Chicago Triathlon is one of the most well known and well attended
triathlons on the planet.
Every year in late August, athletes from all over the world converge
on downtown Chicago
to swim, bike, and run in a fierce competition of Olympic proportions.
Triathlon boasts over 11,000 attendees, more than a quarter
of a million spectators, and countless more through the various media
outlets that cover the event. In fact, the Chicago Triathlon holds
the Guinness record as the world's largest international distance
Chicago Triathlon 2017
Watch for this year's landmark 35th annual Chicago Triathlon to kick off on Sunday, August
27, 2017 beginning at 6AM at Chicago's Downtown Lakefront, lasting until about 3PM.
Leading up to the main event are two competitions held the day before - including
a beginners triathlon beginning at 7:30AM on Saturday at Chicago's Foster Avenue Beach - followed by a kids' triathlon.
On Sunday, the
main event draws the biggest crowds, beginning with the swim in
Monroe Street Harbor. The swim portion is either 1.5 kilometers
or .75 kilometers, depending on whether competitors are participating
in the International distance or the Sprint distance.
After the swimming portion of the race comes the bike race. Competitors
bike for either 40 kilometers or 22 kilometers, depending on what
version of the race they are participating in.
Finally, the run portion is either 10 kilometers for the international
distance competitors or else 5 kilometers for the Sprint distance
competitors. Both distances end at the same finish line, at Hutchinson
Field in Grant Park.
The Chicago Triathlon is also always looking for volunteers, which
is another great way to get out and support a truly fantastic event.
the Chicago Triathlon around the Web:
- The official site with info on this year's race, entry & registration
details, parking and transportation, Chicago travel info and accommodations,
Triathlon weekend events, and complete results.