Packet Pickup & Expo

Noon to 4 pm – Saturday, June 8th at Amway Global
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

* If you arrive outside your designated time, there will be a delay in picking up your packet


PLEASE READ: Sport Stats USA will be handling the timing of the Grand Rapids Triathlon. They will be assigning chips to athletes as they pick up their race packet. Your timing chip WILL NOT be in your race packet.  Because of this, you will be unable to pick up your packet on race day and have a timing chip in the packet. IF YOU SHOW UP ON RACE DAY TO PICK UP YOUR PACKET YOU WILL NOT HAVE A TIMING CHIP ASSIGNED TO YOU.  Race day Packet Pick-up/Chip Assignment will only be made for exceptional cases and with advance arrangements made. Please email Lori at for more information.

NO ONE BUT YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR RACE PACKET. You must show a valid picture ID and USAT card (if you are an annual member). There will be NO exceptions to this rule. As a sanctioned USAT race, we CANNOT allow an exception to this rule.

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.

2019 USAT Waiver Coming Later

We will take new registrations at packet pickup, however, there is NO RACE DAY registration or packet pick up!.

Want to exhibit at the GR Tri Expo? Click here for more info

Out of Town Participants

Need your bike shipped?


If you need to have your bike shipped to the Grand Rapids area for race day, Raceday Transport has partnered with the USAT to provide shipping of your bike.  Contact them for further information.

Out of town participants can have their bike shipped to Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, the official Grand Rapids Triathlon bike sponsor. Just give them a call to reserve your spot before shipping your equipment!

597 Ada Dr SE
Ada, MI 49301


Helpful Maps

Directions from Packet Pick Up to Race Site (Updated Directions Coming Soon)

Finish Line Map

Transition Area Map

From Packet Pickup to Race Site

Parking & Shuttle Service Map

Spectator Viewing Map

Detour Map

Race Day Outline

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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 12/31/2019) not your age today!

Race Start Times/Swim Waves


Wave 1 – 7:00 – Red – Men age 39 & under, Clydesdales 39 & under, ALL Half Swim Only, ALL Aquabikes, ALL Relays
Wave 2 – 7:05 – Gold – Men age 40 & over, Clydesdales 40 & over (NO 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 39 & under, Clydesdales 39 & under, HS Championship, ALL Sprint Swim Only, ALL
Aquabikes, ALL Relays
Wave 6 – 7:50 – Silver – Men age 40 & over, Clydesdales 40 & over (NO 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, Clydesdales 39 & under, ALL MECTC, ALL Sprint Swim Only, ALL
Aquabike, ALL Relays
Wave 10 – 8:20 – Orange – Men age 40 & over, Clydesdales 40 & over (NO Aquabikes/Relays)
Wave 11 – 8:25 – Fluorescent Yellow – All Women/Athenas (NO Aquabikes/Relays)

PLEASE NOTE: Wave times are preliminary and may vary based on the number of participants registered for each race distance.  

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.

Shuttles will be running all day – it is recommended you have someone drop you off at the athletic drop off area (see map above), then have them park and take a trolley to the race site.


Weather Cancellation Policy

For information on what will happen in the event of inclement weather – Weather Policy (PDF)

We are excited to announce:
The GR Tri has been chosen by the USAT as the only Triathlon in Michigan to screen for young Olympians.

What does that mean?
If you are between the ages of 15 – 19 (age as of December 31st of the current year) and participate in our Sprint event, you could be chosen to be groomed for the next USA Olympic Team!

What do you do next?
Register for the Sprint event, by clicking the Register Button on the homepage. Ages 15-19 who register will automatically be included in the reporting for Talent ID.