28 August 2016. As the sun rose over Lake Michigan, the skirl of the pipes and war beat of the drums filled the area for the 100 Club of Chicago “100 Club Challenge” to make Chicago Triathlon debut, The 100 Club Challenge is a special race within a race competition during the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon weekend, held each August in downtown Chicago. Originally known as the First Responders’ Competition, the program began in 2007 as a friendly wager among seven members of the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Office of the FBI. Since then, the competition has hosted more than 1,000 participants from more than 24 agencies across the country. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is the world‘s largest multisport event, having welcomed more than 250,000 triathletes across the nish line since 1983. This is truly Where the World Comes to Race.
In 2016, this special competition has been renamed on behalf of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon’s new partnership with The 100 Club of Chicago. The purpose of this organization is to provide for the surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics who lose their lives in the line of duty. This includes federal, state, county and local officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in both Cook and Lake Counties.
Through both public donations and private fundraising efforts, the program plans to generate more than $25,000 in direct contributions to the 100 Club of Chicago during the 2016 season. There are two ways to participate in the 100 Club Challenge: as a First Responder, or as a civilian fundraiser.
2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 100 Club of Chicago! The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included. We look forward to working with them for the next 50 years. #100club #50years #neverforget
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