The Chicago Triathlon, er, the “2006 Accenture Chicago Triathlon”

These brightly colored official jerseys make for easy corpse identification.

The Chicago Triathlon, sponsored by Accenture, will be held this Sunday morning on the lakefront. And when I say “morning,” I mean it: the first wave starts bright and early at 6 am. I’ll be there supporting a buddy who’s been training for quite some time (he even insisted on swimming across the lake several times during our recent canoe adventure in the Boundary Waters!)

Typically, corporate sponsorship is derided by us hipster bloggers, but in this case, Accenture’s clout and technical prowess means that there are some pretty cool technological tools at your disposal, be you a casual observer or a fan of a specific triathlete.

For example, you can sign up to get text messages sent to your phone as your athlete completes each stage of the tri. You can also sign up to get a voice call if you’re not into the whole text message thing (which, given some folks experiences, is not all that surprising). The racers themselves can download video of themselves crossing the finish line, as well as all of their split times. You can watch the live webcast online, and you can also keep track of a particular athlete’s progress throughout the course as they cross “tracking mats” in various locations along the race course.

Pretty cool stuff. If you’re an early riser, or you find yourself wide awake and still drunk at 6 am on Sunday, check out the triathlon and root the athletes on!

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