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Producing an Event During the Pandemic: Expect the Unexpected

August 9, 2020 The Background During my time at the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), I quickly fell in love with the events industry. Our offices were in McCormick Place, which provided me unparalleled access to hundreds of events. When the opportunity arose to join the Events Team at LaSalle Bank and breathe new…
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Chicagoland’s First, Real-Life Athletic Event

July 2, 2020 It was small. It was safe. It will happen again. I’ve been part of the national endurance community for nearly 20 years, having managed some of the world’s largest triathlons and most successful marathons. Never did I imagine that losing money producing a 30-person, urban event during a pandemic would be so…
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Enduring in the Endurance Industry

April 23, 2020 Much like the nation’s appreciation for those on the front lines, our industry needs to celebrate our most essential resource. While the nation continues to flatten the COVID-19 curve and debate the most effective means to resume normalcy, more than 50,000+ endurance races remains sidelined until further notice. As an independent event…
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Born in 1983. Still Thriving in 2020.

January 20, 2020 Leon’s Triathlon has been known for many things since 1983. We launched in Hobart, Indiana when the triathlon industry was still in its infancy. We produced the first national amateur championship under the USA Triathlon Federation and hosted the nation’s first Military Championship (a qualifying event for the World Military Games) in…
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