Route 66 Half – Updated July 2021

Route 66 Half Distance Triathlon

7:00am July 30, 2022

100 Long Bay Lane

Springfield Il. 62712







Race Day Information 2021


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COVID 19 News

We have received permission from the City and IDPH so the Stoneman Sprint, Abe’s Olympic and Route 66 Half Distance Triathlons will take place on July 31st at Lake Springfield. 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

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 not vaccinated must PROVIDE and WEAR a Mask, (no exceptions and you will be asked to leave the private property if you do not wear a mask and unvaccinated)   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 please keep your Friends and Family together while maintaining less than 50 persons in group and keeping 30 feet between each group.

With an entire bridge and huge parking lot to watch the swim from and over 70 miles of courses from which to watch the bike and run there will not be an issue with Social Distancing nor Group Sizes.

Covid Screening Questions asked of all racers before racing on Saturday

Attached is the Springfield Clinic Triage Protocol.

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



Route 66 Half 

1.2 mile swim/56 mile bike/13.1 mile run = Half Distance or Long Course Triathlon



New for 2021 is the opportunity to participate in an AquaBike Category in the Route 66 Half. In recent years AquaBike has become popular for those athletes wanting to Tri but have issues with the Run.  Athletes swim and bike the regular distances then cross the Finish line, no Run needed.

The Route 66 AquaBike offers a 1.2 mile swim under the arches of Lindsey Bridge and a 56 mile bike on rolling roads from lake to lake.

The event offers all the SWAG as its Triathlon cousin with Age Group Awards to the Top 3 Male and Females.


July 30th 7:00am Race Start

Get Your Tri Kicks on Route 66… 

The Route 66 Half Distance Triathlon includes a 1.2 mile swim under the arches of Historic Lindsay Bridge, a 56 mile bike on rolling roads from lake to lake and a 13.1 mile run on scenic, shaded lake roads. Highlights include a lake to lake bike course past picturesque Lincoln Memorial Gardens with sweeping turns, elevation change and fast straightaways. Enjoy beautiful vistas, twisting curves and gentle hills around Lake Sangchris State Park before heading back to begin your run on shaded lake roads with island views. Your tour will take you down secluded lake roads and open prairies with crowd support and cooling stations along the route.  When the course takes you across the Lindsay Bridge, you’ll know you’re close to your goal as you run the final quarter mile to the finish line.

Come be a part of this soon-to-be historic event taking place on the internationally recognized Route 66.  Whether you race in this challenging endeavor to compete or complete, you will fondly refer to this triathlon as the “Mother Half”.  Known as America’s Road, you can bike from Chicago to Los Angeles – but don’t worry, our bike course is well marked.

Thanks to Grim Reaper Fitness, take a look at the Route 66 Half bike and run courses.

Route 66 Half Swim and Bike Video

Route 66 Half Run Course Video



Registration Fees

  • Individuals
  • Black TriDay (11/26)Special $199
  • $215 thru 11/29
  • $238 thru 12/24
  • $248 thru 7/28
  •  Walk ups Friday & Race Day $278


  • Relays (min. 2 participants, max 3)
  • $381 thru 11/29
  • $401 thru 12/24
  • $411 thru 1/24
  • Walk ups Friday & Race Day $450


  • Aquabike
  • Black TriDay (11/26)Special $199
  • $215 thru 11/29
  • $238 thru 12/24
  • $248 thru 7/28
  •  Walk ups Friday & Race Day $278

We encourage anyone searching for a relay partner to use the Tri Harder Facebook page to list what you offer or what you need.  That is “I need a swimmer” or “I can swim if others bike or run”.  This should allow solo triathletes the chance to connect with other solo’s looking for a relay partner.

Please read below for all the registration details.

In order to be guaranteed a race day shirt in your size and gender you must be registered by 11:59pm on Sunday July 24th.

If you want your name on the shirt, and who doesn’t, you must register by 11:59pm on July 17th. This is a very time consuming process and one of the reasons the BIG GUYS charge you $40 for the personalized shirt, which we provide at no extra cost.

We will be ordering gender specific technical shirts from Anvil so please check out the website and sizing chart.

We will accept registrations through race day but no shirt is guaranteed in your size or gender. We will have extras but they go fast. We want everyone to get a properly fitting shirt but we cannot guess your size or quantities so please register and help us help you. Thanks

Water temperature is usually mid 80’s – we will post the temperature as the race nears.

Race Information

Below is a breakdown of all USAT membership fees for 2022:

  • Adult Annual Membership – $50
  • Adult One-day Membership – $15
  • Youth (age 17 and under) Annual Membership – $10

Athletes may pick up their own packets and other racers packets if all registered on line and signed all waivers.

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.


The race will start at 7:00am on July 30, 2022.

Packet Pickup Times

Packet Pickup Times

Please note the scheduled packet pickup times to allow for Social Distancing.  You will not be allowed to pickup your packet/register before your posted time.  The posted times are reserved for a specific race but after those times anyone can pickup/register for any race.

July 29th – 4 pm until 7 pm Packet pickup and race registration at Lake Springfield Beach House

  • Half Distance – 4pm – 4:45pm
  • Abe’s Olympic – 4:45pm – 5:30pm
  • Stoneman – 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • All Races 6:15pm – 7:00pm

July 30th

  • Half Distance – 5:30am – 6:15am
  • Abe’s Olympic – 6:15am – 7:00am
  • Stoneman – 7:00am – 7:45am
  • All Races 7:30am – 8:00am

July 30, 2022

5:30 am to 8:00am Packet pickup at Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 or 101 Long Bay Lane Springfield IL, 62712; Body Marking is to be done by the racer following posted guidelines.

7:30am TRANSITION CLOSES to allow Half racers to get bikes and proceed. Will reopen when majority have cleared the area.

6:45 am Pre-race line up. – No Pre Race talk this year.  All done virtually. 

7:00 am Swim starts – Rolling Time Trial Start with 6 seconds between racers. 

Awards for top three overall Male & Female

Top 3 Age Group Awards in each category and top three Clydesdales, Athenas and Top Three Teams.

There will be a modified Awards ceremony in 2022. 

Since we must still Social Distance we cannot post the results on site.  They will be available at the Results link at the top of the page.  Please check the link and if you placed in the Top 3 proceed to the Awards table and collect your award.

We will not be able to tell you your time at the table so please check the link and know if you placed before coming to the awards table.

Overall winners will pick up their award immediately after race as will  Age Group Winners.   

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.


You must provide a photo ID at pickup. No Exceptions, No ID, No Race.  For 2022 you can pick up other racers packets but racer will need to have registered on line and signed all waivers. 

You must provide your USAT card to show proof of current USAT membership or pay $15 to purchase a one-day license. If you are a USAT member and forget your card, you will be required to sign the USAT waiver and purchase a $15 USAT one-day license.

The youth fee is $10 for a year.

Registrations will be accepted at packet pickup both days but no SWAG is guaranteed.  After the event, shirts and other Stuff We All Get will be distributed to late entries on a first come, first serve basis until gone.  No SWAG will be mailed.

Transition opens at 5:30 am and you must rack your bike in the area reserved for the Route 66 Half.  Green 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 green 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 GREEN.  GREEN is your mantra for successful course completion.

You will be issued a GREEN swim cap for your swim.  You will also be issued a bib with a GREEN background that must be worn on the run and suggested for the bike. You must also place the GREEN sticker on your helmet. GREEN course markings, signs and balloons will guide you along the courses.  Remember and follow the color GREEN.

For 2022 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.

Your packet with Custom Swim Cap, Bib, Shirt, Socks, Water Bottle and Finisher Medal. Please wear it on your left ankle so it does not interfere with your chain rings. You are responsible for your chip’s disposal.

For 2022 your timing chip needs returned at the Finish Line. 

Timing chips will be distributed near transition prior to your race.

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.


Swim Start – 7:00am

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.

Prior to Start

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.

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

If you are a nervous swimmer ask for a unique colored swim cap at packet pickup.  Your age still determines your wave but the unique 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.

No Mandatory Pre race meeting at swim start.  All pre race info will be provided before the race.

For 2022 it will be a rolling start with self seeding and 6 seconds between racers to assure social distancing. 

Pursuant to current best practices we will be discontinuing wave starts while now using a Racer Self Seeded Rolling Swim Start.  You will have 15 minutes to enter the water at your estimated pace regardless of gender.  Meaning within the 15 minute window the male or female racer chooses their start time by crossing the timing mat and entering the water for your swim.

7:00am – 7:15am Rolling Start

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 first Large GREEN Buoys through arch #2 and most South Large GREEN buoy through arch #3. Large Green buoys will be on the course for sighting, you only turn left at the most North and most South Large GREEN buoys.

Race Timing and Cut Offs

The race will officially end 8 hours and 30 minutes after the final swimmer enters water. Aid station stops, transitions, etc. will be included in your total elapsed time. The following cut off times apply.

Swim Cut Off – 1 hour and 10 minutes after the final wave start.

Bike Cut Off – 5 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start.

Run Cut Off – 8 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start.

Your chip will capture your splits (swim, T1, bike, T2, run) and overall finish time.

Race management reserves the right to remove an athlete from the course and DNF the athlete if course officials determine there is no possibility of an athlete finishing the given discipline (swim, bike, run) before the posted cut off times based on an athlete’s location, time and average speed up to that point.

A USAT Official will be at the event and will be enforcing all USAT rules.  It is strongly suggested you visit the USAT website for the complete list of rules and review the Rules section under the Information tab on our website.

Aid Stations & Medical Staff

Water and HEED will be available at Transition and at the Finish Line.

Medical staff will be on the courses and in the SAG vehicles. Medical staff will be at the Beach House all race long.

Lifeguards will be lined along all swim courses on rescue boards and stand up paddle boards and kayaks.  Two dive teams will be on the swim course and many other watercrafts will be present to outline course and provide rest stops for swimmers.  They are to be utilized if a swimmer needs a place to hang onto and rest.  They cannot move forward but can rest as needed. Life jackets will also be available if needed.   Two police boats will be on the swim courses for all races.

An ambulance will be on site all race long.  The Pawnee Fire Department Medical Sled will be located on the bike along New City Road.

A Bike medical tent will be located at approximately mile 25 going out on the bike and then on the return at mile 52. A restroom will be at the tent. Bike medical will also be located at the Pawnee and New City intersection & the New City & Cardinal Hill intersection and on the Lake Sanchris loop.

A Run medical tent will be located in the grass triangle west of Lindsey Bridge. Depending on your race it can be accessed at several different miles.  A restroom will be at the tent.

2022 Bike Course

New for 2022 is the 2 loop bike course using Lake Sangchris more and deleting the long flat sections along I-55.

You will now turn left at New City Rd. no longer turning right, and proceed to Lake Sangchris and the Loop.  Once you complete the loop you will head back to start watching for the Half Bike Turn Around marked by Green Arrows, Green Sign, Balloon and Volunteer returning for your 2nd loop around Lake Sangchris before heading to Finish.  The Volunteer will be writing down your race number to assure all complete 2 loops.

Bike course aid stations will be located at approximately every 10 – 15 miles.  They are designed to be accessed out and back.  They will have Sport water bottles for exchanges, HEED FIZZ tabs you place into your own bottle, gels, and bananas. Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes will also be at most aid stations.

Due to Safe Race Guidelines race staff will not offer premixed HEED bottles on the bike course. You will be given in your packet, and there will be on course, HEED FIZZ tabs that you can place in a water bottle for electrolyte needs

You are encouraged to carry 2 water bottles on this course.  With the emphasis on no contact and self reliance we suggest one pre-mixed bottle with a concentrated electrolyte mix to sip the entire ride and   grab new water but keep electrolyte bottle mix.

2022 Run Course

New for 2022 is the 2 loop Run Course. The new course starts as usual then turns around before Shepherd Rd. and heads back to the old course past the grass triangle, Beach View water stop and the DAV water stop before heading to the bridge where you will then see the Half Turn for the 2nd loop marked by Green arrows, Signs, Balloon and Volunteer.

The run course will have aid stations with water bottles, HEED, ice, cola, gels, bananas, pretzels, chips, and Endurolytes approximately every 1 – 1.5 miles, topography permitting. Misters will be on the run course at several spots.

Due to Safe Race Guidelines there will be no cups of water at the water stops.  Each stop will offer a chilled 8 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 2,000 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 and cola in cups at the aid stations only handled by one gloved, masked volunteer.  Please throw cups in trash and don’t litter.

Run aid stations are located at approximately  1 – 1.5 miles and are accessed several times.  A Restroom is located at transitions and the grass triangle.

Race Maps

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

You will be issued a GREEN swim cap for your swim.  You will also be issued a bib with a GREEN background that must be worn on the bike and run.  You must also place the GREEN sticker on your helmet. GREEN course markings, signs, balloons will guide you along the courses.  Remember and follow the color GREEN.

Due to the revised bike and run courses utilizing loops the maps are not exact due to software limitations.  The first map is for distance while the second map shows the Turn Arounds much better so please be familiar with both versions but know the distances on race day are accurate. 





Run Turnaround

Bike Turnaround

Parking Map & Directions to Keep All Safe


Road Hazards on the Bike Course

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.


Triathletes, here is the Finisher Medal for the Route 66 Half  Distance race.  A fitting souvenir for your 70.3 mile journey and accomplishment.  Wait until you see the shirts and other SWAG.




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

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Hotel Link

Hilton Garden Inn 

The following hotel is a race sponsor and is located within 10 mins from the race venue. The Hilton Garden Inn is a sponsor located on Dirksen Parkway about 10 minutes from transition. They offer a discounted room rate, pool, restaurant, fitness center and have a block of rooms reserved for the triathlons.

Thank you for confirming your Group block at Hilton Garden Inn Springfield.

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Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Springfield

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Arrival Date: 30-Jul-2021

Departure Date: 31-Jul-2021

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Hotel Address: 3100 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois

Phone Number: 217-529-7171

Hotels closer to I-55, the lake and the race site are located along Dirksen Parkway and Stevenson Drive but they do not offer a special rate.