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Grand Rapids Triathlon

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The Grand Rapids Triathlon is the largest independent triathlon and proud host of five USAT National Championships over the course of our ten-year history.

While our event brings in some of the best athletes from across the country, we have also been named one of the Top 5 Best Triathlons for Beginners in the country according to Triathlon Business International. This triathlon event is a chance for athletes of all skill levels to compete on a scenic riverside course, perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete.

Offering Sprint, Olympic, and Half distance Triathlons, Aquabike and Relay events, this USA Triathlon sanctioned event promises heart-pounding excitement from start to the finish.

How to enter the Grand Rapids Triathlon

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    Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
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    Olympic Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
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    Half Ironman

    Triathlon: Swim 1.2mi, Bike 56mi, Run 13.1mi
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    Sprint Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 0.6km, Bike 12.4mi
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    Olympic Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km
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    Half Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 1.2mi, Bike 56mi
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    Half Swim

    Run 1.2mi
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    Olympic Swim

    Swim 1.5km
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    Sprint Swim

    Swim 0.75km
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Grand Rapids Triathlon routes


Sprint – Swim: 600 Meters, Bike: 20K, Run: 5K
Olympic – Swim: 1500 Meters, Bike: 40K, Run: 10K
Half-Iron – Swim: 1.2 Miles, Bike: 56 Miles, Run: 13.1 Miles

Event Details

What’s Included

ALL EVENT FINISHERS - All finishers will receive a finisher medal. All Half Distance finishers will also receive a finisher hat

Cash prizes are awarded only to overall triathlon winners along with the following:

  • Free entry to the following year’s event (1ST place overall for each event)
  • Overall Masters 40+ (1ST, 2ND, 3RD ) will also receive an award (no cash prize)

Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male/female finishers of each
age group as follows:
19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-59, 80+, Clydesdales 39 & Under, Clydesdales 40 & Over, Athenas 39 & Under, Athenas 40 & Over.

Raceday Logistics

Packet Pick-up
Saturday, June 13th at Amway Global- Noon to 4 pm
5101 Spaulding Plaza SE, Ada, MI 49301
NOTE: This is Spaulding PLAZA, not Spaulding AVENUE

  • Noon to 1:30 pm – Half
  • 1:00 to 2:30 pm – Olympic
  • 2:00 to 3:30 pm – Sprint
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm – Anyone



NO RACE DAY registration or packet pick up!

Race Day Outline
Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • 4:00 am – Road Closed for Transition
  • 5:15-6:45 am – Transition Area Opens
  • 6:00-6:30 am – Pre-race Swim
  • 6:45 am – Half Distance Transition Closes
  • 6:45 am – Course Meeting
  • 7:30 am – Sprint & Olympic Transition Closes
  • 10:00 am – Transition Opens for Athletes to Remove Gear

IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST have all your gear in transition by the 7 AM race start time. Athletes will not be able to place items in transition after the race has started so as to avoid interfering with athletes while they are competing.
PLEASE NOTE: For Swim Waves, each swim wave will receive a different cap color. Waves will be based on distance, sex and age. Swim wave start times will be posted at packet pickup.
REMEMBER: Your age is race age (as of 12/31/2020) not your age today!

Race Start Times/Swim Waves

  • Wave 1 – 7:00 – Red – Men age 39 & under, ALL Clydesdales ALL Aquabikes, ALL Relays
  • Wave 2 – 7:05 – Gold – Men age 40 & over (NO Clydesdales/Aquabikes/Relays)
  • Wave 3 – 7:10 – Purple – All Women/Athenas (NO Aquabikes/Relays)


  • Wave 4 – 7:30 – Fluorescent Green – Chariots
  • Wave 5 – 7:45 – White – Men age 34 & under, ALL Clydesdales, ALL Aquabikes, ALL Relays
  • Wave 6 – 7:50 – Silver – Men age 35 & over (NO Clydesdales/Aquabikes/Relays)
  • Wave 7 – 7:55 – Light Pink – All Women/Athenas (NO Aquabikes/Relays)
  • Wave 8 – 8:00 – Fluorescent Orange – Newbie wave (men & women)


  • Wave 9 – 8:15 – Light Blue – Men age 39 & under, ALL Clydesdales, ALL Aquabike, ALL Relays, ALL MECTC
  • Wave 10 – 8:20 – Orange – Men age 40 & over (NO Clydesdales/Aquabikes/Relays)
  • Wave 11 – 8:25 – Fluorescent Yellow – All Women/Athenas (NO Aquabikes/Relays)
Kit List
There are no requirements for clothing wore during the event. You may choose to wear a wetsuit or not. You may wear a one or two piece tri kit, you may wear a swimsuit, and put clothes over it, wear what you find comfortable keeping in mind there are no changing tents to use between disciplines. USAT has no rules regarding men wearing tops or at what level the zip is on your tri kit. Women must be covered appropriately, but are allowed to run in cropped shirts or sports bras.

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

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion; however, participants who wear a wetsuit within such a temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.


Spectators can track their athletes in real time during the event by using the Sportstats Tracker app available in the app store. This app will allow spectators to see approximately where on the course the athlete is and get alerts as they cross from any given discipline into the transition area.


There are dozens of jobs and even more shifts available to volunteers wanting to help with the Grand Rapids Tri.
Volunteer opportunities are available beginning the Wednesday of race week and lasting all through the end of race day. Please consider which volunteer opportunity may be a good fit for you, your friends, or family and register to volunteer. It takes a great team of volunteers to put on a Nationally recognized event and we would love to have you be part of it. Thank you!

For volunteer inquiries, please contact Kari Olmsted at [email protected] Thank you


All participants must have a signed USAT Waiver to get their race packet. You may print one off to bring to packet pick up or there will be copies available onsite. USAT Annual Members must sign this form and show proof of their membership at packet pick-up. Non-USAT Athletes should have paid the $15 one day fee at registration. Those who did not check the box stating they were not USAT members and do not have proof of membership will be required to pay this fee before getting their packet.

Half Distance Cutoff Times

  • 9:15 am – Swim
  • 12:15 pm – Bike
  • 3:15 pm – Run
  • 6:00 pm – Roads Open
  • PLEASE NOTE: By registering for this event you agree to adhere to the cutoff times. Due to roads being re-opened all athletes must be removed from the course at 3:15 pm. By choosing to participate in this event, you agree to be removed from the course at the designated times if necessary.

Age limit?

  • Children 14 and older can take part in the Sprint distances.
  • Children 16 and older can take part in the Olympic distances.
  • Adults 18 and older can take part in the Half distances.

Where can I find Results?

Preliminary results and live tracking are available during the event. These can be accessed by clicking on the “Athlete Tracking” or “Results” buttons on our website home page.

Is Registration still available in person on the packet pick-up day?
Yes, registration will be open. You will still need to bring a valid form of identification (drivers license, etc.). There will be an additional charge to register at packet pick-up.

Can I pick up my packet at a different date?
No, per USAT regulation, only you are able to pick up the packet, as we check your ID. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTION TO THIS. If you need to make arrangements for picking up your packet at an alternate time please contact Lori at [email protected]

Will there be more the one wave for the starts?
Yes, there will be multiple waves for the swim start, depending on race age, gender, and distance. The Sprint event will also offer a “newbie” wave in for those who have never done a triathlon before or want a less competitive wave.

Will there be a pro or elite wave?
No, the Grand Rapids Triathlon does not offer an elite or pro division. This allows any athlete to be eligible to win the cash purse.

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