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Clancy family ready for Chicago Triathlon

CHICAGO IL - JUNE 29: Athletes from around world participate Elite Men's race 2014 ITU World TriathlChicago Grant Park June

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29: Athletes from around the world participate in the Elite Men's race in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago in Grant Park on June 29, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Threadneedle) ORG XMIT: 499593693

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Chicago Triathlon

Who: More than 9,000 participants.

SuperSprint: First wave leaves at 7 a.m. Saturday from Montrose Beach.

Life Time Kids Tri: First wave leaves at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from
Montrose Beach.

Chicago Triathlon Multisport & Fitness Expo: Hilton Chicago, Friday and Saturday.

International and Sprint distances: Pros start at 6 a.m. Sunday from Monroe Harbor; first amateur wave, 6:08 a.m.; sprint, 9 a.m.

Purse: Pros battle for $40,000.
Winners take home $8,500 each.

Local favorite: Ben Collins is fresh off victories in the Life Time Tri
Minneapolis in July and the New York City Triathlon this month.


Updated: September 23, 2014 6:34AM

Jack Clancy laughs when he is asked if he enjoyed college life at Wisconsin a little too much. Let’s just say Madison is a good place to be in your late teens and early 20s.

A change came when he
returned to Chicago this summer. It started with a healthier lifestyle, which included boot camp at the Lincoln Square Athletic Club. His father, Ed, thought setting a goal might be worthwhile.

That’s why Clancy will be participating Sunday in the sprint distances of the Chicago Triathlon with his parents, Ed and Cindy.

‘‘So far, it is really new to me,’’ Clancy said after an open-water swim clinic on the lakefront Tuesday. ‘‘I enjoy the bike. The swim is the hardest, especially in the open water. People are bumping into you, kicking you. You just have to put your head down and go.’’

Clancy, 23, who will be a fifth-year senior in biochemistry and is volunteering this summer at the UIC lab, is athletic enough to have pitched four years at Lane Tech, a high school baseball power in Chicago.

His parents are athletic in their own right. His mother, 59, believes she has taken part in the Chicago Triathlon four or five times — the last time in 2008 — and in probably eight or nine triathlons total. His
father, 60, is a master swimmer.

So who will finish first Sunday? All concede the swim to Ed.

‘‘I don’t know,’’ Cindy said. ‘‘Ed and I have gone back and forth. I am stronger on the bike. And Jack has a 23-year-old body and a nice adrenaline dump when he starts the race. Ed and I both beat him in the swim.’’

The competition will be on Sunday — in a good way.

‘‘It is a nice bonding experience around a shared activity,’’ Cindy said. ‘‘It has helped me to see [Jack] involved in something healthy and good for him.’’

NOTE: Drivers on Lake Shore Drive and triathletes alike will ­benefit from the revised bike ­portion of the event.

The Lake Shore Drive section of the bike portion is now one loop
instead of a double. That means less congestion and will allow the pro field to go first at 6 a.m. And Lake Shore Drive will reopen much earlier than in previous years.

The bike section includes Lower Wacker and the McCormick busway. With earlier starts for longer distances, the forecast heat shouldn’t be a major factor.

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