The 2009 Chicago Triathlon kicked off early this morning, with thousands of
insane dedicated athletes biking, swimming and running their way to glory.
The professional athletes completed a 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run. When all was said and done for the pros, Matt Reed came out on top, with a time of 1 hour 48 minutes 27 seconds. For the women, Sara Haskins finished first at 1 hour 59 minutes 48 seconds.
With some pretty rough waters out in the lake and chilly temperatures back on land, this year's Triathlon was a real test, both physical and mental, of anyone insane enough to try it. Out of the roughly 9,000 participants in all the Triathlon's various divisions, only 36 daring souls finished the professional course. Check out complete results here.
The amateurs swam 750 meters in the cold Lake Michigan waters, biked for 20 km, then ran 5 km to the finish. The winner of the Sprint division was a local, Chris Wiatr, an 18-year-old from Long Grove. The woman Sprint winner was 31-year-old Stacey Kiefer, of Antioch.
The Chicago Triathlon is part of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon series, a group of five triathlons that award a total of $390,000 to the top athletes. The races draw thousands from around the world for a chance to win the prize.