For multi-sport zealots who are looking for the ultimate Transamerica Chicago Triathlon experience and are ready to go the distance, we offer the Triple Challenge. Officially launched in 2007, the Triple Challenge offers a limited number of triathletes the opportunity to register and compete in three events in a single weekend — for a total of 59 miles that includes 1.63 miles in the water, 46.3 miles on the bike and 10.85 miles on the run.
Participants race three separate event distances during the weekend, starting with the Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint on Saturday.
On Sunday, Triple participants start in one of the first International distance waves (approx. 6:00 a.m.). It is recommended that athletes are able to finish this distance within 3 hours and 15 minutes to ensure adequate time to prepare for the Sprint.
Once finishing the International race, participants have two options to consider before starting the Sprint race (approx. 10:15 a.m.):
- Ride the Transamerica Trolley from the corner of Columbus and Balbo. Round trip shuttles will drop you near transition (Monroe and Lake Shore Drive) for easy access. You will have special access to re-enter transition between your International and Sprint races. You will then need to drop your run shoes/hat/glasses/etc, grab your swim gear and walk the 1/2 mile back to the swim start.
- Skip transition and return directly to the swim start area. A special swim valet service will again be provided to all Triple Challenge participants. Following your International race swim, event staff will transport your wetsuit, goggles, swim cap, etc. back to the swim start using special bags. You can then swap-out your current run gear with the swim gear (using the same valet bag, which will then be transported to the finish line). If you utilize this service, you will need to bring a second set of running shoes/hat/glasses/etc.