Participants in the 2017 Sprint and Splash enjoy running and kayaking events at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. This year’s seventh annual event will be  held June 16.

Participants in the 2017 Sprint and Splash enjoy running and kayaking events at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. This year’s seventh annual event will be held June 16.

Photo provided by Amanda Minaudo


Sprint and Splash celebrates fitness, fun, metroparks

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 7, 2018

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Organizers of the 2018 Sprint and Splash at Lake St. Clair Metropark June 16 anticipate their biggest turnout yet.

Event coordinator Amanda Minaudo said registration has already broken a record, with more than double the number of participants signed up from this time last year.

“We’ve seen continuous growth over the last six festivals, and we are thrilled by our progress,” Minaudo said, adding that more than 500 people had signed up by June 5.

All participants in Sprint and Splash will receive a complimentary race day breakfast, swag bag, finisher medal and T-shirt. Registration costs vary based on competitive event. Events include a 5K run and walk; an individual duathlon, which is a 5K run and a 2-mile paddle combination (participants may use a kayak or stand-up paddleboard); a duathlon relay, which is a two-person 5K run and a 2-mile paddle (participants may use a kayak or stand-up paddleboard); a 2-mile kayak; a 2-mile stand-up paddle; and a 6-mile stand-up paddle.

Registration will also be available on-site the evening before, and on the day of the event.

In addition to the timed competitions, Sprint and Splash will feature a beach village with music, food, craft beer, shopping and a variety of activities. Non-competitors are welcome at this portion of the festival, which starts at 8:30 a.m.

Minaudo said what makes participation, as well as sponsorship, in Sprint and Splash all the more important is who benefits this year — the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation and the Clinton River Watershed Council.

Julie Hein, development manager for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation, said proceeds from the event will help the foundation maintain conservation, recreation, environmental learning and recycling programs.

She said all gifts, including public and private donations, help preserve natural resources; extend interpretive education opportunities at their nature and farm centers; and provide clean, safe parks for southeastern Michigan residents.

The 13 Huron-Clinton metroparks sit along the Huron and Clinton rivers in five counties. The metroparks cover nearly 25,000 acres and offer activities such as hiking, cycling, golfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, as well as winter sports and nature education.

For more information about the parks, visit metroparks.com. For more information about the festival, visit sprintandsplash.com.

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