This is a challenging point-to-point sprint distance race with unique terrain and beautiful scenery.
Swim: The Triathlon starts with a 660 yard open water swim in the clear, cool waters of Apple Canyon Lake, with a beach start and finish.
Bike: Athletes are then tested by a 16.8-mile bike ride from the lake which takes them up and down the winding country roads of Jo Daviess County to Recreation Park in Galena.
Run: To finish, competitors run 4.2 miles up Jo Daviess Hill and back down to the finish line.
Registrants can also opt for the Duathlon, which starts with a 2-mile run in lieu of the swim portion.
The duathletes then compete on the same bike and final run courses as the triathletes
To Nixon Beach, Apple Canyon Lake from Galena: From the intersection of N. Main & Meeker turn right onto Stagecoach Trail. Drive east for approximately 12 miles. Turn right onto Pea Ridge Road. Pea Ridge Road will turn into W. Apple Canyon Road. Turn left onto S. Apple Canyon Road. Turn left onto Eisenhower Drive. Nixon Beach is at the end of Eisenhower Drive.
To Nixon Beach, Apple Canyon Lake from Chicago: Take I-90/94 west to Rockford. Take US Rte. 20 west from Rockford to the Village of Woodbine. In Woodbine, turn right onto Scout Camp Road. Turn left onto East Lake Road No. 3. Turn left onto S. Apple Canyon Road. Turn right on Eisenhower Drive. Nixon Beach is at the end of Eisenhower Drive.
Nixon Lane & Eisenhower Drive Apple River, IL 61001