Athlete Interview

Pain is Temporary. Memory is Forever!

I’d like to introduce you to Jim Birch – past participant of one of our triathlons. He has been an amazing inspiration to the team with his enthusiasm and spirit. You may have seen him featured in the commemorative program OR truckin’ along on race day. Meet Jim Birch, as he has exciting news to share with you!

Jim + Family

Three generations of Birches competing in the Indianapolis TriIndy, which includes my two Sons, one Daughter-In-Law, two Grandchildren, and me…a special day in my life!

I’m a 70-year-old man, a thirty-year Triathlete, who has won a slot on the U.S.A. Triathlon Team and will, thereby, compete in September 2013, in the ITU Olympic Distance World Championship in London!

I have competed in 8 world championships, but this is the first time I will be wearing a uniform representing the United States, and that is most exciting!

So why do I challenge myself by racing in triathlons?  I have always believed that I have no real control over the quantity of life, but I can control the quality of my life.  The plus-factor is I get to share this passion of mine with some amazing people who fill both gender and age groups.  Triathlon is the only sport I have done where I compete WITH, not against fellow competitors.  Although my step is a little slower now, my enthusiasm for triathlons remains as high as ever.  Triathletes have a saying: “The pain is temporary, the memory is forever.”  Do I have some great memories? You bet, and I still want more!

Jim + Trainer

Registering for the Ironman Louisville Triathlon with my training partner, Cindy Duby.

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.