The Rookie Triathlon Divisions

The Rookie Triathlon is unique in that it has separate divisions for triathletes of different experience levels; Rookie and Veterans divisions among other divisions available. And, each different division has separate awards. So, even if this is your first triathlon you could walk away with a First Place Trophy!!

Age Group Breakdown

The Rookie and Veterans divisions are organized by age group. Age groups are separated in 5-year increments. Your race age is based on your age on December 31st of the race year. This is a USAT regulation established to allow triathletes to race in their corresponding age group division for the entire season.

Individual age group categories for men and women include:

19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

The minimum age to participate in this event is 12 years old. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.

15th Annual Rookie Tri Introduces Hundreds to Triathlon

Determine which division is best for you:

  • Rookie
  • This division was created to support those who are just getting into the sport, the “true rookies” if you will. To participate in this division this event must be your first or second triathlon. Those signed up as Rookies will start the swim together based on age group categories. The swim will be a time trial start with 2 people entering the water approximately every 4 seconds.
  • Veterans
  • This division is for everyone who has done 2 or more triathlons. Do not worry you do not have to be competitive to participate in this division. Swim waves will be based upon age group categories. The swim will be a time trial start with 2 people entering the water approximately every 4 seconds.
  • Open
  • The open division exists for those wishing to go head to head regardless of age group. This keeps the age groups friendly and allows for some seriously fast times and course records. This is the only division with a mass swim start.
  • Athena/Clydesdale
  • You can also select to compete in the Athena/Clydesdale, separated according to body weight instead of age group. The categories are Athena (Female 165 + lbs) or Clydesdale (Male 220 + lbs). Athena/Clydesdale is an option for registration and not required.
  • Relay
  • If you’re note quite ready to complete the swim, bike, and run all on your own you can make a team of 2 or 3 people and each member can take on one leg of the race. Great for friends, family, and team building with co workers.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

Finisher Medals

Every participant that crosses the finish line is presented with an unique commemorative Rookie Tri Finisher Medal!


Top 3 Male and Female AGE GROUP awards will be given in the following divisions starting at 19 & under and going to 75+ in 5-year increments:

  • Rookie
  • Veterans
Top 3 OVERALL awards will be given for fastest time in the following divisions:
  • Open Male & Female
  • Veterans Masters Male & Female
  • Rookie Age Group Male & Female
  • Rookie Masters Male & Female
  • Aquabike
  • Athena
  • Clydesdale
  • Relay

See Schedule for Awards Ceremony.