Every June we roll out two programs along the lakefront to aid in your training. On the weekends stop by our Lakefront Hydration Stations, where you can refuel with some water and Gatorade Endurance Formula. Each year we hand out about 350,000 cups of water and Gatorade Endurance Formula to runners, cyclists, walkers, dogs...you get the idea!
Training for a Triathlon? We can also be found at Ohio Street Beach renting wetsuits on Saturday mornings. Wear test a wetsuit at Ohio St. Beach or rent one for the week with our Wetsuit Rental Program.
Lakefront Hydration Stations:
These hydration stations are open to everyone, using the lake front path when we are out there.
Each station will have:
- Gatorade Endurance Formula
Knowledgeable Staff and Friendly Volunteers
Duration: The 2015 season will start on Saturday, May 30th. You can find us every Saturday and Sunday through October 4th.
When: Our stations open at approximately 6:00am and will shut down around 10:00am. This is subject to change depending on weather, training program distances, and other variable factors. When we deviate from the traditional plan we post updates to our Facebook Page.
- Diversey Ave (Inner Path)
- North Ave Beach/Boat-house
- Randolph Street
31st Street (Only open on Saturday's)
Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering please email us.
Wetsuit Rental Programs:
Have you ever considered taking your workout to the lake? Chicago has one of the top open water swim locations in the world. Starting at Ohio Street Beach you can safely swim out along the break-wall across a beautiful sand bottom. The Chicago Park District has two distances marked, 1/4 mile out from the beach (you can stand the entire distance) and a 1/2 mile out.
Average Water Temp 65 degrees
Where: Fleet Feet Sports - Old Town
When: All Year Long - During Store Hours
Rent a wetsuit for the week to wear test out in the lake, or use over race weekend. Just stop into our Old Town store location and one of our expert fitters will get you in the right size, and on your way with a wetsuit for the week. Two week rentals, and extensions are not allowed. You will be charged $50 for each day the wetsuit is returned late.
We will have first come first served online wetsuit rentals for the TransAmerica Toyota Chicago Triathlon beginning the Monday before at 10 am (August 24th, 2015). Stay tuned via Twitter and Facebook for the sign up form.
Ohio St. Beach
When: 8am-10am, every Saturday.
*Ends Saturday, October 3rd.
Where: Ohio St. Beach
Donation: $10.00 with an I.D.
If you are not quite sure how to get started, Fleet Feet Sports - Chicago is out at Ohio Street Beach every Saturday morning to help answer any questions and offer wetsuit trialing. For a $10 donation and a drivers license for collateral, you are given:
- Trial wetsuit for your swim.
$10 voucher to use back in the store on any purchase $50 or more.