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Grand Rapids Triathlon 2021 Registration Info Hub

By December 16, 2020December 20th, 2020No Comments

How 2021 Registration Works

Registration will open on December 28, but will be a little different from years past as we have numerous deferred athletes to accommodate and many unknowns related to Covid.  Registration will be opened in phases with caps placed on the number of spots available.  As we progress through the year and have a better idea of what, if any, restrictions we will be under we will open additional spots.  Our goal is to make this the best GR Tri yet, but only if we can safely do so.  Registration will be opened as follows:

Phase 1

Registration opens 12/28/20 for two weeks to athletes with a deferral code from 2020.  Using your code during this two week period will guarantee that you have a spot in the 2021 race.  Once we open general registration we can no longer guarantee a spot in the 2020 event.  If you are a deferred athlete keep an eye out for an email coming from us later this week with specific instructions on how to register.

Phase 2

After the deferred athletes have had a chance to register we will open up general registration on 1/11/21, but will cap the number of total entries at 500 per race day for the time being.  If we have 300 athletes use their deferrals then we will open up 200 spots for general registration.  Additional spots will be opened as the situation permits.  We will not be opening any swim only spots at this time (deferred swim only athletes will be welcome to use their registration).  This will be a fluid situation throughout the year so be sure to keep an eye out for emails and social media posts as we will do our best to give as much notice as possible regarding when the next round of registrations will be opened.

Virtual Option: Grand Rapids Virtual Triathlon

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a virtual option next year as well.  Athletes who opt to go this route will receive a shirt, medal, and water bottle included in the price of their registration. 

2021 Pricing

Please note, due to the potential limited number of spots we have gone to a flat fee for each event/distance as opposed to the tiered pricing we have used in the past. There are NO price increases from now through race day for the 2021 event.

Event Type Super Sprint Sprint
Triathlon $75 $95
Aquabike $60 $75
Relay $110 $140
Virtual $55 $55
Event Type Olympic Half
Triathlon $125 $275
Aquabike $100 $225
Relay $185 $325
Virtual $55 $55

We have paused our “swim-only” event for all distances. If you registered for one of our swim-only distances in 2020 and are deferring, you can still compete in the swim-only event. If we are able to open more registration spots before race day, we will.

Discounts will still be available for teams so please feel free to contact us if you would like to bring a large group with you.

What You Get For Your Registration

All athletes will receive great swag including, but not limited to:

Item Super Sprint Sprint Virtual
Race Shirt
Finisher Medal*
GR Tri Mask
Water Bottle
Item Olympic Half Virtual
Race Shirt
Finisher Medal*
GR Tri Mask
Water Bottle


Can I transfer my deferral code?

Yes! you may transfer your registration during the initial two week “deferred athletes only” period. Find the athlete wanting to use your registration spot (you can do that on your own, through your tri club, on our Grand Rapids Triathlon Athlete’s Forum, through other online forums, etc.)  Payment must be handled between the two athlete parties, not Tris4Health. Once that is done, please email Lori ( with the transferring athlete copied in order for her to transfer your code to the other athlete. Space will be limited during this event so many athletes who weren’t registered in 2020 that want to race in 2021 will be very interested in these deferral transfers.

What about the Double Down?

There will be no double down medal (for completing Grand Rapids Triathlon as well as MiTi) this year given the potential for limited registrations.

What about the $15 USAT 1 day fee I paid last year?

If you paid $15 for a USAT One-Day Pass in 2020, you will not need to pay that fee again. Check the box indicating you paid in 2020. You should have paid this fee already if you did not have a 2020 USAT Membership. If you did not pay in 2020 or do not/will not have a valid 2021 USAT Membership you will have to pay the $15 fee. Please check that box to pay the fee now.

Next year’s date does not work for me. What do I do?

You can transfer your registration to 2022 by reaching out to Lori (

Athletes who deferred from our cancelled 2020 event:
If you can not race Grand Rapids Triathlon on either June 19 or June 20, 2021 you MUST contact us by January 11, 2021 in order to receive a 100% deferral to our 2022 event. If you contact us after January 11, 2021, you will receive the standard 50% discount off an equal distance or shorter race by Tris4Health in 2022.

All other athletes:
If for any reason, you need to withdraw from a race you have already registered, you can request in writing a 50% discount off an equal distance or shorter race by Tris4Health in 2022. In order to be eligible for the Deferral Discount, these requests must be receive by May 18, 2021. For example, if you are currently registered for the half distance triathlon, you will receive a unique discount code to register for a 2022 race.  That discount code would give you a 50% of the total you paid for your registration.  There will be no refunds under any circumstances. This policy will be strictly adhered to for fairness to all.