In August 2022, at the Chicago Triathlon Dr. Joseph Maroon finished the Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, a 20k bike, and a 5k run ) first in the 80 year old and over group with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes. (Read Article HERE) The Chicago race featured nearly 2,000 participants in the Sprint Triathlon which begins with a swim in the cold waters of Lake Michigan followed by a bike down Lakeshore Drive and then a run through the Chicago parks.
Dr. Maroon was late in life when he started training and then participating in triathlons. In his latest recent book, Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life, he relates the numerous benefits of exercise, including mental/emotional and health benefits that exercising regularly can provide. In his 40’s, exercise helped to bring him out of a deep depression, improved his focus and allowed him to resume neurosurgery. He was also able to lose excessive weight and ultimately compete in Ironman and other types of triathlons.