The Chicago Tri Club offers many free and discounted standing group workouts, run by either club volunteers or our generous sponsors. For liability reasons, all CTC-led group workouts are members only; sponsor-hosted workouts are generally open to the public unless specified to be CTC-only. Workouts hosted by other groups are listed at the bottom.
Group workout leaders receive .5 RAV points for each workout they lead. Additional group workouts designed specifically for less experienced triathletes are also available through the CTC Newbie Program. Sign up here to volunteer for Gear Watch or to lead a Sunday ride, Muffin Run, or Stroke & Stride: http://tinyurl.com/ctcvolunteers.
Muffin Rides Spring and Fall, volunteer dependent
What better way to enjoy the fall season than to ride from Chicago to Highland Park? Along the way you will enjoy the changing leaves. A short rest in Highland Park for a MUFFIN, coffee, etc. and then the return trip home. Some of the riders also like to have breakfast afterwards. It really is a great time so come on out. The ride begins on the lake front path Saturday mornings around 8 am. and the ride is approximately 46 miles round trip. We do need leaders for these rides. So, if you know the route please feel free to become a ride leader. WE NEED RIDE LEADERS. DON’T BE SHY. ….Ride leaders receive RAV points towards year end prizes. Have fun!
Gear Watch 8-10 am June – August
We have volunteers sign up to watch gear during group swimming (or other workouts) on Saturdays at Ohio Street Beach, and optionally spearhead a post-workout brunch if there’s interest. To volunteer to watch gear, add you name to a shift! To attend the workout, check the sign up to be sure someone has volunteered for that day and be sure to bring your stuff to the club person before you start swimming. Please remember that OSB is very crowded on Saturdays over the summer, so only leave essential items with the gear watch volunteers. If you ride your bike to OSB, you’re responsible for locking it up; CTC volunteers will not be doing bike watch.
Muffin Run 9-11 am September – May
A relaxed 1- hour run (sometimes with challenging weather) followed by brunch. The Muffin Runs are free (except for brunch!) and leave at 9:00 am Sundays from the CARA Board (Diversey and the lakefront running path). Since there will be varying paces, the only rule is that everyone end up at the brunch spot ~10:00 am. Since it’s more fun with more people, sign up here to lead; your only duties are to make sure people join you for muffin run, show up for the run, and you get to pick the brunch spot. You may create a FB invite, post on the forum, or otherwise get the word out.
Barrington Rides 8 am May- September, volunteer dependent
Sundays at 8:00 am (departure time!) in suburban Buffalo Grove. There is no cost for these rides, where you can get up to speed in a rural/suburban setting, and even ride a few small hills. Please come prepared to maintain at least a 15 mph pace for either the 38 or 55 mile loop, and bring a copy of the appropriate bike route cue sheet. Carpooling should be arranged using the Message Boards. Please make sure your bike is in safe operating condition (including your helmet) and use proper group bike etiquette. Also, please bring spare tire tubes in case you get a flat tire.
Sunrise Swim summer
Start your week with a member-led daybreak swim on the Chicago lakefront, various locations.
Zwift Group Ride 6 - 7 am, winter
Zwift’s magic rubber band holds us together so you can do your own ride, but with friends! Join CTC members every Wednesday at 6 am for a one hour group bike trainer workout using Zwift. Post to this group or directly send a chat to Molly Golden with any questions, and follow Molly Golden (CTC) on Zwift to be added to the group ride.
Stroke & Stride 6:15 pm June – August
1/2 mile or full mile swim followed by a fast transition and a 2 mile run held at Ohio Street Beach. Stroke & Stride is on if the beaches are open so please visit the Ohio Street Beach website before heading out. Check in with the timer by 6:15 and be ready for a water start promptly at 6:30 pm. There is no fee for this timed weekly club scrimmage.
Due to shallow and protected water, open-minded lifeguards, and marked buoys, Ohio Street Beach is the favorite place for many triathletes to swim in Chicago.
Open Water Chicago arranges meet-ups at Oak Street Beach’s “Ladder 1″ year-round. (They welcome triathletes who display friendliness and humility.)
CTC Partner Chicago Blue Dolphins hosts open water swim classes and clinics. Ask about their CTC discount.
The annual Big Shoulders 2.5 k / 5 k Lake Michigan race is the second Saturday of September at Ohio Street Beach.
See the group chat for occasional CTC swim meet-ups.
Maps of CTC rides are located on the Bike Routes page.
A list of nearby year-round organized bike rides as well as maps of good routes and other cycling information is maintained by the League of Illinois Bicyclists.
Several of the local bike teams have beginner friendly rides for road bikes (no tri bikes or aero bars allowed), emphasizing pace line and group riding. These include BFF Bikes, Spidermonkey Cycling, and xXx Racing-Athletico.
Some popular drop-in group runs include the Universal Sole Monday Fun Runs and Tuesday evenings with the Lakeview Run Club.
The Chicago Area Runner’s Association also has a large number of training programs and group runs.