Renew Training & Social Events

Out of an abundance of caution, Tri Team leadership is planning to scale back the formal and historical level of in-person training support and social programming we have enjoyed in years past. We will follow the lead of local government and health agencies and regularly consult with the operators of the Chicago Triathlon in determining when and how we produce a series of socially safe in-person events. Unlike in past years, we all but promised our coaches could get virtually anyone off the couch and safely across the finish line. This season, the primary training responsibility will fall on each athlete who registers.

However, our leadership group is producing a regular series of informal training activities, listed below:


  • August 18: Pre-Race Team Party @ Neon Summer (1465 N Elston), 5:00-7:30pm
  • 8/24 Open Water Swim Clinic Session #4
  • August 28: Chicago SuperSprint & Kids Triathlon
  • August 29: Chicago Triathlon




  • Open Water Swim Clinics - Hosted by Chicago Triathlon, these provide an option for beginner swim lessons, swim-on-your-own time trial, or a competitive aquathon (swim+run). Sign up soon, as these will sell out! Dates are: 6/29, 7/27/, and 8/24.
  • Tuesday morning swims, beginning 6/15 - 6:30am and location varies but often near the Belmont Harbor or North Ave beach. Contact Anna Schmeissing or join the GroupMe
  • Saturday morning swims, beginning 6/12 - 7am at Ohio Street beach. This can be followed by an optional bike or run as training progresses. Contact Jackie Craig


  • Wednesday morning rides w/ Park Peloton - 6:15am start at Park Community Church Near North. ~25 mile ride to Promontory Point and back. Contact Jesse Frageman or join the Facebook Group 
  • Saturday morning rides w/ Park Peloton - 7:20am start at Devon and Milwaukee. ~50 miles ride northbound to Highland Park.


  • Monday morning track workouts, beginning 6/14 - 6:30am at Montrose Track or 7am at LakeShore Track (details TBD). Contact Nana Ohene-Adu
  • Saturday morning long runs w/ Marathon Team World Vision, beginning 6/12 - 7am start at North Ave Beach. Contact Nana Ohene-Adu





You Are Not Alone

"When I took my first plunge into the then-intimidating sport of triathlon back in 2010, I really had no clue what I was getting into, because I tried to do it all on my own. Despite my goggles not working, and underinflated tires adding what felt like another five miles to the ride, the equipment malfunctions significantly slowed my pace, but that's about it. Hoping I had everything necessary to complete the race properly staged in the locked transition zone at 5:30am when I made a place for myself and my bag of stuff in the grass near the start line, that's when I began the long wait alone for the sun to rise and my family to eventually show up.  

Despite all that, I still fell in love with the sport and have come back to the Chicago Triathlon every year since. The lesson learned -- which Renew Chicago Team Members won't have to learn the hard way -- is to take your first steps into what can be a scary venture in the community of friends, coaches and supporters who have been in your first-timer shoes, doing this for years. Regardless of your experience or ability, we've got you covered, because we are working with the best first-timer tri staff on the planet. And nobody will be sitting on the hill by themselves; we've got a space carved out for all of us to gather, and stow your belongings in Charity Village before the race, and another big spot reserved at the Finish Festival to celebrate together after the race, too."

- First Timers Coach Scott