1,500 compete in 2016 Grand Rapids Triathlon

Annual event benefitted Kids Food Basket

Grand Rapids Triathlon
Participants swim during the Grand Rapids Triathlon in Ada on June 12, 2016.

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of athletes swam, sprinted and biked their way through West Michigan Sunday morning for the sixth annual Grand Rapids Triathlon.

Organizers said this year’s race attracted 1,500 competitors from 34 states. Some of the athletes at the event are the best in the nation and big prize money was up for grabs.

But the race director says the true inspiration often comes from those whose goal is to simply finish the race.

“(There are) lots of great stories out here. We hear from people who, you know, maybe an athlete’s lost 100 pounds or overcome cancer. It’s a really cool thing to see,” Ann Vidro, co-director the Grand Rapids Triathlon, told 24 Hour News 8.

The event is put on by 300 volunteers. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Kids’ Food Basket, a nonprofit that fights hunger in West Michigan children.

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