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JULY 11, 2021


To further accommodate and provide greater flexibility for our athletes who may not be able to properly train for the swim due to COVID shutdowns and restrictions, or for those who did not get in to the 2021 Lottery, we’re now offering additional event experiences tied to our iconic Verizon New York City Triathlon. Take on one of our NEW 2021 race options and earn your NYC swag!

Bike/Run – No Swim Option (July 11, 2021)
Verizon New York City Virtual Triathlon
(July 11 – August 1, 2021)

Thank you for sticking with us through the dynamically changing environment we all have been navigating. Together, we have proven our collective resolve and a remarkable resilience through uncertainty.

As we look toward brighter days, our team pushes forward with planning a safe and exciting return of the iconic Verizon New York City Triathlon this summer, pending evolving health guidelines and final approval from the City of New York. We are working in consultation with the City and will follow all state and federal health guidelines provided. With safety at the forefront, we highly anticipate welcoming our valued athletes to the start line in the Big Apple on Sunday, July 11, 2021 – including you!

The 2021 Lottery closed on April 28, 2021 and the VIP Experience is SOLD OUT! Those interested in participating in the 2021 NYC Tri may register with any of our Official Charity Partners, including Life Time Foundation, to swim, bike, run among the backdrop of the inspiring concrete jungle with us this summer.


Congratulations to those who were selected through the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon Lottery – we can’t wait to see you start the race with your leap off the barge on July 11, 2021! Share your NYC Tri “Confirmed!” badge on social media to celebrate your upcoming journey through the concrete jungle. Click the images below to save and share the badge.

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Guaranteed Registration

Guaranteed entry is reserved for the following groups who have access to bypass the lottery drawing: 2020 athletes who chose a refund or to donate their entry due to the event cancellation, active Life Time Members, and active duty First Responders, including Frontline Workers (i.e. doctors, nurses, teachers, police, fire, military). More information.

Due to the limited participant capacity and increased safety protocols we must uphold this year, those who qualified for Priority Entry MUST have registered with their unique code provided via email by April 13, 2021 (11:59 PM ET), after which lottery submissions opened to the public and guaranteed spots may be limited. Athletes who chose to defer their 2020 entry were offered priority guaranteed registration for the 2021 as well as the option to defer to the 2022 event at no cost until April 13, 2021.*

*Athletes who did not register with their personal deferral code by April 13, 2021 (11:59 pm ET) will have their deferral applied to the 2022 Verizon NYC Tri. Instructions on how to redeem the 2022 event deferral will be sent later this year. The 2022 Verizon NYC Triathlon will be the last chance to apply the deferral, after which the entry will be forfeited completely. 

Why do you have to re-register every time you defer?
Each year, we need athletes to register for the event so they agree to our new waivers, updated policies, and to collect their most up-to-date information (shirt size, emergency contact info, etc.)


Life Time continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic for potential impact on its 2021 race season. As COVID-19 conditions are ever-evolving, certain aspects of the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon are subject to change for the safety of athletes, spectators and the public. Learn more about Life Time Athletic Events.

The Verizon New York City Triathlon team continues to work with local, city, state, and public health officials to determine best practices needed to ensure the safety of all community members. Final safety measures and protocols, along with participant requirements pending local regulations and event plans, will be made available closer to the race date. Here are a few examples of what you might expect to see (subject to change):

    • Proof of vaccination and/or covid test of all participants & staff within 72hrs of event
    • Mask requirement
    • Physical distancing
    • Hand sanitation stations
    • Temp checks
    • Self-supported on-course hydration
    • Prepackaged grab-and-go recovery food, water & medals
    • Routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces


While Life Time is committed to planning our scheduled events in 2021, we don’t know the extent to which our lineup will continue to be impacted by COVID-19. As such we have revisited and revised our policy on entry refunds and deferrals to provide more athlete flexibility for event participation. A link to this policy will be included in the registration process, whereby participants must indicate that they understand and accept the terms. Click here to review these tools that will help you navigate your registration.

Volunteer in 2021. Receive Discounted Priority Registration for 2022.

We couldn’t put on a world-class event like ours without the help of our volunteers! Complete the entirety of your assigned shift at the 2021 event and receive a discounted, priority spot to register for the 2021 event.

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On your marks, get set, go! 

The drawing for the 2020 Verizon New York City Triathlon (July 19, 2020) lottery took place on Monday, January 13, 2020.

If you missed the application window or did not get selected through the drawing, you are still invited to participate in the 2020 Verizon New York City Triathlon! You may opt to register for the VIP Champions Club — NOW OPEN — or to race with select official charity teams.

Why a lottery? Due to construction on the course scheduled to occur through 2024 by the city of New York, we have moved to a reduced field size of 2500 athletes in order to maintain the exceptional experience for which this triathlon is known. We are excited about the upcoming course and venue changes, but want to ensure we provide a safe and fun event for all participants. In order to provide the most fair registration opportunity for all athletes we have moved to a lottery system.


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