$25,000 Relay Challenge
Will Hunter's Record Finally Fall?

The $25,000 Relay Challenge

Through partnership with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), Life Time is proud to announce the$25,000 Relay Challenge — a novel team competition within the 2020 Verizon New York City Triathlon.

Event History

Started in 2001, the 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 that time, Manhattan’s only triathlon has seen it all. The field grew to a record 3,462 finishers in 2018. Female participation has grown nearly 600% since inception, when it hosted only 159 women. First-timers are projected to represent 25% of the entire 2019 event (another record). As the New York City Triathlon evolves, nearly every statistic has changed, and every record fallen.

Except one…

The fastest recorded finish time at the New York City Triathlon has remained untarnished for 18 years, when legendary pro triathlete, Hunter Kemper, recorded a blistering 1:41:20 in the event’s inaugural year.

With construction planned in 2020, and a course change on the horizon, the 2019 New York City Triathlon will provide one final opportunity for participants to make history. Can Hunter’s record be broken?

The Challenge 

In response to this question, Life Time and Challenged Athletes Foundation are teaming-up to create a new relay team competition – one with an interesting twist. Not only do we strive to see the record broken, but we’re asking both able-bodied and disabled athletes to combine forces and contribute to history.

If a participating relay team can successfully break Hunter’s current course record, Life Time will donate $25,000 to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The winning team will present the check to CAF during a special awards ceremony, gain exposure in various national media outlets, earn complimentary 1-year Life Time memberships and much more!

This competition is open to the public. Athletes at large are invited to develop a triathlon “dream team,” consisting of three individuals, each responsible to complete one discipline of the event: a 1500m swim, 40k bike or 10k run. Each team must incorporate at least one para and one able-bodied triathlete.

Celebrity Pro/Am Teams

Several Pro/Am teams are being assembled (with teams soon to be unveiled) to stimulate solid competition and awareness of the program. Preliminary participants are indicated below, with full bios and team rosters coming soon:

  • Breezy Bochenek: CAF Athlete
  • Erin Beresini: Editor, Triathlete Magazine
  • Eric Byrnes: MLB Network; Philanthropist; Endurance Athlete
  • Sebastian Bellin: CAF Athlete
  • Marko Cheseto: CAF Athlete
  • Marcus Cook: Motivational Speaker; IRONMAN World Championship finisher
  • Glen Hartrick: CAF Athlete
  • Michelle Jones: Olympic Silver Medalist; IRONMAN World Champion; Paralympic Gold Medalist Guide
  • Floyd Landis: Owner, Floyds of Leadville; Former Professional Cyclist


The general public is welcome to enroll in this special competition, which is separate from the event’s standard Relay Team format. Participating relay teams must be officially enrolled in the “$25,000 Relay Challenge” competition for eligibility.

To enroll in this special competition, please email info@nyctri.com referencing the Relay Challenge. Standard entry fees will apply.