More than 9,000 participants will swim, bike and run in event featuring new bike course and largest Kids Tri and SuperSprint races in event history
Athletes: More than 9,000 professional, amateur and youth triathletes will descend upon Chicago’s lakefront on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th to compete in the 2014 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, presented by Toyota and produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company.
Course and Updates: Sunday’s main event includes an International and Sprint distance, along with a relay component for teams of three. This year’s triathlon features several course enhancements, including a new bike course for the International distance event, a new start sequence for Sunday’s races, team challenge competitions, and a special Divvy bike wave at the SuperSprint event.
Purse: Professional triathletes will battle for the event’s $40,000 purse, with the top male and female taking home $8,500 each. Chicagoan Ben Collins is a strong contender to win the Professional division after wins at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis in July and the Panasonic New York City Triathlon earlier this month.
Life Time Kids Tri: In addition, Saturday’s Life Time Kids Tri will host the largest event in its history with more than 1,100 children ages 7-14 breaking into the sport of triathlon, building confidence and encouraging healthy competition in a fun, safe environment. Awards will go to the top three boys and top three girls in each age group. The family friendly event will take place at Montrose Avenue Beach, along with Saturday’s SuperSprint.
St. Jude: As part of Tri weekend, Life Time has expanded its partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to Chicago. Individuals who have committed to raise funds through participating in “St. Jude’s Heroes” help ensure families never receive a bill from the St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Chicago Triathlon Multisport & Fitness Expo
Hilton Chicago, 720 N. Michigan
- August 22nd: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- August 23rd: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Life Time Kids Tri
Montrose Avenue Beach
- 8:30 a.m.: First wave starts
- 10:30 a.m.: Kids Tri awards ceremony
Montrose Avenue Beach
- 7:00 a.m.: First wave starts
- 8:09 a.m.: Last wave starts
- 8:15 a.m.: SuperSprint Awards Ceremony
Chicago Triathlon – International and Sprint Distance
- 6:00 a.m.: Professional race start – International Distance
- 6:08 a.m.: Amateur first wave starts – International Distance
- 8:00 a.m.: Post race party and picnic opens (Columbus and Balbo)
- 9:00 a.m.: Sprint start
- 3:00 p.m.: Post race party closes
- Life Time Kids Tri – Junior: 100m swim | 4K bike | 1K run | 5.1K (3.2 miles) total
- Life Time Kids Tri – Senior: 200m swim | 8K bike | 2K run | 10.2K (6.3 miles) total
- SuperSprint: 375m swim | 10K bike | 2.5K run | 12.9K (8 miles) total
- Sprint: 750m swim | 24.5K bike | 5K run | 30.3K (18.8 miles) total
- International: 1.5K swim | 40K bike | 10K run | 51.5K (32 miles) total
Participant results will be available at chicagotriathlon.com, the official website of the Chicago Triathlon Updates also will be provided on Twitter by following @ChicagoTri and by liking the Chicago Triathlon Facebook page.
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In addition to the thousands of local amateur and elite triathletes, the following pros from around the world are scheduled to compete:
|Chase Baraczek||Lauren Barnett|
|Greg Bennett||Lauren Brandon|
|Ben Collins||Paola Caceres|
|Brooks Cowan||Abby Geurink|
|Sam Douglas||Sarah Haskins|
|Robert Duncan||Bailey Hinz|
|Cameron Dye||Tanu Kaushik|
|Kevin Everett||Alicia Kaye|
|Jon Fecik||Samantha Kennedy|
|Ryan Frederickson||Mandy Mclane|
|Jordan Jones||Sara McLarty|
|Hunter Kemper||Jillian Petersen|
|Jim Lubinski||Nell Rojas|
|William Martin||Molly Woodford|
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest — or discovering new passions — both inside and outside of Life Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company’s Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of August 14, 2014, the Company operated 112 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.
About Transamerica Direct
Transamerica Direct is the direct-to-consumer business unit of Transamerica. At Transamerica, we help our customers Transform Tomorrow®. Through Transamerica Direct, the Transamerica companies offer a wide array of life and health insurance solutions that create better tomorrows by protecting families and their dreams. Insurance products and services are issued by Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Cedar Rapids, IA, and affiliated Transamerica companies.
With more than a century of experience, Transamerica has built a reputation on solid management, sound decisions and consumer confidence. For more information, visit www.transamerica.com, Facebook or Twitter.
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