​​​​Welcome to the 2021 Mercy Health Grand Haven Triathlon & Duathlon:

Entering our 17th year, Grand Haven Triathlon & Duathlon is excited and looking forward to live racing in 2021. Grand Haven, Michigan (aka: Coast Guard City, USA) has received numerous awards as a great place to vacation and reside. Some of these awards include:

  • Happiest Seaside Town​​ in America: Coastal Living,​ 2017                                  6 of the Best Secret Beaches in the U.S.: U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • ​20 Best Places to Live on the Coast: Coastal Living, 2017                                20 Can't-Miss U.S. Beaches: CNN Travel, 2013
  • ​10 Absolutely Best Beaches in Michigan: Detroit Free Press, 2017                   Best Places in the World to Retire: Conde Nast Traveler, 2016  
  • ​Best Secret Beaches on Earth: Travel + Leisure, 2012                                      Ultimate Michigan Bucket List: Detroit Free Press, 2015    
  • ​Best Beaches in America: Coastal Living, 2016                                                 Best beach Town in Michigan: Thrillist, 2015     
  • ​Best Freshwater Beaches in America: USA Today, 2016                                   The Country's Best July 4th Celebrations: Travel & Leisure, 2015       

Grand Haven Triathlon & Duathlon is the perfect place for a destination event. In addition to a wonderful vacation destination for participants, family and friends, you'll enjoy swimming in the clear waters of Lake Michigan, alongside the State Park beach, THE smoothest and most scenic bike course in the Midwest and THE most scenic run course on the City Boardwalk along the City riverfront. 

This event is embraced and supported by the City of Grand Haven and all its departments (Public Safety, Parks & Recreation and DPW), Ottawa County Sheriff Marine and Road Patrol Divisions, Ottawa County Road Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan DNR, various non-profit organizations, 250+ volunteers, sponsors and local residents cheering you all the way. The venue and courses are approved and will be ready for you on race day. Participants have numerous options to race. These include:

  • Sprint Triathlon:       500 meter swim / 20 K bike / 5 K run
  • Sprint Duathlon:      5 K run / 20 K bike / 5 K run
  • Olympic Triathlon:   1500 meter swim / 40 K bike / 10 K run
  • Olympic Duathlon:   5 K run / 40 K bike / 10 K run
  • Relay teams are welcomed for any of the events: Male / Female / Co - Ed 

In addition to one of, if not THE most scenic venues, some of the amenities you'll receive include a quality "Dri-Fit" tech shirt, neck gator with event logo, custom swim cap with event logo, custom "Finisher" medal, overall and age group awards.

While the COVID - 19 Virus has wreaked havoc and hardship on everyone worldwide, we have collaborated with the City and County Health Department and have approval with our very detailed "COVID-19 Return to Racing Protocols". These may be viewed on the page titled COVID PROTOCOLS. Event details are approved and in place and we have opened registration. We are truly excited and looking forward to seeing you and everyone at live events again and welcome the privilege to serve you.


Ron Knoll, 

​Race Director