Highlights of each of the big races coming up this weekend, including Life Time Tri Chicago, Rev3 Maine, Challenge Penticton, Ironman Canada, ITU WTS Stockholm and TriRock Asbury Park.
Life Time Tri Chicago
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – Chicago, Ill.
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run//750-meter swim, 22K bike, 5K run
This urban course in downtown Chicago has drawn triathletes for more than 30 years. This year, more than 9,000 athletes will race on the course which starts from the Monroe Harbor, looping along Lake Shore Drive and culminating with a run down Columbus Drive in the heart of Chicago. The race offers both sprint- and Olympic-distance races (pros will be racing on the Olympic course), and is part of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon series. The top three overall male and female finishers along with the top three finishers in each age group will receive a free entry to the inaugural Life Time Tri Oceanside in October, where the series culminates.
The men’s race is highlighted by American ITU stars including Hunter Kemper, who’s raced triathlon in four Olympic Games; Jarrod Shoemaker, a 2008 Olympian; and Matt Chrabot. Other top competitors include Ben Collins, Dustin McLarty and Stuart Hayes.
In the women’s race, Canada-born Alicia Kaye will be the favorite, as she was second overall in the LTF series last year behind Sarah Haskins. Her top competition will come from Helle Frederiksen, an ITU racer who’s had top finishes this year in both Olympic and 70.3 racing; Annabel Luxford; Sara McLarty and Daniela Ryf.