GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – After the cancellation of the 2020 Michigan Titanium triathlon in August due to COVID-19, the organizing committee, Tris4Health, is excited to announce the return of in-person racing in 2021. With new safety measures and revamped logistics in place to ensure the health and well-being of participants, staff, and spectators, Tris4Health is preparing for an in-person event to take place on August 22, 2021.
Michigan Titanium is Michigan’s only Full distance 140.6-mile triathlon. The event in August will take place at the same venue as in the past, Versluis Park in Plainfield township. In addition to the Full, triathletes will have the option to register for Half and Olympic-distance triathlons as well as relay, duathlon and aquabike events.
“Since the day we had to cancel the 2020 event, our staff started working on the 2021 race and what it would look like given all of the unknowns. We are thrilled and eager to welcome our athletes back to in-person racing,” said Jon Conkling, co-race director. “We know the past year has been extremely difficult for not only our athletes, but for our whole community – the racing landscape especially has faced a lot of challenges. We are so grateful for the support of the triathlon community and their patience as we have carefully planned an event we know everyone will enjoy and feel safe participating in.”
New for 2021 will be the addition of a virtual option for those athletes unsure about racing in-person.
“Similar to after cancelling the 2020 race we created MiTi SOLO, our version of a virtual Michigan Titanium. We were thrilled so many athletes signed up and applied their many months of training to racing SOLO with us. They received some really great swag – medals, shirts, hats & bags – and proved to us that there is an audience for this kind of racing.” says John Mosey, co-race director.
Registration will begin on December 14, 2020. All 2020 athletes who deferred their entry fee will have first priority to register for a two-week period. Registration will then open to the general public for new 2021 entries on a first-come first serve basis beginning on December 28, 2020. Limited spots will be available to start as guidelines for any outdoor gatherings are subject to change. As we get closer to the event more spots may become available but are not guaranteed.
For more information, updates and how to register please visit MiTitanium.com
About Michigan Titanium
The Michigan Titanium triathlon is Michigan’s only full-distance triathlon. Since its debut in 2012, it has grown to be one of the most respected 140.6-mile triathlons in the nation. The main venue for the Mi Titanium is Versluis Park in Plainfield Township, Michigan. It offers Olympic, Half and Full distance triathlons in addition to relay, aquabike, and duathlon events.
In 2019, Greater Grand Rapids residents, Jon Conkling and John Mosey became the new owners and Race Directors. They also co-own the Grand Rapids Triathlon and The Dirty Mitten Gravel Triathlon, both local events.