FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – USA Triathlon (USAT) has announced the launch of a new Gravel Triathlon Series for the 2022 season. The innovative eight-race series offers endurance sports enthusiasts a new way to experience multisport racing at gravel events represented in each region throughout the United States.
Tris4Health is excited to have two gravel races included in the inaugural series as both Ugly Dog Gravel Triathlon and The Dirty Mitten Gravel Triathlon will play as two stops on the event calendar. They are the only races from the state of Michigan and will represent the Midwest region.
“After the success of our debut year of The Dirty Mitten last year, we knew we wanted to find more opportunities for gravel triathlon and multisport in the state. With the addition of Ugly Dog Gravel Tri to our Tris4Health roster in 2022 and now having both races be a part of USAT’s first Gravel Triathlon Series, we can’t wait to see the growth and potential of gravel triathlon in this area – it is going to be a fun year ahead!” said John Mosey, co-owner of Tris4Health and race director of The Dirty Mitten and Ugly Dog Gravel Triathlon.
The USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series will kick off on May 15, 2022 in Hewitt, New Jersey at the Jersey Gravel Triathlon and will run through October with the final race being the Brick House Triathlon in Navasota, Texas. The series will feature Tris4Health events on July 23, 2022 with Ugly Dg Gravel Triathlon followed by The Dirty Mitten taking place on September 25, 2022. In addition, the series will also showcase events in Colorado, Idaho and California to complete the eight-race debut.
Race series participants will receive special USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series stickers and awards. Qualification is not required to participate in the USA Triathlon Gravel Triathlon Series or the inaugural USA Triathlon Gravel National Championships, which is set to take place on June 3, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ugly Dog Gravel Triathlon offers a swim, gravel bike and trail run course and will have sprint, Olympic, duathlon, aquabike and relay options. The run and bike course is on 90% gravel and is located at Waterloo State Recreation Area in Chelsea, Michigan.
The Dirty Mitten Gravel Triathlon will once again take place at YMCA’s Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, Michigan. However, new to 2022 is expanding to a two-day event where participants can compete in a gravel bike race on either a 28-mile or 50-mile course.
Registration is now open for Ugly Dog Gravel Triathlon and The Dirty Mitten. For more information on the 2022 USA Triathlon Gravel Series visit here.
2022 USA Triathlon Gravel Series Event Calendar:
May 15, 2022 – Jersey Gravel Triathlon – Hewitt, NJ
June 18, 2022 – The Theoi – Donnelly, ID
July 23, 2022 – Ugly Dog Gravel Tri – Chelsea, MI
July 31, 2022 – Stagecoach Gravel Triathlon – Steamboat Springs, CO
September 10, 2022 – The Gravel X Triathlon – Folsom, CA
September 25, 2022 – The Dirty Mitten – Middleville, MI
September 25, 2022 – XTRERRA Laguna Beach – Laguna Beach, CA
October 23, 2022 – Brick House Triathlon – Navasota, TX