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2020 (Virtual) Duathlon Athlete Guide


Welcome to the inaugural Virtual Duathlon presented by Verizon New York City Triathlon!

With the current public health crisis throwing a curveball to the very fabric of our Event Industry, we couldn’t let competition be cancelled. So here we are – with the first-ever Virtual Event seen over our 20-year history.

Because this event will be different than any other you’ve experienced with us, be sure you’re properly prepped for your Virtual Duathlon experience and review all (virtual) event information within the Athlete Guide prior to heading out on your run, bike, run.

While we are not able to gather together this year, we still want to stay connected to our triathlon family throughout your (virtual) event experience! Please take photos and videos of your race, upload them to the RunSignup Photos page, and share them with your friends, family, and followers.

Be sure to tag us on social media – you could be featured on our pages!
@nyctriathlon #NYCVirtual

Remember: please follow all local safety guidelines in your area as you Tackle the (Virtual) Big Apple!

Injury Prevention for Duathlon Training


Bethany Ridenhour, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Senior Physical Therapist, NYU Langone Health

The most important consideration in injury prevention is YOU. You, the athlete, are the engine that is powering through the duathlon. Proper nutrition, rest and recovery are all pillars of injury prevention. Keeping the engine properly fueled and “well-oiled” will get you across the (virtual) finish line safely and successfully!

Avoid using the first leg of your duathlon as your warm-up. Plan for success with a proper dynamic warm-up to allow the body to prime for the activities ahead. A dynamic warm-up should increase your heart rate and trigger your muscular and nervous systems with movement patterns similar to running and cycling. Add some jumping jacks, inch worms and walking lunges to make your warm-ups, in training and on race day, more robust and prime your legs for power production.

The greatest percentage of training and race time, regardless of race distance, will be spent in the saddle. Muscular tension from prolonged saddle postures can be addressed with stretching of the pectoral region, hamstrings and hip flexors in hopes of offloading your neck, lumbar spine and knees. Strengthening of the transversus abdominus, your core stabilizer, will anchor your trunk and lower half, provide a foundation for a strong pedal stroke, and offload your lumbar spine. A proper bike fit at the beginning of your training season will help correct alignment issues on the bike early on and decrease your overall risk of injury. Practicing bike-handling skills like sharp turns and large descents will decrease your risk of injuries from accidents on the road.

As the quadriceps complex becomes fatigued during the bike segment, the body will rely on other important stabilizing muscle groups like the gluteal muscles to assist with forward propulsion and lower-extremity alignment during the final run. Exercises like clamshells, side planks, and bridges will assist in strengthening these muscles and offer a second line of defense for the lower half as the body is worn down approaching the final stage of competition.

Preparation and practice are key to prevent mishaps during your bike and run transitions. Dedicate an area to set up your bike with all necessary cycling gear, run gear and fueling options required for the race. Save time by placing them in the order you will use them. Helmet should be front and center and the first thing you don and last thing you doff in transition. Be sure to mock this transition set up as best as you can during training sessions.

Imagine training for a multisport race and finding yourself injured only weeks before the event date. Don’t let all the hours put into that training plan feel wasted. Though some injuries may be unavoidable due to predisposition of the athlete, road accidents, or lifestyle changes, many can be avoided or managed with the key strategies for each segment of the race.


At NYU Langone Health, our Sports Health team has the combined multi-specialty expertise to help you reach peak performance – no matter what your race looks like.

We are dedicated to providing world-class care to athletes at all levels and believe the best way to care for your unique needs is to bring together experts from a wide range of specialties who understand your priorities. Our Sports Health experts collaborate to customize diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance plans to fit your lifestyle and help you attain your athletic goals. Visit so we can create a plan to help you start and ­finish any race at your personal best.

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2020 FAQs

Q: What are my options? 

  1. Complimentary Deferral to the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon on July 11, 2021 + Complimentary Virtual Event
  2. Complimentary Deferral to the 2022 Verizon New York City Triathlon + Complimentary Virtual Event
  3. Donate your entry fee to NYC Schools’ food program via Life Time Foundation + Guaranteed Entry to the 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon on July 11, 2021 + Complimentary Virtual Event
  4. Refund of your registration fee (less processing fee)

*If you choose OPTIONS 1, 2, or 3, you will receive a complimentary entry into the Virtual Duathlon presented by the Verizon New York City Triathlon

All decisions must be submitted by July 11, 2020

*Event dates are subject to change, pending city approval.

Q: Where do I make my decision?

A: Please make your decision by following these steps: 

  1. Go to our event page
  2. Select your preferred option
  3. Click “Continue”
  4. Login to your account
  5. Click “Save Decision”

Please note: You may need to take further action based on the decision you make as outlined on the decision page.

Charity Registrants: If your entry was acquired as part of an agreement with a charity partner, your registration will be subject to the cancellation resolution option as determined by the charity. Please reach out to the charity directly before taking any steps.

Q: What further action is needed?

A:  If you choose Option 1: Complimentary deferral to 2021 + virtual event, you will be emailed exclusive instructions to register for the following events on: 

  • 2020 Complimentary Virtual Event – Week of June 8, 2020
  • 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon – Fall 2020

If you choose Option 2: Complimentary deferral to 2022 + virtual event, you will be emailed exclusive instructions to register for the following events on: 

  • 2020 Complimentary Virtual Event – Week of June 8, 2020
  • 2022 Verizon New York City Triathlon – After the 2021 Event

If you choose Option 3: Donate your entry fee + Guaranteed Entry, you will be emailed exclusive instructions to register for the event on: 

  • 2020 Complimentary Virtual Event – Week of June 8, 2020
  • 2021 Verizon New York City Triathlon – Fall 2020

If you choose Option 4: No further action is required

Q: Will I incur any processing fees or additional costs for these options? 

A: For Option 1, you will not incur any processing fees or additional costs for your 2021 registration. 

For Option 2, you will not incur any processing fees or additional costs for your 2022 registration. 

For Option 3, you will receive guaranteed entry but will need to pay for your 2021 registration. 

For Option 4, you will need to enter the lottery for a chance to race in 2021. 

Q: When do I have to make my decision?

A: All decisions must be made before July 11, 2020. 

Q: If I choose to defer to the 2021 or 2022 Verizon New York CIty Triathlon, do I get to choose my division?

A: Yes, you may choose any open division for the future events.

Q: Can I change my decision? 

A: No, once you make your selection, your decision is final.

Q: I was signed up for the 2020 Championship, if I defer, do I receive automatic entry to the 2021 Championship? 

A: Yes, your 2020 Championship status will roll over to the 2021 Championship. 

Q: I was signed up for the VIP Champions Club entry, if I defer, do I receive automatic entry to the 2021 VIP Champions Club?

A: Yes, absolutely! 

Q: How long will it take to get my refund?

A: On average, it takes 5-10 business days but some banks may take longer. Please allow 5-25 business days for the credit to be posted to your account. 

Q: My credit card has expired, where will I receive my refund?

A: The refund can only be posted to the same credit card you used to register. We recommend reaching out to your bank to locate those funds after the refund has been processed.

Q: I used a sponsor or charity code to register, what are my options?

A: We encourage you to reach out to your sponsor or charity team directly to discuss your options.

Q: Which credit card did I use to register?

A: You may find that information on your email confirmation receipt that you received when you first registered for the event. 

Q: If I choose Option 4 can I still register for the Virtual Event? 

A: Yes, you will be able to register for the Virtual Event for $55.

Q: What are the perks for the Virtual Event?

A: Virtual bib, finisher medal, swag, motivation, and more! 

Q: Please tell me more about the Life Time Foundation for Option 3. 

A: When COVID-19 hit New York City, the largest school district in the country stepped up to make sure none of their 1.1 million students went hungry. Please consider donating your race entry fee so they can continue to serve 550,000 meals a day. Your gift will help offset the extraordinary expenses that the district is incurring due to this health crisis, and that are not covered by the city, state or federal governments. Funds may also be used to accelerate scratch cooking and preparation of clean, wholesome and simply prepared foods in all schools, while also achieving the elimination of the Harmful 7 categories of ingredients in all of District’s schools.  

100% of your registration fee will be turned into a tax-deductible donation to the Life Time Foundation who will administer all proceeds – 100% benefiting New York City Department of Education. You will receive an email from by July 19th providing an official gift receipt. The Life Time Foundation is a public charity 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal tax ID: 03-0533192

Important Race Announcement

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

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. 

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.

2019 Athlete Guide Now Available

It’s time.

Started in 2001, the Verizon New York City Triathlon has welcomed more than 65,000 competitors of all abilities, backgrounds and goals into the sport’s most iconic of venues.

During this 19th running, we’re excited to welcome another 4,000 participants representing 33 countries and 45 U.S States into the world’s most iconic of cities.

Whatever your experience level or race goal, we hope you’re excited for the weekend ahead, and look forward to greeting you in person at Packet Pick-Up.

Prior to that, please take a few minutes to review this year’s Athlete Guide, offering course maps, schedules, wave start assignments, venue maps and much more. As always, watch for last-minute event details to be communicated via email, website and social media platforms throughout race weekend.

> Download the 2019 Verizon NYC Triathlon Athlete Guide

> Download the 2019 Verizon NYC Triathlon Spectator Guide

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Additionally, reference the Verizon New York City Triathlon event schedule, maps and other pertinent information from the Athlinks app.

Get ready for an incredible weekend of racing.
See you in the Hudson!

2019 Life Time Tri Series Medal Sculpture

Life Time is proud to unveil a new finisher medal concept across the 2019 triathlon season, recognizing both indoor and outdoor triathletes, as well as encouraging multi-event participation.

All Life Time Tri finishers can celebrate their accomplishments in unison. Not only will Life Time’s outdoor tri finishers continue to receive a commemorative, 3.5″ finisher medal, but all 2019 Life Time Indoor Tri participants will receive a 3.5″ finisher coin when they continue their journey at one of Life Time’s signature outdoor triathlons. The concept applies to both individuals and relay teams alike.

In a unique twist, both the finisher coin and medals can be assembled to create a unique, silver-plated, 9.4″ tall water bottle display sculpture. The concept recognizes and rewards multi-race participation, where those who finish multiple outdoor events have the ability to “build” taller sculptures. Each event’s finisher medal creates a new layer in forming a complete bottle.

Note: The 2019 New York City Triathlon medal design will be unveiled separately.

How It Works
The finished sculpture consists of three types of components, illustrated below:

  1. Indoor Tri Base Coin (1): Those who completed a 2019 winter or spring Life Time Indoor Tri event can earn a 3.5″ finisher coin, which can be used as the base foundation for the bottle sculpture.
  2. Outdoor Tri Finisher Medals (9): Participants have the ability to collect up to nine individual race finisher medals across the 2019 outdoor season, each of which forms a separate layer of the bottle. The medal designs are .75″ thick, similar to a hockey puck shape. Special grooves will ensure the medals remain neatly layered when laid on their side and stacked.
  3. Multi-Race Bottle Topper (1): Finally, the sculpture’s top portion is earned when athletes compete in two or more outdoor Tri Series events across the 2019 season. Read the Special Implications section below for more details.

How to Obtain the Components
The full sculpture consists of a maximum 11 unique pieces, exclusively issued from two points:

  • Pre-Race Expos: Both the Indoor Tri Coins and Multi-Race Bottle Toppers will be distributed from a Life Time Tri promotional booth located at each outdoor triathlon’s scheduled Expo or Packet Pick-Up. Upon visiting the booth, qualifying individuals must:
    • Indoor Tri Base Coins: Present proof of completing at least one of the 2019 Life Time Indoor Tri completion. Qualifiers are limited to a maximum of one coin each.
    • Multi-Race Bottle Toppers: Present proof of registration for a second 2019 Life Time outdoor triathlon. Qualifiers are limited to one topper each.
  • Finish Lines: Individual race finisher medals will be presented to all participants immediately after crossing the Finish Line. A total of eight regular finish medals will be available through the 2019 season, with an additional (ninth) medal available exclusively to Life Time Tri Series Championship event finishers:
    1. South Beach Triathlon (4.14)
    2. Life Time Tri CapTex (5.27)
    3. Life Time Tri Minneapolis (7.13)
    4. New York City Triathlon (7.21)
    5. Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint (8.24)
    6. Chicago Triathlon (8.25)
    7. Life Time Tri Tempe (9.15)
    8. Escape to Miami Triathlon (9.22)
    9. Life Time Tri Series Championship (7.21)

Special Implications
The special nature of the new medal concept will impact some markets in unique ways:

  • South Florida Athletes: Those enrolled in the Miami Challenge will automatically qualify for the Bottle Topper piece, which will be available at the South Beach Triathlon Packet Pick-Up. Proof of the 2019 Escape to Miami Triathlon registration must be presented.
  • Chicagoland Athletes: Those competing in both the (Saturday) SuperSprint and (Sunday) Sprint/International events, as well as all Triple Challenge participants, will automatically qualify for the Bottle Topper piece.
  • Life Time Tri Series Championship Athletes: Championship event finishers will receive two separate medals (both the New York City Triathlon and Championship events).
  • Life Time Tri Series 7-Pack Purchasers: Those who enrolled in the inaugural Series 7-Pack program are in a great position to build those bottles!

Additional Details
Qualifying individuals do not need to pre-register or enroll in any type of formal program. Simply show-up on-site at each race venue to claim your bling.

Both Indoor Triathlons Base Coins and Multi-Race Bottle Toppers will be available at the Life Time Tri promotional booth. Quantities are limited to the first 1,000 and 500 individuals respectively.

Components must be picked-up exclusively in person at each event (they cannot be mailed) on an individual basis only. Just like the standard packet pick-up process, participants are not allowed to pick-up components for others. No exceptions will be made.

The medal distribution applies to individual and relay team participants at any distance, subject to each event’s registration capacities. Each relay team member must submit proof of participation in another event to claim their components.

As the 2019 tri season commences, we plan to keep tabs on those athletes with the tallest bottles to date, rewarding the ultimate winners with big swag, complimentary 2020 race entry and lots of bragging rights!  We want to know: #HowBigIsYourBottle?

Should you have other questions about the 2019 medal concept, please don’t hesitate to email us at
Otherwise, get ready for a BIG season of bling!

Ben Kanute and Sarah Haskins Win the 2018 2XU NYC Triathlon



Marcelo Moreira and Gaby Bunton Win Inaugural Life Time Tri Championship 

NEW YORK (July 1, 2018) — Ben Kanute of Phoenix, AZ won the male professional division in 1:46:34 and Sarah Haskins-Kortuem of Eureka, MO won the female professional division in 1:59:53 at today’s 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon.

4,000 Pros, ParaTriathletes (physically challenged) and Age Group athletes competed in the event, produced and presented by Life TimeSM– Healthy Way of Life. Tens of thousands of spectators cheered on the athletes throughout the course.

In the male professional division, Cameron Dye of Boulder, CO finished second with a time of 1:47:04, followed by third-place finisher Jason West of Boulder, CO with a time of 1:47:47. In the female professional division, Laura Goss of Boulder, CO finished second with a time of 2:03:02, while Cecilia Dvis-Hayes of New York, NY finished third with a time of 2:04:05. 30 professional triathletes participated in the event which offered a $30,000 prize purse.

The inaugural Life Time Tri Championship, a race-within-a-race competition, was held during this year’s event, awarding individuals who have qualified across the 2017-2018 Life Time Tri Series, a chance to compete for more than $63,000 in cash and prizes. The overall male winner was Marcelo Moreira of São Paulo, Brazil with a time of 1:58:15 and the overall female winner was Gaby Bunton of Saint Paul, Minnesota with a time of 2:12:26. First, second and third place prizes were also awarded to the top men and woman for each of the twenty competitive divisions.

Participants swam 1.5-kilometers (.93 miles) in the Hudson River, biked 40-kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway, and ran a new 10-kilometers (6.2 miles) course through Central Park to complete the event.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Challenged Athletes International Championship was held during the race and a prize purse of $5,000 was awarded to the top three physically challenged triathletes.

The 2XU New York City Triathlon, the only Olympic distance triathlon in New York City, is part of the The 2018 Life Time TriSM Series, which includes seven triathlons across the country between April and September.

For complete results from the 2XU New York City Triathlon visit For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter.

More information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at, on Twitter @lifetimefitness and the Life Time Instagram page.

Photos from the race are available upon request.

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About the 2XU New York City Triathlon
The 2XU New York City Triathlon, the only international-distance triathlon in New York City, is a signature event within the 2018 Life Time Tri Series, which includes seven triathlons across the country including: South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, Tempe and Miami. In its inaugural year,683 people signed up for the race, today it is one of the most in-demand triathlons in America.

About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 137 destinations in 38 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompasses the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. More info is available at

About 2XU
Founded in Australia in 2005, 2XU is the global leader in sports compression and high-performance sports apparel. 2XU compression is designed and tested in consultation with sports scientists and industry experts, and is backed by independent, scientific research by the Australian Institute of Sport and other leading research teams. Present in more than 70 countries worldwide, 2XU is the sportswear brand of choice for the world’s best athletes and sports teams. 2XU helps athletes of all abilities to train, perform and recover at their peak across sports including running, high-intensity interval training, basketball, football and triathlon.

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Race Alert Level – HIGH (RED)

10:15 AM, July, 1 2018

Due to quickly rising wet-bulb and ambient air temperatures, the 2XU New York City Triathlon staff wish to advise all athletes and spectators of the following:

EAS Level
We have elevated the Event Alert System level to HIGH (Red). This means conditions are potentially dangerous. Athletes should slow down and observe course changes and follow event official instructions and consider stopping.

Athletes on or entering the run course are now being diverted from 72nd Street directly into the Finish Line. The abbreviated Run Course will span approximately 1 mile.

Spectators are advised to seek shade and hydrate though the morning – multiple water fountains are available throughout Central Park as well as complimentary beverages available from sponsors/vendors in the Finish Festival. Listen to your body and seek assistance if you need.

Further Updates 
Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page and listen for race day public address announcements.

Thank you for your attention and support. We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.


Pre Race Alert

10:00 PM, July, 30 2018

In preparation for potentially record high temperatures, race management will be monitoring wet-bulb and ambient air temperatures. Additional assets have been put into place in anticipation of the temps, particularly for runners who will face the higher temperatures later in the day.

Tomorrow’s race will begin under a MODERATE (yellow) flag, meaning less than ideal conditions. In the event these conditions warrant, adjustments to the Run course may be made.

We understand there has been a variety of rumors and speculation around tomorrow’s event. As of this evening no modifications have been made and we are planning for a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details or official race updates, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page.

Thank you for your attention and support.


Important Race Update

Due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels, the 2XU New York City Triathlon staff wish to advise all athletes of the following:

EAS Level
Due to continued, excessive heat, we have elevated the Event Alert System level to MODERATE. You will notice a series of color-coded flags throughout the venue. Sunday’s race will begin under a yellow flag, which means conditions are less than ideal. Should the EAS level further change, the corresponding flag color will be raised.

Course Support
Beyond six fully-stocked fluid stations, the event has increased the amount of misting stations and medical support throughout the event. Ice towels will be distributed at the Finish Line.

Plan to adequately hydrate with water and Gatorade Endurance formula before, during and after the event. Water will be available in transition as well as at the swim start. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available across all Run Course aid stations. Listen to your body. If you don’t feel comfortable, slow down and ask for assistance.

Further Updates 
Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page and listen for race day public address announcements.

Thank you for your attention and support. We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.

Eat. Hydrate. Sleep. Hydrate. Triumph


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