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Dream, Believe, Achieve

Date / Location

Wednesday, June 27, 2019
*6:30 pm

Sandy Pines Resort Chapel
Hopkins, MI 49328

*Enter off of 26th and 136th Ave. (Sandy Pines Chapel) and follow event signs. 


Short Course Triathlon - 500m swim, 14 mi bike, 3.75mi run
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 14mi bike
Kaya-Tri - 2mi kayak/sup, 14mi bike, 3.75mi run
Super Sprint - 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run

**Relays offered for both the Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon

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The Scene


This event takes place at the Sandy Pines Resort, a vacation resort located minutes from Downtown Grand Rapids, and it is the ultimate dream venue for a triathlon. We look forward to bringing that dream alive for not only this vacation resort but for thousands of athletes in the years to come.  

You dream it, you believe it and we will help you achieve it in this beautiful resort destination. DBA is going into its 3rd year. It starts with a totally flat swim in a lake surrounded by pines that do their best to block the wind, making the water smooth and flat. The bike course is on mostly newly paved roads and has a little bit of everything.  Lightly traveled country roads, mostly flat with a few rolling short hills.  

One and two loops for your sprint and slightly longer Olympic distance bike courses, but they are very nice courses to say the least. The run course will keep you inside the resort to allow for hundreds of residents to cheer you on as you wind your way in and around the resort homes. The run course is flat, fast and shaded.

  • Custom event shirt
  • Custom finishers medal
  • Custom latex swim cap
  • Sponsor supplied samples
  • Professional chip timing with results available online
  • Awards to top three in each age group
  • Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher 
  • The best post race snack table out there.

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For an extra $25 select the PURPLE option at the registration process.  You will have until 2 weeks before the event to add this to your registration as well.  To plan for each Purple event this will close 2 weeks prior to each purple event.  Exclusive PURPLE Tent for those registered will be set privately adjacent to the post race area.  


In addition to the tent you will enjoy these PURPLE Amenities: 

  • Morning coffee
  • Fast trac packet pickup
  • Preferred racking
  • Exclusive 3D recovery tent: recovery boots, masseuse, lounge chairs, fan, ice pool, towels, rollers, food & beverage
  • Purple results and more.....

Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31 of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.

Age Groups
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups:
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
*In the event there may not be at least 4 athletes within an age group, an age group may be combined, for example 2 in 20-24 and 2 and 25-29 = 20-29 age group combined.

*Sprint Triathlon - Typically offers 15 and under and 16-19 in addition
*Masters - First place 40+ masters in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons
*Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Clydesdale = Male 225lbs or more)
*Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Athena = Females 165lbs or more)

Aquabike - First place Olympic Aquabike and first place Sprint Aquabike
Kaya-Tri - Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall (when applicable)
Super Sprint - All athletes will receive a finisher medal when crossing the finish line. This category is designed for those wanting to Try the Tri or to enjoy a fun, family-friendly race. In that spirit, no awards are presented. Everyone is a winner!
Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony. If you must depart before the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Transition Bag Store where you can select the AWARD Item.


  • Initial parking will be designated by the Sandy Pines Resort inside the venue with several areas of parking available.
  • There will be a $5 parking fee.

Sandy Pines Resort

Pepsi Co
Rudy Project 

Support Crews

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