Last Sunday I volunteered at the Chicago Triathlon. It was incredible. I have a few pictures to post, but since I was actually working the event, I couldn’t take too many. I had to be there at 6am when the first of the Sprint Distance athletes were just jumping into the water. I was assigned a spot on the running leg, which meant I had to shoo spectators and clueless people off the running path as the runners came by.
Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, there are a lot of people who do not pay attention to the world around them. I know that’s a shocker.
I was right across from where the athletes left the swimming leg and transitioned to the biking leg. I didn’t get to see any of the biking or even the transition area. I did get some tips from a fellow volunteer who did the Tri last year. He made some great suggestions on how to make sure I can find my bike easily.
Here are some photos from my volunteer spot. I had a great location. It was less than half a mile into the run. I spent 4 hours cheering total strangers on. I got hi-fived by a few people. One lady hugged me as she ran by, a guy puked about 3 feet from me, lots of people smiled and said “thanks!” as they ran by.
This is where I stood for four hours, yelling and cheering. It was a great location.
See, a person crossing the path. At least there were no runners coming!
Right here is where the swimmers came out of the lake. Then they ran to the bike transition area. I would have liked to seen the start of the swimming leg, which was just south of Buckingham Fountain about half a mile down the road.
This is the start of the swim to bike transition. You have to run barefoot on this path for quite a ways until you get to the bike area. Some people left flip flops and sandals there so they didn’t have to run barefoot, but most people didn’t. Everyone was peeling their wet suits off as they ran.
I am SO glad that I did it this year. I feel like I know exactly where our friends and family should stand next year to get the best view of us possible. I also have a better idea of what to expect. I will say that it was so inspiring to see all the different levels of athletes (the Pros started after the Sprint distance and boy you could tell they are IN SHAPE. That was double the distance which was a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and a 10k run)
Even more determined to get here next year. I have seven or eight people coming along for the ride, too. Awesome!