Patrick Kurtz

Meet our May featured athlete, Patrick Kurtz (30, Chicago), who looks forward to racing at ITU World Triathlon Chicago for the second time.

WTS Chicago: How did you get your start in triathlon?
Patrick Kurtz: Started in 2008 when my wife and I decided to try it, and I fell in love with the sport. My dad competed in triathlon in the '80s, and I always had fun watching the crowds.

WTS: What obstacles have you overcome to be a triathlete?
PK: Being a Type 1 diabetic, it has been difficult to train long hours and keep my numbers in check, but at the same time staying in shape has made the condition easier to manage. I'd like to show others how being diabetic doesn't mean you have to be lazy, and by being active it can actually make the condition better overall.

WTS: What was it like racing at WTS Chicago in 2014 -- and what's the No. 1 reason you'll be back this season?
PK: It was the greatest spectator-friendly event I've been to. I admittedly watch all the ITU races throughout the year and to be part of the same course that the pros race was a really neat experience, especially running across the blue carpet.


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