Repost: Modern Pentathlon 101

The Modern Pentathlon World Cup returns to Fairplex at the end of the month! To refresh your memory on the World Cup, check out our blog post from last year, detailing all your q&a’s along with added insight into each sport:

Some of you may be wondering: What’s a Modern Pentathlon? Is it really part of the Olympic games? To answer your questions…

1. What it is: Modern Pentathlon is divided into five disciplines: fencing, swimming, showjumping, running and laser shooting. World-class athletes compete in all five sports in the semi-finals, finals and mixed relay competition. More than 30 countries will be represented at Fairplex.

2. Yes it is an Olympic sport: Modern Pentathlon is the only sport created specifically for the Olympics; it debuted at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm! During the four-year break in between the Olympic Summer Games, events called World Cups are held around the world where top-notch athletes compete against one another for gold, silver and bronze medals. We (Fairplex) are hosting World Cup II here on our grounds, with swimming held at The Claremont Club.

We broke down how each of the five sports works in the infographic below. Check it out!

modern pentathlon 101 2 Repost: Modern Pentathlon 101For more information on Modern Pentathlon, including schedule of events and more, visit All events are open to the public.

Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far)

Playing host to an international sporting event is something many of us have never experienced before. It’s been a whirlwind of swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and lasers (aka Modern Pentathlon) and it’s not over yet!¬†

Check out some highlights from the Men’s Finals below:

We’re in the middle of the Women’s Finals as we speak. The whole World Cup culminates tomorrow at the Mixed Relay Competition when both men and women will compete in the five Pentathlon sports.

In addition to hosting the fencing, horse riding, running and shooting portions of the Pentathlon, we’ve also created a unique learning experience for field trip groups and spectators!

Screen Shot 2017 02 25 at 5.00.16 PM Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far) Field trip students at Modern Pentathlon Experience 

The Modern Pentathlon Experience allows guests to try some of the sports for themselves, including shooting a laser pistol and learning about the history of Pentathlon. The exhibit opens up to the infield, where you can see the horse riding, running + shooting up close.

pentathlon awards Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far)

Each round of finals ends with the Awards Ceremony, celebrating the 1st Р6th place finalists of the day. 

We’re about to go into the final event (laser-run) of the day, and then we’ll end with the Women’s Awards Ceremony at around 7:30 p.m.

We can’t express enough how amazing an opportunity it has been to host this international event. Thank you to all our staff who helped to make this happen, and to the athletes, coaches and UIPM team who have called Fairplex their home for the past few days!

For more information on the UIPM World Cup, visit