Grand Rapids Kids Triathlon FAQs

If you have additional questions not answered below please contact or call 616-292-0728.

What do I need to bring for my child?

Each athlete will need:

  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • Towel
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Running Clothes, Socks, & Shoes
  • Water Bottle for the transition area

At check-in, each participant will receive a swim cap and race number (with pins to attach to clothing).

What should my child expect during the swim portion of the race?

Athletes should report to the pool area at least 15 minutes prior to their start time. There will be time trial starts, volunteers will call specific age groups to coral areas on the pool deck prior to start. Each swimmer will start individually with 5 to 10 seconds between each swimmer. Kids will be sharing lanes and there is a possibility of kids getting passed in their lane. The swim is a serpentine swim. To get a better understanding of what a serpentine swim is click here.

What should my child expect during the bike portion of the race?

After the swim portion, athletes will head to the transition area where they will towel off and put on any clothing needed for the bike portion. Helmets must be worn with chin straps secured at any time the athlete is on their bike (whether the bike is in motion or not). Volunteers will help direct athletes to the “Bike Out” pat to begin their bike ride.

What should my child expect during the run portion of the race?

After the bike segment, athletes will head to the transition area to return their bikes and helmets, change into any clothes needed for the run and head out. Volunteers will help direct athletes to the “Run Out” path to begin the last leg of the race. A water station will be available for the athletes as they exit the transition area. All runners must display their race number on the front of their body — either pinned to their shirt, shorts or attached to a race belt.

As a parent, can I help my child in the transition area or run alongside them during the event?

Parents will only be allowed in the transition area during designated transition area times prior to the race start. Once the event begins, the transition area will be closed to all family and friends. Only athletes and volunteers will be allowed in the transition area during the event. Volunteers will be available to help tie shoes, assist athletes, and direct the kids where to go. Family and friends can connect with the athlete after they have crossed the finish line and received their medal.

Will the race be timed?

NO – this event is strictly for fun and to acquaint kids with multisport events.

Will there be prizes?

Every young triathlete will receive a finisher’s medal when they cross the finish line.

Will you accept late registrations?

Yes, you may register on race day.

What does my child need for the transition area?

Most participants will want to have a towel and water bottle. All will need socks, shoes. Boys will want a shirt to put on after the swim and if girls want to wear shorts or a shirt over their swimsuits they should remember to bring those items. Volunteers will be available to assist athletes in transition with tying shoes or any other needs. Helmets are necessary and athletes will not be able to participate without them.

Can my child wear a swim vest? Will there be lifeguards?

No flotation or propulsive devices of any kind may be used during the swim. There will be certified lifeguards on duty for the duration of the swim course.

Will there be traffic on the route?

No, the entire race will be held within the park.

Will there be aid stations on the course?

Yes – there will be one aid station on the run and food at the finish line. We encourage athletes to bring a water bottle to keep in transition for after the swim.

What will be offered at the aid stations?

Water and Gatorade. There will be fruit, cookies, and drinks at the finish line.