Saturday, June 22, 2013
These races were brought back by public outcry:
PENTWATER "TOUGH-MAN" 10am: This race will start at 72nd Ave in Hart and race down the South branch to Longbridge. Running time should be 1-2 hours. The race will have two divisions: Kayaks and Canoes. The divisions will leave together, but be timed differently at the finish line. Kayakers will be singular while canoeists will be in partners. There will be awards for first, second, and third in both of these divisions. This is a beautiful stretch of river that is running high right now that many people have never had the opportunity to experience. Even though the river will be cleared of "major" debris, we suggest a skill level of at least moderate boat handling.
KAYAK RACE 2pm: This race will be the premier race and will run down the North branch leaving at Hammett Rd and arriving Red Barn. Time for this run should be about 1/2 hour. This race is great for everyone and beginners are welcome with 6"-4' of clean, clear water and a sandy bottom. We are moving the kayak race here from the lake last year where we encountered a stiff west wind. Awards to first, second, and third in both Men and Womens categories for this race.
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD RACE 12pm (High Noon): This will start as a waterfall start at Longbridge and race across the open lake west to the municipal landing. Distance across the lake is around 2 miles. This will be a very sexy race will spectators being able to view the racers from around the lake proper. Awards to first through third.
These are rough outlines and maps will be available at the pre-race meeting. A pre-race meeting will be held 30 minutes before each race infront of the Store on the Village Green. For those of you without your own gear, kayaks and sups are available for $10 and canoes are available for $20. Pentwater River Outfitters staff will be present to help haul you and your gear from the village green to the start/finish lines. At this point, we are not likely to run the Triathlon due to multi-jurisdictional red tape. That being said, we strongly recommend that the avid Triathletes from last year (insert Peter) contend in either the kayak or canoe sections of the "Toughman" (That is a dare). Now some fine print: All athletes must wear PFDs. All canoes and kayaks of all makes are eligible for all of the races. And most of all, this is purely for fun! Please come out, compete, and have a good time and help us create an environment where everyone involved has a good time. More updates to come. Visit us at facebook: