Race Info

500 Yard Open Water Swim – 13 Mile Bike – 3.1 Mile Run

Relay or Individual Registration available.
Early Registration Fee: $50 College Students, $60 Individual, $95 Relay
$10 Late Fee after 8pm Friday August 12.  Registration will be available online and onsite Saturday and Sunday: $60 College Students, $70 Individual, $105 Relay.

The Bradley University Tri Club & Bushwhacker are bringing the excitement of a downtown triathlon to Central Illinois. Come experience Downtown Peoria like never before. 2015’s race was an overwhelming success and we are ready to bring you more.
Yes, the River is clean. We’ve done our homework, worked with the city, and look forward to providing a safe, fun, sprint distance race.

Event Details:
500 Yard dock to dock swim at the Spirit of Peoria. (Wave Start)
13 mile Downtown Bike Course
3.1 mile (5K) paved Riverfront Trail Run.
Transition area will be at the Spirit of Peoria Landing/Riverfront Village.
Registration limited to 300 participants.
Registration closes Sunday August 20 @ 715 am.

All participants will receive race t-shirts, and will be chip-timed.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female, top male and female in each age group, and top 3 relay.  Age groups will be split into 5 year groups 0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-45, 46-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.

Fund Raising::
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Central Park Pool in Peoria.  The Central Park Pool lost funding during Peoria Park District’s budget cuts.  The Peoria Area Water Wizards, a local swim club, took on the project and has been looking for financial support for this great resource.  On race day be sure to thank the volunteers representing these groups.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Event Schedule *(all subject to change)
Packet Pickup: Saturday August 19 Noon-4pm at Bushwhacker
Sunday 6:00-7:30 a.m. Race Day packet pickup downtown near transition.
6:00 a.m. Transition area opens
7:30 a.m. Transition area closes
7:40 a.m. Mandatory Pre-Race meeting
8:00 a.m. Race Start
*8:00 a.m. 1st wave – TBD 
*8:02 a.m. 2nd wave – TBD 
*8:04 a.m. 3rd wave – TBD 

Relay teams will start based on the swimmer’s age group and gender.
10:00 am (or when course clears) – Awards Presentation

Event Cancellation / Modification Policy
In case of natural disaster or inclement weather:

  1. Race officials along with local safety officials will make the decision to modify or cancel the event.
  2. Entry Fees: Event fees will not be refunded.  The funds collected will be used to develop and coordinate this event.  Individual reimbursement will not be possible and the decision to allow entry into future events will be decided if/when these events are held.

Event may be cancelled due to extreme weather or other emergency.  Delaying the event is unlikely due to the time demand of public officials for closing local roadways.

Course information and General questions
Please click for the tentative layout: Click Here for Layout.  The swim is in light green, the bike in blue, and the run in orange. The course is subject to change due to road closure restraints.
Swim Course:swim
Bike Course: 2 laps on Washington, First lap includes lolli-pop ride up Main street.  CYCLISTS: The course route is up Main Street, Left on Sheridan, Left on High, Right on Main Street, Right on Washington.  Once on Washington you will ride two out and back laps on Washington.  bikecourse16

Run Course: Final Course may be modified slightly from this map. THE RUN COURSE HAS CHANGED.  The course will be 3.1 miles including the loop at the north end of the trail.  Volunteers will be on course to direct you along the way.  Water stops at mile 1 and 2. 


link to run course

Showers and lockers will be available at the Riverplex for $3 per person

Wet Suits: wet suits will be allowed.  The race will not adhere to wetsuit restrictions due to temperature.  Use caution as it is likely the water temperature will be above 78 degrees the morning of the event.

Parking: Downtown Peoria has plenty of parking for the event.  Please click on the link to see a map of area parking lots.  In the map numbers 17, 19, 23, & 25 will be excellent choices to park. If you choose to park in 17, 19, & 23, arrive before 645 and we ask that you stay until all participants clear the bike course. Lot 22 & 25 will also be a good options.  Link to Parking Map

Volunteers are needed. If you would like to attend the event and are willing to help in any way please email brad@bushwhacker.com

35 thoughts on “Race Info

  1. Your website states individual registration is $60, but when I attempt to register, it’s $70. The website doesn’t indicate a price increase that I can see.


  2. Dan – I appreciate the feedback. This is the first year of our event and we are focused on raising money for our local pool. If the event grows large enough to support more awards we will consider them in the future.


  3. I added two team members’ names, birth dates and shirt sizes when registering. None of that information appeared on the receipt. I then sent a request for both to join the team and it now is asking for the same information from them that I already entered. How do I go about verifying that the team was indeed registered correctly and that all the information including t-shirt sizes was received?


  4. Just checking the status of the bike course to make sure the Krause/Monarch loop that is indicated on one of the maps has been ruled out as it is totally unrideable. I’m assuming we will turn around on Washington St and retrace from there. Thanks


    Even though my bike tire popped I pushed through and had a great race!! See you next year.


  6. I was wondering if you know when the 3016 TriAthlon will be? I had so much fun at this one that I want to make sure to get the 2016 on my calendar!



  7. Would this be considered a beginner friendly event? Looks at the past times, seems to be pretty top heavy.



    • Matt – absolutely this race is great for beginners. We had slightly under 200 participate last year. It is a very wide field, plenty of beginners, a few faster athletes, and most of us left somewhere in the middle. It is definitely beginner friendly, spectators can see you at multiple points along the course.


  8. Hello. Is it possible to participate both in a relay and as an individual? Do the swim leg as a relay team member and then hand of the relay chip and then continue as an individual on a bike with individual chip?



    • Absolutely! We had a number of teams do it that way last year. You’re team will be responsible for transferring the proper timing chip during the race. The swimmer will wear two chips, one for individual placement and one for the team during the swim.


  9. yes – you will have to register as an individual and also as team captain or team member. As long as your team gets registered you can always add member as needed. I can help out if you run into any hurdles.


  10. Good afternoon,
    I know the policy says no refunds, it I signed up today before I was told of a prior obligation that was scheduled with family. Is there any exception to the rule?


  11. Thanks for the Great 2016 race! I was part of a team this year and we enjoyed it. My partner that did the swim and a few other friends that did the full course commented on the difficulty of the end of the swim where it was required to swim up-current. The competitive swimmers probably didn’t have much of problem, but the slower beginner swimmers struggled to make headway and felt like they were either making no progress or having to swim too hard and risked exhaustion and not completing the swim. I enjoyed the slightly changed bike course this year as well. Thanks again for putting on a great race and just something to keep in mind for next year!


    • First – I am glad you enjoyed the race. It is one of my favorite events of the year.
      Second – I have received some feedback about a stronger current towards the end of the swim. The longer swim course was a goal of ours for this year and we are hearing both positive and negative reviews. Going forward I will definitely take this feedback and try to work towards an alternative. The course should provide a challenge, but it should not become unsafe.


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