Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, in partnership with the City of Chicago, today announced several major course enhancements to the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon weekend presented by Toyota on August 22-24, 2014.
Weekend changes include:
- New Bike Course for the International distance event
- New start sequence for Sunday races
- Flexible race morning transition access, and optional Saturday racking – Sprint & International athletes
- Team Racing with USAT Club Nationals & Team Challenge Competitions
- Designated Spectator viewing areas & shuttles for Sunday races
- Special Divvy Wave with Divvy Bikes at the SuperSprint event
The enhancements are part of a greater multi-year initiative to evolve the urban triathlon experience and build community within the triathlon market. Registration for the 2014 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is currently open, and with registration reduced to 7,000 available spots this year, the event is expected to sell out.
“Our commitment, on behalf of Life Time, the City of Chicago, Transamerica and Toyota, is to create an experience from start to finish that provides an uncompromising quality for every participant, whether a first-timer or International distance participant. These changes address two of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon’s biggest historic challenges: long waits to start events and bike course congestion,” says Kimo Seymour, Vice President of Life Time Athletic Events. “With the support of our partners Transamerica and Toyota, we are ready to provide the ultimate urban tri experience.”
The new bike course is the race’s first course change since 1996, offering International distance participants a unique tour of Chicago. The ride begins at Chicago’s scenic lakefront along Lake Shore Drive, traveling underneath “The Loop” on newly rebuilt Lower Wacker Drive, into the heart of the financial district, then through the city’s most unobstructed freeway, the Lower Randolph Busway.
Participants in the 2014 event will notice a variety of other changes to Sunday’s Sprint and International distance races, including optional Saturday bike check in the DuSable Harbor Transition area and flexible transition access hours on race day. A newly designed Transition area will allow athletes with later start times to check-in while other races are in process. Those who finish early will be allowed to gather their gear before others have finished racing. These changes allow for the Professional race to begin first (at 6:00 a.m.), followed by the International distance race, then the Sprint distance event. Dedicated spectator viewing areas will be established along the bike and run courses.
Due to the variety of race weekend changes, mandatory Athlete Briefings will be provided for all Sprint and International distance competitors during the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Multisport & Fitness Expo at the Chicago Hilton & Towers (August 22-23).
Although the weekend culminates with the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, the weekend also consists of the Life Time Kids Tri Chicago, presented by CLIF KID, and the Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint races (including the new Divvy Wave) on Saturday, August 23 at Montrose Beach.
Logo courtesy Life Time Fitness/ Chicago Triathlon