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. This program is available for individual Sprint and International athletes only.

What you'll receive

Those officially enrolled in the program receive the following perks:

  • Educational Sessions

    • Six stand-alone, video educational sessions — each focusing on a variety of tri-specific topics (swim, bike, run, transition, gear, etc).

  • Training

    • Live coaching support during educational sessions, plus a private Facebook group for ongoing support and guidance. 

  • Race Weekend

    • Private, pre-race athlete briefing

    • Dedicated race weekend transition support

    • Private transition racks

    • Private swim start

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


How to enroll

The First Timers’ Program is only available for those completing their first-ever outdoor triathlon event.

Follow these steps to register: 

  • Head to the 2024 Chicago Triathlon Event Page

  • Select one of the following Races: 

    • International Individual

    • Sprint Individual

  • Under Start Wave, select the First Timer Wave

  • Complete your registration


2024 Schedule

2024 swim, bike and transition training dates will be coming soon!

The 2023 schedule is below for reference only:

  • 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 9 | 6:00 PM CST

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


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