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July 10, 2012

Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon back for second year

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The kayak portion of the triathlon makes the Shores-Pointes race very unique. Competitors, like the ones pictured here last year, will paddle 2.1 miles.
The Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon consists of a 2.1-mile kayak, an 11.1-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Pictured racers take off on their bikes.
 

GROSSE POINTE/ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores resident Lynda Charow said she was always a swimmer, but didn’t think about the prospects of competing in triathlons until three years ago.

“I had been a varsity swimmer when I was younger. I was helping a friend train for (a triathlon), and I thought about giving it a shot,” the 46-year Charow said.

She has come to enjoy the endurance building and testing events very much, she said. So much so that she established the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, which took place for the first time last year.

The event’s second installment begins at 7 a.m. July 21 at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores. An adventure triathlon, triathlon relay, duathlon and 5k run/walk are all being offered.

A 2.1-mile kayak trek has replaced the traditional swimming portion of a triathlon, making the second-year event a nice change from traditional races. The kayaking portion of the competition will be followed by an 11.1-mile bike ride and a 5k run down Lake Shore/Jefferson in St. Clair Shores.

The triathlon drew 191 people in 2011, according to Charow. She expects it to surpass that total this year. One hundred sixty-six people had signed up to take on the challenge at press time. There is a 300-participant limit, Charow added.

“I’ve seen a lot of them on the west side of the state, but none close to where I live,” said Charow, who has participated in a number of triathlons since the events began to pique her interest.

“It’s great to hear people’s stories as they come out to take on such a challenge. There are even people turning 50 years old this year who are doing it to celebrate their birthdays.”

Early registration has passed, but prospective participants have until July 18 to sign up for the event.

Cost to participate in the triathlon and triathlon relay is $75 and $155, respectively. Cost for the duathlon — running and biking — is $75, while the 5k costs $15.

All participants are required to have a USA Triathlon license. A single-day license can be purchased on race day for $12.

Awards will be handed out in several age categories.

For the second year, proceeds from the event will go to the athletic departments at local high schools: Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, St. Clair Shores Lakeview, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and St. Clair Shores South Lake.

Packet pick-up for bicyclists and kayakers will be held from 4-8 p.m. July 20 at Blossom Heath Park. Participants are asked to drop off kayaks and bikes at this time. Race day packet pickup for 5k participants will be held from 5-6:20 a.m. July 21. All kayaks must be in place at this time.

Charow said she is also looking for volunteers to assist during packet pickup and on race day. Volunteers are needed to help transfer kayaks to and from the water, to give participants water at various checkpoints and for other jobs.

For more information on the race, visit www.shorespointestri.com or call (586) 863-3373.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.