Lake Wildwood "Make or Break at the Lake" Triathlon

Varna, IL

                Lake Wildwood "Make or Break at the Lake" Triathlon

Visit the Lake Wildwood Webpage here to learn more about us!

The Lake Wildwood Triathlon has officially reached the max amount of participants allowed for this year and registrations have been disabled. 

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: 0.47 mile (750M)
Bike: 15.5 mile
(To improve safety around the transition area between the bike and run legs, an additional .5 miles has been added to the bike route, bringing it to a total distance of 15.5 miles.)
Run: 3.1 mile (5K)


Packet Pickup: The Coffee Hub at 318 5th Street in Lacon, IL. 
Race Location:
East Beach of Lake Wildwood (Varna, IL)

- Pre Packet Pickup: August 15th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm
*There will be NO race day registrations*

- Race Day Packet Pickup: August 16th from 6:30am - 7:30am
*Transition will close at 7:45am*

- All Participants meet at the beach by 7:50 am on Race Day (August 16th)
- Race Start Time: August 16th at 8:00am
- Award Ceremony will take place following the race

- Until May 25th - $50.00
- Until July 31st - $60.00
- Until August 11th - $70.00
*Online registrations will shut down on Tuesday, August 11th*
*Must register by August 4th in order to be guaranteed a T-shirt*

All Participants will Receive:
- A custom race t-shirt
- A custom finisher medal
- A colored swim cap
- Post race party with music
- Post race beer, food, refreshment ticket (Must be 21+ for beer)
- Participants are welcome to enjoy swimming at East Beach with their
families after the race and post-race party!
- Realtors will be onsite to answer questions about Lake Wildwood and property listings. Information about listings and realtor contact information can be found at Appointments for showings should be made in advance.

Additional Information: (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 inelligible for awards.

Available Lodging

America’s Best Value Inn in Wenona - (815) 853-4371
- 10 doubles (2 queen beds), nightly rate will be $59.99 plus tax
- 5 singles (a king bed), nightly rate will be $53.99 plus tax
- Blocks are available until July 14
- Participants who book will have a 48 hour cancellation policy
- When participants call in they are to reference Lake Wildwood for the rate

Day’s Inn Oglesby - (815) 681-7739
- Located on I-39, Exit 54, 25 miles from Lake Wildwood. Standard double bed rooms are $109.00+TAX and accommodate 4 people.  
- King size rooms are $119.00+TAX and accommodate 2 people.
- All rooms are smoke-free and feature microwave, refrigerator and free Wifi. $20 fee for pets.  
- Mention Lake Wildwood Triathlon to receive this discounted rate, which includes continental breakfast pending no Covid19 restrictions.  

Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

When & Where

Aug 16, 2020


8:00 AM

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