Leon’s Triathlon to Host U.S. Armed Forces Triathlon Championship

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Leon’s Triathlon, a popular northwest Indiana event, will this year host the U.S. Armed Forces Military Triathlon National Championship in addition to the race’s traditional sprint and Olympic-distance races. The race will include athletes from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and will determine which athletes will represent the United States at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire Military World Games in South Korea in October. Canadian military triathletes will compete at Leon’s Triathlon this year as well.

Leon’s Triathlon intends to celebrate the championship in a variety of ways, including a 52-foot trailer from Lucas Oil designed as a tribute to the armed forces. The Lucas Oil jump team will also participate in ceremonies surrounding the race.

The race features the vocal talents of Jim Cornelison, known best locally as the singer of the national anthem for the Chicago Blackhawks, and NBC 5 Chicago sports anchor Mike Adamle will serve on the race’s broadcast team.

“We are honored to have Jim Cornelison return to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies of Leon’s Triathlon again this year,” race director Leon Wolek said.

The race features a variety of programs beyond its traditional races and this year’s championship. Participants can take part in the Zoot Team Cup Challenge, which features teams of five to 10 male, female or co-ed members, or register for the Amateur All-Star class if he or she believes he or she can compete at the top of his or her age group. The race also features a relay option for those wanting to join with others and compete in one or two disciplines instead of three.

Leon’s Triathlon takes place on June 7 at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, Indiana. The race will also be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.