The Road to the ITU Triathlon Chicago: About the Race

An estimated 75,000 spectators are expected to attend the fifth of eight 2014 World Triathlon Series (WTS) races this weekend in Chicago, Illinois. The series showcases 130 of the world’s best elite triathletes (65 elite men and 65 elite women) competing against each other in a draft-legal, Olympic-distance (1,500-meter swim, 40-km bike, and 10-km run) race hosted by the International Triathlon Union (ITU).

wts chicago Entering its fifth year, the 2014 ITU WTS has already held races this year in Auckland, NZL; Cape Town, RSA; Yokohama, JPN; and London, ENG. The series will hold the remainder of the races in Chicago, IL; Hamburg, GER (July 12-13); Stockholm, SWE; and wrap the series up with the WTS Grand Finale in Edmonton, CAN. Chicago is the third US city to host an ITU WTS race (San Diego, 2012 and 2013, and Washington D.C., 2009). Furthermore, Chicago is also scheduled to be next year’s host for the 2015 ITU WTS Grand Finale race; the first ever US city to do so.

Gwen Jorgensen, the 2012 Olympian and No. 1 women triathlete this year on the WTS circuit spoke on Chicago hosting these races in the ITU article, “Chicago to Host 2014 ITU WTS race and 2015 Grand Finale.” Jorgensen said, “Competing at a WTS race in the USA is like having a home-court advantage – all the fans are cheering for you. It’s an amazing experience, and something that pushes all of the U.S. athletes further than we think possible”.

Z3 athlete, Alex Libin, will be competing against top names in the sport such as Javier Gomez Noya, Jonathan Brownlee and Mario Mola, in the elite men race this Sunday at 4 pm. The elite women will race Saturday at 12:30 pm. The Chicago course will feature famous landmarks such as Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Soldier Field, Millennium Park, the Buckingham Fountain and the shores of Lake Michigan.

Athletes competing in the race can expect average highs to be around 83 degrees Fahrenheit and lows to be around 66 degrees. The water temperatures are expected to be around 58-65 degrees Fahrenheit. The Chicago course is relatively flat and features two 750m laps for the swim, eight 5km laps for the bike and four 2.5km laps for the run.

In addition to being free admission to watch the event, Universal Sports Network will air television coverage of the race in more than 160 countries and the ITU will provide online streaming here at Furthermore, for recreational triathletes who want to race in such a spectacular venue, the ITU World Triathlon Chicago is also hosting (currently sold-out) age-group races, relay races and sprint-distant races open to the public.

For more information about the race, please visit the ITU WTS website:


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