Chicago Triathlon draws athletes from across the country

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The largest triathlon in the U.S. is happening in Chicago. More than 9,000 elite athletes from across the country will run, bike, and swim along Chicago's lakefront on Aug. 29 and 30.

It's the fifth oldest triathlon in the world. This year the event brings together participants from 46 states and 18 different countries, ranging in ages from 7 to 84-years-old.

In addition to the International and Sprint distance events, race weekend also consists of the Life Time Kids Triathlon - now in its 25th year - as well as the SuperSprint Triathlon, designed for new entrants to the sport. The event encourages healthy competition in a fun, safe environment.

Scott Hutmacher, regional brand manager of Life Time Athletic Events, talked with ABC7 live about why the triathlon is so important to the city.

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
Aug. 29-30
Monroe Harbor/Lakefront
- Admission: Free for spectators
- Can people still come out and join at the time of our interview? Spectators are encouraged
- Is this open to the public? Yes

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