Photo by Ali Engin
With much success and feedback, the Chicago Triathlon is back with new enhancements to make the race even better than previous years. Here are a couple new things to look for in this year’s race:
- The Kids Tri and SuperSprint races will be hosted at Foster Beach, one mile north of its previous location. Foster Beach is a superior triathlon venue, with a manageable swim course and a simplified Transition setup.
- All Sunday participants now have the option to rack their bikes on Saturday, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – BigRing Transition Area – DuSable Harbor | 400 E. Monroe St. Utilize the south Transition entrance (north entrance closed). Bikes only. No bags. Bike stickers must be affixed. Overnight security provided.
- New race app: Users can explore schedules, view maps, track athletes, search results, communicate with fellow users, share photos and more. Download the free Life Time Athletic Events App from the Apple Store or Google Play.
- Two Course Talks are now offered for Kids and SuperSprint races. Talks are Friday, Aug. 29 at the Chicago Hilton, 2:30 p.m. in the Boulevard Room and 6 p.m. in Room A. These talks are optional. Due to room capacities, the race recommends you RSVP in advance.
- Improved Swim Course: Due to northwesterly winds and currents, an abundance of seaweed and debris made its way onto the 2014 swim course. Race management is working with the Monroe Harbor Master to ensure optimal conditions in 2015. Further, [they] are working with the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Park District to limit and/or replace the amount of outboard motor crafts on the course – contributing to less than ideal water and air quality for swimmers.
- New Race Capacities: The 2014 major race enhancements led to a sell out of both Sprint and International distance events. The Sprint distance race realized an increase in demand, primarily due to the flexible (late) transition access. To accommodate this demand, as well as provide the International distance athletes a better experience on the new bike course, the Sprint distance capacity will be raised from 3,000 to 3,500 participants, and the International capacity lowered from 4,000 to 3,500 slots. Total Sunday participation will remain capped at 7,000 total.
- Bike Course: Race management plans to replicate the 2014 bike course, the first course change in 18 years, considering the overwhelmingly positive feedback provided by both Sprint and International distance athletes. International athletes will utilize Lake Shore Drive, Lower Wacker Drive and the McCormick Place Busway. Lowering the International cap to 3,500 participants will allow for more space and better balance the course load. Sprint athletes will again ride one loop on Lake Shore Drive.
- First Timers’ Program (Unfortunately sold out): The new First Timers’ Program is designed to alleviate traditional intimidation, build athletic confidence and provide a calm/safe racing environment. Limited to 300 registrants, First Timer participants will receive a myriad of complimentary educational opportunities and in-person training sessions – all included with their race registration fee, including: private Tri101 Webinars, a written training program, early access to the Chicago Tri Community Gear Swap (April), priority registration the Chicago Triathlon Open Water Swim Clinics, dedicated race weekend coaching support, private course talks and more. On race day, participants will rack together in a specific transition area, as well as start in First Timer-specific waves. Participants must register specifically for this program. First Timers’ Waves are available ONLY to those participants who will complete their first outdoor Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Space will be limited to one wave (150 people) within both Sprint and International races. Click here to learn more.
*All information courtesy of www.ChicagoTriathlon.com