This year, XTERRA Ionia is adding two trail runs to its 4th annual off-road triathlon and duathlon. The duathlon and triathlon will be held on July 22nd and the trail runs will be held on July 23rd.
XTERRA Ionia Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon
The triathlon features a half-mile swim, a 12.5 mile bike leg, and a 3.4 mile run.
"The swim starts on a large beach so athletes won't feel crowded," said race director, John Ploeg. "The transition is also roomy, and the first half mile of the bike course is on a wide path to allow everyone to settle in. Then it's five beautiful miles of pure single track."
Newly constructed rail trail brings the course distance up to 12.5 miles and provides two distinct riding surfaces. The 3.4 mile run circles Sessions Lake on wooded single track with plenty of hills and foot bridges.
The duathlon - also held on July 22nd - begins with a two-mile, out-and-back course, which features single track trail. Then, athletes complete the same bike and run course as the triathletes do.
XTERRA Ionia Trail Run
New this year, you can choose between a 3.4 or 6.8 mile run. The longer run includes two loops of the same 3.4 mile course featured in the triathlon.
"Whether you just want to run, or you want to cap your XTERRA off with another go of our amazing trails, we are excited to be offering two XTERRA Trail Runs this year."
The Ionia State Recreation Area is northwest of Lansing and northeast of Grand Rapids. Ionia is known for the Ionia Free Fair, held this year from July 13-22nd. If you arrive a few days early to XTERRA Ionia, you can experience one of the traditional summer fairs the Great Lake Region is famous for.
To learn more and register for XTERRA Ionia and the XTERRA Ionia Trail Run, visit www.XTERRAionia.com.