GRITS is not your typical race series

The Grass Roots Illinois Triathlon Series has been created by a group of local race directors as an alternative to the corporatization of triathlons by big business.

The series is made up of 8 established multisport events in downstate Illinois – 6 triathlons as well as a spring biathlon and fall duathlon. Include…d in the line up are a total of 13 race distances ranging from beginner-friendly mini’s with pool swims to challenging intermediate-distance races with top-notch age group and pro competition.

These events span the race calendar from April thru September and feature reasonable entry fees, outstanding customer service and famiy friendly atmospheres at venues near the towns of Petersburg, Springfield , Decatur and Bloomington. Participants who compete in an event in each of the four locations and also volunteer for at least one event, will receive an award featuring our unique GRITS logo. In addition, all participants who complete the series requirements will get to choose one free entry into any GRITS race in 2012. There is no additional fee to enter GRITS.

GRITS is not your typical race series. It is a collaboration of concerned race directors who do not want to see the sport of triathlon become dominated by high entry fees and corporate rules.

Please join us today by contacting Colleen Klein at or any of the other series event directors for more information.

2011 GRITS Schedule

April 17 – Petersburg, IL
Abes Mini – 100 yard indoor pool swim/5 mile bike/1 mile run
Pioneer Sprint – 300 yard indoor pool swim/13 mile bike/3.1 mile run

May 28 – Springfield, IL
Capital City Biathlon
3.1 mile run/13 mile bike

June 4 – Hudson, IL
Tri-Shark Triathlon
600 yard swim/12 mile bike/3.1 mile run

July 10 – Decatur, IL
Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon
Super Sprint – 400 yard swim/19 mile bike/3.1 mile run
Long Course – .75 mile swim/19 mile bike/4.5 mile run

July 16 – Hudson, IL
Evergreen Lake Triathlon
Sprint – 500 yard /40k bike /5k run
Olympic – 1.5k swim/40k bike /10k run

July 30 – Springfield, IL
Stoneman Sprint – 500 yard swim/12 mile bike/3.1 mile run
Iron Abe Olympic – 1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run

August 13 – Petersburg, IL
Stovepipe Sprint – 500 yard swim/13 mile bike/3.1 mile run
Railsplitter Intermediate – 1 mile swim/36 mile bike/7 mile run

October 30 – Clinton, IL
SpookyDu Duathlon
1.8 mile run/21 mile bike/3.6 mile run