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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Is it really free?

Yup! Totally free to sign-up and do your first, tenth, or hundredth triathlon.

 

What is Time to Tri?

Time to Tri is an unprecedented initiative within the triathlon industry to grow the sport by proactively recruiting and supporting athletes as they train for and compete in their first race. The initiative, a strategic joint effort between USA Triathlon and IRONMAN, was unveiled in early 2018.

 

Who is virtual triathlon for?

Anyone who is 13 years of age and older! Whether you’re looking to do your first triathlon or have done hundreds, anyone can participate. New athletes are encouraged to participate in the sprint-distance event. An Olympic-distance competition also will be offered. To be considered a finisher, you simply need to complete the required distance for swimming, cycling and running before the end of the event.

 

Where should I participate?

Wherever you can safely swim, bike and run! Swim in a pool or open water. Ride on the trainer or outdoors. Run on a treadmill, track or trail. As long as you can measure your time and distance via a smartwatch, GPS-enabled device or phone, you can sync to the Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon platform.

 

How do I register?

Click here!

 

What is the cost to participate?

The Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon is free for participants. However, there is an option to make a donation of $35 to the USA Triathlon Foundation and receive a awesome finisher's package that will include a finisher medal and a race T-shirt.

100 percent of the proceeds from this donation will be directed back to the USA Triathlon Foundation to support their mission of “Opening Pathways to Triathlon For All.” You will be able to make this donation as part of the registration process. For more information on the Foundation, please click here.

 

Do I need a USA Triathlon Membership?

You do not need a USA Triathlon (USAT) Membership as this is a free event. However, if you plan on participating in future USAT sanctioned events we encourage you to register for a membership to avoid race-day registration fees. The USAT Membership program currently has over 500,000 members who receive benefits such as discounts on products and services, access to a weekly Multisport Zone e-newsletter, USAT Magazine and more! Learn more HERE

 

Do I have to have a fitness tracker device (like Apple Watch or FitBit) in order to participate?

No, you do not have to have a tracking device to participate. By logging into your PROFILE, you can manually add in your workouts, mileage, and times. However, using a tracker is highly encouraged as most trackers will automatically upload your workouts. Additionally, manually uploaded workouts may not be eligible for awards.

 

What if I have technical errors and my device did not record my stats properly?

There is likely a problem with how your device is connected. Please refer to THIS PAGE for more details on how to address this. 

 

What if i have a fulfillment issue with my Finisher's Package?

For any fulfillment issue please reach out to virtualtri@usatriathlon.org with any questions.

 

How are my results uploaded?

When using a tracking device, your results are uploaded to FitRankings every-time you sync your device with its respective app. For instance, when you sync your Garmin with the Garmin Connect app, all workouts from your Garmin will be uploaded automatically. Note that you must have previously connected each device you track workouts on to FitRankings for this to occur.

 

Where can I track and view my results?

All results will live here for the Olympic-distance


How far do I have to swim, bike and run?

For the Sprint Distance Challenge you will need to complete the following distances: Swim 500 meters (0.31 miles), Bike 20 kilometers (12.5 miles), Run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)

For the Olympic Distance Challenge you will need to complete the following distances: Swim 1,500 meters (0.92 miles), Bike 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) and Run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)


How much time do I have to complete the virtual triathlon?

The event will officially open on November 1st, 2019 and will end on December 1st, 2019. 

 

Are there any prizes?

For the Sprint and Olympic distance participants, who do not purchase a finisher's package, that complete the virtual triathlon, they will be entered in a sweepstakes for an opportunity to win various prizes. 

Participants who purchased the "Finishers Package" will receive an exclusive t-shirt and finisher medal. 

Finishers of both challenges will receive a $20 gift card to roka.com shortly after receiving their confirmation email. (Limit one $20 credit per person)

For the Olympic distance challenge specifically there will be additional prizes for the greatest distance run, biked or swam from Nov.1 - Dec.1; greatest number of triathlons completed; 1st individual to complete the triathlon and then two club challenges for greatest number of participants and greatest number of triathlons completed. 

(Prizes, gift cards and Finisher's Package are open to participants who are residents of the United States of America and currently residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia) 

 

What happens if I exceed the distances needed for the swim, bike, or run?

You are welcome to exceed the distances for either of these challenges. Swim, bike and run as much as you like!

 

How will I know when I complete the virtual triathlon?

You will receive a completion email from the platform and shortly after that your $20 ROKA gift card to roka.com.

 

What if I don’t have a swimming pool?

There are various facilities, clubs and communities that offer indoor swimming pools. Check with your local gyms, YMCA's, and community centers.

Additionally, you can search online through U.S. Masters Swimming

 

For additional questions click here to submit.