The First ever ITU World Triathlon Chicago has announced the course for both the Olympic and sprint distance races. The races will be held on the weekend of July 27th and the courses are billed as completely unique and never seen before in Chicago.
The courses are designed to take advantage of Chicago’s bike friendly streets and show off some of the many landmarks in the city. The run and bike stretches are loops giving spectators the chance to cheer on their athletes multiple times similar to the professional events. Both events feature nearly similar courses with the only difference coming in a few specific areas and the amount of laps done for each portion of the race.
The swim portion kicks off from Monroe Harbor and swimmers get out near the Field Museum campus. The run starts south of Buckingham Fountain, loops around it and returns to the starting area for 2.5 laps on the sprint and 3.5 for the Olympic. The bike stretch has the exact same course for both distances. Cyclists leave the Transition Area going north on Columbus to the river. They then turn down Lower Wacker and follow it along the river bend back to Jackson before returning back on the same route. This is done 4 times for the Olympic distance and 2 for the sprint.