Photo by Ali Engin
Triathletes of all ages took to Chicago’s lakefront on Saturday and Sunday for the 33rd Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, and while the race drew participants from 46 states and 18 countries, locals took home top honors in both the Sprint and International races.
The weekend kicked off in soggy fashion, as a rainstorm pushed through Chicago during the SuperSprint and Kids Tri. Chad Croucher took the SuperSprint men’s title in 34:27, while Ellen Rothenberg won the women’s division in 39:54. LuisAnna Lopez broke the tape at the Kids Tri in 17:12.
Kevin Hughes of Chicago and Audrey Ernst of South Elgin won the men’s and women’s divisions of the Sprint race in 1:11:26 and 1:17:48, respectively. Both athletes handily won the race, with Hughes finishing nearly two minutes ahead of second place Ruben Figures (1:13:23) from Chicago and Ernst finishing about two-and-a-half minutes in front of Stacey Kiefer (1:21:20) of Anitoch. Ralph Nurse of Crown Point, Indiana took third in 1:14:37, while Jordyn Bloode of New Carlisle, Indiana finished third in the women’s division in 1:22:58.
Jeremy Rielley and Jacqueline Godbe, both of Chicago, won the International distance race in 2:00:57 and 2:14:54. Brett Collins of Forest Park, last year’s International race champion, took second in 2:02:04, while Drue Orwig from Ada, Michigan took silver for the second consecutive year in the women’s race in 2:19:11. Reeven Nathan dramatically improved on his 2014 performance, taking 2:37 off his time and moving up from 22nd place last year to third place this year. Pamela Staton, the 2014 female CARA Runner of the Year, finished third in the women’s division of the International race in 2:22:49.
Among Sunday’s more famous competitors, Mayor Rahm Emanuel returned to the Sprint race for the first time since 2011. Emanuel finished in 1:39:59, improving on his performance four years ago even with a slower overall time due to the fact that the 2015 bike course added 2.5 mile to the overall race distance.
For complete results from the weekend, visit www.chicagotriathlon.com.