XTERRA America Off-Road Triathlon Series returns to Ionia Michigan for the Second Annual XTERRA IONIA Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon. Athletes from around the country will be participating in the event Sunday July 26, 2015. For the many requests from 2014 were announcing our NEW SPRINT DUATHLON. XTERRA Ionia has what your looking for come Join the fun. Sponsors are fantastic the venue is awesome and trails are great.
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Date: July 26th, 2015 – Sunday
Time: Triathlon first wave at 9:00 a.m. Duathlon start same time.
Triathlon: Swim .5 mile, Bike 12.5 miles and Run 3 miles.
Duathlon: Run 2 miles, Bike 12.5 miles Run 3 Miles
Location: Sessions Lake 2880 W. David Highway, Ionia, Michigan. (State Recreation Area) 140 acre man-made lake with depths up to 60 feet. Sessions is a no wake lake nestled in the Ionia State Recreation Area. Facilities include large brick pavilion, restrooms, vending area, 320 parking spaces.
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 at each corner along with smaller buoys guiding the way of the one loop swim, Sessions Lake provides plenty of swimming space with only two cabins located on the lake. No housing on shoreline, no wake zone eliminates speed boats and wave runners. Canoes, Kayaks, motor boats and DNR officers will monitor swimmers.
T1/T2 and Bike (12.5 Miles): Transition to be located just off the large side walk from the beach onto the parking lot. Large transition area 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 the back side of the MTB trails lies the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. Our 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 miles): Riders will return to transition and head out to the 3.0 mile trail run. Theirs a new run course for 2015. The 3 mile loop utilizes single track trail that circles the lake. It’s more challenging than the previous course as the new trail has plenty of rolling hill climbs winging through the forest around the lake.
Run: The inaugural 2015 Duathlon will start at 9:00 am in conjunction with the Triathlon. First leg of the event is a 2 mile run 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: Last leg of the event is a 3.0 mile run. This course is the same as Triathlon which winds its way through the rolling single track wooded trail around sessions Lake. Course is more challenging than our 2014 triathlon run course. Many winding and rolling hills.
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