First Timers’ Program

The Chicago Triathlon First-Timers’ Program is a special athlete development program designed to alleviate traditional intimidation, build athletic confidence and provide a calm racing environment for aspiring triathletes. The program launched in 2014, reaching sell-out capacity every season and achieving a near-perfect finisher rate.

First Timers’ Program participants receive a myriad of educational opportunities through virtual information sessions included with their race registration fee. Participants also receive special race weekend services including dedicated transition staff and exclusive wave starts.


The First Timers’ Program is available first-come, first-serve to ONLY those who will complete their first-ever outdoor triathlon on Sunday, August 27, 2023. To ensure placement in the First-Timers’ Program, participants must register themselves for individual Sprint or International entry then select “Yes, I would like to participate in the First Timers’ Program

Note: Due to the special race weekend amenities, program participants are not eligible for Age Group Awards.

2023 Schedule

Session 1: Triathlon 101 | May 10 | 6:00 PM CST

Session 2: The Swim | May 31 | 6:00 PM CST

Session 3: The Bike | June 21 | 6:00 PM CST

Session 4: Transitions 101 | July 12 | 6:00 PM CST

Session 5: The Run | August 2 | 6:00 PM CST

Session 6: Race Prep | August 16 | 6:00 PM CST

Those official enrolled in the program receive the following perks:

The program includes six stand-alone, video educational sessions — each focusing on a variety of tri-specific topics (swim, bike, run, transition, gear, etc). All sessions will be held either via video.

  • Live coaching support during educational sessions
  • Private Facebook group for ongoing support and guidance. Click the link below to join and learn more.
  • Private, Pre-Race Athlete Briefing
  • Dedicated race weekend Transition support
  • Private Transition racks
  • Private swim start

To ensure placement in the First-Timers’ Program, participants must register themselves for individual Sprint or International entry. On the “Select Your Division,” question, choose the “First-Timers’ Program” option from the menu.

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