The Iron Abe Triathlon Participants will swim 9/10 of a mile in the lake parallel to shore and thru the arches of Lindsay Bridge and then bike 24.8 miles on rolling prairie roads. Runners then embark on a 6.2 mile run. An awards ceremony will be at 11am. The race will start at 7:30 am on July 27, 2013 at Lake Springfield.
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Registration Fees and Dates
Individuals: $75 early, $85 late
Relays: $150 early, $170 late
Price increase date: 6/26/2013
July 26, 2013
4 pm until 7 pm Packet pickup and race registration – Lake Springfield Beach House. 100 or 101 Long Bay Lane, Spfld. 62712
Last day to register for race, however race day entrants will be accepted but no SWAG is guaranteed.
July 27, 2013
6 am Packet pickup and Registration at Lake Springfield Beach House; Body marking at transition area – Lindsay Bridge Boat Ramp
7:15 am Pre-race meeting at swim start
7:30 am Swim start – First wave
11:00 am Awards for top three overall in each catagory plus top three in each age group and top three Clydesdales, Athenas and Teams-Male, Female and Co-Ed.
Teams/Relay Procedures. All team members will be body marked with same number assigned by timer. The swimmer will be given the chip to be worn on left ankle. After swim, the swimmer goes into Transition to the Relay bike racks, they hand the chip to the biker (who is waiting at rack) who straps it to left ankle then goes for bike. Biker returns to relay racks and hands chip to runner (who is waiting in relay at rack) who straps to left ankle. Runner is wearing bib and proceeds to run course then Finish Line. ALL TEAM/RELAY MEMBERS MUST CHECK IN AT PACKET PICKUP and MUST SHOW PHOTO ID. Per USAT there is no exceptions to this requirement.
- All USAT members must show their valid membership cards at packet pickup.
- All non-USAT members must pay $12 in addition to the entry fee.
- Clydesdale and Athena racers must weigh-in at packet pickup.
- This event is sanctioned by the USAT. Consequently, all USAT rules apply. Visit rules tab on this website.
- The transition area is restricted to racers only.
- Swim is .9 miles in Lake Springfield at the Lindsay Bridge Boat Ramp
- Bike is 24.8 miles on gently rolling and flat prairie roads.
- Run is 6.2 miles on gently rolling, shaded and flat prairie roads.
- Very unique handmade metal awards created by Wildfire Designz, Bill Belton 217-652-4761.
- Race director is Steve O’Connor, 217-341-1309
- Photo ID required for packet pickup, no exceptions can be made. NO ID, NO RACE
- No listening devices of any type maybe used during race, disqualification is probable.
Entry Fees: Through June 26, June 27 and after
Individual $75 / $85
Team $150 / $170
Race registration and packet pickup take place at Lake Springfield Beach House located near Lindsay Bridge, on the south side of Springfield Illinois. The finish line is in front of the Beach House. The race is chip timed.
The transition area is located at the Lindsay Bridge Boat ramp (100 or 101 Long Bay Lane, Spfld. 62712. Racers are body marked at the entrance to the transition area. Timing chips are picked up at the entrance to the transition area. Only racers are permitted in the transition area.
All racers are assigned a space on the bike racks according to their age group wave. NO BIKE RIDING IN THE TRANSITION AREA. The bike exit and run exit will be marked with signs. Bike numbers will be matched with run numbers as they exit the transition area. Water and HEED are available outside of the transition area. Bike support is available at the transition area.
Transition security will be provided from 7:00 am until noon. Racers are encouraged to remove their bikes and equipment to their vehicles after finishing. You can then enjoy lunch and the post awards party.
No bike or belongings can be removed from Transition without the body marking matching the bike frame sticker. If body marking is washed off then the racers bib must be provided to remove equipment. NO EXCEPTIONS and all complaints should be directed to Race Director, not event staff.
The Transition Area will be taken down at noon and security will be dismissed. You are responsible for all belongings after noon.
SWIM COURSE (.9 miles)
The swim takes place in Lake Springfield. Swim caps are mandatory and are found in race packet. Swim waves are organized by cap color.
Each swimmer swims .9 miles total in a counter-clockwise triangle shaped course keeping the buoys on your left. Large Yellow buoys mark the turns on the course. You will past the first Large Yellow buoy since that is the 250 turn around buoy for Stoneman racers. Proceed to second Large Yellow buoy and turn left here and at all other Large Yellow Buoys. Waves commence every three minutes. Swimmers exit the Lake and proceed 40 yards east to the transition area.
Athletes may rest on boats without disqualification. Wet suits will be allowed per USA Triathlon rules. Lake water temperature will be posted on the web site. Lifeguards will positioned in boats along the swim course.
BIKE COURSE (24.8 MILES)
The bike course is flat and fast with limited turns on rolling prairie roads which go from Lake Springfield to Lake Sangchris and back to transition. All athletes must have the frame sticker on their bike and bibs should be worn.
Although police and volunteers will be on the course and at intersections the roads are open and all laws must be respected. Police will make all efforts to allow you to pass through intersections but this is not to be assumed or guaranteed.
Helmets must be fastened before leaving Transition under the Bike Out Banner and all bikes must be walked to the mount/dismount line. Bikes can then be mounted at the line. An unfastened helmet is immediate grounds for disqualification.
Iron Abe course signs are orange and are found on the pavement as well as on signs on the road course. Mile markers are posted at mile 5, 10, 15 and 20.
The course is out and back and starts with a right turn onto Long Bay Lane heading East. Bikers turn right on East Lake Drive heading South and then turn left heading on Pawnee Road. You will then turn left onto New City Road and continue straight on it until the turnaround at Lake Sangchris Access Area #3.
The turnaround is counter clockwise around the cone in the center of the road. There will be a cone, signs, markings on the road and a volunteer marking down numbers as they pass. Athletes return on the same route. A bottle exchange station will be just past the turnaround. Bathrooms are located at Access Areas 2 & 3.
The bike course is open to the public so riders must stay on their right. Volunteers and police will be monitoring the course. Drafting is not allowed. Bikers complete their ride and enter the transition to return their bike their position in the bike racks. NO BIKE RIDING IN THE TRANSITION AREA. The racer exits the transition area to start the run portion of the race.
RUN COURSE (6.2 miles)
Run number must be worn at all times on the course. Run number must be placed on the front of the runner either on race belt or safety pinned to shirt.
Iron Abe course signs are orange and are found on the pavement as well as on signs posted on the road course. Mile markers are posted at each mile.
The run starts as the racer exits transition under the Run Out Banner at the West corner of the area. Bibs must be worn in front. Runners leave the Transition Area and go left over Lindsey Bridge and follow the closed course Iron Abe signage on West Lake Dr. This is a 6.2 mile loop course. Several aid stations will be located on the course.
A misting station will be located on the side of the course to cool you off if needed. Be aware of runner traffic if you enter the misting area.
Direction staff and police will be located on this course for traffic control. Several aid stations and medical staff will also be located on this course.
Be aware of local traffic.
Aid stations will be located at the Transition exit, at the Finish Line on your way out, and at several points on the course. Many of these stations have been placed to access them twice on your run. They will have HEED, Water, Ice, Wet/Cold Cloths and Medical Staff. A misting station will be on West Lake Dr. and accessed twice if desired.
Restrooms are located in the Beach House at packet pickup, porta pots are in the transition area and a permanent restroom is also in transition. The bike course provides a restroom at Access Area #2 near Lake Sangchris.
CUT OFF TIME
Athletes may not be allowed on the run course if they finish the bike ride after 10:30 am. The police will be released at 11:00 am so the course may or may not be closed to anyone after 10:30 but still on the course.
RACE START TIME
The start time may vary based on water/weather conditions. It is our intent to start on time. The Event director may alter or cancel the swim course at any time based on safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances.
TRAVEL AND LODGING INFORMATION
Directions from I-55
You must arrive to the site from Exit #94 off Interstate 55. Unless you know the area around Lake Springfield please take exit #94 (Stevenson Drive/East Lake Drive). At the light turn left onto East Lake Drive and proceed 3.6 miles to Lake Park Road. Turn right on this road just before the Zoo and proceed to the Beach House. Parking signs and directions will be in place.
The following hotel is a race sponsor and is located in downtown Springfield near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Springfield Hilton at 700 East Adams, 217-789-1530. They are about ten minutes from the race site.
Hotels closer to I-55, the lake and race site are located along Dirksen Parkway and Stevenson Drive but they do not offer a special rate.