The Dream Team

Monday, November 12, 2018

“Your son has cancer”…those were the words we heard on February 8, 2007. It was real. Not a commercial on TV or an advertisement on the radio spewing statistics about childhood cancer. This was our child that has cancer. The time that followed was so much of a blur it is hard to remember and […]

Interview: Athena National Championship Athlete and Amway Employee, Katie Stanley

Friday, July 6, 2018

This is the Grand Rapids Triathlon’s fourth consecutive year hosting the USAT Clydesdale and Athena National Championship. Men weighing 220 lbs or more and Women weighing 165 lbs or more from all over the country will gather in Ada this weekend to determine the reigning champions in each distance of our event. One of those […]

Interview: Title Sponsor Huntington Bank Features Team RWB Athlete, Katy Stone

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 Another group of athletes you may recognize on the course this year are the members of Team RWB, known as Eagles. Our Title Sponsor Huntington Bank likes to recognize and support these athletes. Team RWB (stands for red, white, blue) is a team of veterans and civilians whose goal is to enrich the lives of […]

Interview: Mike Tyska, Make-A-Wish Dream Team Athlete

Friday, June 15, 2018

While on the Grand Rapids Tri course this year, you may notice a few dozen athletes wearing Dream Team gear as they race. These athletes are part of a team who have raised money and are racing for Make-A-Wish Michigan. They’ll not only achieve a goal of their own by crossing the finish line, but […]

Interview: Eric Fernandez, Michigan High School State Championship Athlete

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This year the Grand Rapids Triathlon was named the host of the USAT Michigan High School State Championship. High school athletes age 15-19 (as of 12/31/18) will be joining us from around the state to see who the reigning triathlon champions will be. Eric Fernandez, a 14-year-old student from Portage, is one of those athletes […]

Interview: Team RWB Athlete Mike Morgan

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One thing is certain about Mike Morgan, age 54, he’s a fighter. Mike retired from the Army back in December 2005, after serving the US for 24 years. As a veteran, he now works with Team RWB (red, white, blue) in Lansing as their triathlon coordinator. Team RWB is an organization whose mission is to enrich […]

Make-A-Wish Dream Team Participates in GR Tri Captained by Dan VanSkiver

Sunday, December 17, 2017

This year the Grand Rapids Tri’s charity partner is Make-A-Wish Michigan®. Make-A-Wish Michigan grants about one wish per day for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Dan VanSkiver and his family are very familiar with the good that Make-A-Wish does for families dealing with the struggle of having a critically ill child. When Dan […]

Team Alex – Family Races Together for Red Wolf Boy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Alex Caliguri’s family has been participating in the GR Tri for several years now. Alex, age 30, had always been part of their post-race celebrations but wasn’t able to take part in the event himself until last year. Having cerebral palsy and autism makes being a triathlete a challenge for Alex. These issues affect both Alex’s […]

Interview: Amway Employee and Team USA Member AJ Herbel

Monday, June 6, 2016

AJ Herbel, age 27, is a Chemical Quality Control Scientist who has worked at Amway for five year. He began as an athlete running cross country and track in middle school and that continued through college. After graduating from Manchester College, he took up cycling and this lead into competing as a duathlete. The transition […]

Interview: Huntington Athlete Sarah Herman

Monday, June 6, 2016

Forty year old, Sarah Herman is competing in her very first triathlon this year at the Grand Rapids Tri, thanks to her connection as a freelance commercial photographer for Huntington Bank. Nine months ago Sarah woke up 40 pounds overweight. It was the heaviest she’d been in her life and in that moment she decided […]

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