Nearly 9,000 Participate in World’s Largest Multisport Weekend
CHICAGO, Ill, Aug 25, 2019
This weekend, 8,904 triathletes representing 48 states and 22 countries gathered in Chicago to compete in the 37thannual Life Time Chicago Triathlon, owned and produced by Life Time. Though rough waters forced organizers to cancel the swim leg of the race for safety reasons, replacing it with a .75 mile run, weather conditions were otherwise ideal – sunny and cool with a light breeze.
In the men’s International distance division,Benjamin Stone of Fort Wayne, Indiana took first place with a time of 01:39:57. William Jones of Milton, Floridatook second place with a time of 01:40:53, and Adam Robbert of Chicago, Illinoisearned third place with a time of 01:41:09.
“I’m a swimmer so I was a little upset about the swim being cancelled, but you make the best of it,” said first-place International Men’s finisher Benjamin Stone. “I decided from the beginning I would go fast, that I wanted to get on the podium, and I guess it worked out.”
In the women’s International distance division, Jacqueline Godbeof Chicago, Illinois claimed the first-place title with a time of 1:46:03. Sarah Bishop of Dayton, Ohio took second place with a time of 1:46:45, and Pamela Statonof Chicago, Illinois earned third place finishing at 1:53:28.
“I came into the sport as a swimmer, but safety is safety, and today I got to try a new race,” said first-place Women’s finisher Jacqueline Godbe. “That’s what a triathlon is all about, you adjust and adapt to the conditions.”
The SuperSprint distance and Kids Triathlon took place Saturday, Aug. 24 with kids as young as five competing at Foster Avenue Beach. Adult athletes participated in one of three distances over the two days – International (.75 mile run, 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run), Sprint (.75 mile run, 15 mile bike and 3.1 mile run) or SuperSprint (.23 mile swim, 6.2 mile bike and 1.5 mile run).
“In addition to the beautiful weather, a few this year’s race included having Pro Triathlete Max Fennel leading our Tri-Masters youth group at the Kids Tri, the return of the Divvy Wave during the SuperSprint, and 700 athletes racing for charity,” said Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher, Senior Brand Manager at Life Time. “Additionally, spectators got to witness a touching engagement proposal at the finish line.”
Jason Vicari, 29, and Christine Conti, 28, celebrated finishing the Life Time Chicago Triathlon together with more than a medal. The two became engaged surrounded by family, friends and spectators at the finish line when Vicari proposed.
The Chicago Triathlon also partnered with Illinois-based Dare2Tri, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 that works with athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments to develop their triathlon skills. Inspirational participants in this year’s race included “The Quad Squad”, a team of quadriplegics that is set to do the Super Sprint Relay; Tim Bannon, the 14-year-old without arms who competed in the Kids Triathlon while his mother, also born with no arms, completed in the bike portion of the SuperSprint Relay; Tom Smurr, former University of Illinois wheelchair basketball player who competed in his first Sprint on a prosthetic; and other visually impaired triathletes and numerous below-the-knee amputees in both Adult and Kids races.
Results and event information available at https://www.chicagotriathlon.com/.