Abe’s Mini Triathlon


May 8th, 2021 – SATURDAY RACE DAY



100 yard swim/5 mile bike/1 mile run

Tri Harder’s First Outdoor Tri of Season, with an indoor swim

2019 Results

2021 Results


Regeneration Magazine Article

A retrospective look at my Triathlon years and how they have helped Tri Harder/Tri Smarter make Triathlons better and safer for you by learning from the Best and actually competing unlike most Race Directors.


Hello Triathletes,

Abe’s Mini, Pioneer Sprint and Abe’s Tri Challenge Rescheduled to May 8th, 2021.

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce On Line Registration is open for the Abe’s Mini, Pioneer Sprint and Abe’s Tri Challenge.

Tri Harder will host the events in May 8th with a new start time for Abe’s Mini of 9am and Pioneer Sprint 10am.   Abe’s Tri Challenge racers compete in both events with a start time of 9am.

Register today with the links below or Registration Buttons.

Abe’s Mini Triathlon


Pioneer Sprint


Thanks you, stay healthy and see you soon.

Tri Harder/Tri Smarter



COVID 19 News

We have received permission from the City and County to host the Abe’s Mini and Pioneer Sprint Triathlons.

We will be adhering to the Safe Return to Multi-sport Plan developed by the USAT, WTC, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

You can view the plan at usatriathlon.org/safe-return

The information under that link is considered MANDATORY Reading, please read:

  • USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines
  • Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes
  • Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors

There are many changes to the events and how they must be held to keep everyone safe. We will keep the site updated as things develop so please keep checking the site.

Stay well and Train Smart


Active Refund

Please visit this link to read about a new program that will Refund Your entry fee if You choose to Cancel your race 48 hours before planned Race Start. It is not a Race Cancellation Program, it is a Racer Cancellation Program.

Refund Info

This Question is getting asked often enough to post this ANSWER

Tri Harder will not cancel your race unless the Governor moves us out of Phase 4 therefore giving us no choice but to adhere to his guidelines.

Under the Refund Program if you cancel 48 before the event for amy reason you get your money back.  Tri Harder will know if the event will be cancelled 48 hours out and will notify all racers so you can review your options under the Refund Program.

Updates to Friends and Family attending

Friends and family can attend the races and share in your accomplishment.

We are still bound by the 6 feet of Social Distancing and All Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask outside and required to wear a mask to use the bathrooms in the school.

Friends and family with masks will only be permitted inside the school to use the bathrooms otherwise they must stay outside and social distance.

This is not a political statement it is a statement to the Safety of all racers, spectators and volunteers and will not be debated or discussed.

In order for this to work you must keep your Friends and Family together while maintaining less than 50 persons in group and keeping 30 feet between each group.

With the entire school grounds art our disposal it should be no problem to social distance and keep everyone safe.

Covid Screening Questions asked of all racers before racing on Saturday

The most important questions:

  • Have you been tested for COVID-19?

o   If “yes”, was it positive or negative?

  • Have you had any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days?

o   Fever, if above 100.5 racer cannot race

o   Loss of taste or smell

o   Cough

o   Shortness of Breath

o   Headache

o   Fatigue

  • Have you been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?
  • If yes to any of these, these racers should be flagged and not allowed to participate. A number of people have been tested by this point so if they have a negative test, they can still race if they can document the negative test result



Abe’s Tri Challenge

After years of several hardy souls (crazy triathletes) racing in both the Abe’s Mini & Pioneer Sprint Triathlons on the same day, we have now launched Abe’s Triathlon Challenge.

The challenge consists of a 100 yard indoor pool swim, 5 mile bike and 1 mile run followed by a 300 yard indoor pool swim, 13 mile bike and 3.1 mile run, back to back.

Abe’s Challenge will take place on May 8th at PORTA High School with the Mini starting at 9:00am and the Sprint starting at 10am.

Since both events are chip timed you can start the Mini based on your estimated swim time and then start the Sprint with time to make it all work.

The challenge offers a $12 discount code that will be sent to you when you register for the Sprint and can then be used for Abe’s Mini registration at the lower rate.

You get all SWAG from both events and all entrants get a Triathlon Specific gift at packet pickup, and Overall Award winners for the  Fastest males and females completing both events.

You have spoke and we have listened and now offer the area’s first outdoor tri’s with a New Twist.  Back to back races on the same day.  This will test your mettle while providing a gauge of your fitness for the upcoming Triathlon Season.

Details are at www.triharderpromotions.com

Come be part of a New Tri Harder Tradition and one of the hard core triathletes willing to Tri Them Both.

See you soon.

Abes Mini Triathlon

The Abe’s Mini Triathlon will be held May 8th, 2020 at 9:00am. The race includes a 100 yard swim in the heated indoor PORTA pool, a 5 mile bike ride down a flat rural road and finishing with a 1 mile run on a closed course. This event is tailored to the novice triathlete and will serve as a great introduction to triathlon for children and adults.

When you’ve finished the swim, you will be able to step into the locker rooms to dry off and change to biking and running clothes, if you prefer.   The locker  rooms are located poolside as you leave the pool.  Please get yourself comfortable for the bike and run.   We suggest leaving your towel and dry clothes in the locker room while swimming. They will be safe during the swim.

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 for the Overall Top 3 Male and Female Finishers.


Sierra or Steve are the race directors and can be reached by email at triharderpromotions@gmail.com.

Post race lunch, drinks, sides and fruit will be provided to all racers.

Post race showers will be available at the PORTA pool.

Abe’s Mini 2017 Results

Abe’s Mini 2016 Results

2014 Abe’s Mini and Pioneer Sprint Results



The final shirt order will be placed Monday a.m of race week. If you want a shirt, register early.

Any extras will be on a first come basis.  You can still register thru and on race day but no shirt is guaranteed.  The on-line registration will be turned off Thursday night of race week.

Participant Search Link



  • Individual Pricing: $42 early thru 11:00pm 2/28/2020, $45 from 3/01 to race day.
  • Relay Pricing: $84 early, $90 late
  • Price increase date: March 1st.

Check our First triathlon commercial for the April and June events. Many thanks to CASSCOM and the brave soles who came out to help that day.


2013 Triathlon Commercial


Race Day Information

May 8, 2021

Both Races

 Packet Pick-Up

Below is a breakdown of all membership fees for 2021:
· Adult Annual Membership – $50
· Adult One-day Membership – $15
· Youth (age 17 and under) Annual Membership – $10

Athletes may only pick up their own packets. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. All relay members must be present to receive the packet, or split up the relay packet for each participant.

If an athlete does not bring a photo ID to packet pickup there are two options:

· Go home to get it

· Have someone email/fax them a copy of their photo ID

. If an athlete does not bring a USAT membership card to packet pickup there are four options:
· Find internet access where a temporary card can be printed
· Go home to get it
· Purchase a one-day membership which can later be applied to a membership renewal by submitting a receipt of purchase
· Use the USAT Card App available for download through the App Store and Google Play store

Athletes that need to purchase a one-day license must sign the USAT waiver if it was not included with the event registration process. Annual members do not have to sign a waiver at packet pickup because they signed it when they applied to become an annual member.

With the late start time there will be no Friday packet pickup.  All packets can be picked up Race day morning.

Race day packet pickup is from 7:00am – 9:30am @ the PORTA High School, 17651 Blue Jay Rd. Petersburg, IL. 62675.

Racers must show their PHOTO ID and if applicable their USAT card or pay the one-day fee of $15. The youth fee is $10 for a year. 


All Bikes must have bar end plugs to compete. See Wheel Fast at transition entrance for bar end plugs or better yet get your bike tuned by Wheelfast before you start training.

Park in the main lot, west of the school – follow the triathlon parking signs.

Exit behind the school.  You will not be exiting the way you entered the parking lot.  The main entrance road will still have runners and bikers on it when you might be leaving.  Exit behind school and keep straight until Rte. 97, Take a right and you will be back in Petersburg.

A Mandatory Pre-Race meeting is scheduled 15 minutes before the start of each race

Race Identification

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 available pins or may be worn on a number belt during the bike and run portion. The bib must be worn at all times on the run.


Listening Devices

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.

Body Marking

For 2021 Body Marking is done by the racer following posted guidelines, no on site body marking.  Please do not apply any sunscreen or lotions until you have been marked.

Timing Chips

Chips will be included in your packet with Bib, Shirt and Hammer Nutrition Products. Please wear the timing chip on your left ankle so it does not interfere with your chain rings. You are responsible for your chip’s disposal.

After you cross the Finish Line and grab a bottle of water rest a moment on the chairs and remove your timing chip and place in correctly numbered bucket.  The chips will be repeatedly sanitized by volunteers so please get them in the correct buckets to minimize contact.

A lost chip fee of $25 will be charged to anyone not disposing/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 Swim Start or 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.

Timing Chips will be distributed poolside beginning Saturday at 8:30 am


Race Day Street Closures

Sheridan will be closed at 13th Street and Blue Jay Road at 8:30am until 2:00pm.

To get to the High School after 8:30am, 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 barricade.  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 YELLOW balloon and an YELLOW barricade. The road will be marked in advance of the turn-around.

 Run Courses

Please review the run course routes on the website map. The Abe’e course is flat and fast. You will enjoy it and their are no  hills, woohoo.

Abe’s Mini racers will follow the ORANGE arrows, signs and balloons.


2021 Run Course

New for 2021 on the Run Course.

Due to Safe Race Guidelines there will be no cups of water at the water stops.  Each stop will offer a chilled 16 oz. bottle that you can drink from and deposit in a trash can or carry with you and deposit in a trash can.

It is imperative that you place your water bottle in the trash cans at the stations and along the course.  If you litter you will be penalized 2 minutes the 1st time and DQ’d the 2nd time. NO excuses, NO exceptions.

USAT Officials will be looking for racers littering as will race staff and all volunteers.  If you are reported to have littered you will be penalized, so be vigilant about using trash cans and you will have no problems.

With over 1,000 bottles of water on the course you cannot expect volunteers to pick up after you and you are required to throw away your own bottle, cup or wrappers. 

A major theme of the Return to Safe Racing Plan is Racer Self Reliance.  You cannot rely on anyone but you for your safety and needs in this Covid environment.  Volunteers cannot be exposed to the virus from your litter so please be reliant and use the trash cans.

There will be pre mixed HEED in cups at the aid stations only handled by one gloved, masked volunteer.  Please throw cups in trash and don’t litter.


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.

Hammer gels will be 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.

First Aid/Medical

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 a CPSC  approved helmet.  Helmets must be fastened before leaving transition & during the bike.  Not having a helmet is cause for disqualification.

Food & Refreshments

Subway Sandwich’s and other snacks will be available after you Finish. They will be located either outside or inside weather permitting.  If inside you must wear a mask to enter the school.

In keeping with current Covid guidelines we cannot congregate inside or outside the school so please get your lunch and award if applicable and head home.

 Please show bib for lunch.  All volunteers will receive a lunch but must wear the volunteer shirt to receive.

Fluids will be available at several locations on site but we request that only racers and volunteers consume these drinks.


To avoid congregating the there will be no awards ceremony this year.

The Top 3 men and women will be handed their award at the Finish Line.


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.

Course Marking

The course will be marked with ORANGE paint directional arrows on the road and with white 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.  Abe’s follows ORANGE arrows, signs and balloons.

Volunteers will be on course for guidance.

Pink paint on street means rough spot.  Pay attention for the Pink 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 lunch.

Any bikes that need to be removed after the start of the Pioneer Sprint (1:00pm) will be allowed at the discretion of the Transition Captain.


Security will be provided from 9:00 am until 1:00pm.

All racers are required to read and understand the USAT and equipment waivers.  Both must be signed, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Bike Course Road Hazards

While we have driven the bike course several times with several team members in the weeks and days before the event, hazards may still exist on the course.

In order to provide a safe and enjoyable bike ride we have swept roads, mitigated or removed obstacles, installed directional signs and color-coded course tape arrows, briefed volunteers, posted maps, explained courses, provided safety personnel; in short, done our best to provide you a safe ride.

Existing hazards that were out of our control have been marked with temporary pink paint. Be aware of the PINK paint and avoid the hazard.

However, there still may be hazards on the course due to the dynamic nature of triathlons and ever changing road conditions.

Your safety and success depends on knowing the course and your riding abilities. Ride fit, smart and be aware of the terrain, other racers and traffic.

It is your responsibility to know your course. It is highly suggested that you drive the bike course before the event.

Although all attempts have been made to make your event safe and successful, giving your attention to this issue will ensure that you are prepared for conditions.

Donations & Your Racing

As you know, all Tri Harder and Tri Smarter events are fund raisers for local groups, teams, clubs, sites and authorities.  While these groups benefit from the races, we would like to extend the endurance athlete’s generosity to a few charities that we support that have a much bigger scope and need.

As we strive to change lives for our racers and their loved ones through endurance sports, let’s help change the lives of those with challenges much greater than ours;  please give to any/all of our charities listed below with a few extra key strokes while you’re registering for your event!  Any amount (over $5) is appreciated and badly needed.

Thank you!  Your concern and generosity is appreciated.

Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago (Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer’s)

Can DO Multiple Sclerosis

Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer

Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

USAT Triathlon of Colorado

Your concern and generosity is appreciated.


Upcoming Events

 July 31st Stoneman Sprint, Abe’s Oly and Route 66 Half Iron

November 13th Abe’s Trail Trek at Drake Lake


Refund Policy

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


The information contained on the Home Page Information Tab includes Race Policies and is required reading.

This information will answer many questions you may have and even generate questions you had not considered. Please take the time to read the information and understand it’s contents and intent.

It will make your experience better, you a better racer and keep you safe during your day.

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.



Abe’s Mini-Triathlon

Start Time

8:45am Paratriathletes

9:00 am Age Groups/Teams

Pre-race meeting 8:45

Closed Course.


Pioneer Sprint Triathlon

Start Time

10:00 am Paratriathletes

10:00 pm Age Groups/Teams

Pre-race meeting 9:30 & 9:45 poolside.

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.


Sloan Implements


Hammer Nutrition

RiverBank Lodge

Miles Ahead

Springfield Triathlon Club

And on behalf of the Race Staff, Thank You.  See you in July and keep Tri’ing


No One Ever Says, “Let’s Play Triathlon”


Keep Calm and Triathl-On