[Chicago Slices raw: Mini-triathlon]

BUD LITE MINI TRIATHLON in Downers Grove: Interviews with participants, footage of all events including biking, swimming, and running, and of participants after the events.

00:00Copy video clip URL Videographer interviews multiple athletes asking them why they want to participate in a triathlon and what they enjoy about it. One man says it’s because he’s old and fat and because of all the people.

00:13Copy video clip URL Another man says it’s fun and a good way to stay in shape. To train he goes for three swims a week, three bikes a week and five runs a week.

00:34Copy video clip URL Another man says the rest of his team hasn’t shown up! He has to do the swimming leg.

00:58Copy video clip URL A girl laughs and ask who the videographer is. She says triathlons are fun. She’s been doing it for a year. She runs twice a week to train.

01:29Copy video clip URL A woman, Wendy, with her baby, Joshua. She says triathlons are exciting, fun and challenging. She’s been training since start of the summer.

02:01Copy video clip URL A young woman says she joined for the challenge of swimming, something she doesn’t normally do. She says this is her first triathlon and thinks she’ll finish.

02:34Copy video clip URL A young man says this is his first one and leaves.

02:45Copy video clip URL An older man says it’s a challenge for a 60-year old. He’s done 25 triathlons. He was gaining weight and started running to lose weight.

03:21Copy video clip URL A young man says he does it cause it’s fun.

03:49Copy video clip URL A middle-aged man says he think he’ll finish in an hour-twenty minutes. He started biking and swimming to rehabilitate a bad knee. Running has always been his weak sport. To train he does a mile in the pool 3-days a week, runs 3-6 miles 3-4 times a week.

04:32Copy video clip URL Two girls say that they’ve done the triathlon for eight years. To train they run and swim occasionally. It’s easier and more fun if you have someone to do it with.

05:09Copy video clip URL A group of young men answer that they have no idea why they’re doing this. It’s his first time. His friends roped him into it. He used to run 5K’s. They comment that last night they went out for beers.

06:09Copy video clip URL A young woman says she’s doing the triathlon because it’s a personal challenge. She is part of a team and is doing the running leg. If her team didn’t show she thinks she could do the whole thing.

06:31Copy video clip URL A young girl says this is her first time. She runs a lot and thinks if she makes it through the swim she should do all right.

06:56Copy video clip URL A middle-aged woman says the sport is enduring, fun and a challenge. She says Mondays and Wednesdays she runs or bikes, Tuesdays and Thursday she swims. After this she wants to climb a mountain.

07:27Copy video clip URL A older gentleman says he participates in triathlons because it’s something he can start and finish. He likes the satisfying feeling of accomplishment. He says he’s 59 years old and wants to prove to himself that he’s in top shape.

08:35Copy video clip URL A young woman says she participates because it’s challenging and different.

08:48Copy video clip URL B-roll of triathlon announcer tower.

08:58Copy video clip URL A young guy interviewed says he’s been doing triathlons for three years. It’s fun. He tries to run, swim and bike to train.

09:30Copy video clip URL A young woman says she does this to keep in shape and have a good time. She thinks she’ll finish. Her favorite part of the triathlon is when it’s over.

09:58Copy video clip URL An older woman says she’s doing the triathlon because it’s a challenge to run, swim and bike in one back-to-back-to-back. For her, just running gets boring. Swimming is the worst for her. She thinks she’ll do so-so. She’s in it just to finish.

10:22Copy video clip URL B-roll of a scuba diver. B-roll of male swimmers emerging from the water and running to the second leg of the event.

13:00Copy video clip URL B-roll of a middle-aged man helping a young quadriplegic man into a special chair mounted to the front of a bicycle.

14:33Copy video clip URL The man takes off on the bike with the quadriplegic man strapped to the chair in front.

15:20Copy video clip URL B-roll of swimmers in the lake.

15:32Copy video clip URL Interview with a participant, a 59-year-old man. It’s a great challenge and keeps me feeling good. He’s been doing it for 8 years. He hopes for top 5 in his age group.

16:06Copy video clip URL B-roll of participants coming in from swimming, walking through rows of bikes for the bike ride leg.

16:32Copy video clip URL B-roll of swimmers and officials in the pond, various shots.

16:58Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners and bikers, runners mounting bikes for the biking leg of the race. Various shots of bikers racing.

21:37Copy video clip URL B-roll, various shots of runners running in the race.

22:01Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners and bikers in the race.

23:31Copy video clip URL B-roll of bikers biking in the race.

24:35Copy video clip URL B-roll of a biker racing down the street with quadriplegic guy strapped to the front of his bike.

24:54Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners receiving drinks of water as they run the race. Various b-roll of runners.

27:40Copy video clip URL B-roll of a man running as he pushes the young quadriplegic man in a special racing chair.

28:19Copy video clip URL Various b-roll of runners in the race.

28:28Copy video clip URL B-roll marker guides and official photographer. The photographer is taking official pictures of all the participants as they bike past him. He records audio to document which participant is captured on a given frame.

29:45Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners. One runner is running with a dog tethered to a leash.

30:30Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners running past parked bikes.

31:18Copy video clip URL Interview with one of the participants, named Dick Hoyt, the middle-aged man who has been with the young quadriplegic — his son Rick — for the entire race. Dick says that he and his son have been running in races for 5 years. While running one race a man who runs a sports enterprise encouraged him to run a triathlon. Dick said, “only if I can do it with Rick.” The man looked at him as if he were crazy and walked away. The next year the man again approached and encouraged Dick to do a triathlon. Dick again said, “only if I can do it with Rick.” The man suggested Dick investigate what kind of special equipment he could have made for Rick. At the time, 1984, Dick did not know how to swim and hadn’t ridden a bike in years. He spent several months training. Meanwhile he was changing jobs and looking for a new house. He intentionally bought a house on a lake so he could practice swimming. He swam at the YMCA all winter. He didn’t get the actual bike set up until the day of the triathlon. They completed their first triathlon and it felt good so they continued. He says today he thinks they did well. It was a well organized course. We had a good swim. He says we came to Downers Grove because they like Chicago and how the race is organized. The only thing that would stop us is getting a major sponsor. He thanks American Airlines for sponsoring them. They pay for air travel. They travel with three huge crates which requires renting a cargo van, plus hotel… travel for races can be expensive. He says they are competing in another Bud Light Triathlon next weekend in Hartford, Connecticut.

35:37Copy video clip URL Dick says it’s his son Rick that keeps him going. Rick has just graduated Boston University, the first non-speaking quadriplegic to graduate and he loves sports. When he and Rick compete it’s dual effort, Dick loans him his arms and legs. The crowd also keeps them going. They cheer them on and inspire them as much as they inspire the crowd.

36:53Copy video clip URL B-roll of Rick Hoyt in his chair.

37:19Copy video clip URL B-roll of runners and the crowd after the race. Dick Hoyt signs an autograph.

37:50Copy video clip URL Interview with a young female athlete. She says she came in sixth place. When asked why she participates in triathlon she jokes that she likes pain. It’s challenging and there’s a sense of accomplishment. She notes that this is her fifth year participating.

38:26Copy video clip URL A young man says he did pretty well, but the pond was too crowded with swimmers. He thinks the variety a triathlon offers makes for better exercise than just running or biking alone.

38:50Copy video clip URL Another young man says the toughness of the triathlon draws him to the sport.

39:04Copy video clip URL A middle-aged man says he participates because he’s already swam the deepest ocean and climbed the highest mountain. A triathlon was next on his list.

39:12Copy video clip URL A female athlete says she does it because it’s a variety sport. She says she did okay, but the mini-triathlons are too short for her. She bikes to work, swims in as much open water as possible.

39:39Copy video clip URL B-roll of Dick and Rick Hoyt fraternizing with other participants.

39:50Copy video clip URL Interview with a young male runner who says this was his first triathlon. He was pleased with how he did. He swims, bikes and runs to train. His favorite is biking. The run is the most dreaded.

40:29Copy video clip URL A young woman says she does triathlons because they are challenging and they are a good stress reliever.

42:06Copy video clip URL Another young female athlete jokes that she does triathlons because she’s masochistic and says she’s been doing this six years and is a former national champ. She is training for Ironman distance race in Hawaii.

42:42Copy video clip URL Two other female athletes say they like that three sports are combined into one. It’s a good way to stay in shape, compete, and find guys. They joke that it’s s great way to meet men, but everyone is so scummy at the time. They’ve never met each other until today.

44:16Copy video clip URL A young female runner says she started participating in triathlons a couple years ago and like them. She did well today. The mini-triathlon was short for her. To train she swims, bikes and runs. The videographer quips: That’s novel!

44:41Copy video clip URL A young man says he’s in training for another upcoming triathlon. He does these to meet personal goals.

45:08Copy video clip URL Another young guy says he’s not sure why he participates. “I asked that through my whole run.” He says it’s something enjoyable to do that not everyone does. He says he did well today.

45:53Copy video clip URL Another man says he doesn’t know why he does it. “I should be golfing.”

45:39Copy video clip URL Another young man says he like all the girls who participate.

45:58Copy video clip URL An older man jokes that his wife makes him do it. She says it’s good for his health, but she won’t do it herself because she knows better.

46:17Copy video clip URL A middle aged man says he likes the competition, the challenge. He says he enjoyed today and feels fine after the race.

46:39Copy video clip URL A middle-aged woman says she does it cause it’s fun and keeps her young. She is 48-years-old. She’s been doing triathlons nine years.

47:08Copy video clip URL A young man getting a massage says he did this to beat his brother-in-law.

47:41Copy video clip URL Another young man getting a massage says he participates because the race is there. He says he was fourth out of the water but went down from there. When asked what hurts the man response: my calves, knees, arms, most everything!

48:31Copy video clip URL Another man getting a massage says he does it to test the body’s limits. He says he hasn’t reached his limit yet, he’ll reach it in about five minutes. He says it keeps him in shape.

48:56Copy video clip URL Another man says he participates in triathlons because it beats going to church on Sundays.

49:03Copy video clip URL Another man says he participates for the free massage and comments that the only thing that doesn’t hurt him right now is his pinky finger. He participates for the joy in challenging himself.

49:52Copy video clip URL Interview with the masseuse says the most common ailment for athletes finishing a triathlon is gastrocs: tight calves. The young man she is massaging says he has a softball game to play after this.

50:38Copy video clip URL A brother and sister team is interviewed.  They says they got started in this sport at the same time. The brother is two years older. They say the swim is the easiest, the run is the hardest.

51:28Copy video clip URL A young female athlete comments that there were so many swimmers in the pond she was kicked in the face and thought she was going to drown. Her favorite is when it’s over!

51:43Copy video clip URL Two young girls say they do it because it feels good when the race is over. They says their shoulders ache. One of the girls says she almost drowned in the pond from people kicking her.

52:34Copy video clip URL A young woman says this is something she’s never done before and wanted to do it. She met another woman who also did this alone. They say swimming for them is easiest, running is hardest. They says their friends think they’re crazy for running a triathlon.

53:37Copy video clip URL A middle-aged woman says she does it because it’s good exercise. Running is her favorite of the three events. Biking is the hardest.

54:00Copy video clip URL B-roll of a dog and the tents at the event.

54:10Copy video clip URL One young man says he participates in triathlons for the women. He says he’s gotten four or five phone numbers.

54:22Copy video clip URL A mom, Wendy, interviewed at 1 minute 29 seconds, with her baby Josh, says she and her husband did great and are pleased with their performance. Their friends says they did okay as well. One friend does it because her husband drags her out. Wendy’s husband likes to train and jokes that he likes to put his life in jeopardy in the pond with all the other swimmers. Wendy shows off her baby’s legs: a future triathlon athlete.

55:42Copy video clip URL B-roll of participants fraternizing and the official clock reading 2 hours 34 minutes. B-roll of a man videotaping the event.

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