Ran in the Advance Newspaper – we’re pretty pumped about it!
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:50 AM     Updated: Friday, January 14, 2011, 3:13 PM By Jan Holst | Advance Newspaper

The Tris4Health Grand Rapids Triathlon is on schedule for its June 5 debut.

Plans for the USAT-sanctioned race, which includes Sprint, Olympic, and Half-Iron options, hit a snag in December when the Cascade Township Board tabled a request to approve road closures for the event.

At issue for the board were public safety and traffic impacts for residents. The event could attract over 900 participants and calls for closing portions of Thornapple River Drive on a Sunday morning.

Organizers came before the board again to present more information and specifics gained from meeting with local churches, the Kent County Road Commission, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Satisfied that traffic generated by the event could be managed by overtime deputies, which will be paid for the event organizers, the board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the triathlon to move forward.

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Grand Rapids Triathlon

We are the largest independent triathlon and proud host of five USAT National Championships over the course of our nine-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, Swim and Relay events, this USA Triathlon sanctioned event promises heart-pounding excitement from start to the finish.