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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Sprint and Splash returns!

Early registration until April 6

By Amanda Minuado, Macomb County Planning & Economic Development

The 4th Annual Sprint and Splash will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. Sprint and Splash is fast becoming a premier festival on Lake St. Clair. It includes a variety of competitive events, as well as music, food, craft beer and a variety of vendors. Sprint and Splash kicks off the day with a 6-mile World Paddleboard Association sanctioned stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race. Following the SUP race is the duathlon, which combines a 5K run and a 2-mile paddle (kayak or stand-up paddleboard). Sprint and Splash also offers a 5K Fun Run and Walk (for those who want to stay dry) and a 2-mile recreational SUP race. The Sprint and Splash Beach Village is open throughout the day, giving participants and spectators the option to visit local vendors before or after their race.

Sprint and Splash is a fundraising event with the unique purpose of promoting and celebrating 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 Midwest. By sponsoring 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 nonprofit association created to increase awareness, protect and develop the rich and diverse assets on and around this fresh water community. The goal of this organization is to educate and connect new and existing visitors about the many experiences offered by Lake St. Clair and the surrounding businesses and communities. Two other nonprofit 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. Finally, this event also benefits the Naval Reserve Centennial. If you are on active duty or are a reserve or veteran, part of your registration fee will benefit this organization.

Please visit for more information or to register online. The early registration discount ends on Monday, April 6!