Paratri Championship
NYC, where it's all on the line.


The Verizon New York City Triathlon is proud to welcome ALL athletes with disabilities, regardless of skill or experience. The New York City Triathlon offers an incredible AWD-friendly course, hosting nearly 1,000 paratriathletes since 2001. The Hudson River swim is fast, flowing with the current. The West Side Highway offers a paved, rolling, one-loop bike course. The run is entirely paved, exiting Riverside Park, crossing 72nd Street and looping-around Central Park.

Like all Life Time Tri Series participants, NYC paratriathletes may participate in either Competitive or Recreational environments (determined in the registration process). Those enrolling as “Competitive” athletes will comprise the 2018 Paratriathlete Championship – featuring the nation’s only paratriathlete prize purse! The NYC Triathlon uses seven sub classification, six of which for competitive athletes. Read below for details.

Regardless of competitive nature, qualifying paratriathletes earn discounted registration and have until June 29 to guarantee entry into the 2019 event. Please contact Justin Model, Paratri Race Director, for full details.


Once again, the Verizon New York City Triathlon will host a Paratriathlon Championship, crowning top-performing male and female paratriathletes. This unique Championship scoring format allows all para classifications to compete against each other. Full scoring details are listed below.

The NYC Paratriathlon Championship will award a future Life Time Tri Series race entry, equally split among the top three peforming male and female podium finishers:

  • 1st Place: $750 race credit
  • 2nd Place: $150 race credit
  • 3rd Place: $50 race credit

Championship Scoring Details

How the Top Three Will Be Determined
The winners will be determined using a “Power Points” format – all five sport-classes in each gender will compete against a par time for their category. The winner, down through fifth place overall finishers for male and female paratriathletes will be determined by who comes closest to (or exceeds by the most) the par time for their category. Each finisher’s time will be divided by the par time to determine their Power Points. The Power Points will then be used to rank all finishers competing for the prize money to determine the victors.

For example:
Athlete A, a male PT1, finishes with a time of 2:11:07 vs. the PT1 par time of 2:13:.38 = 101.92 Power Points
Athlete B, a male PT5, finishes with a time of 2:05:34 vs. the PT5 par time of 1:57:02 = 93.20 Power Points
Athlete A is the winner even though his time is substantially slower than Athlete B’s.

2018 Par Times

Males Par Time Females Par Time
PT1 2:13:38 PT1 2:59:11
PT2 2:29:39 PT2 3:02:44
PT3 2:25:41 PT3 3:10:31
PT4 2:06:04 PT4 2:32:36
PT5 1:57:02 PT5 2:21:39


The par times for each class are based on the fastest times at the NYC Triathlon for each sport-class except for the following:

  • PT1 – Fastest time since the mandatory use of “long seat” handcycles in USAT competitions.
  • PT4 – With new classifications, PT4 Par Score took the middle time between the old TRI-4 and TRI-5 Par Scores.
  • PT5 – This class currently has a factoring system in ITU Sprint races for Visually Impaired B1 (totally blind) and B2/B3 (partially blind). The current factor is 3:18 for men and 3:48 for women. Since these times were for ITU Sprint distance racing and the Challenged Athletes International Championship is an Olympic distance triathlon (exactly double the distance), the times were double and listed below:


2018 Par Times

Male Sub Class Compensation Female Sub Class Compensation
B2-B3 00:00:00 B2-B3 00:00:00
B1 -00:06:36 B1 -00:07:36


*NOTE: There currently is not an ITU factor for prosthetic equipment. If one is created, it will be applied appropriately to this event.

Example for male PT5: Athlete A is B1 (completely blind) and starts with athlete B who is B2/B3 (partially blind). Athlete B finishes first with a time of 2:05:00. Athlete A finishes behind him with a time of 2:11:00. Since athlete A is a B1, 00:06:36 will be subtracted from his time making his new factored time 2:04:24. Athlete A would win and his factored score would then be used to calculate his Par Score.


Participants may gain entrance into the NYC Tri Paratriathlon Championship if each of the following requirements are met:

  • The athlete has previously completed an International/Olympic distance triathlon.
  • The athlete has been previously assigned to one of the five competitive classifications listed below.
  • The athlete has a physical disability (i.e., an amputation, spinal cord injury, etc.) that meets the ITU standards for disability.
  • The athlete (and respective guides/handlers) attend a mandatory pre-race meeting. See schedule below.


Paratriathletes may participate in either Recreational or Competitive divisions, selected in the registration process. Those enrolling as “Competitive” athletes will comprise the 2019 Paratriathlete Championship roster.

Competitive paratriathlete categories are based on physical disabilities. Medical evidence shall be required as to disability and classification. Life Time Tri abides by the ITU Paratriathlon program, implementing an evidence-based classification system to group impairments into sport classes according to the extent of activity limitation they cause the athlete when performing in the sport of Paratriathlon.

The recognized types of impairments are:

  • Impaired muscle power: Spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, brachial plexus injury, Erbs Palsy, polio, spina bifida, Guillian- Bare Syndrome
  • Impaired passive range of movement: Ankylosis, arthrogryposis, post burns joint contractures. Does not include hypermobility of joints.
  • Limb Deficiency: Amputation resulting from trauma or congenital limb deficiency (dysmelia)
  • Hypertonia: Cerebral palsy, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis
  • Ataxia: Cerebral palsy, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Friedrichs ataxia, spincerebellar ataxia
  • Athetosis: Cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury
  • Vision Impairment: Myopia, tunnel vision, scotoma, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, macular degeneration, congenital cataract

Most impaired wheelchair users. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment; Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis.

Severe impairments. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

Moderate impairments. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

Mild Impairments. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.

Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). One guide is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

This category is for any paratriathlete whose disability is not defined under the previous classifications, or by those who choose not to be classified under another category. Like all other Competitive paratri categories, this group is eligible for awards.

This classification is for any paratriathlete who prefers to opt-out from any possible competitive element within their peer group, similar to the Life Time Tri  able-bodied Recreational categories. These individuals are more focused on personal challenge, not necessarily their finish time. This group is not eligible for awards, although all finishers will receive a medal.

If not already classified, athletes will be required to submit a form signed by a doctor to verify their disability.

Athletes with miscellaneous conditions such as intolerance to temperature extremes, impacted cognitive ability, organ transplant and joint replacement (endoprosthetics) patients and/or migraine sufferers, etc., are not eligible as defined by these proposed standards. If you are unsure of your qualification, ask the USAT PC Commission for guidance before registering for events to avoid wasted time and expense.

Persons with disabilities propelled by able-bodied athletes through the use of floatation devices, tandem or “sidecar” bicycles and/or being pushed in wheelchairs, are not considered “Athletes With Disabilities,” and are not eligible for competitive awards. They may however (at the discretion of the race director) participate as a non-competitive, recreational or demonstration entry.

In most cases, a simple doctor’s note will no longer be sufficient to compete in the above categories. Even after initial testing has been completed by the individual athlete, all athletes will be re-evaluated by trained IPC classifiers at ITU International events and will be prohibited from competition if they do not meet the minimum standards. This means that even if you passed through for a specific race, you may be denied participation in another. Be aware of this possibility.


Physically Challenge (PC) Handlers
The Verizon New York City Triathlon will provide a handler for each Paratriathlete request, assuming Race Staff is notified prior to June 9, 2020.  Alternatively, if you are coming with your own handler, please send Justin Model your handler’s name, cell and email address. Credentials will be issued to only those people on his list.

IMPORTANT: All handlers MUST be credentialed in advance, and attend the mandatory Handler Briefing on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown. More details below.

Visually Impaired Athlete Guides
Visually impaired athletes are responsible for securing their own guides and must have their information prior to registration.


All Paratriathlon competitors and all blind guides and all handlers must attend a mandatory race and safety briefing.  Athletes will not be allowed to race without attending this briefing. After the briefing, staff will distribute relevant race packets, including: bib numbers, swim caps, bike numbers, goodie bags, etc. Timing chips will be distributed on Sunday. Packets will not be distributed prior to this session.

The paratriathlete briefing will be held:

Paratriathlete Briefings
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Location: NY Hilton Midtown | Rhinelander South
1335 6th Ave, 2nd Floor
> Paratriathlete/Handler Meet-Up: 1:30 PM.
> Handler Briefing: 2:00 PM
> Paratriathlete Race Briefing: 2:30 PM

Please Note: This event is mandatory. Athletes who arrive late will not be admitted into the session. Those who arrive after the doors are closed will be counted as absent and removed from the start list.


To enroll in the 2020 Verizon New York City Triathlon – in either the Paratriathlon Championship or as a non-competitive participant, please contact Justin Model, NYC Triathlon Paratri Race Director. All paratriathletes receive guaranteed, discounted race entry ($338 individual, $420 relay teams). Registration must be finalized by June 29, 2019.