Meijer State Games of Michigan Announces Two New Summer Sports

17 Apr, 2014

The Meijer State Games of Michigan released details today that synchronized swimming and triathlon will be added to the upcoming 2014 Summer Games. Also, softball has been expanded to include a co-ed division. With the new additions, the Summer Games will offer 40 sports and are expected to host over 7,000 athletes.

The fifth annual Summer Games will take place June 20-22, 2014 in Grand Rapids. Summer Games online registration is now open for most sports. For complete registration information, visit http://stategamesofmichigan.com/SGregistration and click on an individual sport.

Venue information for the new additions is as follows:

Synchronized Swimming: East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. S.E., Kentwood, MI 49508

Triathlon: Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Synchronized swimming will be featuring a trio, duet, solo, team, and combination routines. The event will also be sanctioned by USA Synchro, the national governing body of synchronized swimming. Registration is $25. Please contact Erin O’Brien (eeobrien@yahoo.com) to receive formal meet announcement.

Triathlon will be held at Riverside Park. The race will be hosted by Left Brain Events. Divisions will be men and women age groups ranging from 15-75 years old and over. Online registration will be $100 until June 10 and $125 from June 11-19. The triathlon will be USA Triathlon sanctioned.  

“I’ve been discussing adding triathlon to the Meijer State Games for a few years now,” said Jim Conner, Race Director for Triathlon. “After careful planning, triathlon will be happening this summer in Riverside Park as part of the Summer Games.”

The 2014 Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games Opening Ceremonies will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7 P.M. at Fifth Third Ballpark (4500 West River Dr. NE, Plainfield Township, MI 49321). The ceremony features an athlete village, parade of athletes, pyrotechnics, and the lighting of the cauldron. There will also be an athlete village and an Olympic Day event.

Current Meijer State Games of Michigan sponsors include: Meijer, Subway, Metro Health, MyWay Mobile Storage, Fox Motors, Huntington Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MC Sports, Kendall College of Art & Design, Lacks Enterprises, Inc., Peppinos, Pepsi, Michigan Office Solutions, Heglund-Sova Realty, Inc., Mark’s Photo & Video, The GR Shop, Cel Factor, ADAC Automotive, and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

For more information on registration and the Meijer State Games, please visit www.StateGamesofMichigan.com.

In 2013, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Summer Games offered 34 sports, bringing over 6500 athletes from 73 Michigan counties to West Michigan. An independent economic impact survey revealed that Meijer State Games of Michigan participants spent an average of $483 per family and injected more than $2.7 million into the local economy.

About the Meijer State Games of Michigan: Modeled after the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability, and embodies the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of Michigan.

A signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate partners.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission: The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked nearly 300 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 315,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $100 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com for more information.


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