On Sunday, July 22, Lake Metroparks will host its annual Lighthouse Triathlon/Kayak Triathlon at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. Beginning at 8 a.m., participants will swim 500 meters or kayak 3 kilometers in Lake Erie, bike 20 kilometers and run 5 kilometers.
Awards will be presented at the completion of the triathlon. Medals will be presented to the top male and female of each race category. Medals will also be presented to the top three finishers in all age divisions. Pre-register online and view bike and run maps at www.lakemetroparks.com or call 440-358-7275 or 800-669-9226. On-site registration and packet pickup will be completed at the picnic pavilion on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Competitors will start in the water to swim 500 meters. The approximate water depth is 6 feet. Wet suits are permitted, but flotation devices are not. Lifeguards will be on duty. For safety reasons, tired swimmers may stop, touch bottom (if able) and resume swimming when ready.
Instead, participants may choose to kayak 3 kilometers, starting on the beach west of the swim course. Kayaks will paddle north 100 meters, then east 1.5 kilometers parallel to the swim course. They will turn around and return to the beach at the same location they departed from.
Next, racers will bike 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) out and back on route of paved roads—starting from Fairport Beach, traveling east through Painesville Township and then returning on same roads. Bicycle helmets are required. The route will be marked with directional arrows on roads. Local law enforcement will attempt to hold traffic at all intersections, however, racers should adhere to traffic laws and race cautiously. There are six railroad crossings; cross with caution.
Finally, triathletes will run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on paved roads also marked with directional arrows. Run with traffic. Always look both ways when crossing intersections and making turns. The entire course is within Fairport Village limits. Traffic will be controlled at critical intersections. Runners re-enter the beach through East St. access. Note, the last 0.25 mile is not paved, but on hard-packed dirt/sand.
Triathlete Transition Training
Are triathlons new to you? Have no worries. On Thursday, July 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., ages 16 and over can head to Fairport Harbor’s Lakefront Park Shelter to learn about transition areas, clothing and equipment for triathlons and adventure races. Bring your swimsuit, bike and running shoes for optional transition practice and a short swim/bike/run. The fee is $5.