10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever

10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever

Today, you’ll look at 10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever. But it’s the backstory of this special event that inspires so many people to ask how they might get involved. This blog will share with you the story of Leon’s and why so many people are inspired to participate.

Leon’s backstory is revealed… 

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that Northwest Indiana and Chicago were built on commitment, dedication, and the American dream. Its people sweat patriotism. From this heritage, a special event called Leon’s Triathlon was created in 1983 as a means of paying tribute to the 15 million WWII soldiers that never saw their 21st birthday.

Leon's Triathlon

25 years later, Leon’s Triathlon is still burning the torch of reverence. Just run the para-friendly event and you’ll see American flags at every point. 

Although the nationally respected event has earned national acclaim and is known as “America’s Race,” this Northwest Indiana triathlon has held on to its core values.  This triathlon is meant for every level of athlete- from beginner to expert.

Leon's Triathlon

It’s also meant for disabled veterans, folks that want to show their patriotism, and people that are inspired by the sense of self-esteem that comes from helping others.   

Today, you’ll look at 10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever!

Leon’s is for beginners, experienced, teams and disabled veterans

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Just ask Leon Walek what his Triathlon stands for, and you’ll quickly learn why the Triathlon has grown from a small triathlon in Hobart in 1983 to an event that is often called America’s Race.  And why not, the race was founded as a springboard to honoring injured veterans in need of the most help. 
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Leon’s passionate pursuit to seeing his event go national was not a means of creating fame and fortune, but rather as a sense of patriotism he learned from his father. Leon’s father was a member of the greatest generation and veteran of WWII. 

No other event can better capture the spirit of dedication and tenacity of our military veterans

The dedication and tenacity of a triathlon is the perfect venue to capture the commitment and sacrifice of our American veterans and war dead. 
Leon’s drive paid off. Leon’s Triathlon remains 100% dedicated to the support and empowerment of the US military and veterans. 
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If Leon wanted recognition for our American heroes, he is leading the race. The Hammond triathlon on Wolf Lake is televised on NBC Sports and the subject of a documentary in production. 
But don’t confuse Northwest Indiana’s best triathlon as an event just for elite athletes. This event has stayed true to its origins and is the perfect opportunity for athletes of all levels. Many participants have never competed before they started training for the annual Indiana triathlon.  Leon’s Tri First Timers’ Program is perfect for beginners. It’s a fun way to get in shape with others. Triathlon training is fun!

In this video, you’ll meet Leon and learn why this event is so special


It’s a fun way to get in shape with others. Triathlon training is fun!

Perhaps equally impressive are the Paratriathlon athletes that compete. These athletes were disabled defending our country. These athletes capture the spirit of Leon’s Triathlon.


Leon's Triathlon

People often ask how they can help or volunteer. …. just showing up with a hand-made sign of encouragement is always appreciated by these brave men and women. 
Leon's Triathlon
Today, you’ll learn where to pick-up your packages, how to train, what team events are available, how someone can volunteer, sponsor and make a difference. 
But first, lets look at 10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever. 

10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever

Leon's Triathlon

1) Leon’s Tri First Timers’ Program

Includes a 12 week olympic or sprint distance training plan, Live Grit Community Membership (March 28th through race day), Three educational clinics covering the swim, bike, run, and triathlon specifics & more. Learn more -or- Sign Up.

2) Leon’s Tri Law Enforcement First Timers’ Program

According to Leon, “we have specially curated a first timers’ program for law enforcement personnel. Can you do a triathlon? Yes! Will you do it alone? No! We’re here to support you from registration to the finish line.”

Leon’s is proud to work with Team Blueline, a Non-Profit Foundation with the goal of raising money to help the families of law enforcement officers who have selflessly given their lives in the line of duty.

Learn More -or- Sign Up


Leon's Triathlon


3)  Team Cup Challenge

  • Teams must consist of 5-10 registered members, male, female or co-ed, including the captain.
  • Teams with more than 10 members may create additional teams.
  • The top 5 times of the male and female teams will be used to determine the winners.
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4) Volunteerism

Volunteering for Leon’s Triathlon is a great way to get involved and show your support for participants and the Military Veterans the event is meant to honor. Northwest Indiana’s best triathlon would not exist without the support of community volunteerism. This Northwest Indiana and Chicago triathlon needs everything from race officials to fans that show up to encourage our Military Veteran athletes… it will make you shed a tear.  Learn more.


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5) Leon’s Triathlon Sponsorship & Partnership

Corporation’s with strong patriotic cultures tend to find Leon’s Triathlon a great fit for sponsorship. If your company is committed to partnering with an event and include using your resources to support success, this just might be an ideal venue for your programs.

Leon’s Triathlon is all about the American flag and creating an event that honors the people that fought for it.  Sponsors such as Griegers Motors do more than just donate vehicles, they donate their leadership and time. You’ll see iconic Jeeps and Rams surrounded by American flags as course markers. 


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Companies like Sam’s Club Foundation and Home Depot Foundation offer generous support to the event, but more significantly, they support our veterans through outreach programs that assist these great Americans.  They create jobs, building mobility ramps and assuring a quality of life these heroes deserve. If supporting patriotic businesses that pay it forward is your bag, you’ll want to visit our significant partners, including, Wired Athletes, Rags of Honor, Road Home Program, USO, Empowering Patriots, Luke, Veterans Roasters, Lucas Oil, and VersaClimber.  


6) Donating to Leon’s Triathlon  

For those that seek the self-esteem that comes with helping others, consider thinking outside the box. Consider donating bottled water. Volunteer your time. Create encouraging signs for the veterans that finish the race. Sometimes the best support comes from thinking outside the box.   This very blog was donated by Griegers Motors, publishers of the popular Northwest Indiana blog, Cool Cars…No Boundaries.  
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7)  Leon’s Triathlon Pricing 

From individual, relay and Team Cup Challenge…learn more.

 8) Leon’s Triathlon Registration

Signing up for America’s Race is one click away.  Here’s how….
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9) Leon’s Triathlon Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Will be Held at Four Convenient Locations-Learn more

Chicago, West- Urban Tri Gear
Friday, May 17, 2019
804 East Ogden Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Phone: 630-230-9386  www.urbantrigear.com

Chicago, North– Fit2Ride Velo Studio
​Saturday, May 18, 2019
1440 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 772-6618  ​www.fit2ridevelo.com

Chicago, Downtown South Loop — Fleet Feet Sports
Sunday, May 19, 2019
150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605
312-788-3338  www.fleetfeetchicago.com

Hammond, IN, Wolf Lake Park — Leon’s Triathlon Venue, 
June 1, 2019, 10 AM- 4 PM

​2398 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN 46320


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10) Official Hotels of Leon’s Triathlon 

The Official Hotels of Leon’s Triathlon come with savings. Looking for some post-event comfort?  Try these!  Learn more
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Southeast/Hammond, IN 
COURTYARD by Marriott,  Hammond, IN
RESIDENCE INN by Marriott, Hammond, IN
Ramada by Wyndham Hammond Hotel

So there you have it… 10 tips to making Leon’s Triathlon your best event ever. Leon’s Triathlon has something for everyone. People looking to get in shape, elite athletes, folks that are inspired by patriotism or helping others and businesses that want to pay it forward.


About the Author

Jim Jano Janesheski is the author of Grieger’s popular blog, Cool Car…No Boundaries. The monthly blog looks at Northwest Indiana’s top things to do, including restaurants, music venues, events, and cool cars. Jano is also a published author and creator, director, and producer of Making Paradise- Nominated-2017 PAECA Academy Award for Best Documentary. His firm Jano-LLC, is an SEO/Marketing firm in Valparaiso.


Author-Jim Jano Janesheski is also author for Griegers blog, cool car...no boundaries.

Written by Jim Jano Janesheski