Grand Rapids Triathlon postpones 10th anniversary race due to COVID-19

Posted at 7:17 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 19:54:33-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Monday morning, Tris4Health, the organizing committe for the Grand Rapids Triathlon, announced the postponement of the 2020 Grand Rapids Triathlon. The event was scheduled to take place on June 14, 2020 to celebrate its 10th anniversary race since the inaugural race in 2011, and has since been postponed to June 13, 2021

Given the large size of the event and the required close contact of the sport of triathlon, the difficult decision was made to postpone the 10th anniversary edition of Grand Rapids Triathlon until June 13, 2021.

“We realize that these are unexpected and difficult times and view the multi-sport community as part of our extended family,” said Jon Conkling, Co-Race Director. “ We have poured our hearts and souls, as well as thousands of hours, into this event. We are triathletes as well as race directors and understand the hours of training dedicated to racing, but this cancellation was made with the safety of the entire community in mind.”

In lieu of the physical event, all registrants will be offered a virtual option, complete with timing, special edition medals and shirts and finisher pictures.

This new replacement event is Grand Rapids VIRTUAL Triathlon 9.5. This will be the default option for athletes who are already registered, and a portion of their registration fee will benefit the primary charity partner, Make-a-Wish Michigan, along with Kids’ Food Basket.

The virtual option is available for sign-up for those not currently registered for a flat fee and will run the whole month of June.