Since it’s formation in May 2012, the Kettering Triathlon Club has made huge strides in growing the multisport community on campus. The clubs promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle has attracted many new students to the sport of triathlon in the last year. The triathlon club is unique to Kettering as it is one of the few athletic clubs on Kettering’s campus that offers inter-collegiate competition against all levels of skill. As a member of the Mid-East Collegiate Triathlon Conference (MECTC) and USA Triathlon (USAT), members of the Kettering Triathlon Club have the opportunity to compete against other university students all across the United States.

The collegiate circuit of races governed by the MECTC and USAT focuses on the non-drafting, Olympic distance style races. However, members of the club participate in Sprint, Olympic, Half-Iron and even Full-Iron distance events as well as various other multisport races. And although competition in events is encouraged, it is certainly not mandatory. The club partakes in many other events throughout the year including group training, community service and social events.

Although triathlon has only been in existence since the late 1970’s, it has recently become one of the fastest growing sports in America. At the collegiate level, the sport of triathlon is relatively new. Triathlon is not sanctioned by the NCAA like many other college athletics, but rather by USA Triathlon. That does not take away from the competition, but rather increases the level of competition for all athletes. Collegiate races include both undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom are even registered professional triathletes.

A triathlon club at a university offering primarily engineering and business courses like Kettering has and will continue to prove what a great fit the sport is among such determined and focused students. Even at several other universities, a large majority of triathlon teams are composed of engineering students. Many of them have used their strong work ethic, determination, and knowledge of mechanical systems gained in the field and applied it towards the sport with great success.   

The number of participants competing in the sport of triathlon rapidly grows each day and as the triathlon club at Kettering University continues its early stages of development it looks to amplify its impact on campus and in the multisport community. We hope that you enjoy our website and find the training resources included helpful!


Recent Kettering Triathlon News

  • Successful 2nd Season for Kettering Triathlon Club The Kettering Triathlon Club had a very successful summer triathlon season having athletes participate in several MECTC conference races including the Grand Rapids Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, the Scarlett and Grey Triathlon in Columbus, Ohio and also to the MECTC Conference Championships in Muncie, Indiana this September. The club continues to grow in numbers as it introduces the multisport community and lifestyle to more and more Kettering students each year. Pictures of the summer racing season are shown below (from left to right: Grand Rapids Triathlon T1, Scarlett and Grey Swim, Scarlett and Grey Bike).   Additional accomplishments of Kettering Triathlon Club members include first time a first time Ironman finish, multiple first time Marathon and Half-Marathon finishes and ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2013, 8:58 PM by Kyle Johnson
  • KU Tri Club Hosts First 5k Run/Walk Event This weekend, the KU Tri Club successfully hosted their first 5k event. The race brought out more than 40 runners and walkers and raised about $300 dollars to be donated to the College Town Food Drive, which is organized by the Food Bank of East Michigan. Many participants were decked out in their Halloween costumes and ran some fast times as well on what ended up being a challenging course. The weather was perfect conditions for running, which made everyone happy as well. As a club, we learned a lot about what kind of organization it takes to manage a race. We look forward to using the lessons we learned for our next event in the near future. A big ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2012, 4:58 PM by Kyle Johnson
  • KU Triathletes Compete at Island Lake of Novi Sprint Tri  A total of three Kettering Triathlon Club members/Alumni competed at the Island Lake of Novi Sprint Triathlon at the end of July. Joe Benyi (Alumni), James Brisson (Junior) and Wilson Pines (Sophomore) completed the 750 m swim, 20 k bike and 5k run. Joe Benyi took fourth in the age group with a blazing fast 12:51 swim time recorded for the 750 meters. Wilson Pines was able to take 9th in the age group with a very good 5k run time of 22:53. This was also Wilson’s first triathlon he has ever competed in. James Brisson followed up another solid overall time competing in only his third triathlon.   Unfortunately this race also marked the last ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2012, 4:30 AM by Kyle Johnson
  • First Kettering Triathlete Results at MECTC Conference Race As the first MECTC (Mid-East Collegiate Triathlon Conference) race took place for the 2012 season on the weekend of June 24th, Kettering University also recorded its first MECTC points. Kyle Johnson completed the Olympic distance race along side several other collegiate triathletes representing their own universities from the conference.   The race took place on a very hot June day that saw temperatures soar into the 90’s and water temperatures that were barely wetsuit legal. Regardless of the weather conditions, very fast times were recorded from all athletes competing. Kettering’s representative, Kyle Johnson (Junior) racing only his second Olympic distance triathlon completed the course in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. This was a five minute ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2012, 3:54 AM by Kyle Johnson
  • Five Kettering Triathletes Compete at Big Fish Triathlon At their first team race of the season, five Kettering triathletes competed at the Big Fish Sprint Triathlon in Hadley Township, Michigan. For some athletes it was their first ever triathlon, making it a very exciting and nerve racking day. The weather was nearly perfect race conditions with mostly sunny weather reaching into the mid-80's. All of the Kettering Triathlon Club members competing in this race put in a tremendous effort and their training over winter and spring months paid off. Below is a link to the results on the event organizers website:  
    Posted Aug 21, 2012, 2:12 AM by Kyle Johnson
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