The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final is coming to Chicago. Be part of this exciting event that provides an amazing racing experience for age-group athletes and also showcases the world’s best triathletes. The non-drafting open age-group races will finish on the same blue carpet as the pros.
Chicago will welcome 150 of the world's top Olympic-distance triathletes as they compete for a world championship title less than a year prior to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to the elite World Championships, the event features top-flight sprint and Olympic-distance races for age-group athletes, who will represent their countries and race for World Championships titles, paratriathletes, juniors and under-23s, as well as an aquathlon to kick off the action. In all, more than 6,500 of the world’s best triathletes will compete for world titles over four days of competition.
The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships are hosted by USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body for the sport of triathlon in the United States, and Lagardère Unlimited Events. Launched in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries. Visit chicago.triathlon.org for more information.
Do I have to qualify to participate in the 2015 open age-group races?
No, the open age-group races are open to everyone ages 15 and older.
If you have qualified for the ITU Standard (Olympic-distance) or Sprint World Championships, you will be contacted directly to register for those races. Those competing in the Standard World Championships are ineligible to participate in the Open Race per ITU rules. Athletes competing in only the Aquathlon World Championships and/or the Sprint World Championships may, however, participate in the Open Age-Group Race.
Open-Age Group Standard Individual
The Standard distance features a non-drafting 1500m swim, a 40km bike and 10km run. This course features a multiple-loop bike and run course and point-to-point swim course, just like the elite and word championship age group events, allowing spectators to see you multiple times throughout your race. Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet at Buckingham Fountain.
Open-Age Group Sprint Individual
The Sprint distance features a non-drafting 750m swim, a 20km bike and 5km run. This course features a multiple-loop bike and run course and point-to-point swim course, just like the elite and word championship age group events, allowing spectators to see you multiple times throughout your race. Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet at Buckingham Fountain.
Open-Age Group Sprint Relay
Sprint relays will race as part of the Sprint distance race with a non-drafting 750m swim, a 20km bike and 5km run. Each relay is a team of three with each team member racing one leg of the race – swim, bike, run. The team assigns a team captain who will register the team with a team name and will cover the registration fee. Each team MUST have a team name. Without a team name, the relay will not be timed. Once the team has been registered by the team captain, the two other team members are required to register but will not be charged again. They will give the team name during registration to be assigned to their respective team. Please pay close attention to the spelling of your team name. If it does not match, you will be considered a new team and will be charged for registration.
All three team members must be registered at the time the team captain registers the team. The person registering the team will need to have important information of the other two athletes along with their USA Triathlon membership number. A waiver for the two remaining relay members will be emailed to the email address provided for their signature.
There are three categories of relays: all male, all female and mixed (any combination). Awards will be handed out to the three fastest teams from each category.
Each team member has to pick up his/her own race packet up. There are no exceptions.
Physically Challenged (PC) Open Division
The PC Open race will be contested on the on the sprint-distance age-group course (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). Athletes compete in this race do not need to have an ITU or USA Triathlon confirmed classification. Any disabled athlete who does meet the current classification standards can compete in this event, which is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and follows PC Open rules. More on PC Open rules can be found HERE.
December - Until Event is Sold Out
On-Site if Available
What Do You Get?
- Closed and secured race course
- Finish on the famous ITU blue carpet in front of grandstands
- Same finish line as the elite and world championship age-group races
- Chip timing with online results
- Cool participant t-shirt
- Virtual and physical goodie bag with great swag
- Swim cap and race number
- Run course in the footsteps of the elite and world's best athletes
- A well-deserved finisher medal
- Medical support / assistance
- Aid stations on the course
- Awesome post-event recovery area directly adjacent to the finish area
- Awards three-deep for each age group
- And an unmatched triathlon and Chicago experience!
Race Rules and Regulations
The age group races of the ITU World Triathlon Chicago are sanctioned by USA Triathlon and will follow USA Triathlon competitive rules. All age-group races are non-drafting. A complete set of rules can be found here.
By registering, all athletes agree to the following registration policies:
- There are NO REFUNDS, ROLLOVERS, DEFERALS or BIB TRANSFERS. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under any and all circumstances, including, but not limited to cancellation of the event or of your participation. No exceptions!
In the event of extreme weather, natural disaster, community disaster or other unforeseen emergencies, our action steps will be as follows:
- The event organizer, in concert with USA Triathlon and local officials and authorities, will make the final decision based on safety of the athletes, spectators, vendors, volunteers and others affiliated with the event.
- The event organizer in conjunction with USA Triathlon may, based on the conditions of the course, shorten the distances or cancel the event altogether.
- Because costs of the event will have already have been paid out to cover various levels of production expenses, there will be NO REFUNDS, transferred fees or future complimentary entry fees.
- For the sprint and relay race, the registered athlete has to be 15 years old or older as of December 31, 2015.
Packet Pick-Up / Bike Racking
- Each athlete has to pick up his/her own race packet. No exceptions!
- Bikes have to be racked at the communicated times. No exceptions!
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