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Spring 2014
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Mideast Region 2014 Events
ITU World Triathlon Chicago
Club Racing Series
Race Officials
Final 2013 USAT Mideast Region Rankings are available!
Race Directors
Are you interested in passionate triathletes and community oriented volunteers at your races and expos? 

Team Red, White & Blue is eager to connect with you and your race, as their local Chapters & Communities develop triathlon specific programming and increased volunteer opportunities for their veterans and community members. 

Contact:  Zack Armstrong,
Team Red, White & Blue
Midwest Regional Director

Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Watch this video to view what Team RWB is all about!

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Mideast Region Championships & Special Qualifiers


The Mideast Council is geared up for an amazing schedule of races ahead for our athletes. There are plenty of opportunities to test your skill, try something different, or just take in the experience. In addition to our regional events, we have some exciting national and international events right in our backyard. See below for the most notable events coming to our region this year:



May 31: Regional Du Sprint, Dri-Shark, Hudson, IL


June 1 :Special Qualifier, Leon's, Hammond, IN

June 8:  Long Course Tri Nationals, Grand Rapids, MI

June 14: Regional Tri/Du/Aquabike Championships, Grass Lake, MI

June 28-29: ITU World Triathlon Chicago, IL


Aug. 2-3: Youth and Junior Nationals, West Chester, OH

Aug. 9-10: Age Group Nationals, Milwaukee, WI

Aug. 17: Regional Paratri Championships, Fox Island, Fort Wayne, IN

Aug. 23-24: Club National Championships, Chicago Tri, Chicago, IL  
Sept. 7: Aquabike Nationals, Sandusky, OH
Be a Pro for a Day


The International Triathlon Union (ITU) brings the World Triathlon Series to Chicago on June 27-29, 2014. Organized by USA Triathlon and Lagardere Unlimited, this is one race you do not want to miss. Be part of the action and experience ITU style racing. Race across the blue carpet towards the finish line with your family and friends having premium viewing at the grandstands to follow the action. The event will feature non-drafting Sprint and Olympic distance races, Relays and an open Paratriathlon.  


ITU World Triathlon Chicago will bring a brand new course, unlike anything ever raced in Chicago before. If you're an athlete thinking of racing in worlds in 2015, you do not want to miss this chance to preview the course. It will be a great race with plenty of energy and excitement. You will also have a chance to watch the world's fastest men and women pro triathletes compete for ITU World Triathlon Series points during stand-alone lapped elite races. Age group registration is now OPEN. Races are open to all with no qualification necessary. Visit Chicago.triathlon.org for more information.

2014 Mideast Region Club Racing Series (MERCRS)
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Our popular Club Racing Series is back again this year. Participate in a friendly competition against clubs in the Mideast Region for prize money and guaranteed fun. MERCRS is the perfect way to engage your club members with a sense of team camaraderie and create an opportunity to raise club funds. The series runs April 1st through October 31st. Score points for your club at any USA Triathlon sanctioned event in the Mideast Region. This year we are offering double points and incentives for select races. More details about MERCRS can be found here

Check out a few featured Clubs from last year's Series:

2013 Team ATCK

 This is our first season as an official club/team, ATCK,  although we have been training buddies and friends for several years. We are a competitive bunch but if you see us at a race we are always out to have a good time. We host a barbecue for family and friends at two races a year and while we're a small club, our enthusiastic friends and family help to make our impact on races much larger by cheering us on and wearing our logo. In our first season we were able to win 3Disciplines Club Championship in Michigan, finish 2nd overall in MERCRS points Division III and have a great showing at Ironman Arizona finishing 3rd in Division V in their Triclub program.  READ MORE



2013 Lansing Tri Team

Lansing Triathlon Team (LTT) is a group of team members dedicated to the sport of triathlon, representation of it's sponsors, as well as service and enthusiasm for fitness within the surrounding Lansing Michigan community. Founded by two running buddies with a passion for triathlon, we are the first non-collegiate, sponsor funded triathlon team in Lansing. 
We began our inaugural season in 2011, made up of five racing members & one support member. This year we had 6 racing members & one support member. Every year we accept applications for the following season's team. We already have six applications for new memberships in 2014. READ MORE

A splash and dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. Fifty events are being offered all over the United States in this year's Youth Splash and Dash Series. Open to young athletes between the ages 7-15, the series focuses on participation and having fun rather than competition and many of the events are not timed. One of the primary objectives of the series is introducing youth to the multisport lifestyle and many of the selected events will also offer educational opportunities such as USA Triathlon sanctioned youth clinics. Below are the 2014 Youth Splash and Dash Series events occurring in the Mideast Region
May 31 Try Kids Tri-Splash and Dash Aquathlon, Louisville, KY
Jun 7 Grand Rapids Triathlon Youth Splash and Dash, Grand Rapids, MI 
Jul 12 3rd Annual Haka Multisport Youth Splash and Dash, West Lafayette, IN 
Jul 19 Lexington's Splash and Dash at Shillito Park,Lexington, KY
Jul 23 MMTT Splash and Dash,Geneva, IL, Club WebsiteRegistration
Aug 9 KidFest and Backpack Attack,Decatur, IL 
Aug 23 MI Titanium Youth Splash and Dash,Belmont, MI 

The complete Series and more information can be found on the USA Triathlon website.  
2014 Race Official Clinics in the Mideast Region

May 9-10

Muncie, IN

Muncie May Triathlon Officials Clinic

5-8 PM Friday, May 9, location TBD

Contact: Rosalyn Popham at rosalynp@hotmail.com


June 7-8

Ada, MI

Grand Rapids Triathlon Officials Clinic

1-4 PM Saturday, June 7, location TBD

Contact: Rosalyn Popham at rosalynp@hotmail.com 


August 23-24

Chicago, IL

Chicago Triathlon Officials Clinic

1-4 PM Saturday, August 23, Chicago Hilton (720 S. Michigan Ave.)

Contact: Charlie Crawford at charlie.crawford@usatriathlon.org