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2015 Race date
Saturday, August 1

Thursday - July 23, 2015

Special thanks to all our great sponsors this year and especially to our 2015 presenting sponsor - Zeigler Auto Group.  

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

I’m still getting questions about weeds in the lake. I understand.  But they are more or less gone. Two years ago the invasive weeds went wild.  But the abatement program at the lake which looks like a series of big aquarium bubblers, has really done the job well.  Weeds are hardly noticeable around the lake. And the Shermanator swim course is darn near weed free. The entire waterfront area at the Y was rebuilt this spring too and everything looks great.

We are continuing with the 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.

39th St, the main road along the Y which we use for the opening/closing section of the bike course, was partially resurfaces last year.  This spring, the Kalamazoo County Road Commission finished the rest of the way from “FG” to the Y main entrance with chip seal.  No loose gravel left at this point. The entire section of 39th for the bike course is looking anda riding great.

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. Gazelle Sports and Pedal both 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.

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 bouncing around in the mid to upper 70’s so far.

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 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.

-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.

I’ll plan on probably two more updates prior to race morning.  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
Volunteer RD