The Dirty Mitten is West Michigan’s only gravel triathlon and the perfect ending to your triathlon season!
The race will take place at the YMCA’s Camp Manitou-Lin in the aptly named Middleville, MI. Situated halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, it’s a convenient venue for just about all of West Michigan so you have no excuse not to come out! It will feature both Sprint(ish) and Olympic(ish) distance triathlons along with duathlons and aquabikes for those of you who might not want to swim or run.
Your day will start on the shores of Lake Barlow with a one or two-loop swim. Transition is a short run away before heading out onto the beautiful gravel roads of Barry County, home of the Barry-Roubaix, one of the world’s preeminent gravel bike races. The sprint course will feature an out and back on Bowens Mill Road while the Olympic course will work its way south and east, exploring some of the best gravel roads Michigan has to offer. Once you’re back at camp, a quick change of your shoes and you’ll be off onto the trails of Camp Manitou-Lin for either a 5k or 10k.
Be sure to stick around for the post-race party once you’ve finished. Traditional awards will be handed out to the fastest among us, but we will have some surprises as well, celebrating the spirit of The Dirty Mitten and the end of yet another great triathlon season in West Michigan.
Registration for the 2021 event opens Monday, December 14, 2020. For more information about competing in The Dirty Mitten Gravel Triathlon please contact us here.