The RTM Lakeside Triathlon is named in honor of a special man, Rodney T. Miller. He was an outstanding role model: a husband and father, a son, an athlete and coach who's life was cut short at 40 years of age while serving as an Illinois State Police investigator. Proceeds from this race support the Rodney T. Miller Memorial Fund, providing opportunities for youth through sports by providing equipment or training. Past awards from the Fund include providing swim lessons for 140 inner city at-risk youth, equipment for a variety of area youth teams in sports like softball and basketball as well as improvements to athletic fields and other grants.
Swim Course: a U-shaped lake swim with left turns, starts in waist-deep water and exits the water on a small beach, sending the athletes uphill to the Transition Area. Bike Course: The 3.4 mile bike route is an out and back course. It stays within the park, except a short segment close to the the first turnaround, which is on Lake Shore Drive. It is mostly flat but includes a couple small rolling hills and a long, steep hill in both directions. The course is completely closed to vehicle traffic. Run Course: 1 mile course begins at the transition area with athletes will running along Lake Front Road following course marking and volunteers directions until the turnaround cone near the boat launch. Course returns on the same route to the finish line near the transition area.
Duathlon Run Courses: run will follow the Lake Front Road following course marking and volunteer direction, either 1/2 or 1 mile dependent on age.
Duathlon Bike Courses: older kids will ride the same course as the Kids Triathlon, while younger duathletes will stay in on the Lake Front Road and in the parking area close to the Lake Patrol Office.
Approaching from the south and east: Follow Lost Bridge Road to the west and north, turn right at the Commodore Decatur Yacht Club at the Chandler Park entrance. Follow the volunteer guides for parking to the west of the road. Approaching from the north and west: Turn south on Lost Bridge Road at Lake Shore Drive and 16th Street then left at the Commodore Decatur Yacht Club at the Chandler Park entrance. Follow the volunteer guides for parking to the west of the road.