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. 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?
Registration is open! Click here.
What is the cost to participate?
The Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon is free for participants.
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.
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 Sprint-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)
How much time do I have to complete the virtual triathlon?
Jan. 31 - Feb. 16
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!
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.