District 65 teacher Jeremy Rielley crosses the finish line at the Chicago Triathlon.

On Aug. 28, Jeremy Rielley, District 65 Teacher, repeated his first place finish in the International race of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, outpacing the competition with a finish time of 2:00:39.

He was even able to shave several seconds off his 2015 finish time of 2:00:57 which had earned him the top spot in last year’s competition. Mr. Rielley teaches physical education at Dawes and Orrington elementary schools and also serves as a soccer coach at Evanston Township High School.

No stranger to endurance competitions, Mr. Rielley has been competing in triathlons for the past six years and took home his first overall win in last year’s race.

“It means the world to me to have everyone behind me and supporting me – my family, friends, colleagues, and students,” said Mr. Rielley. “It gives me that little added push when things get tough. I would not want to work or coach in another place on Earth.”

“What Jeremy has accomplished is truly remarkable. He is a wonderfully talented athlete and an even better educator,” said Paul Goren, District 65 Superintendent. “I know his fellow colleagues, students, and especially his family are incredibly proud. It’s like we have our own Michael Phelps here in District 65 – only better.”

The students and staff in District 65 will be rooting Mr. Rielley on as he competes in Tennessee next year.