First-Timers’ Program
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The 2020 Chicago Triathlon First-Timers’ Program

Note: The 2020 First Timers’ Program is Sold Out. 

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.

The program is limited to only 150 Sprint and 150 International distance registrants. First Timers’ Program participants receive a myriad of educational opportunities and in-person training sessions included with their race registration fee. Participants also receive special race weekend services including dedicated Transition staff and separate wave starts.

Those officially-enrolled in the program receive the following perks:

Educational Sessions

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). The 2020 schedule is as follows:

  • May 6: Swim
  • May 27: Bike
  • June 17: Run
  • July 8: Transition
  • July 29: Mental Preparation
  • August 19: Race Preparation

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 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
  • Priority access into the Chicago Triathlon Swim Clinic Series (June-August)
  • Live coaching support during in-person educational sessions
  • Various social runs and happy hours once it is deemed safe per local authorities
  • Private Facebook page for ongoing support and guidance. Click here for the private group link. Authorized participants have been previously provided access. 

Race Weekend

  • 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 at On the “Select Your Division,” question, choose the “First-Timers’ Program” option from the menu. Note: The 2020 First Timers’ Program is Sold Out. 

A detailed listing of all perks will be distributed in the Spring. Questions? Email us at


The First Timers’ Program is available first-come, first-serve to ONLY those who will complete their first-ever outdoor triathlon on Sunday, August 30, 2020. Participants must register specifically for this program. Unqualified individuals will be defaulted to their standard Age Group division.

Note: Further program details will be communicated to registered participants in the Spring. Due to the special race weekend amenities, program participants are not eligible for Age Group Awards.

How To Enroll

The 2020 First Timers’ Program is sold out. Registration for the 2021 program will open after this year’s event.