Each year, the Life Time Tri Series hosts nearly 25,000 participants, many of whom have varying athletic abilities, interest levels and goals when it comes to triathlon.
In the spirit of providing a customized race experience, athletes now have the ability to decide how competitive they wish to be, who they start alongside, and/or when they start their respective journey.
The table on the right indicates the various start groups available to participants, their competitive nature, and a preliminary start time for each. New start group offerings (denoted in red) allow like-minded or less-familiar athletes to rack together in Transition, to start together, and (theoretically) to finish at approximately the same time.
Individuals must select from one of these divisions/start groups within the registration process. Full descriptions for each group are included below.
When you’ve made your choice, click the “Register” button above. As special groups reach capacity, they will be removed from the list of available options. Please note: The default classification for all participants is the Competitive (5-year) Age Group.
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Participants within these divisions are primarily focused on speed, each of whom are eligible for competitive awards within their specific group. Competitive categories include:
All individuals are automatically placed in this category, unless choosing a different division during the registration process. Age groups are subdivided by gender and five-year age increments (e.g. 20-24, 24-29, 30-34, etc.). It is important to note that Age Groups are assigned based on athlete age as of December 31 of race year (thus no changes during the calendar year).
Formerly known as the “Elite Amateur” division, these are extremely fast, non-professional athletes competing in the International distance. Premier athletes start early in the wave order, and are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet (and submit proof of) qualifying times for eligibility:
- Premier Female: 2:30:00 or better
- Premier Male: 2:15:00 or better
Current college and university students. Collegiate athletes must present current student IDs at Packet Pick Up to earn the student discount. Collegiate athletes are subdivided by gender.
This division is open to all active duty safety personnel (Fire, Police, EMS, Military, Government Agencies, etc.). Proof of status must be presented at Packet Pick Up. First Responders are subdivided by gender.
Clydesdale / Athena
Generally heavier participants may opt-into this division. These athletes are subdivided by gender, each of whom must meet these minimum weight requirements, and may be required to weigh-in prior to competition:
- Athena: 165 lbs
- Clydesdale: 220 lbs
Athletes with physical disabilities. Para Triathletes are subdivided by gender, and can be classified by a variety of standards. Typically, Life Time Tri classifies Para athletes into these categories:
- Visually Impaired
Participants have the option to enter varying distances as a relay team, consisting of 2–3 individuals. Teams may elect which person will complete each specific discipline. Team members share a single timing chip, which is passed from one team member to another in transition. While not all relay teams are competitive by nature, all teams are eligible for competitive awards. Relay teams are subdivided into these groups:
- Co-Ed (mixed gender teams)
Participants in these divisions are primarily focused on the experience at hand, either racking together in Transition or starting alongside others not typically associated with their peer group. Recreational divisions are not eligible for competitive awards, and capacities may be limited at specific events. Recreational categories include:
First-Timers’ Program (special program, open to public)
If you’re brand new to the sport, consider joining the new Minneapolis Triathlon First-Timers’ Program. In its 3rd year, the program offers a complimentary educational series and training plans through local coaches and race staff. Participants also rack together in the Transition area, as well as start together on race day – free of intimidation from others. This special program is complimentary (with race registration) and limited to the first 100 registrants. As a recreational division, participants are not eligible for competitive awards, but all will receive a finisher’s medal and an official time! Click here to learn more about the Minneapolis Triathlon First-Timers’ Program.
Friends & Family
This new, non-competitive division provides an opportunity for friends and family to enjoy the day together. Note: To help ensure athletes are both racked (in Transition) and start within proximity of peers, we encourage friends/family to register at the same time, as the start order is chronological by registration timestamp. Friends & Family participants will receive periodic support from event staff, coaches and officials. The Friends and Family group will start toward the end of their respective distances.
Official charity partner and tri clubs/teams may earn the opportunity for private group starts, subject to terms and conditions at varying events. Contact your Team or Charity Manager for more details.