West Cook YMCA


The Pleasant District Triathlon is on hiatus for 2015. Check back for details for the 2016 PDFT!

September 21, 2014  |   7:00am
2014 Age Group Results
2014 Overall Results

View Race Day Photos on our Facebook page!

Read the wrap-up press release here!

About the PDFT. 

Beginning in 2012, the Pleasant District in Oak Park teamed up with the West Cook YMCA, Greenline Wheels, and The Competitive Foot to put on the first ever Pleasant District Family Triathlon. This incredibly unique event provided families in the Oak Park area the opportunity to participate in a low-stress, family friendly triathlon- the only one of its kind in the area, and maybe even the country! 

Team format 

The PDFT is a unique race format in that an adult and child participate together as a team, side-by-side in the pool, on their bikes, and on the run. One team = 1 child ages 7-15 + one adult age 16 and older. These adults can be parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, coaches, etc! Prizes are awarded to the top girl, boy, and adult in each age group. 

Race distances 

7-10 Age Group (plus adults) 
100yd swim (4 lengths) 
4.2k bike (3 laps)
1k run (1 lap) 

11-15 Age Group (plus adults)
200yd swim (8 lengths)
8.4k bike (6 laps) 
2k run (2 laps)

Race Map

View PDF Triathlon, 2014 in a larger map

Team fees 

$65 / team until July 31st 
$75 / team after August 1st 

Registration is now full.

Refunds can be issued until 5:00pm on September 9th. Transfers can be issued until 5:00pm on September 17th. Please contact Sarah Gulseth if you are in need of a refund or transfer: sgulseth@westcookymca.org or 708-434-0226.

Race details 

NEW IN 2014! Peekaboo Playroom will be offering limited childcare during the race for younger siblings of race participants. Childcare will be for children at least 2 years old and potty trained. Limited space will be available, and advance registration is required. Spaces will be filled first come, first served. All parents will need to fill out a waiver when they drop off their child(ren) on race day. If you would like to use this service, please contact Sarah Gulseth at 708-434-0226 or sgulseth@westcookymca.org to receive registration information.

The swim portion of the race is hosted by the West Cook YMCA in their 25yd pool. The bike portion is on a controlled access course on the streets surrounding the Pleasant District (Randolph, Maple, South Blvd., and Home). The run portion is on Marion St. The transition area is hosted by the West Cook YMCA in their parking lot.

Teams will use their own bicycles for the bike portion of the race. If any adult or child is in need of a bicycle, Greenline Wheels has adult and youth bikes for rent. Contact David Poppei at 708-725-7170 or david@greenlinewheels.com.

For the second year, the race will be chip timed by Championchip 24/7. Chip timing provides a "Real Race" feel for kids and allows us to expand to larger audiences in the future. 

Greenline Wheels provides the hub for race day check-in and the logistical headquarters for the race director and all volunteers. The West Cook YMCA is the financial agent in the partnership and handles all registrations and vendor agreements. Greenline Wheels provides race packet support. Volunteers provide all race support, including course supervision, transition area security, and cheering for all participants during the race. 

Reviews from past participants

"Hands down, best kids race of the year. The unique team format allows the kids to race next to their parents and gives it a more relaxed atmosphere. I wouldn't be surprised to see this format become more and more popular. And kudos to West Cook YMCA for giving it a warm touch with their attention to detail and great communication."
Ruben Figueres has competed in more than 200 triathlons in several countries, having represented Spain and the USA in 5 different world championships, including IM Hawaii.

"Wonderful group of people who organized, trained, and ran the event!"

"Very positive experience overall. Friendly course volunteers who called out names - very nice and supportive touch!"

"The volunteer support and enthusiasm was tremendous."

"Excellent. It was a great experience!"

"I like the friendly, low-key nature of this race."

"We love this event!!"

We love our sponsors!

The PDFTri is proudly sponsored by the West Cook YMCA, Greenline Wheels, The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel, The Wednesday Journal / OakPark.com, Peekaboo Playroom, Visit Oak Park, Inside Edge PR, Go! Go! Go! Fundraising, Edward Jones, Pleasant Home Foundation, The Printing Store, Hulafrog, Palmgren Acupuncture, Elite Rehab, Serenitea, INTENT, Lively Running, Carnivore Oak Park, and Lifeway.

Are you an organization interested in supporting the Pleasant District Family Triathlon? Find the sponsorship packet here. Contact Sarah Gulseth for more information at 708-434-0226 or sgulseth@westcookymca.org.

Hey Moms & Dads! Check out Hulafrog.com, a fun site for families in the Oak Park/River Forest area looking for things to do with their kids. The calendar is full of daily events like storytimes, open bounces, special events, and more! Subscribe to their Our Pick Newsletter, and you'll be alerted to can't miss, local family friendly events. And don't forget to "Love" our event on Hulafrog after you subscribe! 



2013 PDFTri Age Group Results

2013 PDFTri Overall Results


Contact: Send an email or call 708-434-0226.

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Are you a newbie triathlete who needs advice or a training partner?

Are you a triathlon coach or Ironman who wants to share knowledge?

Do you need some extra motivation?

Do you want to meet other athletes in the area?


Our Y community is full of beginner to advanced triathletes, and now is the time to start networking! If you’re interested in meeting other beginners, experienced triathletes, or coaches, just send an email to Sarah at sgulseth@westcookymca.org to join the FREE mailing list. This list wil be an outlet to share information, connect training partners, and give support to each other! 



1 team = 1 child 7-15 + 1 adult 16+

  • Ages 7-10: 5min swim (pool), 10min bike (stationary), 7.5min run (track)

  • Ages 11-15: 10min swim (pool), 20min bike (stationary), 15min run (track)

Join the Y this winter for our annual Indoor Family Triathlon. Families are invited to compete as teams of two (one adult and one child) in three events: running, swimming and biking. The swim takes place in our pool, the bike is on stationary bikes, and the run is around our track. No need to bring your own bike! We will provide the bikes and trainers for you.

Children must be between the ages of 7-15, and adults are 16+. Adults will participate in the same distance as the child on their team. Waves will be arranged according to age group, and wave information will be emailed the week before the race. Siblings, babysitters, parents, grandparents- all encouraged to participate with children!

All participants will receive a race day t-shirt, medal, and snack. All ability levels welcome!

Don’t have kids but still want to help? We will be needing volunteers to help run this event! For more information or to volunteer, contact Sarah Gulseth for more info: 708 434 0226 or sgulseth@westcookymca.org.

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