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Live Like a Local Triathlete: Things to Do in Chicago

The time of year is once again upon us where triathletes from all over the world flock to Chicago, IL to compete in the one of the sport’s most iconic races — the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon. If you’re heading to the Windy City for a late summer racecation, we’ve got some go-to hotspots that will have you feeling like a local.

Food and Drink

The must-stop coffee shop.

Intelligentsia, styled like an Italian espresso bar, is known for its strong coffee and fair trade business practices. Stop by for an aromatic espresso to reenergize yourself while exploring the city. If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes action, their West Fulton Street location offers public tours that include a live demonstration of the roasting process.

Quick, reliably healthy eats.

Yolk is the perfect breakfast spot to post up before a day of sight-seeing or after a final early morning training session. We recommend their Santa Fe Frittata for a healthy option with a kick of flavor. If you’re craving lunch, the kale salad tossed in a blueberry pomegranate dressing hits the spot.  

Best post-race celebration spot.

The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen features a unique, global-inspired menu and full bar with nice patio seating and a spacious dining room for your whole entourage. They’re known for their signature foot-long grilled cheese offered in five different flavors — ‘nuff said. If signature Chicago-style deep dish pizza is calling your name, Lou Malnati’s is the best the city has to offer. Wrap up your perfect Chicago trip with some classic blues tunes at Buddy Guy’s Legends, where icons like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan have graced the stage.

Fitness Finds

Sneak in a workout.

Maggie Daley Park is the ideal if you’re traveling with kids, offering one of the city’s newest playgrounds and a 19,000-square foot rock climbing wall that’s sure to entertain and exhaust the whole family. Additionally, the paths and trails provide the perfect setting for a scenic run.

Your local tri shop.

Live Grit is your ultimate one-stop shop for all your triathlon needs and the best resource for any last-minute race day necessities. Their knowledgeable staff has seen its fair share of finishes at Chicago Tri and will be able to make the perfect recommendation so you have a successful swim, bike and run.

The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon has hosted triathletes on the shores of Lake Michigan for more than 30 years, and is one of the largest triathlons in the world. The action-packed race takes you through one of America’s signature metropolises and provides epic scenery along the city’s iconic Lake Shore Drive.

Many thanks to National Account Manager, Partnership Marketing and former Chi Town resident Colin Cybulski for helping us put this list together!

2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Athlete Guide Now Available

Welcome to Tri Town! Make no mistake, the Second City may be the nation’s 3rd largest city, but Chicago stands proudly as the epicenter of the multisport movement. Since 1983, the Chicago Triathlon has welcomed more than 250,000 participants across the finish line. By our count, 40% of these finishers were first-timers, earning the coveted title of “triathlete” right here in our backyard. In 2016, we plan to add more than 2,500 newbies to that count.

As you journey through the Expo this weekend, as you rack your bike in Transition and as your toe the line at the Swim Start, know that you are an integral part of a 34 year tradition in this city. Your commitment and dedication to this sport is what defines the grit and strength of this incredible city. Chi-Town is Tri-Town. Make sure to check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Athlete Guide

Cheers to an incredible weekend!

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Athlete Tracker

Track your favorite athlete on race day! Use the Transamerica Athlete Tracker during the race to track participants as they cross various course checkpoints.  The tracking features an interactive map, live streams from official timing pads, estimated arrival times and more. Live tracking is sponsored by Transamerica is included with the Race App and at www.racemyrace.com/chicagotri.

We also invite you to check out our new Life Time Athletic Events App. Learn how you can check in, post photos and stay up-to-date with all things related to event weekend right from the palm of your hand.

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2016 Chicago Triathlon Race Day Information

The 2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is right around the corner! Check out all the information you need to know for race day. Good luck, athletes!

RACE DAY WAVE ASSIGNMENTS
With race day fast approaching, we are pleased to share our Chicago Triathlon weekend race day wave assignments:

  • Click HERE to view Sunday’s Chicago Triathlon wave assignments
  • Click HERE to view Saturday’s Kids Tri & SuperSprint wave assignments

In addition to these posted start times, the following course cut-off standards will be in effect for all Sunday participants:

SWIM COURSE

  • International Participants: Complete the 1.5k Swim Course by 10:15 a.m. (2 hours from the start of the final swim wave)
  • Sprint Participants: Complete the 750m Swim Course by 11:15 a.m. (1 hour from the start of the final swim wave)

Please note: These times were calculated in accordance with the Chicago Fire Department to encourage continuous, forward progress as well as applying water exposure and exertion factors. As listed, these cut-off times accommodate 99.8% of the previous participants’ swim times [average International swim split: 37 minutes; average Sprint swim split: 21 minutes]. Participants unable to complete the full swim course, or who exit the water early, will not be able to advance onto the Bike Course. For those concerned about swim times, we strongly encourage you to attend one of our final Swim Clinics on Tuesday, August 23.

BIKE COURSE

  • International Participants: Must reach the Lake Shore Drive exit (mile 14.5) by 10:45 a.m., enter the McCormick Place Busway (mile 18.8) by 11:05 a.m. and finish their entire bike course by 12:00 PM.
  • Sprint Participants: Complete their entire bike course (exit Lake Shore Drive) by 12:00 p.m.

RUN COURSE

  • All participants must clear the Run Course by 2:00 p.m.

As a reminder all registered participants will receive the official Athlete Guide via email on Monday, August 22. The is important packet will include the final schedules, wave assignments, spectator details and course maps.

2016 NYC Tri Time-Lapse

Want to see how the 2016 NYC Triathlon came together? Check out this time-lapse to watch what happens from pre-race setup to post-race celebrations and everything in between!

Watch the Official 2016 NYC Tri TV Broadcast

Don’t miss the 2016 NYC Triathlon highlights on your local television stations. Throughout the month of August a enjoy a broadcast of the swim— bike—run in the beautiful New York City.

Tune in to watch the following times:

Fox 5
Sunday, August 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

My9NJ
Sunday, August 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SNY
Saturday, August 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon Course Adjustments

Due to the extreme heat and to ensure the safety of our athletes, the Panasonic NYC Triathlon, in conjunction with the City of New York and respective city agencies, made a collaborative decision to proactively alter the course for Sunday’s race. Course changes are outlined below.

  • The swim and bike courses will remain as is. The run course has now been shortened to an 8K run for all athletes (With the exception of professional triathletes who will continue with the original 10K course).
  • Rather than crossing Central Park at the 110th Street Transverse, athletes will be directed to cross the 102nd Street Crossing to the East Drive. (Please see updated Central Park course map).
  • Doggy Dash participants will follow the shortened course.

 

> VIEW UPDATED COURSE MAP

Additional details will be provided in the mandatory briefings. Please be alert and abide by the precautions of race staff, volunteers, and public safety officials out on the course. We also ask that you review the event alert system (EAS) and make yourself familiar with the alert levels (chart below). We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.

EAS

Live Like a Local: Things to Do in New York City, Triathlete Edition

Traveling to the Big Apple for the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon? We polled our NYC office for their top picks for training, eating and other fun things to do in New York City as a triathlete.

Best Multisport Shop

Paragon Sports has been around since 1908, equipping athletes for nearly every sport imaginable, including triathlon. 

Best Gym

Life Time Athletic at Sky

Turkish-style hammam at Life Time Athletic at Sky

Pop into Life Time Fitness’ first New York City location, Life Time Athletic at Sky, in Hell’s Kitchen. The 70,000-square-foot wellness facility offers the cutting-edge cardio and weight systems you need for a solid workout, but stands out for luxe amenities like a Turkish-style hammam and infinity pools on the sunny roof deck.

Best Juice/Smoothie

With several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (including a few near the race site), Juice Generation is the go-to juice bar for fresh juices and other healthy blended beverages. The shops use fresh produce, often from local organic farms and orchards, and donate a portion of all sales to local organizations and non-profits. Fun fact: The chain was co-founded by Salma Hayek (yes, that one!). 

Best Quick Healthy Eatery

After picking up your last-minute gear at Paragon Sports, grab a bite to eat at the Union Square Dig Inn. The chain specializes in quick-serve seasonal healthy meals made from locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats.

Best Post-race Celebration Spot

You can’t really beat the Hudson River views at the Boat Basin Cafe in Riverside Park, a perfect site for knocking back a few libations in celebration of your NYC Tri!

Best Pre-race Carb-loading Spot

Thin, crispy Roman-style pizza is the name of the game at Gina La Fornarina, but you can also find hearty pasta dishes for your carb-loading ritual.

Best Outdoor Training Spots

While you probably think “concrete jungle” when you picture New York City, the Big Apple actually has several wonderful parks and paths that are perfect for a ride or run. Hudson River Bike Path spans nearly the whole length of Manhattan, and both Central Park and Riverside Park have swaths of scenic trails, perfect for exploring. 

Best Coffee Shop

Cafe Grumpy cappuccino

Cappuccino at Cafe Grumpy

While Cafe Grumpy already had made a name for itself in the NYC coffee scene with its quality roasts and precise brewing methods, its name recognition has grown even more due to the HBO show, “Girls” (ask your daughter). See what the fuss is about at one of their seven locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Best Popular Tourist Destination

With so much to see and do in NYC, it can be hard to separate the hype from the must-do. But museum heavy-hitters The Met and the American Museum of Natural History are truly world-class and worth braving the throngs of tourists for a visit.

2016 Panasonic NYC Tri Athlete Guide Now Available

“I Love New York,” and nothing says New York more than the Hudson River, the West Side Highway and Central Park! Since its inception, the Panasonic New York City Triathlon has been a stage for Olympians, Paralympians and tough-as-nails New Yorkers. Each section of the course tests your preparation and commitment.

Some say you’re a real New Yorker if you live here for two years. We say you’re a real New Yorker if you’ve conquered the Panasonic New York City Triathlon. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Make sure to check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> 2016 Panasonic NYC Tri Athlete Guide

See you in the Hudson!

New Bike Check-Out Instructions for 2016

The 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon has new bike check-out instructions for this years event. Please review the information below to make sure you are up-to-date on the latest procedures:

All bikes/equipment MUST be picked up from transition (72nd-79th St. Riverside Park) between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 in one of two ways:

  • Athlete Wristband – The athlete must present numbered wristband to pick up his/her bike from transition. Once equipment has been picked up, the athlete’s wristband will be cut off and collected and the athlete will not be able to re-enter transition.
  • Bike Check-Out Buddy Tag – The athlete must give a friend/family member this Buddy Tag. The friend/family member must write his/her name and cell phone number on the front of the tag. The Buddy Tag must be presented in order to be granted access into transition. Once equipment has been picked up, the Buddy Tag will be collected and the friend/family member will not be able to re-enter transition.