The Forge Off Road Triathlon

Sat July 23, 2022 Lemont, IL 60439 US
Events

Off Road Triathlon (Short Course)

$75 7:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT
Increases to $85 after the first 150 people register. (111 spots left) Registration ends July 18, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.forgeparks.com/races.

Place
1001 Main Street
Lemont, IL US 60439
Description

The Forge Off Road Triathlon

In Partnership with Multisport Mastery

Saturday, July 23, 2022

 

Race Information

The Forge Off Road Triathlon is a unique short course multi-sport event that offers an exhilarating, adventurous experience for triathletes of all abilities, including beginners to professionals.

The race venue is at The Forge: Lemont Quarries, an outdoor adventure park in Lemont, Illinois. The course takes place in the Forge Quarry for the swim and bikes and runs through the trails within the Park and the adjoining trails of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and I&M Trails, located adjacent to historic downtown Lemont.  Athletes and spectators will enjoy views of the Park’s exhilarating attractions and natural ecosystem, which includes the historic I&M Canal and multiple quarry lakes.

The short course distance race will be an ~540-yard swim, 10.7 mile gravel bike, and a 3 Mile trail run.  Triathletes can prepare for a challenge that includes:

  • Open water swimming in the natural spring-fed Forge Quarry with a time trial start from the dock,
  • Two Lap bike course on crushed limestone trails and some gravel roads,
  • Mixed terrain run including crushed limestone and a section of MTB and single-track trails,
  • Transition located at the Mount, the Forge’s entertainment stage and lawn area,
  • Post-race fun with music and food and drinks, with samples from ForgeFire Adventure Dining and Beer from Pollyanna Brewing, and,
  • Unique t-shirts and awards.

 

Course Information

Final Course maps will be released well before race day.  Below is a preliminary course description and map based on the 2021 event.  There may be minor adjustments to the course from what was used in 2021.

Swim Course Map: The swim will be a ~ 540 yard open water swim in the natural spring-fed Forge Quarry with a time trial start from the dock.  The course will be a rectangle, starting from the dock, swimming clockwise, with three right hand turns at large buoys.  The Swim will finish and exit on the dock via ladders.  The dock will have two way traffic on it with swimmers lining up to start and athletes exiting the swim headed to T1.  Stay to your LEFT at all times on the dock.  

Bike Course Map: The bike course is a 10.7 mile route on a lollipop style course with two laps.  There is a short approximately .3 mile section that is the stick on the lollipop, then a ~ 5 mile loop that will be ridden twice.  The bike course is on crushed limestone trails and some gravel roads.  It is flat and not technical but will have a few ruts, bumps, small hills, several sharp turns, wooden bridge crossings, and loose gravel sections.  

Run Course Map: The run course is 3 miles on a mixed terrain including crushed limestone and a section of MTB single-track trails and the paths under the Towers.  It is mostly flat, but will have a few technical and small hill sections, including dirt and mulch covered trails.

Transition: Transition will be located in the lawn area by the Mount (Stage) within the Park.  It will be a  short ~ 500 foot run from the Swim exit to T1 on carpeted surface.   Bike racks will be organized by wave / bib number, but bikes will not be assigned a specific space. 

Registration

Online Registration Opens October 15, 2021

Race Cap is 400

Entry Fees:

  • Tier 1 (First 150 Registered) = $75
  • Tier 2 (151 – 300) = $85
  • Tier 3 (301 – 400) = $95

*Includes entry to the race, electronically timed results, earned overall and age group awards, a cool Forge long sleeve hoodie swag and post-race party with food, beer, and other beverages.

Online registration closes Monday, July 18.

No race day registration will be available.  TBD if registration will be available at packet pick-up and race day if the event is not sold out.

Packet Pick-Up

Wednesday July 20

TBD

Thursday July 21

TBD

Friday July 22

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main St.

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions

Race Day

Saturday July 23

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main St.

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions

Race Day Schedule:

  • 5:00 AM –            Parking Opens
  • 5:15 AM --            Transition and Race Day Packet Pick-Up Open
  • 6:30 AM –            Transition Set-Up Closes
  • 6:35 AM –            Course Talk / Briefing – Near the Swim Start 
  • 6:40 AM –            Wave Line-Up Begins.  Swim staging by Wave on the shelf near the Dock / Foundry
  • 6:50 AM –            Wave Line-Up Ends
  • 6:50 AM –            National Anthem
  • 6:55 AM –            Wave 1 / Elite Start
  • 7:20 AM –            Last Wave Starts
  • 7:45 AM –            Anticipated 1st Finisher
  • 8:00 AM -             Post Race Food / Beverage Available
  • 9:15 AM –            Anticipated Last Finisher
  • ~9:15 AM –          Transition Opens for Exit / Departure
  • 9:30 AM --            Awards at the Mount / Stage
  • 11:00 AM --          Event Concludes

All athletes and spectators are encouraged to stay at the Park after he event.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Foundry and the activities at the Park will be open.  

Awards:

Due to the time trial start format, all awards will be based on chip / electronic time, including overall awards.

Awards will be the following:

1st – 3rd Overall Male and Female

1st Overall Male and Female Masters (Age 40+)

1st Overall Male and Female Lemont Resident

1st Overall Male and Female First Time Triathlete

Mr. and Ms. Mid Pack (Athlete that finishes in the exact middle of the pack in their gender by placement)

1st – 3rd 10-Year Age Groups from < 20 – Age 70+ (Example, Male 30-39, Female 40-49, Female <20)

Award money will be offered to the 1st - 3rd Overall Males and Females: 

1st = $250, 2nd = $150, 3rd = $100. 

Additional awards, prizes and raffles will be offered and announced before the race.

Results

RACE RESULTS ARE FOUND HERE: 2021 FORGE OFF ROAD TRIATHLON RESULTS

Training

Watch this website and The Forge Race Series social media for opportunities for training runs and training programs.  

Directions & Parking:

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main St.

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions

Park Map: https://www.forgeparks.com/parkmap

We encourage carpooling.  The Park has adequate parking, but the race field, volunteers and spectators will maximize the use of the Parking lots.  Follow signs and volunteers directing you to parking.  Athletes will park in the lots on the north side of the I&M Canal, a short walk across the bridges to the Park / Transition area.

NOTE: Athletes will not be allowed to exit the park until after the race is complete at approximately 9:30 as the park access road is part of the bike course and will be closed once the race starts.

Athletes or spectators who may need to leave early should consider parking in the public lots in downtown Lemont and riding / walking to the Race / Park, approximately 1 – 1 ½ miles from the Park.

The remote parking / shuttle system at the Metra Station Will Not Be Available on Race Day.

Race Contact Info

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https://www.forgeparks.com/directions

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