Millions of dollars for a renovation of a quarry has made the Three Oaks recreation area into one of Illinois great new Triathlon venus! If you are looking for one of those 3000 person crammed events where you really, truly cant race, but just like being part of the crowd to say you did a triathlon this is not the venue. We can fit about 1000 athletes at this venue but it is completely worth it. Crystal clear quarry water, a fast flat closed bike course as well as a challenging off paved trail, to crushed limestone trail all in a recreation facility that is second to none and located a quick 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. That is why it is worth every bit of the name it boasts as the state championship event.
So first and foremost make sure you entered into the correct event at Registration on Saturday or Sunday!
You will start with your specific swim wave, based on your age and sprint or olympic Check the black information boards for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike Discipline you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In mats, placing your bike back at your spot on the rack in the transition area.
Then you will proceed across the RUN OUT TIMING MATS and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
Do Not cross the finish mats, do not re-enter the transition area through Run in/out or Bike in/out! this will cause a timing error.
You will keep your chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course, once we announce the transition is open you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.
Your swim will take you out on a small rectangle or large rectangle. As with all our courses your sprint turn will be indicated with the large TRIANGLE buoys. Olympic will be the round buoys. This will be in the quarry with crystal clear waters, with typical water temp this time of year between the upper 60s to low 70s. depending on the spring.
Your bike will be a fast, flat multi - loop closed course. This will be a one year course as construction will be going on during this time on our future course, which will really be an even faster course. So we will use this modified course for one year only. It will be 2 loops for the sprint, 4 loops for Olympic distance. Slightly longer than a "certified" Olympic distance bike course but again it is for one year. You will have a dedicated closed 24 lane most of the way. It will be divided with traffic cones, again dealing with it for one year. But it will still be a very fast course on newly paved roads.
Your run course will certainly not be boring but will also be a loop course bringing you by thousands of spectators before the finish line. Keeping you inside the recreation area you will have varying terrain of paved trail, to crushed limestone trail to grass with a very nice climb to the top of the tobaggon run on each lap. So the run course will test the system after a very fast swim and bike.
Your transition area will be set up in the parking lot, taking up two lots basically completely secured with your Bike Out / Run Out at the far end and your Bike In / Run In at the near end to the beach exit.
Racks will be numbered and you will rack based on your event and rack number. Failure to rack in your row will result in a time penalty.
Transition areas are off limits to all friends, family and spectators. You must have your race id / number to enter and exit the transition area at all times. The transition area will open at 5:30am and close at 7:10am. All athletes will report to the beach by 7:15am for a mandatory meeting.
Information boards with wave starts as well as course maps, etc. will be located on the information boards at each end of the transition area. It is YOUR responsibility to know and understand the course! With a multi loop course a mis count or wrong turn will result in a disqualification. So make sure you look at the information boards before your race start.
No glass allowed in the transition area and you must have bar end plugs on your handlebars. Helmets are MANDATORY.
No ipod/mp3 players or GO PROs will be allowed. If you are caught filming or listening or being filmed this will result in an automatic disqualification as well.
Swim: 500m or 1.5k
As you can imagine being a renovated quarry it will take a lot to get rough water on this body of water however at the back end of the Olympic turnaround it is possible to have a chop out there. But we will venture to say for the most part we can expect pretty flat water year after year. A quarry is deep therefore the spring will dictate how much this will warm up by mid June. It will be a very clear swim as you can imagine. There will be lifeguards on waverunners, ocean paddle boards as well as search and rescue divers in the water for your safety.
Bike: 13mi or 26.5mi.
A 2 and 4 loop closed flat bike course which will take you out away from the recreation area and back in each loop. It contains sections which will enable you to put that head in the aero position and push the turbo button as well as a few spots that will require you to get on the brake hoods to do a little conering as you complete each loop.
Run: 6.2 mi. or 3.1 mi.
A varying terrain course which will test the system, with paved trail, crushed limestone trail, and grassy trail on a multi-loop course.
Water and Hammer Gel and Hemmer Heed at each mile on the course indicated by large mile marker flags. In the event we have a "HOT" day each aid station will also have ice as well as ice rags.
There will be about 200 spots available at the Three Oaks facility itself, once that is full over flow parking will be available adjacent to the venue.