Athletes tackle grueling Titanium Triathlon

An athlete cycles in the Titanium Triathlon in Plainfield Township. (Aug. 24, 2014)
An athlete cycles in the Titanium Triathlon in Plainfield Township. (Aug. 24, 2014)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan’s only full Iron-Distance Triathlon was held north of Grand Rapids Sunday.

Athletes participating the Titanium Triathlon swam almost 2.5 miles, then tackled a 112-mile bike ride, and then topped it off by running a full marathon.

The event started at 7 a.m. in Plainfield Township and was expected to last until midnight. Some of the athletes were expected to be on the course for up to 17 hours.

While there is prize money for the winner, organizers say most participants do it for the achievement.

“Every participant gets a finisher medal and lots of great swag, but really it’s more about the awesome accomplishment after putting all that time and energy into all that training. There’s really nothing like it,” Co-Director Ann Video said.

The event did have one unfortunate accident. Around 11:30 a.m., one of the athletes was struck by a car on Northland Drive near Cannonsburg Road during the cycling portion of the event. That cyclist sustained only minor injuries.

Grand Rapids is well-known for its triathletes. Last year, Facebook named Grand Rapids as Triathlon City USA.

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Michigan Titanium Triathlon

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