36 years of iconic triathlon racing in Chicago.
The Chicago Triathlon offers Sprint and International distance courses. These races, held in downtown Chicago, begin at Monroe Harbor, a loop along Lake Shore Drive and culminate with a rousing run down Columbus Drive.
More than 9,000 people took part in the run, swim and bicycle race this year, including 87-year-old Bob Scott from Naperville.
Scott is setting a record as the eldest participant in the triathlon’s history. There are several major road closures because of the triathlon. Southbound Lake Shore Drive is shut down from Hollywood Avenue to Randolph Street. Columbus Drive is also closed from Roosevelt Road to Balbo Drive. The closures were lasting to Sunday evening.
The Chicago Triathlon is the largest in the country. This year Mayor Rahm Emanuel also competed in the race.
Among those racing Sunday morning was 88-year-old Bob Scott from Naperville, who finished in three and a half hours. Scott has competed in over 140 triathlons since getting into them in his late 40s. While he’s the oldest competitor in the triathlon this year, but he was not the only one in his 80s.
“The whole idea of three sports in one … I was really hooked and enjoyed it,” Scott said for WGN-TV
The winner was Breno Melo from Massachusetts, who finished in just over two hours.