The more popular triathlon becomes, the harder it can be to snag a bib for some of the sport's favorite races. The New York City Triathlon is one of the highest profile triathlons in the country, and securing entry can be a challenge. The event is so popular, in fact, that participants are now chosen through a random lottery. Here's what you need to know about how to toe the line in the Big Apple.
1. Join the Lottery
Registration for the 2012 NYC Triathlon lottery opens on Tuesday, November 1 at 12:01 a.m. The registration link will be posted on the NYC Triathlon homepage and registration will be open for six days. Participants are chosen at random and all applicants will be notified by email on Friday November 11 regarding their status.
2. Be a Champion
Join the Champions Club for guaranteed entry. For $550, members receive a race entry, tri top, two passes to the VIP tent and guaranteed entry into next year's race. Registration for the Champions Club opens on Tuesday, November 1 at 12:01 a.m. and spots are limited to 400. All Champions Club spots sold out in just over a day last year so get ready to register early.
3. Race for Something You Believe In
Forty participating charities will be announced on October 17 at the NYC Triathlon website. Support your favorite one and gain entry into the 2012 event. Minimum fundraising requirements vary but the average amount is about $2500.
Pull out your work gloves, polish your cow bells, and earn a spot at the start line. If you volunteered for the race in 2011, you are guaranteed a spot in 2012. Similarly, if you volunteer in 2012, you are guaranteed a spot in 2013. Registration for 2012 volunteers opens on November 1.
How to Prepare for November 1
Set up an account. If you don't already have one, you can set up an Active.com account now and eliminate the amount of information you'll have to fill out when registering. Already have an account? Have your username and password handy and log in a few minutes before registration opens.
Be organized. Do you have your credit card available? Are you a USAT member or are you registering for a one-day license? Are you racing as an elite or an age-grouper? Do you plan to compete in the Ivy League Schools or First Responders Challenge, or the Accenture U.S. ParaTriathlon National Championships? Has your triathlon club been added to the list for the Tri Club Championship?
For more information, visit the NYC Triathlon FAQ page.
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