Come one, come all

Divisions, Groups & Start Times

The Life Time Tri Series hosts nearly 25,000 participants, many of whom have varying athletic abilities, interest levels and goals when it comes to triathlon.

In the spirit of providing a customized race experience, athletes now have the ability to decide how competitive they wish to be, who they start alongside, and/or when they start their respective journey.

The table on the right indicates the various start groups available to participants, their competitive nature, and a preliminary start time for each.  New start group offerings (denoted in red) allow like-minded or less-familiar athletes to rack together in Transition, to start together, and (theoretically) to finish at approximately the same time.

Individuals must select from one of these divisions/start groups within the registration process. Full descriptions for each group are included below.

Please note: The default classification for all participants is the Competitive (5-year) Age Group.

Questions? Feel free to email us at Info@nyctri.com


 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:

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, 24-29, 30-34, etc.). 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).

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 a dive start in both the 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 are eligible to compete in the Ivy Tri Challenge.
  • Premier Amateurs can register through the general entry process, through Champions Club entry, through Official Teams or with one of our Charity Partners.
  • The 2019 New York City Triathlon will feature a new set of competitive rules, as the event does not fall under standard USA Triathlon competitive rules. Complete details and implications will be distributed in the coming weeks.

The New York City Triathlon hosts an exhibition race for professional triathletes. While participation is free of charge, there is no prize purse in 2019. To qualify, athletes must own a current, industry-designated “Professional” triathlete racing card from their home country. The competition will be limited to 15 female and 15 male participants, confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For full details into the Pro competition, please contact Mary Picot, NYC Tri Pro Liaison at info@nyctri.com

Current college and university students. Collegiate athletes must present current student IDs at Packet Pick Up to earn the student discount. Collegiate athletes are subdivided by gender.

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 Pick Up. First Responders are subdivided by gender. A guaranteed registration period for the 2018 International Public Safety Division is from October 17 to October 26, 2019. Otherwise, general entry opens November 1, 2018. Please send proof of your agency status to info@nyctri.com in order to register.

Clydesdale / Athena
Generally heavier participants may opt-into this division. Clydesdales and Athenas can register through general entry, through Champions Club, 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

The New York City Triathlon 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 72nd Street with a loop of paved Central Park. Paratriathletes are subdivided by gender and divisions (competitive and non-competitive classifications). Click here to learn about participation options at this year’s event, including the NYC Paratri Championship!

Life Time Tri Championship
These individuals will qualify across the 2018-2019 Life Time Tri Series for this special race-within-a-race competition at the 2019 Verizon New York City Triathlon. Among a variety of perks, this group will compete for $50k in cash and prizes on race day. Click here for more details on the 2019 Championship event.

Corporate Wellness Team Program
This new program, full-service program is comprised of corporate wellness teams looking for the ultimate team building experience. Open to individuals and relay teams alike, the program provides structured training, special race day perks, team racing kits, VIP race experiences and more. Full details coming soon.

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.


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

Ivy Triathlon Championship
The 9th Annual Ivy Triathlon Championship is a held as an inclusive “race within the NYC Triathlon.” You compete for your school, but are still eligible for awards in your competition category (Professional, Premier Amateur, Age Group, Clydesdales/Athenas) All current students, graduate students, faculty and alumni from each Ivy League school (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and UPenn) are eligible to compete. You do not have to belong to the school’s triathlon team to compete.

There are no additional fees to register for this race. However, you must select your school from the drop down list when registering for the New York City Triathlon. The school with the lowest combined race time of the top five finishers from each school count towards the Championship. The top five must include at least one man and one woman.

Columbia has taken home the title in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Roar, Lion roar! For alma mater on the Hudson shore!

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

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.