First-Timers’ Program
New to triathlon? No worries!

The 2018 Program SOLD OUT. Registration for the 2019 Edition Opens November 1 at 12pm ET.

The 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.

Full program perks include:

Note: Exact location for the education sessions will soon be released. All sessions will be held in the City of Chicago.

  • Chicago Triathlon 101 Webinar (March)
  • Six-part, in-person triathlon clinic series (starts April 25)
  • Local retailer product and service discounts


  • Written training program
  • Priority access into the Chicago Triathlon Swim Clinic Series (June-August)
  • Live coaching support during in-store clinic sessions
  • Various social runs and happy hours

Retail Benefits

  • An amazing team to help you pick the right gear to match your needs
  • A never-intimidating atmosphere to get honest answers to all of your questions
  • Specials, sales and private shopping events exclusively for the First Timers’ Program
  • Access to everything you need to comfortably swim, bike and run your way to your first finish line

Race Weekend

  • Private course talks
  • 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.

A detailed listing of all perks will be distributed once a participant enrolls, and is accepted into, the program.

Additional session dates will be released in the coming weeks.


The First Timers’ Program is available first-come, first-serve to ONLY those who will complete their first-ever outdoor triathlon on Sunday, August 25, 2019. 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 December. Due to the special race weekend amenities, program participants are not eligible for Age Group Awards.

How To Enroll

Are you ready? Complete the following steps, and don’t wait – this program will sell out quickly.

1.) Click the “Register Now” button above.
3.) Choose either “International – Individual” or “Sprint – Individual” options.
4.) Select “First-Timers’ Program” in the Race Division section.

Qualifying individuals will be sent a confirmation email with further details. Unqualified individuals will be defaulted to their standard Age Group division.