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JULY 11, 2021


NYC is BACK! The energy was buzzing at the 2021 Verizon NYC Triathlon as athletes crushed their goals in the concrete jungle. That’s our kind of wake up call in the city that never sleeps! Check out the video below for a recap of the action.


You’ve conquered your race, now commemorate your achievement with official NYC Tri gear. Snag the latest styles of Finisher apparel, NYC Tri kits, a custom Finisher mug, and more!


We can’t wait for the 2022 Verizon New York City Triathlon and hope you’re eager to be a part of it too!

The only thing left for us to do is confirm the exact July 2022 date, as we continue to work with the City Of New York to determine the best timing in alignment with the flow of the Hudson River tides.

Normally, we’ve been able to open registration for this event in November, and hope to be able to do so soon. Please make sure to stay tuned for further information.


Life Time continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic for potential impact on its 2021-22 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 may expect to see (subject to change):

    • Health Questionnaire
    • 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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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.

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.)


Take on NYC Tri, virtually! Those who may not have gotten into our 2021 Lottery drawing, who may not have been comfortable participating in person, or for those who did complete the 2021 event and just want to do it again wherever they live have the option to tackle the (virtual) Big Apple with our Virtual Triathlon or Bike/Run Experience.

Verizon New York City Virtual Triathlon
(July 11 – August 1, 2021)



In partnership with local health experts and, following repeated water quality tests, due to the recent heavy rainfall, bacteria levels in the Hudson River have been found to be nine times higher than what is deemed safe. As a result, race organizers have made the prudent decision to alter the event to a run/bike/run duathlon for tomorrow’s New York City Triathlon.

With this change, the race start location and wave times remain the same at the swim start (81st & Hudson River). Please arrive in your run gear.

Per our registration policy, if a participant chooses to opt out of the race altogether, they may defer their registration to 2022 for $50 here.

What this means:

  • All swim-bike-run registrants will be able to participate in the new Duathlon, consisting of an 1-mile run, 24.8-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run
    • No changes for bike-run only registrants
    • Paratriathletes will participate in the bike/run starting from transition at 8:00 a.m.
    • Pre-race transition access will now be from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. for Pros, Group Red, and Group Yellow

We apologize for the late notice, however, lab results were sent to us late in the day at which time we awaited further guidance and recommendations from officials. We recognize for some this is disappointing news but, as we hope you can understand and appreciate, the health and safety for all participants is our top priority.

Thank you for participating in this iconic event.

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