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Time to register for area triathlon

June 13, 2013
The third annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon will be back Saturday, July 20.

Training for this event is already underway as participants are preparing for this athletic challenge.

New this year, a sponsor has been secured so a relay team from each of the local high schools can have a team and thus give three students from each school the opportunity to put themselves out there to experience what it is like to be in a triathlon.

“Many of the sports that students participate in high school require a student to try out and make the team,” said event director, Lynda Charow. “This relay team sponsorship allows three students to sign up as a team, train on their own and participate in the triathlon.”

Students from Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, South Lake, Lakeview and Lake Shore high schools can get the registration forms from their school’s athletic department or they can e-mail Charow at shorespointestri@gmail.com.

Grosse Pointe South is sponsored by John Martin Photography; Grosse Pointe North is sponsored by B3 Blades, Bikes and Boards; Lake Shore is sponsored by Tim’s Bike Shop; and Lakeview is sponsored by Simple Adventures.

A sponsor is still needed for the South Lake team.

Anyone interested in contributing to the event can contact Charow via email to make arrangements. Additional sponsorships in all denominations and gift certificates accepted, as well.

Registration for the triathlon, duathlon, and triathlon relay is available on-line at


Registration is open until July 16 or until the maximum 300 participants is hit.

Registration rates increased May 17.

Blossom Heath Park comes to life with athletes of all levels who have a great time in this unique triathlon that replaces the traditional swim portion of the race with kayaking 2.1 miles on Lake St. Clair before transitioning onto their bikes for an 11-mile trek down the picturesque Lakeshore Drive in Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Farms and finishing up with a 5K run down the Coast Guard access road, and the canal streets of Revere and Lange back to the park to the finish line.

Participants can compete as an individual or on a relay team of 2 or 3.

The Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon begins at 7 a.m.

For those not wishing to kayak, there is also a duathon race which includes a 5K run, 11-mile bike race and concludes with another 5K run.

Athletes in each of the races have to provide their own equipment. For those wishing to rent a kayak for the triathlon, Simple Adventures, a local kayak rental company, has provided participants with kayaks for the past two years.

Participants can make their reservations directly through the kayak company.

Simple Adventure also has special packages for participants so that they can get in practice before race day.

They are also holding free kayak days at Lake St. Clair Metropark to give more people the opportunity to experience and fall in love with kayaking.

The Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation Inc is the 501c3 partner for the event.

Sponsorship donations are processed through the non-profit. Volunteers can sign up on the event website at shorespointestri.com.

The Rotary is coordinating the volunteers.

Additional volunteers are being recruited to assist at registration, be on the race routes at key locations and water stops and on the beach to help organize kayaks as racers line up and again come in for their transition.

Students who need community service hours are welcome. The Macomb County Sheriff Departments Marine Division, Coast Guard, St. Clair Shores Police boat and the SCS Power Squadron are providing additional security along the kayak course.

Charow, who created this race, has competed in several sprint triathlons and two Olympic distance triathlons over the past four years and ran the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and twice ran the Detroit Free Press half marathon.

Registration is on-line at shorespointestri.com. The Facebook page for the triathlon posts the race routes and several pictures from the two previous races and is a forum for participants to share their stories.

For more information contact Lynda Charow at 586-863-3373 or


Blossom Heath Park is located at 24800 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores MI 48080.

For more information, contact the park office at (586) 773-7242.

The park is clean and ready for participants.

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