CHICAGO — Aug. 26, 2018

More than 9,000 participants, representing 48 states and 24 countries, today competed in the 36th Annual Chicago Triathlon.

Individuals in warm,, humid conditions swam in a calm, cool Lake Michigan before biking through the city on a 100% traffic-free course and finishing up with a run ending in scenic Grant Park.   Participants selected from the following race day distances:

SPRINT .47 miles (.75K) 15 miles (24K) 3.1 miles (5K) 18.57 miles
INTERNATIONAL .93 miles (1.5K) 24.8 miles (40K) 6.2 miles (10K) 31.93 miles

Mayor Emanuel crossed the finish line in 1:49:41 after completing the triathlon’s sprint distance.

First-place men’s winners included 34-year-old Breno Melo, of Framingham, MA, who completed the international distance in 2:01:02; and 48-year-old Kevin Hughes, of Chicago, who notched 1:12:18 for the sprint distance.  On the women’s side, Chicago’s Jacquie Godbe, 28, finished the international distance in 2:04:32; and Lara Gruden, 28, of Tucson, AZ, finished the sprint distance in 1:19:36.

“Chicago, with our dramatic skyline, winding above- and below-ground bike course and stunning lakefront views, becomes the sport’s most iconic racing venue every August, and today didn’t disappoint,” said Scott Hutmacher, Life Time Tri brand manager.  “It was inspiring to see tough competitors, of all ages and from different backgrounds, take on this unparalleled urban multisport experience.”

Due to rising air temperatures, nearly four hours into the event, race organizers decided to shorten the run course for both sprint and International competitors to 5K/3.1 miles.

The top five finishers from all competitive International divisions in today’s Chicago Triathlon will earn guaranteed entry in the 2019 Life Time Tri Championship event scheduled for July 21, 2019 in New York City.

The triathlon today capped off a weekend of activities, which included a Multisport and Fitness Expo, the Life Time Kids Tri Chicago benefitting Save the Children, and the Chicago Triathlon Supersprint, a beginner’s triathlon with a shorter distance and featuring a sold-out Divvy Wave integrating 100 of Chicago’s famous blue commuter bikes.

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