Lake Wildwood “Make or Break at the Lake” Triathlon

Sun August 14, 2022 Varna, IL 61375 US Directions

Triathlon - Individual

$90 $80 8:00AM CDT
67 spots left. Price increases after July 20, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT

Triathlon - Relay

$150 $135 8:00AM CDT
40 spots left. Price increases after July 20, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

1000 Lake Wildwood Dr
Varna, IL US 61375

Lake Wildwood Association is a private, gated recreational community that is centrally located between Chicago and Peoria, just north of Varna, Illinois. The Association boasts two lakes - the largest, Lake Wildwood, is 220 acres and offers boating (including water sports), fishing and swimming. Lake Tanglewood is 18 acres and is strictly a fishing lake located near our private campground.

Scroll down for important information about parking/LWW access, important dates, and both the Swim Clinic (in-person at LWW) and General Clinic (online)

Triathlon Details:  
Swim: 750 Meters
Bike: 15.5 Miles
Run: 3.1 Miles (5K)

Packet Pickup Details:
Saturday before the race, 4PM-6:30PM, at the Coffee Hub.  (318 5th Street in Lacon, IL)
Race Day, 6:30AM-7:30AM, at the race site.

Race Day Schedule:
7:30 - Packet Pickup & Body Marking Closes
7:45 - Transition Closes
7:50 - Pre-Race Briefing
8:00 - Triathlon Starts
TBD - Awards Ceremony

Wave Schedule - Triathlon
Check back close to race day

Key Deadlines
July 21st - Must register by this date to be guaranteed a race shirt
August 7th - Last day for registration

SWAG! - All Participants will receive:
Swag bag
Custom race t-shirt
Custom finisher medal
Colored swim cap (triathlon swim participants only)
Post-race party with music
Post-race beer, food, refreshment ticket (must be 21+ for beer or Lake Breeze drink) 
Participants are welcome to enjoy the afternoon at East Beach with their families after the race and post-race party!

Parking - Please Read
We are staging this event in an area of our community that is most convenient for our triathlon participants while also being respectful of our resident members.  In doing so, there is limited parking near the event venue so we can only permit one vehicle per participant.  If, however, you have a need to bring multiple vehicles the day of the event we will do our best to accommodate. Simply send an email to so we may discuss your situation.  Lake Wildwood is a private gated community so unregistered vehicles will not be permitted access. 

If lake water temperatures are below 78 degrees (F) you may wear a wetsuit for the swim portion, otherwise, if water temperature is over 78 degrees (F), you may choose to wear a wetsuit, but you will be ineligible for awards.

General Triathlon Clinic
We will offer a FREE triathlon online clinic on Tuesday, June 14th from 7-8pm.  This is open to anyone who would like to learn more about a triathlon.  The online clinic will be helpful to a first-time racer and will cover triathlon basics such as what to expect, how to set up the transition area, etc. and will allow for Q&A.  Please sign up at the link below:

Swim Clinic
The in-person swim clinic will be offered on Sunday, July 17, 2022 with sign up times of 8:30-9:30am or 10-11am.  The swim clinic will offer participants a chance to see the swim area where the triathlon will take place and to learn techniques to help prepare for the open water swim.  You can sign up for the swim clinic during your race sign up.

Access To Race Site
Because Lake Wildwood is a gated community, participants are unable to access the race site prior to race day.  However, most of the bike course is outside the gated portion and accessible.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Participant Gear (example from 2021)
Age Group Trophy (Example from 2021)

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