2.3 Miles in a two-person canoe race on the Brandywine River


Pace 2.4 Miles through the back trails of Chester County


Pedal 2.3 Miles to return to the finish line at The Marshalton Inn 


For 50 years, the first Sunday of October has been known as Marshalton Triathlon Day. Community members, families, and teams gather at the Marshalton Inn and Four Dogs Tavern, located in the quaint Village of Marshallton to participate in this premier community sporting event.


The atmosphere of The Four Dogs Tavern is quaint, fun and casual. By comparison, the Marshalton Inn has a warm, quiet and more intimate feel. Both locations lure guests to beautiful outdoor dining areas during warmer days, while cooler months our fireplaces and rustic historic charm beckon them inside. Seasonal events, such as the Marshalton Triathlon and the Marshalton Village House Tours make a visit to either restaurant a fun, delicious and memorable destination.

Registration-Related FAQs

  • Yes, you must be 8 years of age by race day.

  • Yes! You may register in person or online through race day on Sunday, October 6th at noon.

  • No, all participants on the race course must be registered and meet the minimum age requirement.

  • $50, $60, or $70 depending on when you register. The price increases according to the following schedule:

    April 1—May 31: $50.00

    June 1—July 31: $60.00

    August 1—October 6: $70.00

  • No. We do not offer refunds for this event for any reason. This is a rain-or-shine event.

  •  It is possible to switch heats as long as we have the capacity in the heat you want. Please contact John Miller via email if you would like to switch heats at:

  • Heats can be reserved. Please email with your request and contact information if you are interested in reserving your own heat.

  • Your race packet may be picked up at the West Bradford Firehouse (1305 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester, PA 19382-1631) on Saturday between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and day of the event starting at 7:00 a.m.

  • Canoes are included in your registration; however, you will need to bring a bike (and proper helmet) or rent one AHEAD of time! You can rent bikes through LoweRiders Bikes and Boards.

  • Yes, until registration closes on October 2, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

West Bradford Fire Company

Founded in 1953, West Bradford Fire Company (WBFC) is an all-volunteer crew dedicated to rescue and fire prevention education in West Bradford, East Bradford, and Newlin Townships. The approximate 45-member crew responds to nearly 400 incidents per year. Since 1976, WBFC has been the primary benefactor of the Marshalton Triathlon proceeds. These proceeds help defray operational costs and provide financial assistance to members who suffer misfortunes as a result of volunteering. The Marshalton Triathlon is the primary fundraising effort for the West Bradford Fire Company. 

Marshallton Conservation Trust

The Marshallton Conservation Trust (MCT) is a non-profit, community organization formed in 2009 to preserve the history, quality of life, and sense of place of the Village of Marshallton and its surrounding communities. MCT’s primary areas of focus include open space conservation, advocating for issues of community concern, and preserving the history and culture of the Village to connect the past with future generations.


Register early for the best price! Proceeds from the Marshalton Triathlon benefit the all-volunteer West Bradford Fire Company and the Marshallton Conservation Trust.

April 1 - May 31:


June 1 - July 31:


August 1 - October 6:


Event-Related FAQs

  • Please plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your race heat time to park and check in. Park only in the designated areas specifically marked for the event.

  • There will be port-a-johns at the start and finish line and where participants enter/exit the canoe areas.

  • No tag-along or tow-behind bikes are permitted.

  • Yes, tandem bikes are allowed.

  • No. We don’t allow trailers or pets to be carried during the race.

  • There are several parking areas. Head to the Marshalton Inn and you will be directed to parking.

  • We expect general parking to be $5.00, however, a few limited spots may cost a bit more.

  • Race bibs and shirts will be available for pick up at the West Bradford Fire Company (across from the Marshalton Inn) the day before and the morning of the race. An email specifying the pick-up times will be sent to everyone who has registered a week or two prior to the event.

  • Yes. Great food, refreshments, and beverages will be available for purchase after the race.

  • Canoes are based on teams of two. You are responsible for finding a partner. We recommend using the social media pages to find other solo participants who are interested, but do not have a partner.


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