Leon’s Triathlon is a historic, short-course racing tradition founded in 1983 by Leon Wolek. Known as “America’s Race,” Leon’s is 100% dedicated to the support and empowerment of the U.S. service men and women, especially injured military veterans. The event is open to civilians and military personnel alike.
Hosted each June in Northwest Indiana, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, the event is known to be incredibly fast thanks to a flat and traffic-free course.
The first event was held in Leon’s hometown of Hobart, IN. Over the years the triathlon outgrew it’s original location and was invited to move to the Wolf Lake Park location in Hammond by Mayor McDermott. The new, picturesque venue is perfect for multisport use.
Leon’s Triathlon pioneered the first National Amateur Championship, which to this day continues in the sport and is governed by the USA Triathlon Federation. Leon’s also hosted one of the First Military Championships in the sport in 1996. Both were televised on ESPN worldwide.