Due to high demand, ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago event has announced the addition of an Open Age-Group Standard (Olympic-distance) race to the schedule of events. The race will take place at 06:30 CT on Saturday 19 September, in conjunction with the previously scheduled Open Age-Group Sprint Race.
Athletes will compete on a 1,500m, 40K bike and 10K run course through Chicago’s downtown area and ending at Buckingham Fountain with the same finish chute set to be used in the age-group, paratriathlon and elite World Championship races.
Registration for the standard race, which costs US$195, is open now at active.com. Online registration will be open until 11:59pm CT on Friday 11 September, and on-site registration will be available on Tuesday 15 September from 10:00-20:00 CT. The on-site cost for the standard race will be US$220, pending available spots.
More information on registration for the Open Age-Group Races is available at chicago.triathlon.org/registration.
Athletes who have already registered for the Open Age-Group Sprint Race and are interested in switching to the Standard may do so prior to 11:59pm CT on Wednesday 26 August. Interested participants who would like to switch race distances should follow these steps:
- Visit myevents.active.com
- Log in to their account
- Select ‘change event category’ and then select ‘age-group open standard’
- Athletes will need to re-enter their emergency contact information, USA Triathlon membership information and sign the waiver
- Athletes will be charged the race fee difference of US$45
Questions may be sent to registration[at]usatriathlon.org.
The City of Chicago joined the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014 and will host the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in September 2015. Chicago will welcome 150 of the world’s top Olympic-distance triathletes as they compete for a world championship title less than a year prior to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
In addition to the elite races, the event features top-flight sprint and Olympic-distance races for age-group athletes, paratriathletes, juniors and under-23s, as well as an aquathlon to kick off the action. In all, more than 8,000 of the world’s best triathletes will compete for world titles over five days of competition.
The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships are hosted by USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body for the sport of triathlon in the United States, and Lagardère Unlimited Events North America. Launched in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries.