Free Clinics

All clinics listed below are free. You do not need to be registered for the Grand Rapids Triathlon or be a member of the YMCA. They will be held at the downtown YMCA – David D. Hunting Center (475 Lake MI Drive) in the front classroom area. All clinics are classroom style.
Registration for Triathlon Clinics not necessary. All are welcome. 


Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 9:00 AM

For athletes new to the sport or considering getting into triathlon. Equipment, training and racing tips, nutrition, transitions and USAT rules.


Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 10:30 AM

Open to all levels, but geared toward athletes looking to step beyond beginner. Swim stroke technique discussions and training recommendations.


Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 9:00 AM

Open to all levels, but geared toward athletes who would like to learn how to train more efficiently and productively.  Topics such as how to train with heart rate zones, proper taper for your event, improving your metabolic efficiency, strength training and much more.  This is a must attend for any triathlete with a goal to improve their performance this year.

Nutrition for Tri

Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 10:30 AM

Learn a nutrition strategy that will reduce your risk of bonking or GI distress during your event.  Appropriate for all levels but key to success for longer distance triathletes. This strategy will not only improve performance but also general health.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
597 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI 49301

Grand Rapids Bicycle Company will host this tire repair clinic at their Ada location. Come join GR Tri and GRBC staff at this informative clinic that will be very useful come race day. Click here for Facebook event.


Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 9:00 AM

Get all your questions answered for race day. For all participants of the Grand Rapids Triathlon. What to expect on race day, course details, logistics, where to park, transition location, wave start times, spectator info & more.

New this year:

Triathlete training is hard on your body and triathletes are often driven to push themselves to the limit.  This increases the risk of overuse injury unless you take time to bring your body back into balance.  Athlete Yoga is committed to helping athletes maintain a balanced body.  Join us after the Race Day Clinic for a quick 30 minute “Athlete Recovery Yoga” class designed to help give your body the re-set it needs to help you perform better and reduce the risk of overuse and acute injury.

Athlete Yoga is dedicated to bringing yoga TO athletes.  We specialize in yoga for kids’ sports teams, beginner and athlete yoga for adults.  Questions?  Email us at . Find us on Facebook and on Instagram AthleteYoga.org616


Practice Swim: June 2, 2019 8:00 am – 9:00 am*

We will be holding a practice swim at the boat launch located on the corner of Thornapple River Dr. and Buttrick. The Sprint course will be monitored for this practice swim. For longer distances, we ask you swim the Sprint course multiple times but must be out of the water no later than 9:00am. A separate wave for newbies with pre-coaching session will be available as well starting at 8am, led by certified coaches.

Due to increased insurance rates and a river access fee the Grand Rapids Triathlon is now being charged, there will be a $10 fee for those wanting to participate in this event. You may pay this fee the day of the event or pre-pay by purchasing an On Course Swim pass available on our store site.

All athletes must sign a waiver in order to participate. To download the waiver in advance click here


Practice Ride: June 2, 2019 9:00 am – 10:30 am*

We will be holding a practice bike ride at Ada Park. The Sprint and Olympic course will be supported by WM Bike and Fitness for this practice ride. For longer distances, we ask you ride the Sprint or Olympic course multiple times but be off course no later than 11:00am.

Practice Run: June 2, 2019

Striders will also be leading a practice run along the course. Skechers will be on site to demo shoes.

*You will be required to sign waivers for both of these practices. Please print and fill out the waiver in advance to save time during the practice swim/bike/run

Training Plans

Sprint Triathlon Beginner Training Plan – 14 weeks

Sprint Training Plan_GRTRI (pdf)

Olympic Triathlon Training Plan – 16 weeks

Olympic Training Plan_GRTRI (pdf)

Half Triathlon Training Plan – 20 weeks

Half Training Plan_GRTRI (pdf)


AthleticMentors specializes in personalized coaching packages and training plans tailored to the specific needs of the athlete.

Custom Training Plan

• Personalized 12-week training plan, with the option to continue monthly
• Daily workouts detailed online
• Includes initial consultation with coach
• Discount for athletes registered for the Grand Rapids Triathlon

Professional Coaching Subscription

• Custom training schedule
• Baseline and periodic progress testing
• Assistance with nutrition planning
• Online interactive training plan
• Extensive one-on-one time coaching time
• Includes in-pool sessions with a swim coach


Emergency Action Plan: Grand Rapids Triathlon (pdf)


Hydration & Nutrition: Download Document (.doc)
Flexibility & Stretching Basics: Download Document (.doc)
Race Day Aid Station Menu: Aid Station Menu