TRANSITION DETAILS Transition is for registered athletes only. No family or friends. You will receive a wristband at "check-in". Without it, you will not be allowed in to the transition area. This means that you must check in prior to putting your bike in to transition.The wristband will have your bib number on it. Attach the adhesive bike number to your bike. Your wristband and bike number must match when you go to remove your equipment from transition at the end of the race. At approximately 6:50; transition will be closed and everyone will be required to be out (including relay members). Once the race begins, relay members may enter transition near the bike out end of the transition area. Relay members who complete their leg of the race must also exit at that same end so as to not go over the timing mats.
SWIM COURSE DETAILS The swim consists of two laps; you will exit the water and cross the timing mat between each lap. The course will be marked with easily identified turn buoys. There will be brightly colored sighting buoys as well. The swim cap color designates which wave you will start in. If you start in the wrong wave, you will be disqualified from the race. The wave start times will be posted on the Updates page as we get closer to the race date. The start will be an "In the water" start There will be a lead kayak to keep the race leaders on course. Please feel free to request to be placed in the final wave if you have reservations about the swim. We will provide a brightly colored swim cap and have our water safety personnel keep an eye on you.
BIKE COURSE DETAILS This is an out and back course. It is on public roads and the roads will be open to traffic. Distance markers every 5 miles. There will be a bottle exchange at the turnaround. Major intersections will be manned by local law enforcement officers. Turns will be well marked and an effort will be made to sweep the turns prior to the race. It is still your responsibility to ride safely at all times. USAT approved helmets must be on and fastened at all times during the bike leg. No Ipods, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.
RUN COURSE DETAILS The run course is a loop route within Rock Cut State Park. After you leave T2, you will cross over Interstate 90 into the main park where you will proceed clockwise around the park on the main roads. You must stay on the left side of the road (facing traffic). Runners must stay within the left half (shoulder side) of the oncoming lane unless otherwise marked. The only exceptions will be to cross the road to use the rest rooms. There is one out and back section and it will be well marked. There will be a timing mat or worker with a checklist at this turn around Your race number must be clearly visible from the front while on the run There will be markers every mile There will be at least 4 aid stations along the run course There are at least 4 rest rooms located near the road along the course throughout the park Ipods and MP3 players are not allowed during the run.
PARKING DETAILS Parking will be available on-site but, once you have parked, you will not be able to leave until the last bike has returned from the bike leg. That will be approximately 9:30 If you foresee needing to leave before that time, you will need to park in the over-flow parking which is across Harlem Road from the entrance to the park. It is approximately 1/2 mile from the transition area. On-site parking will be closed off at 6:15. After that time you will only be allowed to park in the over-flow area.
Located at Olson Lake Beach inside Rock Cut State Park in Rockford, Illinois. GPS Address: Rock Cut State Park [7228-7299] Harlem Road Caledonia, IL 61011 The park will open at 5:00 AM the day of the race.
The primary entrance to Olson Lake is from Harlem Road which runs east-west along the south side of the park. There will be a limited amount of parking at the main venue, however, those utilizing this parking will not be able to leave until the race is finished. Parking at the venue will be open until it has filled or until 6:15 at which time no other vehicle traffic besides the race officials will be allowed through to the race site. If you foresee the need to leave before the race has completed (approx. 10:30), you will need to park across Harlem Road from the entrance in the overflow area. It is approx. a 1/2 mile walk to the venue.
From the South: Continue North (West) on I-90/ I-39 and exit at Riverside Blvd. Head west for one block. Turn right (North) on Harvey Road ( Road Ranger gas station). Follow Harvey Road to where it Ts in to Harlem Road and turn right. Follow Harlem Road until you cross over I-90/ I-39, the park entrance is on your left and overflow parking will be on your right.
From the North: Exit I-90/ I-39 at Hwy 173 and head West to the park entrance (approx 1/4 mile). Follow the signs to Olson Lake
From the East (Chicago area): Follow I-90/ I-39 and the directions as if coming from the South.
From the West: Take Bypass Hwy 20 around the south edge of Rockford. At the I-39 interchange, Hwy 20 shares the road with I-39. Stay on I-39 North (towards Wisconsin) and then follow the directions as if coming from the South