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Lincoln Trail Triathlon

Sun September 1, 2024 Marshall, IL 62441 US Directions


Sprint Triathlon

$75 8:00AM CDT Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 14 - 99.

Sprint Duathlon

$75 8:00AM CDT Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 14 - 99.

Sprint Paddle Triathlon -individual

$75 8:00AM CDT Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 14 - 99.

Sprint Paddle Triathlon - 3 Person Relay

$108 8:00AM CDT Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 14 - 99.


Lincoln Trail State Park
16985 E 1350th Rd
Marshall, IL US 62441


Welcome to the Inaugural

Lincoln Trail Triathlon

Where all levels of athletes are invited to push their limits amidst the serene landscape of Lincoln Trail State Park. Whether you're a seasoned athlete who wants to compete with the best, or a first-timer looking to try something new, Lincoln Trail Triathlon will be an unforgettable experience. This new event boasts a captivating swim OR paddle in the pristine waters of Lincoln Trail Lake, a two-loop bike course with a hint of elevation to keep things exciting, finishing with an shaded out-and-back run .

With the entire race contained within the park's confines and free from outside traffic, athletes and families can relish in the festive atmosphere, complete with activities tailored to our little future triathletes. Lincoln Trial Triathlon is conveniently located in Marshall Illinois, perfect for multisport enthusiasts from Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Indianapolis areas and beyond. 

Proceeds of this race are going directly back to Lincoln Trail State Park to fund a project that will increase the bike-ability of the park through the installation of new bike racks, information stations, and potentially a bike service station accessible by all park visitors. It's our goal to create an engaging race experience that helps bring more visitors to this beautiful park and the city of Marshall.



Race Course:

Experience Lincoln Trail State Park 


Serene Lake Swim OR Paddle
The swim start is located at Lincoln Trail State Park Lake. For triathletes, the 500 meter swim will begin with a self-seeded rolling start and will end on a separate dock consisting of 2 turns and exiting on a separate dock along the lakefront lined with spectator and local support. The water temperature will be taken on race day, but participants are advised to bring a wetsuit if they have one.
Paddlers will start their 1 kilometer journey with a floating mass start, and finish at the boat ramp where volunteers will safely assist you onto dry land. 

Cycle the Park
Lincoln Trail’s stunning terrain boasts incredible riding conditions you will never forget. 
The 20-kilometer bike leg offers just the right amount of challenge and thrill to keep competitors engaged. The two-loop course is entirely within the park's confines and closed to outside traffic. 

Energizing Run
Your journey will finish with a spectator-friendly out-and-back run with every stride fueled by the cheers of supporters propelling you to the finish line.



We offer 4 different race formats to fit your goals and ability level:

Triathlon -Individual: 

500m Swim | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Duathlon -Individual:

3k Run | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Paddle Triathlon -Individual:

1k Paddle | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Paddle Triathlon Relay - 3 Person Relay:

1k Paddle | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Course Maps

Swim Course

Run Course





Race Schedule (Central Time)

Marshall Illinois is on CENTRAL TIME

Saturday August 31 (optional/not mandatory)


          Packet pick up 

          Boat drop off

          Transition and course preview


          Open water swim or paddle AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

Boats, PFD, and paddles may be dropped off and left overnight within the fenced “boat drop off” area. Bikes and all other gear cannot be left overnight. 

Sunday September 1st RACE DAY


          Boat, bike, and gear loading/unloading zones open

          Packet Pickup  (NO RACEDAY REGISTRATION)

          Body marking

          Transition opens (first come first serve, due to the position of entry/exit points all positions are fair and equal)  

7:30    Athlete meeting in transition area.

7:50    Transition closes.  

           Paddle and Swim start staging begins.

8:00    Triathlon self-seeded rolling start.   

            Duathlon start.

            Paddle floating start 

11:00  Overall and Age Group Awards 

Roads will remain closed to vehicle traffic until the final athlete crosses the finish line

Results can be found at


Our Mission

In partnership with Friends of Lincoln Trail, proceeds will go toward the enhancement of the park's cycling infrastructure. 



These events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All USAT rules will be enforced. Please visit the link or for detailed rules and regulations as well as information for those interested in obtaining a USA Triathlon License. The event is limited to ages 14 and above.

USAT’s Most Commonly Violated Rules: 

1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn securely fastened at all times while in possession of your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification 

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be fastened at all times while in possession of your bike. This means from the time you remove your bike from the rack at the start of the bike leg, until after you have placed your bike on the rack at the finish of the bike leg. Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only. 

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race staff (including volunteers), medical officials and active participants may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Time Penalty Participants competing in the same event may assist each other with incidental items such as, but not restricted to, food and drinks after an aid station, pumps, tubular tires, inner tubes and puncture repair kits; Participants may not provide any item of equipment to another participant competing in the same event which results in the donor participant being unable to continue with their own competition. This includes but is not restricted to complete bicycle, frame, wheels and helmet. A participant shall not physically assist the forward progress of another participant on any part of the course Penalty: Disqualification of both participants. 

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. Penalty: Time penalty No person shall interfere with another participant's equipment or impede the progress of another participant. Penalty: Time penalty or disqualification All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. Penalty: Disqualification 

5. Bike Position Rules: Drafting- keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must complete your pass within 15 seconds Position- keep to the right-hand side of the lane of travel unless passing Illegal Pass- cyclists must pass on the left, not on the right Blocking- riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and impeding other cyclists attempting to pass Overtaken- once passed, you must immediately make reward progress out of the draft zone of the passing cyclist and move completely out of the draft zone within 15 seconds. Penalty: Time penalty 

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course, complete the course in its entirety, and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must always obey all applicable traffic laws. Penalty: Officials discretion (judgment call), time penalty or disqualification 
7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Verbal or physical abuse of others is not acceptable or tolerated. Participants shall refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct at all times while at the event and during competition, including the use of abusive language; violent acts; intentional misconduct; or any intimidating behavior directed toward, including but not limited to participants, officials, event staff, volunteers and spectators. Penalty: Disqualification 

8. Headphones: Headphones, headset, radio, or a personal audio device may not be carried or worn during competition. Penalty: Time penalty Participants may carry a phone (such as, mounted on bike handlebars or in an arm band), but may not use communication devices of any type, including but not limited to cell phones, smart watches, and two-way radios, in any distractive manner during the competition. A “distractive manner” includes but is not limited to making or receiving phone calls, sending or receiving text messages, playing music, using social media, taking photographs or using in a one- or two-way radio communication. Using any communication device in this manner during the competition will result in disqualification. 

9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be altered in any way that prevents a clear identification. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission. 

10. Wetsuits: Official water temperature will be taken on race day. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon, governed by the following: 
Water below 60.8° F wet suit Mandatory | 60.9°F-78°F wetsuit permitted | 78.1°F-83.9°F wetsuit permitted but ineligible for rankings or awards | 84°F Wetsuit forbidden

11. Abandonment: No participant shall dispose of trash or discard any equipment or personal gear on or around the racecourse, except at clearly identified disposal points, such as aid stations. Penalty: Time penalty 

USAT Aging Up Policy: Participants will compete in whichever age group they would be in as of December 31st of the year of the race. In other words everyone's age group for the season will be determined by their age on December 31 2024.



Paddlers must supply their own watercraft, PFD, and paddle. All paddlers must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver (personal flotation device/PFD) at all times while on the water. Buckles must remain fastened at ALL times while on the water. DO NOT UNBUCKLE PFD WHILE ON THE WATER.  PENALTY: Disqualification. As per State of Illinois, unpowered watercraft are not required to be registered or "tagged". Each watercraft must be propelled exclusively by paddle power (single or double blade) while on the water. No rowing or pedal configuration is permitted. No sail or kite is permitted. There are no restrictions on the style or design of the watercraft. Unpowered watercraft other than kayaks and canoes need APPROVAL FROM RACE DIRECTOR PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Please contact for questions or clarification.  




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For athletes craving to be first in line at packet pickup, there are multiple hotels to choose from in the city of Marshall, as well in the nearby cities of Paris IL, Martinsville IL, and Terre Haute IN. 

For those who like the beautiful sights and sounds of the great outdoors, Lincoln Trail State Park boasts Two Class A campgrounds, complete with electricity, showers, tables, fireblocks, playground equipment, water, toilet facilities and a sanitary dumping station. Sites are expected to fill up quick due to Labor Day weekend. For more information and where to book visit  

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