First Timers’ Program

The Life Time 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.

Program schedule will be released spring of 2023


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.

Those official enrolled in the program receive the following perks:

The program includes six stand-alone, in-person or 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 or in-person once it is safe to do so, with exact in-person locations released within a private email. The educational sessions will feature a handful of retail partners and sponsors, offering exclusive swag and promotions for program participants.

  • A written training program
  • Live coaching support during educational sessions
  • Various social runs and happy hours once it is deemed safe per local authorities
  • 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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