Ironabe Olympic Triathlon


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 26, 2014 at Lake Springfield.

ON LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES at 6:pm on July 24.   You can still register in person at the Friday and Saturday packet pickup.

Registration Fees and Dates

IronAbe (7/26/2014)
Individuals: $75 early, $85 late
Relays: $150 early, $170 late
Price increase date: 6/26/2014

Race Information

July 25, 2014

4 pm until 7 pm Packet pickup and race registration – Lake Springfield Beach House.  100 or 101 Long Bay Lane, Spfld. 62712

Registrations will be accepted for race, however no SWAG is guaranteed.

July 26, 2014  Race Day

Please be aware that 3 separate races will be taking place consecutively on this day and sharing all swim, bike and run courses.

The Route 66 Half Iron will be starting at 7:00am, the Iron Abe Olympic starts at 7:30am and the Stoneman Sprint starts at 8:00am.


The races are color coded by swim cap, bib, frame sticker, helmet sticker and all course marking are tied to a specific race. It  is imperative for success that you read all the information below, and remember your color is Orange.

5:30am Packet pickup and Registration at Lake Springfield Beach House.

Registrations will be accepted for race, however no SWAG is guaranteed. You can check back after the race and any available shirts, race belts or socks will be distributed on a first come basis.  No SWAG or awards will be mailed.

All bikes and gear must be in transition by 7:00 am.  TRANSITIONS CLOSES AT 7:10 am.   This is for the safety of all racers.  Please arrive early to secure your spot in transition.

7:15 am Pre-race meeting at swim start

7:30 am Swim start – First wave

11:00 am Awards Ceremony for top three overall in each category plus top three in each age group and top three Clydesdales, Athenas and Top Three Teams.

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.
  • You cannot pick up a packet for anyone other than yourself
  • Clydesdale (220lbs.) and Athena (165 lbs.) 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.
  • You must know your course.  Read the materials, review the maps and attend the pre-race breifing.

Course Information

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.



Transition closes at 7:10am. You must be racked and all equipment in place by 7:00am.

The transition area is located at the Lindsay Bridge Boat ramp (100 or 101 Long Bay Lane, Spfld. 62712.  Only racers are permitted in the transition area.

Transition opens at 5:30 am and you must rack your bike in the area reserved for the Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon. Orange color coded signs will designate where you can rack your bike.  The racks are open and on a first come, first take basis.  It is imperative that you rack between the Orange color coded signs. Please be mindful of the space you use and of others around you.

The Key to a successful race is to know and remember the color ORANGE.  ORANGE is your mantra for successful course completion.

You will be issued a ORANGE swim cap for your swim with your wave number on the cap.  You will also be issued a bib with an ORANGE background that must be worn on the run and suggested for the bike.

You must also place the ORANGE sticker on your helmet. ORANGE course markings, signs and balloons will guide you along the courses.  Remember and follow the color ORANGE.

6:00am Body Marking at transition area – Lindsay Bridge Boat Ramp. Please do not apply any sunscreen or lotions until you have been marked.

Chips will be distributed race day morning at the boat ramp. Please wear it on your left ankle so it does not interfere with your chain rings. You are responsible for your chip’s use and return.  A lost chip fee of $25 will be charged to anyone not returning their chip either at the Finish Line, to a race official or medical staff. If choose to stop racing for any reason please return your chip to the timing race staff at the Finish Line.  Failure to return your chip will result in calls to your emergency contacts, police, rescue staff and may result in your disqualification and total embarrassment in front of all other racers and spectators. It is essential that we know where you are on the course at all times for your safety and our peace of mind.

7:15am Mandatory Pre race meeting at swim start. All athletes are required to read, understand and adhere to the Open Water Swim Best Practices on the Information tab located on the above white tool bar. All athletes must wear the swim cap provided in your packet. They are color coded for your race swim start.  It assumed you know your age and  gender which will determine your wave.

Pursuant to current best practices we will be allowing 4 minutes between waves.  During this time you are strongly encouraged to get wet and get a feel for the start area and your swim plan. But you already know this since you read the Open Water Swim Best Practices  on the Information tab.  However, you must be behind the small orange buoys located out from the ramps before the wave start.

New this year is the FINIS Swim Practice Area.  You can get wet at your pace under the watchful eye of a lifeguard.   Swim as much as you like but please stay within the Cylindrical Yellow Buoys.

If you are a nervous swimmer ask for a purple swim cap at packet pickup.  Your age still determines your wave but the purple cap color tells the guards to keep an eye on you. If you need help in the swim raise an arm and wave it and the guards will come to assist.

7:30am First Wave –    Males 40 and over

7:34am Second Wave –   Females 40 and over and Relays.

7:38am Third Wave - Males 39 and under

7:42am - Females 39 and under

Clydesdales and Athenas start with their age and gender wave and swim cap color

All racers are provided a space on the bike racks according to their race.  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. Orange swim caps are mandatory and are found in race packet. Swim waves are organized by number on cap. Their will be 4 waves each 5 minutes apart.

The waves are:

7:30am First Wave – Males 39 and under

7:35am Second Wave – Females 39 and under

7:40am Third Wave – Males 40 and over

7:45am – Females 40 and over and Relays.

Clydesdales and Athenas start with their age and gender wave and swim cap color.

Since 3 separate races will be taking place on the swim course you must be aware of all the buoy colors and REMEMBER you only turn at the Large ORANGE Buoys.  Small Orange buoys will be on the course for sighting.

You will swim past Yellow buoys heading both out and back. Ignore the Yellow buoys except for sighting and course direction.

Each swimmer swims .9 miles total on a counter-clockwise linear course keeping the buoys on your left. Large Orange buoys mark your turns on the course.

You will pass the first Large Yellow buoy on the North side of the bridge through arch #2 and keep swimming since that is the turn around buoy for Stoneman racers.

Proceed further out past small Orange buoys keeping them on your left.  At the First Large Orange Buoys turn left to head back under the bridge through arch #3.

As you pass through the bridge you will now proceed on the course passing a series of Small and Large Yellow buoys.  You will be using these for direction only, keep swimming straight.

At the Large Orange buoy turn left here and follow the Orange buoys back to the swim exit.

The swim exit will be marked with an 11′ foot tall red swim EXIT Banner and an American Flag. Keeping the Orange buoys on your left proceed to the boat ramp exit which is between the banner and flag.

Helpers will be present to assist your exit from the water onto the carpet.  Use the helpers.

Swimmers exit the Lake and proceed 40 yards east to the transition area.

Athletes may rest on boats without disqualification as long as no forward progress is made. A rest raft will be on the course with a lifeguard in it and you may hang onto it while catching your breath but not moving forward.

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.


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.  You must also have the Orange helmet sticker on your helmet for race identification and directions.

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.

It is very important to remember you will be passing the Stoneman Turn Around at mile 6 marked with a orange cone, a 9′ foot tall Yellow balloon, signs, markings on the road and a volunteer.  YOU PROCEED WITH CAUTION STRAIGHT AT THIS TURN AROUND.  DO NOT TURNAROUND HERE.

The Iron Abe turnaround is at Lake Sangchris Access Area #3 at mile 12.4 and is counter clockwise around the cone in the center of the road. There will be a orange cone, a 9′ foot tall Orange balloon, signs, markings on the road and a volunteer marking down numbers as they pass and head back on the course.

You turn around at mile 12.4 and you are responsible to know this fact.  If you turn around at mile 6 incorrectly the timer and race team will catch this and you will be disqualified.

Pursuant to USAT rules, this written advance warning to know your course and color, and the verbal explanation at the pre-race meeting, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO KNOW YOUR COURSE.

Athletes return on the same route. Aid stations will be located on the course and will have water, sport water bottles for exchange, HEED, gels and bananas. Bathrooms are located at Access Areas 2 & 3 and the medical tent.

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.

Remember to run on the Left as if running into traffic.   This is a USAT rule for your safety.

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 with 2 turnarounds marked with orange cones, orange pavement arrows, 9′ foot tall Orange Balloons, signs and volunteers. 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. A restroom is on the grass triangle at the Medical Tent and can be accessed twice on the run.


Athletes may not be allowed on the run course if they finish the bike ride after 11:00 am. The police will be released at 12:00 pm so the course may or may not be closed to anyone after noon but still on the course.


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.


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.

Lodging Information

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 15 minutes from the race site. It is located near many “things to do” and fine dining restaurants are within walking distance.

Please use this link for direct access to the Hilton Offer

The Route 66 Hotel is a sponsor located on business 55 and Stevenson Drive about 10 minutes from transition. They offer a pool, restaurant and have a block of rooms reserved for the triathlons.  They can be reached at 1-888-707-8366 or at

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.