and Youth Triathlon
The Baldwin Lake Beach area is located in a nice secluded natural bowl. This makes it ideal for watching the event and a beautiful area for participants. Unfortunately however, available parking is a bit of a walk. There will be two parking areas available. One is more for spectators, because of proximity, and the other is better suited for the athletes. Both are approximately ½ mile from the transition area.
The Spectator Parking area allows those watching the race to park and arrive at the Spectator Area without having to cross the course or try to move through pre-race athlete warm-ups. The walk from the Athlete Parking area uses part of the course to get to transition. Therefore, it is best that all spectators use the Spectator Parking area to avoid restrictions and delays.
Spectator Parking is located near the intersection of Maplewood and Meijer Drive, to the south and east of the Greenville Meijer Store. If weather is suitable we will use an adjacent field to get as close to transition as possible and reduce the walk necessary. Otherwise, the street will be used as a parking lot. There will be volunteers to direct you as you arrive and make your way toward the Beach.
The walk to the Beach will be along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, which is a paved non-motorized trail along a rolling meadow and is a lovely walk for an early summer morning.
For those spectators who have difficulty walking, motorized chairs are allowed and there will be a shuttle available at the designated handicap parking locations.
Spectators can also bring their roller blades or bikes, but use caution when approaching pedestrians as that kind of traffic may be heavy. There is limited space for bike parking and we ask that no bikes enter the spectator area. Spectator bike parking and security will be at your own risk.
Directions to Spectator Parking
- From the west (US-131):
Follow M-57 east into Greenville to Maplewood Street. The Meijer store sign and a McDonald’s will be on the right, near corner. Turn right onto Maplewood. Spectator parking will be directly south on Maplewood Street (near 800 S. Maplewood).
- From the east (US-127 or M-66):
Spectators follow M-57 west through Greenville to Maplewood Street. The Meijer store sign and a McDonald’s will be on the left, far corner. Turn left onto Maplewood. Spectator parking will be directly south on Maplewood Street (near 800 S. Maplewood).
Athlete Parking Information
Athlete Parking is located near the intersection of Marvel and South Street. If weather is suitable we will be using a former golf course fairway for parking. If wet conditions prevent this, on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. There will be volunteers to direct you as you arrive and make your way toward transition.
The walk to the Beach from the Athlete Parking area will be on Marvel Drive and Baldwin Lake Drive, which is part of the bike and run courses. This will give you a feel for the conditions of the race and with the lake near the road, will give a nice perspective to the beauty of the experience as you arrive.
Directions to Athlete Parking:
- From the west (US-131):
Follow M-57 east into Greenville to Baldwin Street. Washington West Apartments is a brown apartment complex on the right, near corner (approximately two blocks past the water tower). Turn right onto Baldwin Street and go south 4 blocks to South Street. Turn right on South and go west 3 blocks to the parking area (near 925 South St.). There will be no race day parking allowed on South Street.
- From the east (US-127 or M-66):
Follow M-57 west through Greenville to Baldwin Street. Washington West Apartments is a brown apartment complex on the left, far corner (approximately one block past the sidewalk with guardrail and railing you will see on the left). Turn left onto Baldwin Street and go south 4 blocks to South Street. Turn right on South and go west 3 blocks to the parking area (near 925 South St.). There will be no race day parking allowed on South Street.
This checklist has been prepared to help the new triathletes, allowing them to participate in any event without the fear of forgetting some essential item. For the veterans, using a checklist can definitely help relief the pre-race stress. The list – based on input from several triathletes – includes the basic items, a few optional ones, as well as tips and tricks learned along the way.
- Race #
- Bike #’s (one for helmet & one for bike)
- Swim Cap
- Safety Pins
- Velcro/hospital strap chip band
- Timing Chip
- Gear bag
- Large towel for the ground
- Water bottle
- Small towel for drying off
- Swimsuit or Tri-suit
- Wet Suit (optional)
- Swim goggles
- Velcro/strap chip band and chip attached to ankle
- Heart rate monitor
- Bike with # (only 1 per athlete allowed in transition area)
- Bike helmet with #
- Bike shorts/jersey
- Water bottle
- Bike shoes
- Spare tire
- Bike pump
- Energy bars/gels
- Run shorts/shirt with Race #
- Running shoes
- Hat/sweat band
- Energy bars/gels
- Water bottle & carrier (optional)
Lay out all your gear the night before. Double check everything against your list. Pack everything needed for the transition into your gear bag. Leave what you need for the morning out and ready to put on. Check your tires Friday night to make sure they are inflated with no nicks or cuts. Pump the tires to the recommended pressure. Take a floor pump & pressure gage with you in the car, so you can reinflate them if necessary before going into the transition. Check to make sure your brakes and brake pads are working properly.
Lodging & Rental
HOTEL & MOTEL AmericInn
2525 W. Washington St.
Greenville, MI 48838
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 5 min/2.5 miles
100 N. Lafayette St.
Greenville, MI 48838
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 2 min/1 mile
Candlestone Inn Golf and Resort
8100 N. Storey Rd.
Belding, MI 48809
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 10 min/6 miles
Guest House Bed & Breakfast
119 E. Grove St.
Greenville, MI 48838
Distance to Baldwin Lake:2 mins / 1 mile
CAMPGROUNDS3 Seasons Campground6956 Fuller RoadGreenville, MI 48838616.754.5717616.754.5717www.threeseasonscampground.com
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 11 min/5 miles
Wabasis Lake Park
11220 Springhill Drive.
Greenville, MI 48838
Campground: (616) 691-8056(616) 691-8056
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 13 min/6 miles
Double R Ranch
4424 Whites Bridge Rd.
Belding, MI 48809
Distance to Baldwin Lake: 28 min/18 miles
13400 Pinewood Rd.
Gowen, MI 49326
Distance to Baldwin Lake:14 min/9 miles
Meet the Team
Meet the TRI TEAM
New to the triathlon environment in 2013, Kris is hooked, but not in the same sense that most people get hooked. Her obsession is with the planning and operations of the event. As the Director of the Greenville Recreation Department for over 12 years and more recently the Greenville Area Community Center, she is familiar with event planning and sports management.
What she enjoys most about triathlons are the gracious athletes and volunteers.
In 2010, Doug’s brother challenged him to a triathlon and he began to train for their tourney. While training Doug lost 30 pounds. A triathlon won’t only help young people get fit but it will teach them how to set goals, learn self discipline, and manage time away from electronics.
Doug and his soul mate Debra have been married for 26 years and have four children Nathanial, Jared, Rachelle, and Mallory. When Doug isn’t spending time with his family or thinking about the triathlon, he is supporting his children in programs they are a part of and being thankful for all the things his God has enabled him to do.
John had been dreaming of Tri Greenville before Tri Greenville was ever created. He is an experienced event director and owns Innovative Race Solutions; he has helped produce and direct the Tour de Donut in Greenville, Paddle to Pedal, the River Valley Mountain Bike Challenge in Belding and is currently working on a new project, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series. John’s enjoys cycling, walking, swimming and kayaking in his free time from race planning and working at Steelcase. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married 16 years and have a son, Gabe. The Tri Greenville is truly a family event for his family. Cindy also serves on our Tri Team as the Registration Coordinator and Gabe helps out wherever we need him. One of his fondest memories is when he competed in the Ironman New Zeeland and Ironman New York. More times than not, John is thinking about event planning; we are so fortunate to have him on our Team for a second year.
This is Darrin’s second year on the Tri-Team. He joined the team because he was excited to see Greenville taking advantage of its incredible options for fitness, endurance racing and healthy lifestyles in general. He thinks a tri — along with events like the Bad Apple, Tour de Donut and Yellow Jacket Challenge — is a great way to promote the trail network, mountain bike trails and road bike routes that are unique to the area.
He lives in downtown Grand Rapids with his girlfriend Amanda and their cat Rubin. Darrin has worked for Stafford Media and The Daily News for more than 17 years where he was a sports writer for the first two years. Though he didn’t run at that time, he surprisingly enjoyed writing about cross country. Several years later after losing many pounds he took up running and hasn’t stopped since. If he isn’t running, road biking or playing softball, you will likely find him watching the Detroit Tigers or Indiana Hoosiers basketball or enjoying a post-run beer at the Founders Brewing Co.
Darrin knows his stuff when it comes to running. He has competed in more than 10 marathons, including a pair of trips to Boston and Chicago. 2013 brought his craziest adventure: the Pikes Peak Marathon. We are fortunate to have him on our team for a second year.
Kids Recruitment & Clinic Coordinator
Kara has been the Recreation Programmer for the Greenville Recreation Department since 2004, moving all the way from Minnesota with only her cat, Booker. She has a passion for working with youth and has been in the recreation field since she was a teenager working for her hometown parks & recreation department.
Kara is married and enjoys taking walks around Baldwin Lake with her dog, Mia. She also enjoys playing volleyball, going on vacations, watching the Minnesota Vikings and hanging out with friends & family.
Post Race Coordinator
Andrea was brave and joined the Tri Team our first year when we were still breaking new ground. She claimed to have no experience with triathlons but after seeing her in action at the Finish Line and Post Race Festivities last year, you wouldn’t have known it. Her enthusiasm and passion for running and fitness and intrigue to learn more about triathlons couldn’t keep her away again this year. When she isn’t training for a half-marathon or other race, she is likely working for the Montcalm ISD. She serves the children and families of Walnut Hills Elementary, Greenville Middle School and Greenville High School as a School Psychologist. Andrea is married, enjoys shopping and spending time with her nieces, and secretly indulges on reality TV from time to time. We are so fortunate to have her back on our Tri Team another year.
Social Media Marketing & Bike Coordinator
My Team Triumph Coordinator
We recruited Tammy after she competed in the 2013 Tri Greenville Triathlon relay event. She is excited to have a triathlon in her home town and sees volunteering as an opportunity to promote this great sport and to encourage others to give it a “TRI”.
Tammy is fairly new to running but once she started, there was no stopping her. She started running six years ago and competed in her first triathlon in 2010. Last year she completed the Riverbank 25k, a half-iron distance triathlon and a full marathon. She is continuously amazed by what you can do if you put your mind to it.
Tammy works at the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health. Her kids, Taylor and Kyle, both attend Greenville High School and volunteer at many of her races. They are her biggest fans and support and motivate her to reach her goals. When she has free time, you will generally find her bicycling, running, skiing or watching college sports.
Her motto, ‘You don’t have to be fast, you just have to finish’ is a perfect fit with the Tri Greenville mission.
Safety & First Aid C-Coordinator
Krystal is a new addition to the Tri-Team. After volunteering during the 2014 Tri-Greenville, she fell in love with the event and wanted to be more involved. The Tri-Greenville gives her much needed time away from her job as the Deputy Clerk for the The City Greenville. She and her husband Fray log lots of running hours chasing their lively 3 year old daughter Lilly around. Although she lived in Baltimore, MD until recently, she has fallen in love with Greenville “because I can walk almost everywhere which reminds me of ‘home, although I can walk WITH my purse here’. Krystal spends her free time doing photography, knitting, reading, watching movies, dancing and learning about English monarchy history.
Something people don’t know about you: ‘I collect Nightmare Before Christmas items, Zero and Sally are my favorite.’
At age 69, Gisela competed in her first triathlon, the Inaugural 2013 Tri Greenville. ‘Compete in a triathlon’ had been on her bucket list for many years. As a resident of Baldwin Lake, when she heard there was going to be a triathlon, she knew it was time; there was no room for excuses if we were bringing it to her back yard! We were so inspired by her dedication and enthusiasm we just had to have her on our planning committee.
As an active member of the Baldwin Lake Association, she is a perfect liaison between the event coordinators and the residence most impacted by the triathlon. Although she is retired, she stays abundantly busy with her hobbies which include reading, walking and socializing with her friends and family.
Gisela is full of all kinds of surprises. After living in the United States for 42 years with a Green Card, she became a US Citizen. Her husband Ron, 2 sons and granddaughter are all so proud of her for all of her successes. One of her ‘pet projects’ is taking pictures of animals in the Montcalm County animal shelter and putting them on Pet Finder.
We are so excited to have Gisela on the Tri Team; we know she is going to be valuable team member for years to come.
Print Media Coordinator & Event Day BOSS!
Mary has been an active member of community for many years. She is always eager to bring healthy and educational opportunities to our community members. Joining the Tri Team was a natural fit for her.
She and her husband thrive on their active lifestyle and are always seeking new adventures. When she isn’t busy with her husband and 7 children, she enjoys music, crafts and traveling.
She works at Chemical Bank in Greenville by day and is a Martial Arts Instructor and singer by night. Mary brings organization, fresh ideas and passion to the Tri Team and is sure to be a valuable addition to the 2014 Tri Team.
Registration / Packet Pick Up Coordinator
Cindy does such a great job managing the registration for the Le Tour De Donut, we recruited her to join the Tri-Team in 2013. She and her husband John, and son Gabe, were valuable assets to the inaugural event. She has 3 more children, 2 grand daughters, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Most interestly, despite her fear of spiders, she also owns a pet Spider named Rosie Legs. You won’t find her touching it, but she says he is interesting in a creepy kind of way. Cindy is self-employed at Cindy’s Sew Cool where she does custom sewing, silk screening, sublimation (photos on mugs and other items). One of her passions are her award winning dog cloths! Check it out at www.cindysewcool.com. She is also a supervisor at Klackle Orchards during the fall! She loves to grow roses, and loves Christian music, kayaking and sewing.
Safety & First-Aid Co-Coordinator
Aid Station Coordinator
With a photo like that, is there any doubt he is an artist thru and thru? He is a one man show at his graphic design and digital imaging business, XTreme Images (XTi). Matt has been hooking us up with cool posters, apparel and SWAG since our inaugural event in 2013.
News – Email Archive
Tri Greenville News Archive – Here you’ll find links to all emails, articles and announcements that have been made regarding the event in chronological order from the most recent to the least.
- Participant Email: 5/14/15
- Participant Email: 5/6/15
- Participant Email: 4/23/15
- Participant Email: 2/28/15
- 3/17/15 – Save Some GREEN
- Participant Email: 2/16/15
- 1/1/15 – Happy New Year
- 11/28/14 – Turkey, Traffic & Triathlon
- Participant Email: 5/20/14
- Participant Email: 5/13/14
- Participant Email: 4/30/14
- Participant Email: 3/13/14
- Participant Email: 2/27/14
- 1/31/14: Upcoming Clinics and Training Information
- January 2014 – Dream Tri Greenville
- 5/24/13 – 10 Day Forecast
- 5/13/13 – Bicycle Maintenance
- 5/6/13 – Register soon to be guaranteed a race shirt
- 4/16/13 – Top 10 Reasons To Tri
- 3/20/13 – It’s Spring, Why Tri?
- January 2013 – About Tri Greenville2014
Packet Pick Up
As a registered participant you will require a timing chip and strap, a swim cap and race numbers for the bike, helmet and run. These items will be provided to you along with supplemental items including a shirt and other items in a Race Packet for you to pick up. Teams will receive one of each of the required items for the team and a packet of the supplemental items for each of the team members. For a team, the timing chip is passed from one team member to the next within the transition area.
Early Pick Up
Friday, May 29, 2015 at
Early Packet Pick Up:
Race Packets will be available for you to pick up at the Greenville Area Community Center, 900 E. Kent Road, Greenville, MI 48838 on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 4:00pm to 7:00 p.m. It is strongly suggested that you pick up your Race Packet early to ensure all necessary supplies are received and correct and to get the numbers on your bike and helmet in your preparation for the race.
Race Day Pick Up
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at
Race Day Packet Pick Up:
You can also pick up Race Packets on race day near the transition area, but you run the risk of waiting in line and rushing to set up your transition area. You don’t need that stress before a race. If you arrive for your packet after transition is closed you will only receive the supplemental items in your packet.
ID Required for Pick Up:
Registrations are non-transferrable, so you will need a photo ID to pick up your Race Packet. Team packets can be picked up by any of the named team members with an ID. Race Packets for youth participants may be picked up by them with school ID or on their behalf by the adult who registered them with their ID.
Race Day InfoComing Soon
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