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Shores-Pointes triathlon July 20

June 13, 2013
A new wrinkle is being added to this year’s Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, thanks to local businesses and community groups.

“We really want to get high school students involved in the event, in the sport,” event founder Lynda Charow said. “So, we decided to partner up with local businesses and the Shorewood Kiwanis and sponsor a relay team from each high school in the area.”

One team member kayaks for 2.1 miles, one rides the 11 mile bike route and another runs the 5K.

“We’re looking for one team from each school,” she said of the three St. Clair Shores and two Grosse Pointe public high schools. “Thanks to our sponsors, the isn’t any cost at all for these students. The registration is paid, the kayak rental, everything.”

South Lake is sponsored by the Shorewood Kiwanis; Lakeview, Simple Adventures; Lake Shore, Tim’s Bike Shop; Grosse Pointe South, John F. Martin Photography; and Grosse Pointe North, B3 Blades, Bikes & Boards. Team members also receive a team T-shirt for participating.

“I don’t want these students to be intimidated by the race,” Charow said. “It’s really a lot of fun and it’s a great atmosphere with the crowd and other competitors.”

Last year, Charow said that nearly 1,200 spectators came to cheer on the athletes and lined the course running from Blossom Heath Park, down Jefferson and back.

“It’s just an amazing amount of support and energy the crowd gives,” she said. “It’s such a boost to the athletes.”

There are no qualifications or experience required, she said, just the desire to compete in the race and be part of a team.

“You don’t need a fancy bike or anything like that,” she said. “Just come with what you have and enjoy the experience with your teammates. That’s what it’s really about, to be able to say that you did it. We wanted to give these students the chance to enjoy this event, this day.”

The race is in its third year and begins at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at Blossom Heath Park.

“We just need one team from each school,” Charow said. “And we ask that the teams register as a team that’s already put together. That’s all they need to do.”

High school students with a team ready can e-mail Charow at shorespointetri@gmail.com for more information.

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