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E-Coli Warning Won’t Stop Local Triathlon

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Lake St. Clair (WWJ Photo, File)

Lake St. Clair (WWJ Photo, File)

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ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) – Exposure to e-coli isn’t going to stop a group of triathletes from participating in their sport.

The Health Department has warned competitors that their kayak race, scheduled to take place on Lake St. Clair on Saturday, would put them in close contact with the bacteria. However, the group of dedicated triathletes is living up to the saying “the show must go on.”

Marianne Beach-Langois, with Henry Ford Health System is the coordinator for the Triathlon and she tells WWJ that they’re taking precautions. Beach-Langois says they’ll have sanitizing wipes for participants to use afterwards, as well as a bucket of soapy water in case someone falls in while kayaking 2.1 miles in the waters at Blossom Heath Park. “All of the participants are aware that the beach is closed. I’ve emailed them all and explained that this is the venue that we’re taking and have not heard one concern from any of the participants,” says Beach-Langois.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to several athletic departments, including Grosse Pointe North and Lakeshore High Schools. The competition takes place Saturday at 7am at Blossom Heath Park.

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