So Many Reasons to Race the Iron Abe & Stoneman Triathlons

As you know in the past we have highlighted the top 10 – 12 reasons to participate in the Iron Abe and Stoneman Triathlons. This year we can’t limit the reasons since both races keep getting better from a management perspective, improved equipment, safety and comfort and sponsor support.
So in addition to a great venue with the new lake to lake bike course and the original closed run course on West Lake Drive here are the current top reasons.

Very unique, commemorative bibs and frame stickers for every racer
Mens and womens, Softstyle shirts with custom graphics and printing
Custom water bottle at the Finish line for every racer from Scheels
Functional Iron Abe and Stoneman Finisher glasses
Handmade awards of stone, slate and steel. These are the most unique awards in the country and will be presented by Mr. Lincoln
Finisher stamp for your bib to show your accomplishment
New stylish transition area with greater bike rack stability and more space for your gear
More COWBELL Thanks to Mike O’Brien and Country Financial spectators will be able to make some noise for their athletes
One lucky male and female will win a sized to fit XTERRA Vortex wetsuit from our friends at XTERRA
Thanks to Country Financial and Mike O’Brien, a triathlete who will be competing that day, you can win a Specialized TT Aero helmet and a $250 Scheels gift card
Blade smith Dave Armour is providing a handmade camping knife to one lucky triathlete
Dr. Boente-Hulcher and Dr. Cutler from PhysioTherapy Professionals, both active triathletes, will be onsite to answer your questions and help with any medical issues that arise on race day
SIU Healthcare will be in full force headed by Dr. El – Amin and Dr. Daniels with 20 medical staff along all courses to provide care and comfort from Start to Finish
Extensive swim safety team comprised of lifeguards, doctors on water, SUSART divers in and on water and a flotilla of 20 water crafts for your safety and swim comfort
Hammer Nutrition products on course for proper hydration and electrolyte needs
Ice cold, drinks, cloths and mister stations on course for heat mitigation
Post race lunch of sandwiches, veggie pasta salad, watermelon, grapes, bananas, oranges and cookies
Come race for chocolate, thanks to Pease’s Fine Candies and Prairie Farms chocolate milk, you can validate the latest science for recovery and your sweet tooth after the race
Air Evac Lifeteam Medical Helicopter on site for your questions and inspection
SNOW CONES for every racer and kids
A triathlon management team comprised of triathletes who race and learn from every distance in events in both North America and Ireland. This knowledge will be utilized for both Iron Abe and Stoneman to make these the best races in the Midwest