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XTERRA America Off-Road Triathlon Series returns to Ionia Michigan for the Third Annual XTERRA IONIA Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon.  Athletes from around the country will be participating in the event Sunday July 24, 2016. New for 2016 is our Triathlon Team Relay Division. This opens our event to anyone wanting to participate so gather a couple of friends and start training. If a Challenge is what your looking for come Join the fun. Sponsors are fantastic, the venue is awesome and trails are great.


New in 2016, for the first-time ever, XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on October 23 in Maui.  And, if you can’t make it this year, you have an opportunity to defer your spot until 2017 to allow more time to get faster, fundraise, and plan your trip.

***2016 Online Registration Opens Black Friday November 27 2015 with a special one day offer*** Click on the  “Sign Up Today”  tab above.

Date:  July 24, 2016  (Sunday)

Time:  Triathlon wave 1 starts 8:45 am.  Wave 2 starts 9:00 am.  Duathlon starts 9:00 am.

Event Fee:  New 4 step pricing process. Early registrants get better pricing so sign up early.

Event Descriptions: 

Triathlon:  Swim .5 mile, Bike 12.5 miles and Run 3.4 miles.

Duathlon:  Run 2 miles, Bike 12.5 miles Run 3.4 Miles

Location: Ionia State Recreation Area Sessions Lake.  2880 W.  David Highway, Ionia, Michigan. 140 acre man-made lake with depths up to 60 feet. Facilities include large brick pavilion, restrooms, vending area, 320 parking spaces.

Course Descriptions:

Triathlon (1st wave starts at 8:45am 2nd wave starts at 9:00am)

Swim (1/2 Mile): Counter clockwise swim starting on the beach. Large beach provides plenty of space for athletes without being crowded.  Large swim buoys along with smaller buoys guide swimmers on the one loop swim. Sessions Lake provides plenty of swimming space with only two cabins located on the lake. No wake lake eliminates speed boats and wave runners.  Canoes, Kayaks, motor boats and DNR officers will monitor swimmers.

T1/T2 and Bike (12.5 Miles): Transition located just off side walk from beach onto the parking lot. Large transition area for bikes with plenty of spectator green space to watch triathletes. From transition riders will proceed to the well-established Ionia Recreation MTB trails.  The wide & wooded .7 mile entry onto the MTB trail leads directly to 5 plus miles of pure single track traversing state rec area.  Located on back side of the MTB trail lies the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. The newly constructed rail trail provides added trail space to accomplish the 12.5 mile bike leg.  Rail trail consist of lime stone base providing riders with three cool bridges going over rivers along the course.  A combination of single track and rail trail provides two distinct riding surfaces for athletes.

T3/T4 and Run (3.4 miles): Riders return to transition and head out to a 3.4 mile trail run. . The 3.4 mile loop utilizes rolling wooded single track trail that circles Sessions Lake. It’s a challenging course with plenty of rolling hill climbs and foot bridges to cross Sessions Creek winding through the forest around the lake.

Duathlon (start time 9:00am)

Run: 2.0 mile run is an out and back course through mostly single track trail.

Bike: 12.5 mile bike course follows the same route as the Triathlon. The course is mostly pure single track along with a section of the improved River Valley Rail Trail. This trail has a cinder base and crosses several bridges to the turn around. At the turn around we have a quarter mile section of tar. MTB course takes riders back to transition at sessions lake.

Run: 3.4 mile run utilizes the same as Triathlon which winds its way through the rolling wooded single track trail around sessions Lake. Course is challenging with many winding and rolling hills.

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This event is put on in cooperation with the Ionia Parks and Recreation Department.
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