A 5400-square-foot triathlon coaching and training facility called Playtri will open this summer in Hillside Village, the northeast corner of Mockingbird and Abrams.
Hillside recently has seen a wealth of restaurant and retail development, but this will be something new. Playtri, according to its spokespeople, offers a first- of-its-kind, in the Southwest, performance facility for triathletes.
“This will be like nothing this region has ever seen and is great news for triathletes, swimmers, cyclists and runners,” says Ahmed Zaher, Playtri’s founder and world- renowned triathlete. “We have been coaching and training triathletes for over 10 years and found that there is a real need for this kind of comprehensive facility.”
Seems Zaher lives in the neighborhood, or at least he did when Advocate published this story about him in 2002.
Triathlon is an expensive and time-consuming sport (swimming, running, cycling) that is nonetheless exceedingly popular. In fact, we’ve interviewed at least two triathletes for Advocate in the last few months (Clay Scheitzach and Katie Paulson).
I am anxious to learn more about Playtri and its offerings — I’ll let you know when I do.
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