The Third Annual Sprint and Splash at Lake St. Clair will be held on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, Michigan. Just like last year, the event will offer three options for participation!
- Duathlon: 5K Run and 2 Mile Kayak (please note this race can be done as an individual or as a two-person relay team)
- Family Friendly 5K Fun Run & Walk
- Stand Up Paddle boarding Competition: 2 Mile Recreational Race or 6 Mile WPA Sanctioned Race
The purpose of this unique event is to promote and celebrate Lake St. Clair, which is truly the “heart” of the Great Lakes. It is one of the largest freshwater fisheries in North America and also one of the busiest recreational waterways in the mid-west. By participating in this event, you are supporting organizations that are working to improve the regional economy by increasing tourism to Lake St. Clair and its coastal communities while also striving to protect and restore Lake St. Clair, the Clinton River, and the surrounding natural areas.
The primary benefactor of the event will be the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, a public/private, non-profit association created to increase awareness, protect, and develop the rich and diverse assets on and around this fresh water community. A goal of the Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative is to educate and connect new and existing visitors about the many experiences offered by Lake St. Clair and the surrounding business and communities. This initiative is helping to foster economic development around the entire lake and to promote a long term vision and plan for the continued sustainable development of Lake St. Clair and its assets.
Two other non-profit organizations will also benefit from this event: The Clinton River Watershed Council and Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy. Both organizations focus on conserving, sustaining, and protecting the region's natural resources. The Clinton River Watershed Council has a mission to "protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair", and the goal of the Conservancy is "to conserve, sustain and connect natural areas, lands and waters that make the places we live special".
Also supporting and organizing this event: The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development and Great Lakes Surf Shop.