The Panasonic New York City Triathlon has the competition category that's right for you.
We look forward to seeing you at the Panasonic New York City Triathlon! As in past years, the Olympic distance race will remain “draft-free” and the pros will swim, bike and run on the same course as the Age Group athletes. The weekend is filled with plenty of opportunities for self-promotion.
The 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon will use an equalizer timing format for the pro field with the pro men chasing the pro women for a $3,000 cash prize. The race will also offer $500 preems to the men and women with the fastest swim, bike and run times. Finally, the $24,000 pro purse will award the top three male and top three female athletes with $6,000 going to each first place winner, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.
Pro Triathlete Qualifications
To race in the professional division at the Panasonic New York City Triathlon, you must meet one of the following criteria:
The competition at the Panasonic New York City Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Membership in USAT or a USAT single-event permit is required for participation in the event. You will be required to show your USAT/pro membership card at packet pickup. Permits will not be available for purchase at the event.
International Public Safety Division
Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship
The Panasonic New York City Triathlon is proud to host this event.
*Please note that this race does not qualify you for the Paratriathlon National Championship in Texas, ITU Paratriathlon Worlds, the U.S. Paratriathlon Team or for any other event.*
Registration opens November 20, 2015 and closes June 1, 2016. To register, please email Athlete Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PC Friendly Course
The Panasonic New York City Triathlon is one of the world's most PC friendly courses. The Hudson River swim is fast since you swim with the current. The West Side Highway bike is a paved one loop course. The run is across 72nd St. with a loop of paved Central Park.
We encourage ALL physically challenged athletes to race New York regardless of skill or experience. The Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship is not an official USAT or ITU event, but does require a USAT National or ITU classification for athletes wishing to compete for prize money. If an athlete has not been classified, the athlete should register in the “Paratriathlon Open Wave.”
NOTE: The Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship may have a National Classifier at the event. If so, “Open Wave” registrants will be contacted and offered an opportunity to be classified for this event. Additionally, participation in the Accenture Challenged Athletes National Championship will not qualify participants for the Paratriathlon International Championship, ITU Paratriathlon Worlds or for the U.S. Paratriathlon team.
Participants may gain entrance to the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship if:
Once again, the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship will crown five top male and female paratriathletes, using a format that will allow all five sport-classes to compete against each other.
A prize purse will be equally split among the top five male and female podium finishers as follows:
How the Top Five Will Be Determined
The winners will be determined using a “Power Points” format – all five sport-classes in each gender will compete against a par time for their category. The winner, down through fifth place overall finishers for male and female paratriathletes will be determined by who comes closest to (or exceeds by the most) the par time for their category. Each finisher’s time will be divided by the par time to determine their Power Points. The Power Points will then be used to rank all finishers competing for the prize money to determine the victors.
Athlete A, a male PT1, finishes with a time of 2:11:07 vs. the PT1 par time of 2:13:.38 = 101.92 Power Points
Athlete B, a male PT5, finishes with a time of 2:05:34 vs. the PT5 par time of 1:57:02 = 93.20 Power Points
Athlete A is the winner even though his time is substantially slower than Athlete B’s.
2016 Par Times
The par times for each class are based on the fastest times at the Panasonic NYC triathlon for each sport-class except for the following:
PT1 – Fastest time since the mandatory use of “long seat” handcycles in USAT competitions.
PT4 – With new classifications, PT4 Par Score took the middle time between the old TRI-4 and TRI-5 Par Scores.
PT5 – This class currently has a factoring system in ITU Sprint races for Visually Impaired B1 (totally blind) and B2/B3 (partially blind). The current factor is 3:18 for men and 3:48 for women. Since these times were for ITU Sprint distance racing and the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship is an Olympic distance triathlon (exactly double the distance), the times were double and listed below:
*NOTE: There currently is not an ITU factor for prosthetic equipment. If one is created, it will be applied appropriately to this event.
Example for male PT5: Athlete A is B1 (completely blind) and starts with athlete B who is B2/B3 (partially blind). Athlete B finishes first with a time of 2:05:00. Athlete A finishes behind him with a time of 2:11:00. Since athlete A is a B1, 00:06:36 will be subtracted from his time making his new factored time 2:04:24. Athlete A would win and his factored score would then be used to calculate his Par Score.
Note: For the purpose of the following information: Guides are people who race with visually impaired athletes (PT5). Handlers are volunteers who assist all other Paratriathletes with their various needs.
Physically Challenged (PC) Handlers
The Panasonic NYC Triathlon has arranged for every Paratriathlete needing a handler to have a handler during the race so long as you notify Justin Model or race management no later than June 15. Alternatively, if you are coming with your own handler, please send Justin Model your handler’s name, cell and email address. Credentials will be issued to only those people on Justin’s list. IMPORTANT: You may not just show up with a handler and expect him or her to be credentialed.The briefing will be held on July 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Visually Impaired Athlete Guides
Visually impaired athletes are responsible for securing their own guides and must have their information prior to registration.
All Paratriathlon competitors and all blind guides and all handlers must attend a mandatory race and safety briefing. You will not be able to race without attending this briefing, as it provides all of the information you need. After the briefing, you will receive your race packets – numbers, swim caps, bike numbers, goodie bags, etc. Chips are distributed on Sunday. You (and your guide if you are a visually impaired athlete) will also need to sign a swim waiver as well as a USAT waiver and submit them at the session. Packets will not be distributed before this session. The briefing will be held on July 23, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Briefing Note to All Competitors
No one will be allowed into the mandatory briefing late. If you arrive after the doors are closed, you will be counted as absent and removed from the start list. Moral of the story: Don’t miss the bus!
ParaTri Competition Categories
Physically Challenged (PC) Competition Categories shall be established based on physical disabilities. Medical evidence shall be required as to disability and classification.
ITU Paratriathlon and USAT has implemented an evidence-based classification system to group impairments into sport classes according to the extent of activity limitation they cause the athlete when performing in the sport of Paratriathlon.
The recognized types of impairment by the ITU are:
There are five sport classes:
Wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment;
Severe impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices;
Moderate impairments. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices
Mild Impairments. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices;
Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.
Athletes with miscellaneous conditions such as intolerance to temperature extremes, impacted cognitive ability, organ transplant and joint replacement (endoprosthetics) patients and/or migraine sufferers, etc., are not eligible as defined by these proposed standards. If you are unsure of your qualification, ask the USAT PC Commission for guidance before registering for events to avoid wasted time and expense.
Persons with disabilities propelled by able-bodied athletes through the use of floatation devices, tandem or "sidecar" bicycles and/or being pushed in wheelchairs, are not considered "PC" athletes and are not allowed to compete in the PC division at sanctioned events. They may however (at the discretion of the race director) participate as a non-competitor or demonstration entry.
In most cases, a simple doctor's note will no longer be sufficient to compete in PC (AWAD) categories. Even after initial testing has been completed by the individual athlete, all athletes will be re-evaluated by trained IPC classifiers at USAT National and ITU International events and will be prohibited from competition if they do not meet the minimum standards. This means that even if you passed through for a specific race, you may be denied participation in another. Be aware of this possibility.
Click here for the USA Triathlon Competition Rules for Paratriathletes.
"For Paratriathletes, the Panasonic NYC Tri is one of the only triathlons in the world that places them on the same stage as the elites, offering a prize purse through an equalizer system, which has been done many times on the elite level."
"I have done the NYC Triathlon nine times and over 200 other triathlons and I will have to say considering the logistics and the location, it is the most well run race in the world."
"The Panasonic NYC Triathlon has served as the breeding ground for Paratriathlon in the US. For over five years it served as the Paratriathlon National Championships and with the installation of the CAF Paratriathlon Challenge has expanded to international competition
"The thriving atmosphere, cheering crowds, inclusivity--offered by racing along side pros, age groupers and other paratriathletes-- and a race course that winds through one of the most famous cities in the world made the experience of racing in the NYC Tri nothing short of spectacular."
"It is an exciting day in NY every year and coming across 72nd is a real highlight. The energy as you enter Central Park is awesome, all the spectators pushes the thrill even higher."
"From the fastest 1500m swim experience to finishing at the heart of Central Park the NYC Triathlon provides all the exhilaration you'd expect out of New York City."
"An unforgettable race featuring a fun course, remarkable spectators, and inspirational athletes to share the experience with and keep you going all the way to the finish line"
"The New York City Triathlon... I will always set my calendar for this race because of the way they have welcomed ALL challenged athletes and make us feel like absolute rock stars!"
"With one of the largest contingents of Paratriathletes, the New York City triathlon is unlike any other race. Starting with a swim in the Hudson and finishing in the historic Central Park, I look forward to racing through the big apple year after year!"
"Great city. Great race. Great athletes. Without question, the NYC Triathlon is one of the premier paratriathlon races in the country and shouldn't be missed. It was an honor and a privilege to race in such a large field of challenged athletes and compete alongside some of the most talented paratriathletes from around the world. A great course, a well supported race, and the only race in the country that offers a prize purse, the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship is helping to raise the level of competition in the sport of paratriathlon."
"A PC friendly race with a course showcasing the best of NYC. The awesome spectators in Central Park alone make it an annual event on my race calendar."
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