Events

Get Your Race On: Virtual Options for Triathletes

Several race organizers are getting creative in helping triathletes get to the start line (from home).

Updated Sept. 1: Looking for a virtual triathlon? We’ve launched our own! If you’ve always dreamed about covering the full iron-distance or are missing out on the Big Island this year, then join us for the week when so many triathletes would have been gathering in Hawaii. Cover the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and marathon run over those seven days. Do it all at once as fast as you can, or break it up and enjoy the challenge. Get the details here.

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Join us for Hawaii from Home virtual triathlon! Get the details here.

It’s almost July and triathletes are no doubt aware that we should be in the middle of race season. With nearly every triathlon for the foreseeable future canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like it will be a while before we can line up for a swim/bike/run affair. In the meantime, you can get the competitive juices flowing through events in Zwift, apps, or one of the dozens of running races offering virtual options. For triathletes who truly want a multisport experience, a few organizations are getting creative with virtual “triathlons.” Check back as we update this story in the future with any additional virtual triathlon and duathlon options.

#TriWeek Virtual Challenge presented by TOWER 26

Dates: June 22 – July 5
Distances: 24.85-mile bike, 6.2-mile run
Cost: Free, or $50 for the #TriWeek package
Website: mytimetotri.com

If you’re reading this before the holiday weekend, you have just enough time to get this virtual triathlon in the books. USA Triathlon created this event to celebrate National Tri Week and continue to give people more opportunities to compete in the sport. You can finish it all at once or across multiple days. If you pay the $50 for the package, you’ll get a USA Triathlon Annual Membership (if you already have a membership, it will get extended by 12 months), finisher medal, and the chance to win more than $20,000 in prizes (including a treadmill, triathlon coaching, a NormaTec Recovery System, a Wahoo Fitness Kickr, among others). 

Verizon New York City Triathlon

Dates: July 11-19
Distances:
Ultimate Challenge: 1-mile run, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run (athletes complete all at once)
Intermediate Challenge: 1-mile run, 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run (athletes complete each leg individually within given time parameters)
Basic Challenge: 1-mile run, 25-mile, 6.2-mile (athletes complete each leg at their convenience)
Cost: $55, or included for athletes who defer 2020 NYC Triathlon entry to 2021 or 2022
Website: nyctri.com

The New York City Triathlon is offering three different levels of its virtual duathlon event. You may choose to complete all three legs back to back or complete them separately. If you were registered for the 2020 NYC event, you can defer to 2021 or 2022 and get the virtual event for free. If you want to do it just because, this is a great chance to get some iconic NYC Tri swag without having to travel. Finishers get a downloadable race bib, finisher medal, and custom digital stickers. There will also be age-group winners in each challenge. 

Rev3 New England Virtual Triathlon

Dates: July 25 – Aug. 2
Distances:
Sprint: 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run, athlete’s choice (5 min)
Olympic: 25-mile bike, 6.2-mile run, athlete’s choice (10 min)
Half: 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run, athlete’s choice (15 min)
Kids 6-10: 2.5-mile bike, .75-mile run, athlete’s choice (5 min or less)
Kids 11+:  5-mile bike, 1.5-mile run, athlete’s choice (5 min)
Cost: $60 (baseball shirt, tumbler, medal) or $30 (t-shirt, medal)
Website: rev3tri.com/newengland

Rev3 has taken several of its events from 2020 virtual, including this New England one. Like its past offerings, the Rev3 New England Virtual Triathlon has a variety of distances (from sprint to half) and there are options for the kids as well. You bike, you run, and then you pick any event for the “athlete’s choice” portion of the race. Pay the registration fee, complete your triathlon at home, and then submit the results to the event’s website between July 25 and Aug. 2. Each registered participant will be mailed the choice of baseball shirt, 20 oz tumbler, and a medal, or a t-shirt and a medal. There are awards—but they’re not for the fastest finishers. The Facebook and Instagram posts that get the most likes will receive the prizes.

cbdMD Chicago Triathlon

Dates: Aug. 22-30
Distances:
International duathlon: .93-mile run, 24.8-mile bike,  6.2-mile run
International triathlon: .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run
Sprint duathlon: .47-mile run, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Sprint triathlon: .47-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Super sprint duathlon: .23-mile run, 6.2-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
Super sprint triathlon: .23-mile swim, 6.2-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
Cost: $55, or included for athletes who defer their 2020 entry
Website: chicagotriathlon.com/virtual-event

Just like its New York counterpart, the Chicago Triathlon is offering a virtual option to anyone who defers their race entry or for $55 to the general public. The format is slightly different, making for a fun challenge for anyone who wants to do both. There are three distances, all with the option to be completed either as a duathlon or triathlon. Swag for this one includes a downloadable race bib, finisher medal, gaiter, and custom digital stickers.

Challenge KaiserWinkl-Walchsee

Dates: June 28-Sept. 6
Distances: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Cost: Free for registrants, € 19.90 for new registrants
Website: challenge-walchsee.com

This one isn’t particularly helpful for U.S.-based athletes, but it’s a pretty cool concept so we thought it was worth sharing. Organizers of this Challenge event have set up the entire swim, bike, and run course in Austria so that athletes can complete their race. They even set up the finish line for athletes who wanted to take it on during what would have been race day. If you happen to be in the area, you can still do the race. The registration fee includes a day pass for lake use in Walchsee, a swim cap, day parking pass, a race backpack, and a scarf. (If you’re inspired to set up your own DIY tri, read how to do that here). 

Ironman VR

The Distances: Vary from weekend to weekend
Cost: So far they have been free
Website: ironmanvirtualclub.com

First, sign up for the Ironman Virtual Club (it’s free) and then you’ll gain access to all of the information about upcoming virtual triathlons. Races VR1 through VR13 have already taken place and Ironman just completed the remaining schedule for the summer. Register for the event and then complete the outlined sessions over the given time period (Friday to Sunday). In the Classic division you can do the distances using whatever equipment you’d like and you can complete the activities on separate days, but each of the legs must be done in one session. (So, for example, for a sprint you could do the 1.5K run on Friday, the 20K ride on Saturday, and the 5K run on Sunday.) The prize for this race is a digital “badge” that goes on your athlete dashboard and profile.

Ironman has also added Challenger and Championship divisions, which have stricter rules and guidelines to follow. The Championship series will have 70.3 Worlds spots on the line, but that qualification criteria has not been announced. Check back next week as we provide a complete update on Ironman’s VR series.

Dates Race Championship Challenger
 Classic
July 10-12 Ironman VR14  Olympic Distance Sprint
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Sprint Distance
July 17-19 Ironman VR15 Olympic Distance Olympic
Distance
Olympic Distance
July 24-26 Ironman VR16 Half Distance Half
Distance
Half
Distance
July 31-Aug. 1 Ironman VR17 Olympic Distance Olympic
Distance
Olympic Distance
Aug. 7-9 Ironman VR18 Olympic Distance Sprint
Distance
Sprint
Distance
Aug. 14-16 Ironman VR19 Olympic Distance Olympic
Distance
Olympic Distance
Aug. 21-23 Ironman VR20 Half Distance Half
Distance
Half
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Aug. 28-30 Ironman VR21 Olympic Distance Olympic
Distance
Olympic Distance