Come one, come all

All participants must be at least 14 years of age to participate in the New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time. This applies to all distances offered (International Individual Tri, International Tri Relay, Duathlon).

 Competitive Divisions

Participants within these divisions are primarily focused on speed, each of whom are eligible for competitive awards within their specific group. Competitive categories include:

The New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time hosts an exhibition race for professional triathletes. In 2021, the prize purse was reinstated and has been increased for the 2023 race! To qualify, athletes must own a current, industry-designated “Professional” triathlete racing card from their home country. More info on the Pro competition.

Formerly known as the “Elite Amateur” division, these are extremely fast, non-professional athletes competing in the International distance. Premier athletes start early in the wave order, and are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet (and submit proof of) qualifying times for eligibility:

  • Premier Female: 2:30:00 or better
  • Premier Male: 2:15:00 or better

The Premier category features men and women waves. Other special implications include:

  • The overall amateur race winners are determined by the winning athlete from this division, regardless of the fastest Age Group times. The winning Premier Amateur male and female will be crowned the overall winner of the race. Premier Amateurs are not eligible for Age Group awards.
  • Premier Amateurs can register through the general entry process, through VIP entry, through Official Teams or with one of our Charity Partners.
  • The New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time will feature an updated set of competitive rules, as the event does not fall under standard USA Triathlon competitive rules. Complete details and implications will be distributed prior to race day.

Age Groups
All individuals are automatically placed in this category, unless choosing a different division during the registration process. Age groups are subdivided by gender and five-year age increments (e.g. 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.) ranging from 19 & Under to 80+. It is important to note that Age Groups are assigned based on athlete age as of December 31 of race year (thus no changes during the calendar year). Award medals given to winners in the Individual International Tri distance only.

Clydesdale / Athena
Generally heavier participants may opt-into this division. Clydesdales and Athenas can register through general entry, through VIP, through Official Teams or race on behalf of one of our Charity Partners. These athletes are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet these minimum weight requirements, and may be required to weigh-in prior to competition:

  • Athena: 165 lbs
  • Clydesdale: 220 lbs

First Responders
This division is open to all active duty safety personnel (Fire, Police, EMS, Military, Government Agencies, etc.). Proof of status must be presented at Packet Pickup. First Responders are subdivided by gender and the Overall male/female finisher will receive an award.

The New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time welcomes athletes of all abilities, and 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 96th Street with a loop of paved Central Park. Paratriathletes are subdivided by gender and divisions. Click here to learn about participation options at this year’s event. *Course and competition details subject to change.

Relay Teams
Teams of 2 or 3 athletes will divide and conquer the International Tri distance together. Only overall awards will be given to the first place teams in each of the following categories:

• Men
• Women
• Mixed (co-ed)
• Paratri Male
• Paratri Female
• Paratri Mixed (co-ed)
• Mixed Paratri/Able-bodied (minimum 2 legs completed by para athlete)

Recreational Divisions

Participants in these divisions are primarily focused on the experience at hand, either racking together in Transition or starting alongside others not typically associated with their peer group. Recreational divisions are not eligible for competitive awards, and capacities may be limited at specific events. Recreational categories include:

First Timers
This new, non-competitive division allows those participating in their first outdoor triathlon to start alongside fellow first-timers, free of intimidation from others. First-Timers will be grouped together in Transition, with periodic support from event staff, coaches and officials. This group will start towards the end of their respective distances.

Friends & Family
This new, non-competitive division provides an opportunity for friends and family to enjoy the day together. Note: To help ensure athletes are both racked (in Transition) and start within proximity of peers, we encourage friends/family to register at the same time, as the start order is chronological by registration timestamp. Friends & Family participants will receive periodic support from event staff, coaches and officials. The Friends and Family group will start toward the end of their respective distances.

Other Competitions

Relay Teams

Participants have the option to enter varying distances as a relay team, consisting of 2–3 individuals. Teams may elect which person will complete each specific discipline. Team members share a single timing chip, which is passed from one team member to another in transition. While not all relay teams are competitive by nature, the top 3 performing teams are eligible for competitive awards. Relay teams are subdivided into these groups:

  • Female
  • Male
  • Co-Ed (mixed gender teams)

ALL team members must be in Transition at 5:15 a.m. on race day. This means that the biker and runner of the relay team must arrive to Transition prior to 5:15 a.m. If an athlete arrives after 5:15 a.m., you will not be able to enter and compete in that leg of the race. We understand this makes for a very long day, but it is something that we must do to ensure the safety of our athletes. Remember to bring the paper, take a nap, call your mom or cheer on your fellow athletes!  Relay Teams can register through general entry, through Champions Club, through Official Teams or race on behalf of one of our Charity Partners.

Make New York YOUR Club’s Championship!

The Triathlon Club Championship is a great way to bring your club together and earn some serious bragging rights. There is no additional cost to enter the Triathlon Club Championship. Athletes must select their club affiliation when registering for the New York City Triathlon. If you don’t see your club listed on the drop down, make sure to write it in!

Points are awarded to clubs in the following manner:

  • ½ point for each finisher up to 20 points
  • The top 5 finishers for each gender and race category are awarded points based on how they place. (5 points for 1st place, 4 points for 2nd place, … 1 point for 5th place).
  • The top 10 finishers for each gender in the Premier Amateur division are awarded points based on how they place (10 for 1st place, 9 points for 2nd place …. 1 point for 10th place).
  • The team with the most points is crowned the winner!

Please note: Relay teams are not included in point totals

Questions? Contact Athlete Services at info@nyctri.com.