Training for a triathlon isn’t exactly easy. While every major endurance race of any kind requires some real focus, triathlons require more time and work than most. While runners can train on nearly any sidewalk and cyclists can do roughly the same on most streets, triathletes need both of those plus water to train in. Because of that, using other races to prepare for a goal race is one of the best ways to train.
The Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles will be hosting the 29th Tower Triathlon this year, and is perfect training for one of the major triathlons in Chicago this summer. The ChampionChip timed race is USA Triathlon sanctioned and ideal for any number of athletes. It can be used as either a warm up for triathletes getting back in to the season or a first timer trying their hand at a multi-sport event.
The weekend of events start Saturday, May 17 with the youth triathlon and continues the following day with the adult event. The youth triathlon is made up of two different events for different age groups. Kids 7-10 will swim 100m, bike 4k and run 1k while kids 11-14 do a 200m swim, 8k bike and 2 k run. Sunday’s tri is a 450 yard swim, 18k bike and 5k run fully supported along the course with volunteers, aid stations and fans.
Runners who sign up using the discount code chicagoathletetowertri will receive a 10% discount off registration. For more information, click here.