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Grand Rapids Triathlon secures national championship status

October 9, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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The Grand Rapids Triathlon, started in 2010, is the largest triathlon in Michigan and features a swim in the Thornapple River, a bike ride on a “flat country-road course” and a run on a “scenic, shaded” course. Photo via

The Grand Rapids area will host another national championship.

USA Triathlon announced yesterday the locations and dates for its 2016 USA Triathlon National Championships.

On the list for the third year in a row is the Grand Rapids Triathlon on June 12, 2016.

The triathlon is set to host the Clydesdale category — men more than 220 pounds — and Athena category — women more than 165 pounds.

The Grand Rapids course is in Ada, including the Thornapple River for the swimming portion.


Registration closes on June 9.

The event’s tiered pricing is based on three competitions — sprint, Olympic and half iron — and date of registration. Pricing details are online.

Sanctioned event

Athletes compete in the triathlons for national titles and world championship team spots.

The Grand Rapids Triathlon is sanctioned by Colorado Springs, Colo.-based USA Triathlon.

There are about 15 national championship events across the country.

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