Triathlon Event Information
Date: July 23, 2017
Time: Triathlon – Elite Wave starts 8:15 am. Wave 2 starts 8:20 am.
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.
1/25/16 – Black Friday Sale – $55
11/26/16 – 2/28/17 – $65
3/1/17 – 5/31 – $70
6/1/17 – 7/21 – $75
Race Day Sign Up – July 23, 2017 – $85
**We do require the USAT one day pass or annual membership to participate.
Triathlon Course Distances: Swim .5 mile, Bike 12.5 miles and Run 3.4 miles.
Triathlon Course Descriptions:
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.