Pioneer Sprint Triathlon
April 23, 2016
300 yard swim/13 mile bike/3.1 mile run
The Pioneer Sprint Triathlon will begin April 23, 2016 at 12:45 for paratriathletes and 1:00 pm for age groupers and offers a 300 yard swim in the heated indoor PORTA pool, a beautiful 13 mile bike ride on a rolling and flat prairie road and the chance to run 3.1 miles through picturesque Petersburg. The run will take you past century old architectural gems, up and down the streets of Petersburg and through an historic cemetery. All ages are welcome and Clydesdales, Athenas and teams are encouraged to enter. An awards ceremony will follow after the last runner crosses the finish line. Steve is the race director and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a USAT Parafriendly Triathlon we will now be hosting male and female paratriathletes in both wheelchair and ambulatory divisions starting at 12:45pm.
When you finish the swim you can step into the locker rooms to dry off and change into bike and run clothes, if you wish.
Post race lunch of pizza, fruit, cookies and drinks will be provided to all racers.
Additional lunch tickets should be ordered in advance for $5 a person on line or on race day.
Post race showers will be available at the PORTA pool. Racers should tune to 1610 am for the latest race information.
The final shirt order will be placed by Monday a.m. of race week. We will order some extras but they are on a first come basis. You can still register thru and on race day but no shirt is guaranteed. The on line registration option will be turned off Weds at midnight.
- Individuals: $45 early thru midnight on 3/24, $50 late from 3/25 thru race day.
- Relays: $90 early, $100 late
- Price increase date: midnight 3/24/2015
Beginner’s Sprint Training Plan
Monday – 15 to 30 minute swim
Tuesday – Spin class or bike for 15 to 45 minutes, then immediately 15-30 minute run. This is a Brick.
Wednesday – 15 to 30 minute swim
Thursday – 15 – 30 minute run
Friday – rest
Saturday – 30 to 90 minute bike
Sunday – 20 to 60 minute run
Check out the latest triathlon commercial for the April and June events. Many thanks to CASSCOM and the brave soles who came out to help that day.
Race Day Information
April 23, 2016
ALL MAILED IN RACERS MUST SIGN BOTH RELEASES BEFORE GETTING THEIR RACE PACKET
Friday, April 22nd 2016
5:00 – 6:30 pm @ SportsCare
4550 West Iles Avenue
Springfield, Il 62711
Located in Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA
Race day packet pickup is from 9:00am – 11:30am @ the High School
Racers must show their PHOTO ID and if applicable their USAT card or pay the one-day fee of $12.
NO ID, NO USAT CARD, NO RACING, NO EXCEPTIONS. USAT POLICY
Park in the main lot, west of the school – follow the triathlon parking signs
A Mandatory Pre-Race meeting is scheduled 15 minutes before the start of each race (poolside 11:30am & 11:45 / 12:30 & 12:45)
Packets will contain 2 separate race numbers.
The sticker number is to be attached to the bike frame.
This number will be utilized for race identification and to allow the removal of your bike from the transition area
The bib number can be attached to your shirt with the enclosed pins or may be worn on a number belt during the bike and run portion.
NO BIKE WILL BE REMOVED FROM TRANSITION WITHOUT PROPER INDENTIFICATION THAT CORRELATES TO BODY MARKING AND BIB. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Based on USAT rules no listening devices will be permitted on the courses. While these may aid your training, they make you and others around you unsafe on race day. You will be disqualified if you choose to ignore this rule. Safety of everyone on the course is our #1 goal. Keep your tunes for training. NO EXCEPTIONS, NO DEBATES, NO REFUNDS.
FYI, if you are injured during the event, a listening device cancels any insurance claim.
Timing Chips will be distributed beginning Saturday at 11:00 am
Volunteers will remove Timing Chips immediately after you cross the finish line. If your chip is not returned you will be charged for it.
Race Day Street Closures
Sheridan will be closed at 13th Street and Blue Jay Road at 11:00am until 3:00pm.
To get to the High School after 11:00am, all triathletes will turn south onto 12th Street (north of the stoplight) from Route 97. Take 12th to PORTA High School & follow the signs for parking.
Newmansville Road will be closed from Blue Jay Road to the bike turn-around for the mini during Abe’s Mini-Triathlon
Race Day Traffic Control
The Abe’s Mini-Triathlon is a closed course. Exceptions will be local traffic and farm machinery.
The Abe’s Bike turn-around is approximately 2.5 miles from the transition area and will consist of a 10’ tall orange balloon and an orange cone. The road will be marked in advance of the turn-around.
The Pioneer Sprint Triathlon is largely open to traffic. All intersections will have traffic control with race marshals and/or police, but racers should pay attention to their surroundings and race accordingly.
The Pioneer Bike turn-around is approximately 6.5 miles from the transition area and will consist of a 10’ tall green balloon and an orange cone. The road will be marked in advance of the turn-around.
Please review the new run course routes on the website map. The Pioneer course is challenging with many unique features. You will enjoy it and we kept the hills in to test your pre-season fitness.
Water and Hammer Nutrition’s HEED will be available at the Start, in Transition, at the Finish and at the hydration station approx. 1 mile in on the Pioneer run course and at the cemetery entrance.
A Hammer Gel is available at the 1st water stop.
Restrooms are located in the Pool area and in two places within the school commons area. Signs are posted. There are no on-course facilities due to the relatively short distances.
Medical personnel will be at the Start/Finish and on course. Menard County Ambulance and Police departments can be reached at 911.
All racers must wear an approved helmet. Helmets must be fastened before leaving transition & during the bike. Not having a helmet is cause for disqualification.
Food & Refreshments
Fruit, cookies, and fluids will be available to all racers after they finish.
Racers will receive pizza, fruit, cookies and drinks after their race. Please show bib for lunch. All volunteers will receive a lunch but must wear the volunteer shirt to receive.
Additional lunches can be purchased for $5 on race day. A minimal number are available.
Fluids will be available at several locations on site but we request that only racers and volunteers consume these drinks.
Beginner Information and Site Maps
Please check out our information table for tri/swim tips, course maps and upcoming races.
Please review the SITE MAPS located around the commons area for racer and spectator movement patterns and site orientation. Maps are also available on the website.
The course will be marked with white paint directional arrows on the road and with yellow and red 2’ x 2’ directional signs in the cemetery where paint is not possible.
Both races will have directional arrows and/or signs when course changes occur. Volunteers are on the course for guidance.
Yellow paint on street means rough spot. Pay attention for the Yellow paint.
Finish & Transition Area
All Abe’s Mini racers will need to remove their bikes from the transition area immediately after race completion/no later than 12:50pm so you’re not in the way of the 1:00pm racers.
We suggest removing your bike and gear and then coming in for the dinner.
Any bikes that need to be removed after the start of the Pioneer Sprint (12:45-1:00pm) will be allowed at the discretion of the Transition Captain.
NO BIKE OR GEAR WILL BE REMOVED FROM TRANSITION WITHOUT PROPER IDENTIFICATION/RACE NUMBERS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Security will be provided from 11:00 am until 3:30pm.
All racers are required to read and understand the USAT and equipment waivers. Both must be signed, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Volunteers must also sign a release before entering the course.
Please complete the sign up sheet if you can help in June.
June 18th, 2016 Triathlons
Don’t forget to sign up for the second event of the Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series on June 20, 2015.
On that day we are hosting the next step up in personal challenges and triathlon distances.
The Stovepipe Sprint will include a 500-yard private lake swim, 13-mile rural bike and 3.1 mile run through Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Pioneer village.
The Railsplitter Intermediate distance offers a 9/10 of a mile private lake swim, 24.8-mile bike through Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park and a 6.2 -mile run through Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Pioneer village.
Come see two unique state sites like never before. These events offer never before access to the Jim Edgar Panther Creek and Lincoln’s New Salem State Site. Come see these central Illinois treasures with a new perspective.
No refunds will be provided. At the discretion of the Race Director a timely Transfer arrangement may be possible. No last minute requests will be considered.
Get Registration Protector from Active.com on line for an additional $7 per registration. If you can’t attend this event for any number of covered reasons, including injury, illness, traffic accidents and more, you’ll be reimbursed for your registration cost, fees and other related costs. This charge is in addition to the cost of your registration and will be billed separately by Allianz Global Assistance. You may cancel Registration Protector within 10 days of the purchase date and receive a full refund of insurance fees paid. Limitations apply
A Message from the Head Referee to all age-group competitors…
Welcome to this USA Triathlon sanctioned event. You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules. In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, I hope you will take the time to read the following summary of the Position Violations, which you know as the drafting rules.
I have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember:
Ride on the right side of your lane.
Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you. Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.
Remember you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are USAT certified referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties. Marshals commonly cite the following violations:
Position– riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor
Illegal Pass – passing on the right.
Overtaken – failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing
Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.
Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty and if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified. Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site and have a chat with the Head Referee if you have any questions.
Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different country it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.
While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened – before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget – that’s a DQ!
Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portable audio devices.
Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.
All that being said, I hope you have a great race, lots of fun, and achieve all your goals.
Pre-race meeting 11:30 am for paratriathletes & 11:45 poolside for age groupers
Pioneer Sprint Triathlon
Pre-race meeting 12:30 for paratriathletes & 12:45 poolside for age groupers
Largely open course with road marshals and police.
Pay attention to the vehicles and road marshals.
Riverbank Lodge – Petersburg 1-3 miles from event start
Participants in your events will get a 10% discount on room rates. However, in order to get the discount, they need to call directly to the Lodge and identify themselves as racers. There is no way to know if they are racers over the internet. Is there a way to let the runners know on your website to call directly in order to get the discount. They can call at 217-632-0202 or toll free at 866-459-3040.
Take a moment to thank all the people and businesses that made these events possible.
Petersburg Spine & Sport
WHEELFAST Bicycle Co.
Springfield Triathlon Club
Stier Trolley Express
And on behalf of the Race Staff, Thank You. See you in June and July and keep Tri’ing
No One Ever Says, “Let’s Play Triathlon”
It’s not SWEAT. It’s LIQUID AWESOME
Keep Calm and Triathl-On