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Register Now for America’s Race 2024!

Sign up now for our 2024 races and save! Both our June and September events have a special price.
So, register now to save money later.

Here at Leon’s Triathlon, we do all we can to maintain both the high standards you are accustomed to, while making the price affordable. It is important to us to have value pricing.

America’s race is a great race to start your season, then finish your season with the Chicago triathlon. Both iconic events have been around since the early 1980s. Many coaches have told us America’s race is perfect for the first time triathlete. The swim portion is held in Hammond’s Wolf Lake (typically has a water temperature around 69° on race weekend) allowing athletes to compete in open water without worrying about any possible waves or currents which is reassuring for a first timer and rookie’s. We even offer a swim buoy wave for those that feel they need the extra reassurance. Heading into transition is easy and close to the swim exit, which makes for fast transition times. The newly paved traffic free bike course on a gold star memorial highway gives you the opportunity to focus on fast bike splits. We save the best for last with a super flat and breathtaking run course around the lake. Lined with American flags 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, America’s race will leave you filled with pride for our nation. With an amazing opening ceremony honoring our true heroes, with 1000 plus American flags on the course, it definitely will make you proud to live in America. Watching the inspirational military and veteran participants leaves you overjoyed with emotion as they cross the massive patriotic scaffolding finish line. With a live feed on two massive mobile elevated video screens, register today and experience the Chicagoland tradition: America’s race– Leon‘s Triathlon.

Make Your Canine Reservations Now for 2024

Canine Triathlon 2024 Leon's

We are proud and humbled to be the only canine triathlon done on American soil that honors our true heroes and their service dogs. In gearing up for the 2024 triathlons, we have realized the need for early reservations for those who wish to participate with their pooch pals. The field is limited, and it is of vital importance that we understand the temperament of each dog involved. We can only allow dogs that get along well with humans and other dogs. If you wish to participate, please contact us via the information below to reserve your spot. Thank you for your support and understanding that we need to approach this event in a personal and caring way.

Make your canine triathlon reservations by email via the button below or by calling (219) 263-8345.

Join Our Facebook Community!

We have started an online community where those with service dogs can connect with like-minded people. If you would like to join, please click the button below.

bp Veterans USA 6th Annual Golf Outing

Join us Saturday, May 18th at Wicker Park Golf Course for the 6th Annual Golf Outing benefitting the “Shaun Blue Memorial Scholarship Fund” and “Leon’s Heroes”. Download the form by clicking on the image and email your completed form to: whitingveteransBRG@bp.com. All payments must be received by April 26 to reserve your spot.

National Documentary Broadcast

We are so humbled and excited to announce the premier broadcast of “Leon’s Heroes Obstacle Course Race.” This 30 minute, national documentary about America’s Race will give you a glimpse into the work we do to honor our military, veterans, and first responders.

Celebrating 40 Years!

1983 – 2023

It has been our honor to lift-up and recognize U.S. Military, Veterans, and 1st Responders for 40 Years with Leon’s Triathlon. This is a patriotic event that just happens to be a triathlon. We have an unwavering commitment in this most noble endeavor and will continue to celebrate our heroes for as long as we are able. In 2023, we integrated a canine component to both our June and September events. This will continue in 2024, and we look forward to building on their momentum.

Photos from the Sept 2023 Race

Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets Stars and Stripes Division, Lowell IN, set up hundreds of flags before the September 2023 race. We are very humble and grateful. Learn more about the Sea Cadets by clicking here.

Sea Cadets

Leon’s Triathlon 2024 – Register Now!

We are getting ready for the 2024 race! Save the dates for May 31st – June 2nd. Registration is now OPEN! Click the button below to register. And, note, we do have SPECIAL pricing!

The United States Army and
The United States Navy

We are profoundly humbled and blessed to have the backing of both the United States Army and the United States Navy. Both of these arms of our military were founded in the year of 1775. The United States Army was established on June 14, 1775, and the United States Navy was established on October 13, 1775. We commemorate their 248 years of service to our great nation.

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Leon is proudly pictured with a member of the Army's Golden Knights.

Industrial Athlete Championship

As we seek to honor our American Industrial Athletes, Leon’s has joined forces with Helmets to Hardhats and IKOCC (Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters) to create a special, one-of-a-kind event. We are humbled and honored to also team up with all the North American building trades. The Industrial Athlete Championship will be a component of America’s Race.

Introducing Leon’s Heroes

Leon’s Heroes is an organization that is a new branch of Leon’s Triathlon. Leon’s Heroes aims to promote patriotism and honor the U.S. Military, Veterans, First Responders and Law Enforcement.

Leon’s Heroes are the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our nation and constitution. We aim to create a feel of patriotism anywhere we go.

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The first Leon’s Triathlons were held in Leon’s hometown of Hobart IN, at the Isaac Walton, just off of I-65. The Wolek family attended many triathlons with Leon as a participant. While attending the events, they promoted Leon’s Triathlon. Leon’s Triathlon grew year after year until it outgrew the Isaac Walton. Fortunately, they were invited by Mayor Tom McDermott Sr. to host Leon’s Triathlon in Hammond at Wolf Lake to accommodate the continued growth. The family worked very closely with the Cities, Counties and State to set the standard in the sport.

 

Leon and his family noticed that all of the major events focused on the pros and not the amateurs. They thought the amateurs needed to be showcased, so they pioneered the First National Amateur Championship, which to this day continues in the sport. They also hosted one of the First Military Championships in the sport. Both were televised on ESPN worldwide and had Military flyovers after the singing of the National Anthem. Because of its completely closed course, the closing of a six lane freeway, and all three events starting and finishing at the same staging area, Leon’s Triathlon came to be known as the fastest triathlon in the world.

 

Because of economic development and political changes, there were some challenges that resulted in the racecourse logistics. The Wolek family felt it was time to retire the Leon’s Triathlon’s.

 

Throughout the next 15 years people wrote, called and emailed asking when Leon’s Triathlon would be back.

 

Leon finally decided to request a meeting with the current Mayor of Hammond, Tom McDermott Jr. Because of the support from his father, Mayor McDermott Sr., his son grew up knowing all about Leon’s Triathlon, known as America’s Race. Like his father he gave his support and after a 15-year hiatus, Leon’s is back.

 

In 2021 Leon added an obstacle course race to honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country. With the addition of the obstacle course race, we have rebranded the triathlon to include the sister obstacle course race, and we are moving forward as Leon’s Heroes.

 

While growing up Leon didn’t have Superman or Batman as a hero, it was his father and military buddies at the American Legion Post 454 in New Chicago, IN who inspired him. Leon’s Heroes are the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our nation and constitution. We aim to create a feel of patriotism anywhere we go.

 

While working on promoting the first annual obstacle course race, Leon befriended Vern at Chesterton Brewery, Veteran’s Brewing for Veteran’s, and Leon’s Heroes American IPA was born.

Hammer Nutrition Partnership

Leon’s is grateful for our partnership with Hammer Nutrition. This partnership goes back many, many years. Hammer Nutrition is an endurance sports nutrition company founded in 1987 by Brian Frank.

 

Hammer Nutrition provides unparalleled products, knowledge, and service to health conscious athletes all over the world. Over the years, the product line has grown from fuels & supplements to now include clothing, body care products, EMS units, accessories, and more.

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Chesterton Brewery Partnership

We are so excited to announce our new collaboration with Chesterton Brewery. They have created a new American IPA that was released on Friday, September 10, 2021 in honor of our heroes.

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America's Race Chicago

United Steelworkers Partnership

We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our friends at United Steelworkers Local 6787. We are grateful for your support in our work.

Honor Flight Chicago Partnership

We are pleased to recognize our partnership with Honor Flight Chicago. Honor Flight Chicago (HFC) was founded in 2008 to recognize America’s senior war veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials built in their honor. The one-day, all-expense paid trip is filled with appreciation, tributes, memories and gratitude.

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Leon’s Triathlon and Dare2tri- a Partnership for Injured Veterans

Dare2tri is committed to providing resources and paratriathlon training services to injured service members and veterans with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Dare2tri’s goal is to empower injured service members and veterans through active participation in sport, recreation, competition, and the greater community.

Dare2tri is proud to partner with Leon’s Triathlon to offer an official Dare2tri Race2Raise Team. When you join Dare2tri Race2Raise you get to achieve your own health and wellness goals and support Dare2tri athletes, many of whom are injured military, in achieving their goals. Dare2tri transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them get active through the sport of triathlon.

 

Set a goal, challenge yourself and while doing so, you make a difference in the lives of injured veterans so they too can set and reach goals.  Race alongside these amazing men and women and support one another on the journey to the finish line!

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