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2016 Race date
Saturday  August 6

Sponsors

Friday, August 5, 2016


Shermanator is tomorrow.

The forecast looks great. We will probably have air temps at around 70 at the start. Water temp around 80.

A couple last minute reminders.

Check in and same day on site registration opens at 6:15. Same day is $100 for individuals and $190 for Relays.

Mosquitoes are showing up in numbers. Consider bringing some repellent.

Helmets are required. Don't leave home without yours.

No mp3's or sound devices are allowed while you are on the bike and run courses.   

Timing chip and strap goes on one ankle or the other.

Only Relays will have designated racks. All others are first come first serve. Relay chip hand off is at the rack.

Aquabike athletes will finish when crossing the mat returning into transition. We'll have a bin for your chip and strap to be dropped off inside transition once you have finished.

Waves will be posted at check in and the waterfront.
Wave 1 starts at 7:45 - Triathlon & Aquabike Men 0-39, Relays, and Duathlon.

Duathlon start line is back from the finish arch. I'll call you all to that spot a couple minutes before the start to review your opening run and return to transition.

Athletes only in transition please.   We understand that there will be occasions where an athlete may need a little help for something prior to the race. We will require all spectators leave transition by a little after 7.

Double check your gear before packing. make sure you bring your essentials - including that helmet. It is a long walk from parking to check in, and then from there to the waterfront.

The Rec Center will be open until noon for you to shower and change before leaving the site. Please bring your own towel and lock.

Check your maps for driving to the parking area. Leave with plenty of time to make it a safe drive.

We are looking forward to a fun morning at the Sherman Lake YMCA. Hope you are too.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Double check your driving directions and leave home with plenty of time to arrive early.


We will have designated racks for relays. All other rack spots are first come first serve.  Technically, there is no real distance advantage comparing one spot to any other.


We will keep our Rec. Cntr. Open until noon if you would like to use the locker rooms and showers to clean up post race before driving home.  Please bring your own towel and lock.


We are continuing with the "new" swim course layout. Out and back going counter clockwise. You can review the map on the Race Data/Maps page.


Need some help with your bike?  Get to Pedal Bicycle in downtown Kalamazoo or in Portage. Or to your local bike shop. Don’t wait.  Pedal will be on site race morning but that is primarily to assist with last minute issues that develop, not for a tune up or anything like that.


Are you self sufficient in terms of being able to fix a flat or handle a minor issue while on the bike course.  If you don’t carry a flat kit, get one and learn how to do the basics. That is riding 101 whether you are racing or out training.


One thing that comes up often is what to do with your bib number.  We need to see that on your front as you finish the run. Aquabike athletes, you don’t need to use it if you don’t want on the bike.  No one needs to have the bib number on during the bike, let alone the swim. But we need that showing when you approach the finish line.  A great way to manage the bib number is a number belt. Pedal and many athletic and bike shops carry them. Your bib number attaches to the elastic belt. When you transition from bike to run, grab the belt and put it on while you head out. Then make sure the bib is facing the finish line arch as you approach the line. This is one of the must have pieces of equipment if you plan to do many multisport events.  And if you use high end apparel, nice way to save your stuff from safety pin holes.


Everyone should review the course maps in advance of race morning.  Know where you are going.  Our courses are well marked and well supported.


While we do not sanction the Shermanator, we do follow the USAT “age up” rule to help keep some consistency with those events that do.  So you are placed in the age group based on your age on December 31.  Example - if you are 44 on race day but your birthday is past race day so you are 45 on December 31, you “age up” to the 45-49 age group.


Several law enforcement units will be out on the bike course assisting with traffic control. Remember that if something big comes up, they may get pulled. Or maybe something bad happens nearby and they need to divert traffic or clear the way for other emergency vehicles. Stay alert and pay attention.


The Live Results pages are ready to go on both the desktop and  mobile versions of the event web site.  We will be pushing results to those pages once we start having athletes cross the finish line. Please let your friends and relatives who want to keep track of your great finish know how to access those pages.


Please review the parking map.  Athlete access to the site is off 38th St. From “G” Ave.  There will be a large sign at the intersection to help guide you in.


There is a long walk or ride with your gear from parking to the Rec. Cntr. for check in, and then more odown to transition.  Arrive early.  We start on time with first wave at 7:45. Pack your gear to make it easy to walk.


Review your gear and packing/transport process no later than Friday night. Don’t wait until Saturday morning to do that.


Make sure you have all your basics, and whatever extras you may need - Goggles, towel(s), bike, helmet, race apparel, shoes.


Bug spray - mosquitos are showing up. Later than normal, but they are there. Bring some repellent.


The Duathlon, and Relays start with Wave 1. Aquabike athletes start with your age group.  We will have the wave breakdown posted at check in and the waterfront.


Water temps have been fluctuating, but holding around 80. Wetsuits are allowed.


We will have our full contingent of lifeguards in the water, along with divers from sponsor Sub Aquatic Sports.


What are all those bubbles in the water?  Race morning, some will come from the dive team.  But the stationary areas of bubbles are from the lake association weed abatement program. It is like a system of big aquarium bubblers.  The bubble action and the extra air in the water does something to inhibit the growth of the the nasty invasive weeds.  The program is a huge success.


Weather - So far the forecast is for clear skies Friday night and sunny and a high around 80 for race day.  This is Michigan however and things might change. Our weather policy is that as we approach 7:45 and have lightning, thunder, or rain heavy enough to reduce visibility or traction on the bike course, we delay. We can delay for a maximum of 30 minutes.  If threatening weather continues past that point, we cancel. No other option.


Online registration will be open until noon Thursday, the 4th. Same day onsite registration will be offered.


We are lucky to have a large and enthusiastic group of volunteers to help stage this event. Some have been with us every year since we started. Please thank them for their support when you get a chance. Same goes with our great sponsors.


Looking forward to seeing you Saturday morning.


Remember - and especially if this is your first multisport event, or among your first - plan to arrive early.


Questions?  Ask away - jim@spiritracing.us


Sunday - July 31, 2016


Special thanks to all our great sponsors this year and especially to our 2016 presenting sponsor - Zeigler Auto Group.and the new Zeigler Motorsports Division.


A number of our sponsors will be on site again this year including Pedal Bicycle, Sub Aquatic Sports, and Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance.


We are continuing with the relatively new swim course layout we set up last year. Out and back going counter clockwise. You can review the map on the Race Data/Maps page.


Start checking your gear today if it hasn’t been used in a while.


Need some help with your bike?  Get to Pedal Bicycle in downtown Kalamazoo or in Portage. Or to your local bike shop. Don’t wait.  Pedal will be on site race morning but that is primarily to assist with last minute issues that develop, not for a tune up or anything like that.


Are you self sufficient in terms of being able to fix a flat or handle a minor issue while on the bike course.  If you don’t carry a flat kit, get one and learn how to do the basics. That is riding 101 whether you are racing or out training.


One thing that comes up often is what to do with your bib number.  We need to see that on your front as you finish the run. Aquabike athletes, you don’t need to use it if you don’t want on the bike.  No one needs to have the bib number on during the bike, let alone the swim. But we need that showing when you approach the finish line.  A great way to manage the bib number is a number belt. Pedal carries them. Your bib number attaches to the elastic belt. When you transition from bike to run, grab the belt and put it on while you head out. Then make sure the bib is facing the finish line arch as you approach the line. This is one of the must have pieces of equipment if you plan to do many multisport events.  And if you use high end apparel, nice way to save your stuff from safety pin holes.


Wetsuits are allowed. No matter what. If you have one and want to wear it, don’t let anything get in your way. Water temps have been near 80 the last week.


Everyone should review the course maps in advance of race morning.  Know where you are going.  Our courses are well marked and well supported.


While we do not sanction the Shermanator, we do follow the USAT “age up” rule to help keep some consistency with those events that do.  So you are placed in the age group based on your age on December 31.  Example - if you are 44 on race day but your birthday is past race day so you are 45 on December 31, you “age up” to the 45-49 age group.


Several law enforcement units will be out on the bike course assisting with traffic control. Remember that if something big comes up, they may get pulled. Or maybe something bad happens nearby and they need to divert traffic or clear the way for other emergency vehicles. Stay alert and pay attention.


No mp3’s or similar allowed.  You need to be aware of what is happening around you for your own protection, and the safety of other athletes on the course.  


Let's look at a couple of basics to remember for yourself and your spectator or support crew for next Saturday morning:


-No dogs (pets) are allowed on site. Assistance dogs of course are welcome


-The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center is not open prior to the race for venue visits or training since we have children enjoying camp up until race day.  If you need a nice spot for final week training, consider the nearby Ft. Custer State Recreation Area. Nice swim waterfront and a huge marked swim area along with nice paved main drive from the main entrance at M-96 back to the Eagle Lake beach. The other nice option close by is Ross Township Park on Gull Lake.


-All athletes use the 38th St parking area. Remember - there is a long walk to the Rec Cntr. For check in, and then from there down to the waterfront.  


-Spectators arriving up until 7:45 should also use the 38th Street parking area. Spectators arriving after 7:45 must use the parking area accessed just north of the YMCA main entrance on 39th St. - and please come in at that point from the north and M-89, not from “G” Avenue.


-Handicapped accessible parking is available at the Rec. Cntr. - But anyone needing that must arrive prior to 7:45.


-No alcoholic beverages are allowed on site.


-The Sherman Lake YMCA is a non smoking site.


Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions.  Now is the time to get them handled.


Train hard...race well

Jim Mishler