Training

Swimming
The Swim Course is located in an active boat harbor at Monroe Harbor at Queen’s Landing. Athletes are prohibited from swimming in the harbor prior to race day.

All athletes are encouraged to swim at Ohio Street Beach located at Ohio Street and Lake Shore Drive- one mile north of Monroe Harbor. Athletes must stay inside the marker buoys as boats will be active. Distance swimming is recommended by swimming parallel to the shoreline. There will be no lifeguards present.  Athletes are advised to swim at their own risk.

For additional swim options, Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) has 5 locations in the city with multi-lane lap pools.  See ffc.com/club-locations for a list of locations and hours.   ITU athletes can access FFC health clubs and train on their own for a special rate of $25 for the entire week from Monday, Sept 14th through Sunday, Sept 20th.  Please contact endurance@ffc.com to inquire about purchasing discounted passes.  

Cycling
Due to the compact nature of the competition schedule and the race course located on busy road ways, there will be no opportunity to ride the bike course in advance of the event. Chicago is a city with a lot of vehicular traffic with extensive construction zones. It is therefore suggested that athletes do not attempt to ride on the roads used for the competition.

The Lakefront Trail is a short ride away from the race venue located east of Lakeshore Drive. The Lakefront Trail is an 18.5 mile linear path along Lake Michigan. The trail serves as both a recreational and transportation resource and can be crowded on warm days. It is recommended to ride south on the trail to avoid heavy pedestrian congestion areas.

As a safer alternative to riding on the crowded Chicago lakefront trail, a CompuTrainer Indoor Cycling studio is available at FFC Lincoln Park - Chicago's only USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center"Single Ride" guest passes are available online for $25 at and options include riding a simulated version of the ITU Chicago bike course!  Additional performance testing services (Vo2, Lactate, etc.) are available at ffc.com/endurance

Running
The Lakefront Trail is also ideal for running with drinking fountains along the north side of the path. For more information about the Lakefront Trail, click here.