Age-group athletes traveled from 49 states and Washington, D.C., as well as 31 countries around the world, all to compete in the inaugural ITU World Triathlon Chicago in the heart of the city.
A record first-year field of 4,000 triathletes swam in Lake Michigan, took to the streets surrounding Grant Park on the bike and ran and finished on the blue carpet at Buckingham Fountain.
The race was the only U.S. stop on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series and a great opportunity for age-groupers to race at the same world-class venue as the elites. Many age-groupers are already looking forward to the opportunity of racing at the ITU World Championships in Chicago in September 2015.
In the elite races, American Gwen Jorgensen made history when she claimed an unprecedented sixth ITU World Triathlon Series victory, the most for any woman in the history of the series, and Spain’s Javier Gomez captured his fourth WTS title of the season. Both retained their No. 1 position in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series rankings.
Additionally, nearly 60 elite paratriathletes competed on June 28 in the ITU World Paratriathlon Chicago presented by Dare2tri, showcasing an international field, including athletes from Australia, Italy and Brazil.