Swim portion of Chicago Triathlon canceled due to rough waters

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CHICAGO — For the first time in its 37-year history, the triathlon became a duathlon after high waves on Lake Michigan led organizers to cancel the swim portion Sunday.

"We ran, then we biked, then we ran," said Scott Hutmacher, Lifetime Tri. "Definitely disappointing for our athletes and us as an event staff, but we will never put our athletes into a harmful situation."

With only the running and biking portions included, the course which ran between eight and 31 miles for the different levels of the race.

"For some people they were really excited about that because they don’t like to swim. I’m a swimmer so I was a little bummed," participant Julia Lane said.

Among the 10,000 who participated in the event were WGN's own Erin Ivory and Mike Lowe.

"It was a beautiful day in Chicago, everybody’s safe and there’s beer at the end," participant Mike Robie said.

And for some a whole new marathon began. Jason Vicari waited for his girlfriend Christine Conti at the finish line, and got down on one knee after they completed the race. She said yes.

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