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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon: Final Open Water Swim Session

Chicago Triathlon

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM (CDT)

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon: Final Open Water Swim...

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Registration Type Sales End Quantity
Participant (donation)
We recommend a minimum $5 charitable contribution for entry into this clinic. 100% of proceeds will benefit the official Chicago Triathlon charities.
Participant (no donation)
If you would rather not make a charitable donation, no sweat! Simply RSVP using this ticket type. One hundred complimentary registrations are available (first-come, first-served). After that, participants must donate a minimum of $1 to RSVP.
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Registrations are no longer available, as this event has reached capacity.  All participants must check-in prior to the event. Only registered participants will be admitted (no walk-ups). 


Join the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon staff, fellow coaches and your peers for a very special evening of swimming, running, socializing and race preparation. This is the final event within our complimentary clinic series designed to help new triathletes properly prepare for the Chicago Triathlon.

This session includes an Aquathlon race, Race Week socializing at Caffe' Oliva and a Course Talk session - an early version of the (now) mandatory athlete briefings held within the Multisport & Fitness Expo. All Sprint, International and Triple race participants must show proof of attending a Course Talk prior to picking-up their race bibs/packets.



With Race Day fast approaching, this session offers only the Aquathlon option (no formal Swim Clinic). An Aquathlon is a Swim + Run multisport event, and a great opportunity to experience back-to-back triathlon disciplines in a single workout. We have two separate swim distances for you to choose from: 750 meter (Sprint) or 1,500 meter (International). Swimmers will begin together, simulating a typical triathlon mass swim start.

After the swim, you will immediately head to your transition area, grab your shoes, then run a 5K (3.1 mile) course along the lakefront path. An aid station will be provided at the turnaround.

Event Tips

Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the event start, allowing adequate time to register, check your gear, review the course map, etc. Expect long lines.

Lifeguards and Swim Coaches will be deployed along the entire length of the course, providing encouragement and any necessary advice and support to ensure you are 100% race ready. 

The session will start promptly at 6:00 PM, with separate starts for the 750 meter or 1.5K swimmers. Buoys will mark both turnaround distances, and mile markers posted along the 5K run course. A transition area will be setup with water and gels.

Special Course Talk
Following the event, registered participants are welcome to congregate with everyone at Caffe' Oliva: The Official Bar of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon (adjacent to the beach) for a complimentary beer - followed by $3 beer specials. A special pre-race Course Talk will be offered, specifically for the Aquathlon participants (must be registered) in the beer garden at 8:45 PM.  Wristbands will be distributed to attendees following the session, enabling express entrance to Packet Pickup at the Multisport & Fitness Expo (all others must first attend a Course Talk during the Expo).



  • 4:30 PM    Registration & Gear Check Open
  • 6:00 PM    Registration Closes, Aquathlon & Swim Clinic Briefing
  • 6:10 PM    Aquathlon Begins
  • 7:00 PM    Final Swimmer Exits Water, Lifeguards Depart
  • 7:45 PM    Run Course Closes, Aquathlon Ends
  • 8:00 PM    Gear Check Closes, Social at Caffe' Oliva
  • 8:45 PM    Course Talk Begins on Beach (adjacent to Caffe' Oliva)
  • 9:15 PM    Course Talk Ends


  • Swim Suit
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Running shoes & socks
  • Dry clothes for afterward
  • Water Bottle (water fountain available on the beach)
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Extra $ for Post-Event Socializing
  • Plastic baggie for your cell phone and valuables (should it rain, keep them dry)!

> Still need to register for the race? Only Sprint and SuperSprint spots remain, and registration will close within a few days. Enroll at www.chicagotriathlon.com

> Kids Welcome!  This year, we are happy to welcome children ages 7+ into the clinics. Dedicated, experienced coaches will work specifically with the youth who participate in the Swim Clinic portions. We simply ask that you RSVP accordingly, and that legal guardians alert us when checking-in (on-site) at the session, remaining on the beach through the duration. 

> Charity Donations: This event is complimentary for the first 100 registrants, although we recommend a suggested donation of $5 to RSVP for this event. After the first 100 registrations, a mandatory donation (of at least $1) will be required.100% of ALL proceeds will be divided among our Transamerica Chicago Triathlon charities. 

> Come dressed for the swim. Ohio Street Beach does not have adjacent changing facilities.

> Gear check is for bags and loose items only (keys, wallets, etc.). We cannot be responsible for bikes and other large gear.

$10 discounted parking (up to 12 hours) is available at the River East Art Center garage, located at 456 E. Illinois Street. Validate your parking ticket at Caffe' Olivia.

Have questions about Transamerica Chicago Triathlon: Final Open Water Swim Session? Contact Chicago Triathlon

When & Where

Ohio Street Beach
550 E. Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM (CDT)

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Chicago Triathlon

For more than thirty years, triathletes have gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan for one of the largest triathlons in the world. 

As part of the Life Time Tri portfolio, more than 10,000 athletes converge in Chicago for this premiere urban triathlon.  The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon offers an action-packed tour through one of America’s signature metropolises. 

Race weekend also includes the Chicago Triathlon SuperSprint and the Life Time Kids Tri Chicago, presented by CLIF Kid, the largest youth triathlons in the world drawing more than 1,200 children ages 7–14 in itself.

For more information on the Chicago Triathlon, visit www.chicagotriathlon.com

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