Stoneman – Updates as of July 2021


This event is the 2022 Illinois State Championship for Age Group, High School and Clubs.  It is a qualifier for the USA Triathlon Nationals.


Race Day Information

2021 Results Link

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 30th 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

Please note New Start Time of 8:30am to allow for Social Distancing


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)   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 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


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.


Saturday July 30, 2022

The race will start at 8:30 am on July 30, 2022 at Lake Springfield.

Stoneman participants will swim 500 yards in the lake parallel to shore and thru the arches of Lindsay Bridge. Stoneman racers will then bike 12 miles on rolling prairie roads. Runners will then follow a 3.1 mile closed course on West Lake Drive.


ON LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES at 11:00 pm on July 28th.   You can still register in person at the Friday and Saturday packet pickup but no shirt is guaranteed.  We have ordered extras but they go fast so we have some new swag if we run out of shirts so you will get a race day commemoration item to memorialize your accomplishment. 


Registration Fees and Dates

Stoneman (7/30/2022)
Individuals: $82 early, $92 late, walk ups Friday & Race Day $102
Relays: $164 early, $184 late, walk ups Friday & Race Day $197


Race Information

Below is a breakdown of all 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 new for 2022 you can pick up other racers packets but racer must have registered on line and signed all waivers. 

All racers will be required to sign a COVID Waiver when they pickup their packet Friday or Saturday.  

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.

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.

8:15 am Pre-race line up. – No Pre Race talk this year.  All done virtually. 

8:30 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 the 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 2021 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 $12 USAT one-day license.

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 Stoneman triathletes. Yellow 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 yellow color coded signs. Please be mindful of the space you use and of others around you.

New for 2021 is only 4 bikes per rack.  

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

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

For 2022 – Body Marking is to be done by the racer following posted guidelines, no on site body marking

Chips will be distributed near transition before the start of your race.  Your packet will include, Swim Cap, Bib, Shirt and Finisher Item. Please wear Chip on your left ankle so it does not interfere with your chain rings. You are responsible for your chip’s use and disposal/return.

For 2022 your timing chips needs returned at Finish Line.  

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 the Finish Line or Race Director.  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 – 8:30am

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 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. They are color coded for your race swim start.

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.

8:30am – 8:45am 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 YELLOW Buoys through arch #2 and most South Large YELLOW buoy through arch #3. Large Yellow buoys will be on the course for sighting, you only turn left at the most North and most South Large YELLOW buoys.

  • All USAT members must show their valid membership cards at packet pickup.
  • All non-USAT members must pay $ 15 in addition to the entry fee. The Youth fee is $10 for a year
  • Clydesdale(220lbs.) and Athena(165lbs.) racers must weigh-in at packet pickup.
  • This event is sanctioned by the USAT. Consequently, all USAT rules apply. Visit rules tab on this website.
  • The transition area is restricted to racers only.
  • Swim is 500 yards in Lake Springfield at the Lindsay Bridge Boat ramp.
  • Bike is 12 miles on gently rolling and flat prairie.
  • Run is 3.1 miles on gently rolling and flat prairie.
  • Race director is Steve O’Connor, (217) 341-1309
  • Very unique stone awards for top finishers, male, female, Clydesdale, and Athena
  • Photo ID required for packet pickup, no exceptions can be made. NO ID, NO RACE
  • No listening devices of any type maybe used during race, disqualification is probable


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 Hammer HEED will be available at all Water Stops, 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 out on the bike and can be accessed twice.  A restroom will be at the tent.

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.

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

There is no water stop on the bike course.  You are expected to carry your own water/fluids for this race distance. 


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

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

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.


Race registration and packet pickup take place at Lake Springfield Beach House (100 or 101 Long Bay Lane. Spfld, 62712, located near Lindsay Bridge, on the south side of Springfield Illinois. The finish line is in front of the Beach House. The race is chip timed.


The transition area is located at the Lindsay Bridge Boat ramp. Racers will self body mark at the entrance to the transition area. Timing chips are picked up at the entrance to the transition area. Only racers are permitted in the transition area. Team/Relays are racked together.

All racers take a space on the bike racks according to their race on a first come, first choice basis. NO BIKE RIDING IN THE TRANSITION AREA. The bike exit and run exit will be marked with signs. Bike numbers will be matched with run numbers as they exit the transition area. Water and HEED are available outside of the transition area. Bike support is available at the transition area.

Transition security will be provided from 7:00 am until noon. Racers are encouraged to remove their bikes and equipment to their vehicles after finishing but MUST cross at the designated street crossing area or by use of the tunnel. You can then enjoy your to go lunch.

No bike or belongings can be removed from Transition without the body marking matching the bike frame sticker. If body marking is washed off then the racers bib must be provided to remove equipment. NO EXCEPTIONS and all complaints should be directed to Race Director on race day, not event staff.

The Transition Area will be taken down at noon and security will be dismissed. You are responsible for all belongings after noon.


The swim takes place in Lake Springfield. Swim caps are mandatory and are given at packet pickup. Swim is a rolling start and self seeded with 6 seconds between swimmers.  When you cross the timing mat your race time starts. Stay away from mat until your ready to swim.

Each swimmer swims 500 yards total in a counter-clockwise out and back course keeping the buoys on your left. At the large Yellow buoy located through arch #2 at, swimmers turn left and proceed back through arch #3 following Yellow buoys to the swim exit.  Swimmers exit the Lake and proceed 40 yards east to the transition area.

Athletes may rest on boats without disqualification. Wet suits are only allowed per USA Triathlon rules. Lake water temperature will be posted on the web site. Lifeguards will be positioned in boats along the swim course.


The bike course is flat and fast with limited turns on rolling prairie roads which go from Lake Springfield to the turn around on New City Road and then back to transition. All athletes must have the frame sticker on their bike and bibs should be worn.

Although police and volunteers will be on the course and at intersections the roads are open and all laws must be respected. Police will make all efforts to allow you to pass through intersections but this is not to be assumed or guaranteed.

Helmets must be fastened before leaving Transition under the Bike Out Banner and all bikes must be walked to the mount/dismount line. Bikes can then be mounted at the line. An unfastened helmet is immediate grounds for disqualification.

Stoneman Sprint course signs are yellow and are on pavement as well as on signs posted on the road course. Mileage markers are posted at mile 5 and 10.

The course is out and back and starts with a right turn onto Long Bay Lane heading East. Bikers turn right on East Lake Drive heading South and then turn left on Pawnee Road. You will then turn left onto New City Road and continue straight on it until the turnaround. At the turnaround proceed counter clockwise around the cone in center of road and continue back to Transition. There will be a volunteer at the cone, a sign at the cone and the road will be marked. It is your responsibility to know the course. The Volunteer will be manually marking down each racer as they pass the cone.

A Medical Station will be located on the course before and after the turnaround and will have water and ice and medical supplies.

The bike course is open to the public so riders must stay on their right. Volunteers and police will be monitoring the course. Drafting is not allowed. Bikers complete their ride and enter the transition to return their bike to it’s position in the bike racks. NO BIKE RIDING IN THE TRANSITION AREA. The racer exits the transition area to start the run portion of the race.

There is no water stop on the bike course. You are expected to carry your own water/fluids for this race distance.

RUN COURSE (3.1 miles)

The run course will have aid stations with water bottles, HEED, ice, gels 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 in cups at the aid stations only handled by one volunteer glove and masked.  Please throw cups in trash and don’t litter.

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

Run number must be worn at all times on the course. Run number must be placed on the front of the runner. It can be worn on a race belt or safety pinned to your shirt/shorts.

The run starts as the racer exits transition under the Run Out Banner at the West corner of the area. Bibs must be worn in front. Runners leave the Transition Area and go left across Lindsey Bridge and left on West Lake Dr. for 1.5 miles to the turn around then back to the Beach House and finish line. A cone will be in the road, the road is painted, signs present and a volunteer will be at Turn Around marking down numbers as they pass the cone.Several aid stations will be located on the course and a Medical tent will be at the grass triangle and finish.

A misting station will be located on the side of the course to cool you off if needed. Be aware of runner traffic if you enter the misting area.

Aid and Medical stations will be available at many spots on the course and will provide HEED, water, ice and medical assistance.

Stoneman Sprint course signs are YELLOW and are found on the pavement as well as posted on signs on the road course. Mileage markers are found each mile along the run course.


For 2022 no cut off time

Athletes may not be allowed on the run course if they finish the bike ride after 11:00 am. The police will be released at noon so the course may or may not be closed for anyone after 11:00 still on the run course.


The start time may vary based on water/weather conditions. It is our intent to start on time. The Event director may alter or cancel the swim course at any time based on safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances.


Please DO NOT access the race venue from West Lake Drive.  The bridge is closed at 6:00am and if you try to cross the bridge when closed you will be ticketed.   Use East Lake Drive to access the venue and plan to arrive at least an hour before your start time.

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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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

Group Name: TriHarder

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.