Participants within these divisions are primarily focused on speed, each of whom are eligible for competitive awards within their specific group. Competitive categories include:
Participants with a current Pro Card from their country of residence’s triathlon federation are eligible for complimentary race entry in any Life Time Tri Series event. Pros will start alongside the Premier Amateurs in the International distance. Awards will be presented to the top 3 International distance female and male professionals. Professional triathletes will be scored exclusively with other Pros of the same gender. They are not eligible for amateur awards.
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 will be required to weigh-in prior to competition:
- Athena: 165 lbs or more
- Clydesdale: 220 lbs or more
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)