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How much does it cost to join?
Being a member of our club is an exceptionally good value. We only charge $50 per year (discounted slightly if you purchase a multi-year membership). With that fee, you get a membership kit (your choice of a tech t-shirt, hat, etc.) plus access to weekly group workouts, sport-specific clinics, support at local races, member-exclusive discounts, access to our full website and discussion forum, as well as club training and social events. In addition to all those benefits, membership in the club opens up access to all of our training programs that will help an individual complete their first triathlon, get faster, tackle a Half Ironman or a full Ironman, improve swimming, and improve their cycling.
We are the perfect club for everyone from the couch potato who has never run a block to the multiple Ironman finisher! Our most popular program, in fact, is our New Triathletes Program (NTP). NTP is a structured training program led by dedicated DC Tri Club volunteers that offers information and support to help individuals complete their first triathlon. NTP has grown over the years to now bring in 200 participants new to triathlon every year and has been a model program for triathlon clubs around the nation. At the other end of the spectrum, we sponsor a team of elite amateurs who regularly qualify for championship races around the world including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. So we really cover the entire gamut of skill levels.
Triathlon gets a bad rap as being a prohibitively expensive sport, but you really can get by with very basic entry-level gear. For swimming, you need a swim suit (we recommend "racing" style suits rather than loose styles that you might wear at the beach), goggles, and a swim cap. For biking, your "must-haves" are a bike and a helmet. For all club events, we require that riders wear bike helmets. We care more about your brains staying intact than your hair looking good. For running, you need a good pair of running sneakers. That's it! Of course, you can add dozens of additional pieces of gear as you progress in the sport and want to invest more money in your equipment.
The DC Triathlon Club offers many opportunities to train year-round throughout the District and the suburbs of MD and VA. We have weekly workouts in all three sports and in several geographic areas to accomodate all of our members - all detailed on our club calendar. The club runs its own Masters swim program that has six weekly workouts and has open swims on alternate days. We have very well-attended weekly bike rides in the warmer-weather months, as well as a coached off-season indoor spin program in the colder months. The club also has year-round, twice-weekly track workouts in addition to seasonal longer weekend runs that help members train for specific events. Members also regularly gather for impromptu workouts and coordinate details on our club forum.
Visit the DC Triathlon Club website for more information.