A perfect race for seasoned veterans and rookie triathletes, the Woodridge Mini Triathlon continues to show why it is able to be Chicagoland largest mini triathlon and an event that is loved by racers and the community.
This is one of my favorite races year to year and it never fails to impress. The race’s main event is the super sprint distance triathlon with a 250 yard swim, 10k bike, and 2 mile run. There is also a relay option and the morning is capped off with a youth race with a 100 meter swim, 5k bike, and mile run.
Even with all these things going on, this race is able to cater to both speedsters going for time and age group awards and first time triathletes that just want to finish. The pre-race instructions that are emailed out contain all the info a newbie would need, which helps with the comfort level of the event. The course itself utilizes a pool swim and out-and-back courses for both the bike and run segments, so new triathletes can focus on not getting lost and the more experienced are able to focus on their splits and effort level.
There were over 100 volunteers working that morning and they were everywhere you looked. The folks that help make this event possible seem to really care about the athletes and the event as they all greeted you with a smile as they were willing to help with any questions you may have had.
The Cypress Cove Aquatic Park- where the race was held- has two lap pools, which allows the race to get people started much quicker than other tris that utilize pool swims. It also allows race organizers to place the fastest swimmers in opposite pools so that similar paced athletes are able to more closely compete against each other on the course.
The post-race party set-up is as close to perfection as you can get. The whole thing is contained within one parking lot, so finishers and spectators can relax while still feeling like they are part of the action. The exhibitors have their tents set up right next to a dozen or so picnic benches where athletes can chill out, listen to music, and enjoy their post race snacks, including hot dogs and hamburgers from Shanahan’s on Woodridge. The lot is right next to the finish line, so you are still able to hear the announcements of the finishers crossing the line.
With a 7 a.m. start, this is a race with an early morning wake-up time, but the distance means that your entire morning won’t be taken up by the event. It is a perfect get in, compete, and get home kind of event.
If you are a long time triathlete that is looking for speed or a good prep race, the Woodridge Mini Tri is for you. If you are someone who has always thought about trying a triathlon but want to give it a test first, the Woodridge Mini Tri is for you. If you have a child that loves swimming, biking, and running, the Woodridge Mini Tri is for you. This race time and time again proves to be an event for anyone that loves to test their abilities and wear their finisher medals with pride.