Grosse Pointes, St. Clair ShoresJuly 15, 2013
Shores-Pointes Triathlon, back July 20, attracts all levels of athletes
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon proprietor Lynda Charow said each person competing in the event has his or her own story to tell.
That will be the case this year, as the third annual triathlon is set for 7 a.m. July 20 at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores.
“Each person’s reaction upon completing the race is uniquely their own and is truly personal,” said Charow, who established the event in 2011. “No matter if they come in first or come in last on race day, they will be triathletes, and I will be screaming my heart out cheering them on.”
An adventure triathlon, triathlon relay, duathlon and 5k run/walk will be offered, with each event starting and ending at Blossom Heath Park.
“Is this fun? Heck, yeah,” Charow said. “It’s like you’re a kid at camp or just a kid on vacation playing around in a kayak as you race with your friends, and then riding your bike and then running around the streets until it’s time to run home.
“It’s just a bunch of big kids having a great time and leaving their cares behind.”
Registration for the event closed July 16, after press time. On July 9, Charow said 181 athletes had already signed up to compete. In 2011, 191 endurance enthusiasts participated, according to Charow. The 2012 edition of the triathlon saw more than 250 athletes take part, said Charow, who established the St. Clair Shores challenge after competing in a number of marathons.
Charow, who said the July 20 competition will take place rain or shine, said the demographics of the race are growing. She talked of a 68-year-old man who will make the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon his first.
“He said he’s getting goosebumps leading up to it,” Charow said. “I’ve found there are a lot more older people putting themselves out there and training to be a part of this event.”
The triathlon consists of a 2.1-mile kayak ride, followed by an 11.1-mile bike ride and a 5k run down Lake Shore/Jefferson in St. Clair Shores.
The duathlon comprises a 5k run, an 11.1-mile bike ride and a second 5k.
Athletes participating in each event are responsible for providing their own equipment, according to Charow.
Awards will be handed out in several age categories in the triathlon and duathlon. Charow said the competition is ramped up this year, with a number of athletes who are out to win the race.
“Most athletes go into the race to do their personal best, and hopefully, win it,” Charow said. “It’s a race and a challenge, and you’ve trained many hours for this big day, so you’re definitely going to push yourself to see just how well trained you are and how that stacks up against the rest of the competitors.”
Proceeds from the event will once again 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.
Sponsors have been secured this year, so one team of three students from each school can compete without cost, Charow said. Charow said companies such as Home Depot, Trader Joe’s and Meijer have stepped up to help out this year, as well, by making donations of goods that can be used during the race.
“I am truly blessed with how this community has adopted this event as their own, and people are working with me and donating their time to make this event a success,” Charow said.
Packet pickup for bicyclists and kayakers will be held from 4-8 p.m. July 19 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 20. All kayaks must be in place at this time.
For more information, contact Charow at (586) 863-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.