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IRONMAN® and Life Time Fitness announced today that Women For Tri™, an initiative to welcome and empower new female triathletes to be part of the sport’s continued exponential growth, has expanded globally, adding focus to the European and Asia-Pacific regions. With this expansion, the TriClub grants and collegiate scholarships program will now be available to female athletes globally. In its first year in 2015, Women For Tri helped increase female participation in IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® events globally by 18-percent to more than 62,000 female athletes. The initiative’s grants and scholarship program also raisedRead More
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After setting up our team tent and being up close and personal to the 9,000 athletes participating in the Chicago Triathlon yesterday, I thought it would be helpful to give all of you the Top 5 mistakes to avoid in triathlon. My tent was set up so close to the swim start, I was able to witness many things that should just never happen.  I want to be able to help you avoid all of these situations in your future races! Running out of time: Let it be know thatRead More
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Over 700 athletes participated in Saturday’s races of the Chicago Triathlon series this past weekend. Different from last year, the Kids Tri took place first, followed by the SuperSprint. The kids race was a bit soggy with rain throughout their race but the weather cleared for the adults. Many SuperSprint athletes took advantage of the same day packet pickup and late bike check in from 9 – 9:45 a.m.  The process was smooth and athletes were at the beach for the 10 a.m. start. Paratriathletes were the first wave ofRead More
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Race Recap: Fort2Base

By Jonathan Cain
Everything about Fort2Base makes it different from just about any other race you have ever run. The uniqueness of the race is what makes it so memorable and why runners come back year after year. Another term I like to use to describe it, is that is a “thinking person’s” race. Fort2Base is an event that you need to plan ahead for in every aspect of the race. We’ll start with the distances of the race. The two distances to choose from are 10 Nautical Miles or three Nautical Miles. That comesRead More
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More than 9,000 athletes congregated in Chicago the weekend of August 26 to compete in the 34th annual Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, the nation’s largest triathlon. Athletes represented 46 states and 18 countries, and 49 percent of them were Chicago residents. The weekend began at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, where the Multisport and Fitness Expo took place. Not only was this the place for athletes to pick up their race packets and attend the mandatory course talk prior to racing, but over 150 vendors had booths promoting their products. Different vendorsRead More
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Despite its reputation of being polluted and dirty, various Chicago groups say swimming in the Chicago River could be possible in the next 15 years. According to an article by DNAInfo Chicago, members of the Metropolitan Planning Council, the City of Chicago and Friends of the Chicago River met last week and released a plan to make Chicago-area waterways fully swimmable by 2030. Along with the Chicago River, the Des Plaines River and Calumet River will be open for swimming. The MPC surveyed more than 6,000 Chicago residents over 18Read More
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You may have noticed I didn’t write a column last week, and that’s because I was exploring the beautiful state of Colorado! Although I was on vacation and away from my desk, the endurance world was not out of sight or mind. My boyfriend Dan and I drove the exciting 16 hours across Iowa and Nebraska with really no plan; we had hotels in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, and knew we wanted to hike, but really didn’t do much prior research. I did know, however, that a lot ofRead More
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Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that 17-time Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) winner and six-time Chicago Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden and three-time Paralympic gold medalist and five-time Chicago Marathon title holder Kurt Fearnley (AUS) will return to compete for the number one spot at the 39th annual event. McFadden and Fearnley stand out among one of the most internationally diverse and talented professional wheelchair fields in Chicago Marathon history. Athletes from 11 countries will descend upon the Windy City on October 9 to vie for the ChicagoRead More
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Apparently all it takes is two weeks of sport watching for Chicagoans to be motivated to hit the gym or pool. According to a Chicago Tribune article, clubs all over expect a boost in memberships after anytime the Olympics takes place; this year, with much success from the U.S. Swim Team, swimming clubs and teams are in the spotlight. David Stephens, head coach of Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club expects 25-30 more kids trying out than non-Olympic seasons, and Lakeshore Sport & Fitness had 20 more registrations than normal, managing partnerRead More
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All athletes participating in the 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon are set to receive a RunnerBox Race Kit at packet pick-up as part of a new sponsorship. The race kit contains a variety of handpicked items designed to help get athletes to the start line ready to race, finish strong and recover after. “We’re extremely excited to sponsor the 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon and provide race kits for athletes, says Laura Jorgensen, Co-Owner of The RunnerBox. “With so many details to manage leading up to race day, we’re happy to beRead More
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In an effort to diversify their sales approach, a couple is combining fitness and booze in a new Burr Ridge running store. Peak Running will be located at 580 Village Center Drive, approved by Burr Ridge Village officials Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. In addition to running shoes and fitness attire, Peak Running will provide eight to 10 craft beer selections, along with wine, water and snacks. Tiffany and Mike Cruickshank own another Peak Running in Downers Grove, but do not sell alcohol due to lack of space. Tiffany CruickshankRead More
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When I first got into biking I made the mistake all amateurs do: When I came across a hill I would power up it to keep my speed. If I approached a hill at 16 mph, I would try and maintain that speed until the top and coast down. One day a riding partner asked me why I was struggling so hard to maintain speed to get up the hills, rather than staying steady. He thought I was using too much power. “You’re pushing more than 200 watts up thisRead More