Youth Triathletes

GR Tri Seeks Young Triathletes as Possible Future Olympians

By February 28, 2012 No Comments

USA Triathlon, the official governing body for triathlons, has requested the 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Triathlon Sprint distance to be part of the USAT Talent ID Series for athletes between the ages of 15 to 19 years of age.

The purpose of the Series is to encourage more head-to-head racing opportunities for teenage athletes. Scholarships will be offered for those eligible and participating in the Grand Rapids Triathlon Sprint distance.

The national objective for the USAT is to have at least one Series race in every state; therefore, the Grand Rapids Triathlon is the only race to host a qualifying event in Michigan. The race directors have gladly accepted the USAT’s request, and are excited to offer this opportunity, as they use the Series as a training ground for young athletes aspiring to become future Olympians.

Teens registering for the Talent ID Series can do so on the registration page for the Grand Rapids Triathlon (grandrapidstri.com/register). Participants that register for the Sprint distance, and fit the age guidelines, will automatically be registered for the Series.

Note that the Sprint swim portion has been modified to 600 meters to fit the Series guidelines. However, this is the only change the Grand Rapids Triathlon had to make, as it is already a USAT sanctioned, non-drafting race.

 

Talent ID Series

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Grand Rapids Triathlon

We are the largest independent triathlon and proud host of five USAT National Championships over the course of our nine-year history. While our event brings in some of the best athletes from across the country, we have also been named one of the Top 5 Best Triathlons for Beginners in the country according to Triathlon Business International. This triathlon event is a chance for athletes of all skill levels to compete on a scenic riverside course, perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete. Offering Sprint, Olympic, and Half distance Triathlons, Aquabike, Swim and Relay events, this USA Triathlon sanctioned event promises heart-pounding excitement from start to the finish.