Third annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon endures despite weather

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published July 29, 2013

 The third annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon was a huge success. Pictured, competitors hit the water for the kayaking portion of the race.

The third annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon was a huge success. Pictured, competitors hit the water for the kayaking portion of the race.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon coordinator Lynda Charow said she’s pleased with how the third installment of the competition came off, despite a battle with storms prior to the July 20 event.The race began at 7 a.m. July 20 at Blossom Heath Park in St. Clair Shores. Charow said about 200 people took part in the event.

Participants came from all over the state and Canada to compete in the unique event, which included kayaking instead of swimming in the triathlon, and a team event where athletes joined forces — one running, one biking and one kayaking.

“Well, we did have to fight some with the storms that were rolling in and out,” said Charow, a St. Clair Shores resident who established the competition in 2011 after competing in a number of triathlons.

“But with the way things were looking, I think everything went really well.”

The event would have taken place rain or shine, according to Charow.

Todd Briggs was the overall winner of the triathlon, finishing in a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes, 17 seconds. Ann Ottenhoff took the women’s title with a time of 1:31:43.

An adventure triathlon, triathlon relay, duathlon and 5k run/walk were offered, with each event starting and ending at Blossom Heath Park. Winners earned trophies for their endurance.

“I’m always impressed with the people we have competing,” Charow said. “You get people from all over the place who are serious about the competition, and who really want to test their mettle and endurance.”

Charow did not have final figures on how much the event raised for the five local high schools: Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, St. Clair Shores Lakeview, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and St. Clair Shores South Lake. Proceeds from the run go to each school’s athletic department.

Charow said the numbers would be finalized after “bills are paid.”

In 2011, 191 endurance enthusiasts participated, according to Charow. The 2012 edition of the triathlon saw more than 250 athletes take part, she said.

The triathlon consisted 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.

Charow said the run is garnering some notoriety, as officials in White Lake, Mich., have contacted her to get advice on how to set up a triathlon of their own. Charow said an organization called 3 Disciplines, which runs triathlons all over Michigan, has also been in contact with her about the run.

“I guess I did have an idea of how popular the event would be because of the popularity of triathlons in the area,” Charow said. “We’ve gotten so much help from the community and sponsors that it’s been great each year.”

For full results from the triathlon, check