It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2019 Verizon New York City Triathlon, owned and produced by Life Time.

Through this week and into the approaching weekend, the New York City metro area has experienced multiple weather advisories, including severe heat warnings, continued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm watches. Race day temperature and humidity levels are projected to reach extreme levels.

After exhausting all options to mitigate athlete, volunteer, spectator and staff exposure alike, we are unable to provide either a safe event experience or an alternate race weekend. As a result, in collaboration with the City of New York and all supporting agencies, Sunday’s triathlon has been cancelled.

Despite the cancellation, registered athletes are able to visit the Sports & Fitness Expo and pick-up t-shirts and medals. Please read below for the full athlete impact, continuing events and the 2020 entry process.

2019 Participant Implications
Participants registered for the 2019 event will receive a refund in full. Registrants do not need to contact the event, as the transactions will automatically post to the registrant’s card on file within 2-3 weeks. Due to the volume of this event, it will take time to process all refunds individually so we appreciate your patience.

2020 Event Details
The Verizon New York City Triathlon, produced by Life Time will return on July 19, 2020. Next year’s event will feature a venue change (the first in event history) and a reduced capacity of 2,500 participants. Due to anticipated demand, the event will again utilize a random selection-based system. Full details for the 2020 selection process will be communicated in the next week.

Continuing Events
While Sunday’s race may have been cancelled, some previously scheduled Verizon New York City Triathlon weekend events will continue as planned, including:

New York City Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo
Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Hilton Midtown

Free and open to the public, the Expo features dozens of industry exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in endurance sports. Registered 2019 participants are encouraged to visit the Expo to pick up their race packets and t-shirts and chat with coaches and staff alike. Friends/Family are welcome to pick up race packets for other athletes by showing a text message or email from the registered athlete granting them permission.

Life Time Tri New York City Diaper Derby
Friday, 1pm, Hilton Midtown

This cutthroat competition hosts 30 children in a single-elimination tournament. Youngsters crawl 12 feet – past hundreds of flashing cameras, ravenous parents, and smiling spectators – to victory across the finish line. Winners of each heat will have the chance to crawl for the gold in the championship round to earn giggling rights.

New York City Triathlon Hydration Station
Sunday, DETAILS TBD  

The race may have been cancelled, but that won’t stop Life Time and Manhattan’s only triathlon from mobilizing to make a difference. Join fellow athletes, local coaches and event staff as they distribute bottled water and Gatorade — doing their best to keep New York cool during this heat wave. 

Volunteers
Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Hilton Midtown
Volunteer shifts at the Expo are still planned to continue as scheduled.


Questions & Answers

Please visit our Cancellation Q&A page for further details.

We appreciate your support and understanding with this difficult decision. We hope to see you this weekend at the New York City Triathlon Health & Fitness Expo and additional supporting events.