Location & Time

Forest Hills Park Association
847 Greenbrier Dr SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:00 am – Packet Pickup
9:00 am – Race Begins

Cost: $35


There will be ten scholarships available to children for this Splash & Dash event. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, scroll to the bottom of this page to fill out the scholarship form and tell us why you think you should earn one.  Scholarship for this event will be accepted until May 25, 2016 and winners will be notified the following week.

What is a Splash and Dash?

A Splash and Dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. The run can take place on a trail, a road or a path. Similarly, the swim can take place in any body of water – a pool, a reservoir, or an ocean. USA Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash Aquathlon Series will feature a swim/run combination.

As an athlete progresses and depending on water conditions, a traditional aquathlon may either feature a swim/run or a run/swim/run combination.

What is the Concept?

The USA Triathlon Youth Splash and Dash Aquathlon Series will be returning for its fifth year for USAT and third year at the Grand Rapids Triathlon  and  is open to athletes ages 6-15 (*USAT age). There will be 52 events in total over 9 of the 10 USA Triathlon regions.

The focus is on PARTICIPATION rather than competition. The series will expose youth participants to USA Triathlon and the exciting world of multisport! Timing will not be required at each event, although it is acceptable. All events within the series will be USA Triathlon sanctioned. (The Grand Rapids Triathlon Splash & Dash is NOT a timed event.)

Event Distances

Ages 6-8

Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12

Ages 13-15











(*USAT age – each child will compete at the age they will be in December the year of the even)

Course Maps


Ages 6 – 10 – 1k Run

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Ages 11 – 15 – 2k Run

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Why participate?

  • Exposes and educates youth to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting, and safe atmosphere! It will really help you to “get your feet wet!”
  • Engages youth athletes in pre-race and post-race activities such as vendor areas, clinics, and additional educational opportunities.
  • Creates an opportunity to meet friends and other youth athletes who are interested and also engage in the multisport lifestyle!
  • Less equipment required compared to that of a triathlon since a Splash and Dash (aquathlon) does not require a bike.

All Participants Receive:

  • USAT t-shirt
  • USAT finisher medal
  • Boy Scouts of America Patch
  • USA Swimming Foundation bag tag
  • USA Swimming Foundation “get involved” card

Can I participate?

Absolutely! If you are in between the ages of 6-15 (*USAT age – each child will compete at the age they will be in December the year of the even) you are eligible to take part in the fun and exciting multisport series! Be prepared for a great experience, bring a positive attitude, and be ready to learn firsthand about multisport!


Registration for the Splash & Dash $35 for all entrants. Registration is only available through this website. Simply click here and scroll down to the Splash and Dash event. Online registration will close one week before the event. We will take race day registration.


If you have additional questions not answered below please contact Don Goetcheus email or phone 616.293.0149

Q: What do I need to bring for my child?
A: Each athlete will need:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Running Clothes, Socks, & Shoes
  • Water Bottle for transition area

At check-in, each participant will receive a swim cap, race number (with pins to attach to clothing) and a race day program listing start times for each athlete.


Q: What should my child expect during the swim portion of the race?
A: Athletes should report to the pool area at least 15 minutes prior to their start time. There will be time trial starts, volunteers will call specific age groups to coral areas on the pool deck prior to start. Each swimmer will start individually with 5 to 10 seconds between each swimmer. Kids will be sharing lanes and there is a possibility of kids getting passed in their lane. The swim is a serpentine swim. To get a better understanding of what a serpentine swim is click here.

Q: What should my child expect during the run portion of the race?
A: After the Swim segment, athletes will head to the transition area to dry off, put on any needed running clothes with their race number, and get their shoes on. Volunteers will help direct athletes to the “Run Out” path to begin the last leg of the race. A water station will be available for the athletes as they exit the transition area. All runners must display their race number on the front of their body — either pinned to their shirt, shorts or attached to a race belt.

Q: As a parent, can I help my child in the transition area or run alongside them during the event?
A: Parents will only be allowed in the transition area during designated transition area times prior to the race starting. Once the event begins, the transition area will be closed to all family and friends. Only athletes and volunteers will be allowed in the transition area during the event. Volunteers will be available to help tie shoes, assist athletes, and direct the kids where to go. Family and friends can connect with the athlete after they have crossed the finish line and received their medal.

Q: What if I cannot attend the athlete briefing meeting?
A: The information meetings are not mandatory. They are offered to help answer questions, explain the course and ease any anxiety on the part of the participant (and the parents). Each registered athlete will receive an email invitation to the athlete briefing. An athlete guide with all race day instructions and details will be available online for those who cannot attend. You can always email your local race director with additional inquiries (andy@tris4health.com ).

Q: Will the race be timed?
A: No – however there will be time clock available for parents/athletes to log their finish time.

Q: Will there be prizes?
A: Every young triathlete will receive a finisher’s medal when they cross the finish line.

Q: Will you accept late registrations?
A: Yes, you may register on race day.

Q: What does my child need for the transition area?
A: Most participants will want to have a towel and water bottle. All will need socks, shoes. Boys will want a shirt to put on after the swim and if girls want to wear shorts or a shirt over their swimsuits they should remember to bring those items. Volunteers will be available to assist athletes in transition with tying shoes or any other needs.

Q: Can my child wear a swim vest? Will there be lifeguards?
A: No flotation or propulsive devices of any kind may be used during the swim.  There will be certified lifeguards on duty for the duration of the swim course.

Q: Will there be traffic on the route?
A: No, the entire race will be held within the park.

Q: Will there be aid stations on the course?
A: Yes – there will be one aid station on the run and food at the finish line. We encourage athletes to bring a water bottle to keep in transition for after the swim.

Q: What will be offered at the aid stations?
A: Water and Gatorade. There will be fruit, cookies and drinks at the finish line.

Q: What happens at the end of the event?
A: There will be free food and drinks for participants and an awards ceremony following the race.  We encourage all athletes and spectators to stay around for the awards ceremony!



Scholarship Form

Your Name (required)

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Date of Birth (required)

School (required)

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Why do you want to participate in the Grand Rapids Triathlon Splash & Dash?

Athletic activities or achievements

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