Catherine Molenda and Janet Katz: more than 10 years apart in age, but still at the top of their game. Both ladies earned first place medals in their respective age groups during the 30th Annual Life Time Chicago Triathlon, both bringing their honors home to Northbrook last week.
Molenda finished the race in 3:39:06 in the females 65 to 69 group. The second place finisher was more than 20 minutes behind.
Katz finished the race in 2:29:20 in the females 45 to 49 group. Her closest competitor was just over a minute behind.
Both women raced in the triathlon's international distance, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run.
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel raced in males 50 to 54 age group in the tri's sprint distance — a .75-kilometer swim, a 22-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. He completed the race in 1:33:46 — three minutes faster than his time last year and in 27th place out of 154 competitors in the age group, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
With nearly 10,000 total participants, the Life Time Chicago Triathlon is the largest triathlon in the country. The annual event brought together amateur and professional athletes alike to compete in 11 age groups along Chicago’s lakefront on August 26.