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Leon’s Triathlon Set for June 3rd: “America’s Great Race” will honor military

06/03/2018 - 08:00
06/03/2018 - 12:00

Athletes have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic-distance race with a 1,500 meter swim; 23.2 mile bike and 6.2 mile (10K) run. The Sprint course includes a 750 meter swim; 11.6 mile bike and 3.1 mile (5K) run.

A Vendor Expo and Demo Day will be held in conjunction with Packet Pick-up on June 3. Participants and spectators can try out the newest in sportswear and equipment at Demo Day.

Leon’s Triathlon is again partnering with Dare2Tri, a Paratriathlon Training Camp for The Injured Military Camp. The camp is open to any injured military or veteran with a physical disability, visual impairment, traumatic brain injury or PTDS. Learn more about Dare2Tri and The Injured Military Camp at

This will be the third year Johnel’s Restaurant in Hammond will host approximately 30 vets and nearly 20 staff and coaches for a celebratory dinner. “We wanted to thank these vets for their service to our country and celebrate them for their participation in Leon’s Triathlon,” stated Christine Cash, General Manager of Johnel’s Restaurant. The dinner will take place at 7:00 p.m. on June 1.

Leon’s Triathlon was founded in 1983 by Leon Wolek and was held in Hobart, Ind. It soon outgrew the Hobart location and moved to Hammond, Ind. Leon’s Triathlon pioneered the first National Amateur Champion which continues today and hosted one of the first Military Championships in the sport in 1996. Leon’s Triathlon is known as “America’s Race,” because of its dedication to serving those in the armed forces.

For more information about Leon’s Triathlon, or to register, visit Wolf Lake Memorial Park is located at 2324 Calumet Avenue in Hammond, Ind.