First Time Triathlete Package

at the UBC Triathlon Duathlon – March 9, 2024

Our First Time Triathlete (FTT) experience, the only program of its kind in Canada, is a great choice for anyone taking part in their first ever triathlon. Included in the FTT package is: race entry for short or sprint triathlon, a kick-off event & Q&A panel, exclusive access to giveaways, in-person training clinics, tips & tricks from experienced triathletes, training plans & resources, nutrition resources, opportunities to find a community of like-minded individuals, and dedicated time to speak with our staff & partners to make sure everyone feels excited, supported, and ready to race!  

Key Dates

  • FTT Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 14, 2024
  • FTT Kick-Off Event: Friday, January 19, 2024
  • Race Package Pick-Up & Expo: Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Race Day: Saturday, March 9, 2024

First Time Triathletes Training Clinics

Group training sessions with experienced and qualified coaches to walk you through triathlon fundamentals, individual discipline techniques, and ultimately help you prepare for race day. Guidance is centred around the swim, cycle, run, and transition elements:

  • January 20, 2024: Info coming soon 
  • January 21, 2024: Info coming soon
  • January 27, 2024: Info coming soon
  • January 28, 2024: Info coming soon 
  • February 3, 2024: Info coming soon 
  • February 4, 2024: Info coming soon 

Race Distances Overview

The UBC Triathlon Duathlon offers two race distances for the First Time Triathlete package.

First Time Triathlon Races Swim Cycle Run
Sprint Triathlon 700m 20km (2 laps) 5km (2 laps)
Short Triathlon 400m 10km 5km (2 laps)

Ready To Register

Explore the following drop-down menus to register for the First Time Triathlete Package:

Similar to a “try-it” distance, our Short race is great for athletes just starting out either their triathlon or fitness journey. The Short race is a good way to get started in the triathlon world!

Race Type Public UNA/CSC and UBC Staff & Faculty  UBC Students
Short $192.50 $181.50 $135.30

Sprint is the most popular distance at this race. As a strong medium distance, the Sprint triathlon is great for athletes looking to build up their strength in new areas of exercise, or try something entirely new.

Race Type Public UNA/CSC and UBC Staff & Faculty  UBC Students
Sprint $192.50 $181.50 $135.30

For information on the withdrawal policy for the UBC Triathlon Duathlon, click here. 

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Do you have a special request or circumstance?
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Can I REALLY Do A Triathlon?

Taylor Davis - First Time Triathlete

Taylor Davis, UBC Student

"I always wanted to try a triathlon but was intimidated by the long distances. I tried the short distance at the UBC Triathlon Duathlon and it was perfect, even though I had never biked or swam competitively. I loved it so much that i'm taking it one step further and doing the sprint next year!"

Taylor's Top Pick: Sign up for the First-Time Triathlete package to learn all the basics from experienced triathletes. A shorter distance, or a modified or team experience is also a good bet for your first triathlon.

Latest UBC Triathlon Duathlon Updates

Tri-Du 2024 Route Maps

February 1, 2024

Our website has been updated with all route maps. You can find them in the ‘Triathlon Duathlon Route Map’ section of the website. Make sure to check them out and consider training on our route!