What did your city's mayor do on Sunday morning? If you live in Chicago, the answer would be: He finished the Life Time Tri Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to the triathlon that runs through some of Chicago's finest lakefront property including Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and the Lakefront Path. Emanuel stunned many Chicagoans last year, participants included, when it was announced that he was in the water to start off the sprint distance event. Sure enough, the following day, the news was out in the Chicago Tribune that Emanuel had indeed completed the Chicago Triathlon--and that he did it while many of us were still in bed.
But even before he was elected mayor, Emanuel was known to participate in some of the city's endurance events. His Wikipedia profile mentions triathlons, his name is listed in the race results from the Fleet Feet SuperSprint Tri in 2004 and the Chicago Triathlon in 2003, and his wife and kids also race though you'll usually find them on the running circuit.
So just how well did our mayor do at Sunday's Chicago Triathlon, which celebrated its 30th anniversary? Better than last year, in conditions that could easily have been deemed just as challenging--it was humid, windy and even rained as the morning progressed. Emanuel logged a 17:02 swim (for roughly half a mile), a 43:17 on the bike (22 kilometers), and a 29:07 for a 5K run. His total time was 1:33:46, three minutes faster than the 1:36:50 he posted last year.
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