Lake Wildwood “Make or Break at the Lake” Triathlon and 5K

Event Date

Sun, Aug 15, 2021


Varna, IL

About This Activity

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.
Proceeds from The Lake Wildwood "Make or Break at the Lake" Triathlon will benefit the Varna Fire Department.
Triathlon Details:  
Swim: 750 Meters
Bike: 15.5 Miles
Run: 3.1 Miles (5K)
Pickup Details:
Saturday before the race, 4PM-7PM, 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 - Pickup Closes
7:45 - Transition Closes
7:50 - Pre-Race Briefing
8:00 - Triathlon Starts
TBD - Awards Ceremony
Wave Schedule - Triathlon
8:00    Men 29 and under, Women 29 and under    Purple
8:03    Men 30-39    Orange
8:06    Women 30-39    Pink
8:09    Men 40-49    Green
8:12    Women 40 and over    White
8:15    Men 50 and over and relays    Blue
You can verify your wave assignment (and number assignment) on race week at this link: 
Key Deadlines
August 2nd - Must register by this date to be guaranteed a race shirt
August 10th - 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 (provided this is allowed with Covid regulations)
Post race beer, food, refreshment ticket (must be 21+ for beer or Lake Breeze drink) 
Participants are welcome to enjoy  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 July 1st from 7-8pm. If you would like to attend, please sign up on the following site  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.  We will send out a zoom link to those who register for this clinic.
Swim Clinic
Why is the swim leg of the Triathlon so scary? That is easy to answer. You can't practice for it. All your training is in a 25-yard pool in 4 feet of crystal clear water and a big black line on the bottom. Then you are expected to swim 750 meters nonstop in a lake with other swimmers and poor visibility. This 45-minute clinic will prepare you for open water.  You can sign up for this clinic when you sign up for the race.
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.

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