KMC Sage City Mini & Sprint Triathlons

Triathletes and soon-to-be triathletes,

I wanted to share some insight and impressions about the August 12th KMC Sage City Triathlons taking place in Monticello Illinois.

While this is the second year for the event (taking place at the Monticello Aquatic Center and sponsored by Kirby Medical Center (KMC)), it is the first year for the KMC Sage City Mini-Triathlon. The mini includes a 100-meter outdoor pool swim, a 5-mile bike and a 1-mile run – it’s the perfect distance for youths and anyone wanting to “try their first Tri”.

KMC is also the title sponsor for the wildly successful Kirby Derby running event, and the best part is they employ triathletes.  These triathletes approached us and asked us to present the Best Triathlon we can hold at this Central Illinois venue.

Working with triathletes to produce triathlons is our passion and I think we have produced one of the Best in the Midwest.

Here’s why:

The Sprint includes an outdoor pool swim of 300 meters, a 13.5-mile bike through Allerton Park and a 3.1-mile run; it’s perfect for the first time triathlete yet offers a challenge for racers of all performance levels.

We understand, after 16 years of hosting races, that the swim is the part of triathlon that is a concern for many people entering the sport.

The Sage City swim is in a beautiful outside pool and is very safe. Racers are mere feet away from touching bottom, grabbing the side of the pool or a lane line and of course, being watched by trained lifeguards. This swim is perfect to ease and erase any trepidation you may have about swimming.

Remember, a pool swim, not open water is best for timid swimmers.

The bike takes place on one of the smoothest roads I’ve ridden in a long time.  It’s a newly surfaced course (Read: Fast) with a small climb thrown in for good measure.  The Best part is that you’ll ride from transition on highly restricted city roads to “the Road to Allerton”.  The Road to Allerton is gorgeous and one of the most peaceful bike rides around, that is if you weren’t racing.

The city actually paved the roads on the bike course and this presents the smoothest, fastest bike we’ve seen in the area.

As you enter Allerton Park, you’ll pass landscaped grounds and unique architecture. The turnaround is the circle drive around the Sun Singer statue, a prize of Allerton Park.

The final part of the journey takes place on a paved rail to trail and offers an opportunity to run fast on a flat trail.

Once on the paved trail, you’re surrounded by shade and nature and the Best part is you cross the Sangamon River twice on an elevated boardwalk designed to allow access and viewing while not getting wet.

As previously mentioned, our KMC contacts are triathletes – they knew what they wanted and it was the Best Course and the Best Swag.

So, thanks to KMC, all racers will get a custom race shirt, custom hybrid race belt, custom swim cap, custom cowbell and awesome FINISHER Medals for all.  Best Swag around.

You also get on-course support with aid stations, volunteers, police, ambulance and medical teams on-site should any need arise.

After you cross the Finish Line (and get that coveted medal), you will be greeted by cold drinks, fresh fruits, chips and Subway Sandwiches.

To top it off, the Overall and Age Group Awards are one of a kind and functional. The awards are given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female racers as well as Age group winners (3 deep) from 14 and under thru 85 and older, Male and Female.

And now the Best of the Best reasons to race the Sage; you have a cool swimming pool next to your car for chilling out and active recovery before you leave.  And yes, you crazies can do laps after the race.

Now that we have documented the Best reasons to race the Sage, we must add a final thought (if you still need one?).

Given the swim venue, bike course, run course and SWAG, you will surely have your Best sprint race (and PR?) of the season!!

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up at  See you on August 12th!