Shermanator Triathlon

Sat August 3, 2019 Directions
ATHLETE UPDATE

FINAL ATHLETE UPDATE
August 1, 2019

We are just two days away from the 17th annual Shermanator!  Here are our last minute notes and tips for you as you prepare...

Parking
Athletes should use the 38th Street parking area on race morning. Arrive early! There is a long walk from the parking area to the Recreation Center for check in, and then another walk from the Recreation Center down to the waterfront for the start.

Please click here for directions to the 38th Street Parking area: https://www.google.com/maps/place/42%C2%B020'33.1%22N+85%C2%B023'28.6%22W/@42.342528,-85.3918232,200m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d42.3425269!4d-85.3912759?shorturl=1

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

Handicapped accessible parking is available at the Recreation Center. Please arrive prior to 7:45 am.

Chips
The timing chip and strap you receive goes on one of your ankles. It cannot be worn anywhere else on the body.

Post-Race
There will be a short awards ceremony at the finish line immediately following the race (approximately 10:30am).

There will be time after you finish to jump back into the lake to cool down! The Recreation Center will also be open for you to shower and change before leaving. Please remember to bring your own towel and lock. 

Water's Edge Day Spa will once again be located near the Refreshment area to provide FREE post-race massages on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Weather
The forecast looks great right now with no rain predicted and air temperatures in the mid 60's at the start. Here's a great article with a few tips on how to "beat the heat"! 

Transition Area
Only athletes and coaches are allowed in the transition area. We will have designated racks for our Relay teams and Super Sprint athletes. All other rack spots are available on a first come first serve basis.

Waves
Athletes in the Duathlon and those participating in the Relay will start with the FIRST wave at 7:45 am. Each subsequent wave will be released every 4 minutes. Aquabike athletes will start with their age group. The final wave breakdown will be posted at check-in and at the waterfront on Saturday morning.

Duathlon, Aquabike & Relay Special Notes
The Duathlon start line is near the finish line arch. We will make an announcement a few minutes prior to the race to review your opening run and return to transition.

Aquabike athletes will finish when crossing the mat returning into transition after completing the bike course. Please do not proceed to the finish line chute until after you have removed your chip.

The chip hand-off for Relays is at your rack inside transition.

Water Stations and Snack Tent
There will be 2 water stations on the run course, positioned near the 1 mile and 2 mile marks. 

At the end of the race, there will be a tent with snacks for the athletes to refuel. If you misplace anything throughout the race, the snack tent also act as our lost and found.

Miscellaneous

  • Please remember that the Sherman Lake YMCA is not open for site visits or training as camp is in session right now and we will have campers on site up until Friday evening.
  • Helmets are required on the bike course. Make sure to double check you have yours!
  • There will be an EMT on site to administer any First Aid necessary.
  • No MP3's or sound devices are allowed while you are on the bike and run courses. This is for your safety and for the other athletes around you.
  • Make sure to review your gear and packing/transport process no later than Friday night. Don't forget the basics - goggles, towel, bike, helmet, race apparel, and shoes.
  • Mosquitoes are here! Consider adding some repellent to your race bag.
  • Pedal Bicycle will be on site race morning to assist with last minute bike issues.
  • Questions? Ask a volunteer! Shermanator volunteers will be wearing teal Shermanator t-shirts.

Thanks again for choosing the Shermanator! The Shermanator has raised funds annually for the Sherman Lake YMCA to benefit families in need in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties for the past 16 years. It is only with the great support of people such as yourself, that each year, hundreds of individuals receive financial assistance to become members at the Sherman Lake YMCA.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns and we'll see you on Saturday!

Carrie

Carrie Hybels, Director of Community Development
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center
carrieh@ymcasl.org
269.731.3039

ATHLETE UPDATE #2
July 27, 2019

Good Afternoon Shermanators!

We're just one week away from the 17th annual Shermanator! Here are a few more notes and tips for you as we approach the big day...

Shermanator Schedule
6:15 AM - Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Open
6:15 AM - Transition opens
7:30 AM - Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Closes
7:45 AM - First wave of race begins
8:45 AM - Post-race snack area opens
10:30 AM - Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

Parking
Double check your driving directions and leave home with plenty of time to spare. Athletes should use the 38th St parking area on race morning. Arrive early! There is a long walk from the parking area to the Recreation Center for check in, and then another walk from the Recreation Center down to the waterfront for the start. There will be a large sign at the entrance to guide you in. 

Spectators arriving up until 7:45 am may also use the 38th Street parking area. Spectators arriving after 7:45 am must use the parking area accessed just north of the YMCA main entrance on 39th St. Please come in at that point from the north and M-89, not from “G” Avenue. Handicapped accessible parking is available at the Recreation Center. Please arrive prior to 7:45 am.

Weather
So far the forecast is for clear skies Friday night with partly sunny skies and a high of around 82 for race day. This is Michigan, however, and things might change! If we have lightning, thunder, or rain heavy enough to reduce visibility or traction on the bike course as we near 7:45 am on race day, we will delay the race. We can delay for a maximum of 30 minutes.  If threatening weather continues past that point, we will cancel the event. 

Waves
The Duathlon and Relays will be in the first wave of the day with subsequent waves going out every 4 minutes. Aquabike athletes will start with their age group. The final wave breakdown will be posted at check-in and at the waterfront on Saturday morning.

Transition Area
We will have designated racks for our Relay and Super Sprint participants. All other rack spots are first come first serve. 

Wetsuits and Water Temperature
Wetsuits are allowed in the Shermanator. If you have one and would like to wear it, please do. 

Registration
Online registration will be open until midnight on Wednesday, July 31.  If you know of anyone still trying to decide whether or not to register, encourage them to do so before online registration closes! 

Day of registration will be available from 6:15am-7:15am at the Rec Center.

Course Maps
Click here to view maps for each course (swim, bike, and run), as well as an overall map of Sherman Lake, which details parking sites and registration and transition areas.

Miscellaneous

  • The Recreation Center will be open if you would like to use the locker rooms and showers to clean up post-race.  Please make sure to bring your own towel and lock.
  • Everyone should review the course maps in advance of race morning.  Know where you are going.  Our courses are well marked and well supported. Please click here to review the course maps.
  • Results pages will be available on the event web site. We will begin posting results to those pages as soon as we can following the event. Please let your friends and relatives who want to keep track of your great finish know how to access those pages! Click here to go directly to the results page. 
  • What are all those bubbles in the water?  The stationary areas of bubbles are from our lake association weed abatement program. It is similar to a system of big aquarium bubblers.  The bubble action and the extra air in the water inhibits the growth of invasive weeds.
  • Make sure to review your gear and packing/transport process no later than Friday night. Don't forget the basics! Goggles, towel, bike, helmet, race apparel, and shoes.
  • Mosquitoes are here! Consider adding some repellent to your race bag.
  • Pedal Bicycle will be on site race morning to assist with last minute bike issues. 

Course Notes
The swim course is an out and back going counter clockwise. The start line is at the end of the dock in about 7-foot deep water. You may hang back in shallower water until right up to your wave start. Waves will be posted Saturday morning with the first wave starting at 7:45 am. There will be plenty of lifeguards in the water, outlining the course, both on kayaks and paddle boards.
While on the bike and run courses, be ready for the potential of wildlife encounters. This is especially true when it comes to deer on the bike course.
Finally, during the 37th Street section of the bike course, north of “G” Avenue, as you head to or come back inbound from the 5-mile turn around at Crane’s Pond, there is a total or partial tree canopy. It is pretty but with the sun up, the broken canopy can seem like a strobe light at times as you go in and out of the open sections. Ride according to conditions and stay safe!

Calling All Volunteers!
If you or anyone you know has a little extra time on Friday early evening, we can always use a few more people to help with our waterfront and transition area set up beginning around 4:00pm. Nothing terribly hard, just setting up bike racks, and fencing. We also have a few opportunities post-race on Saturday for our clean-up crew. It normally takes us less than 90 minutes to tear down and clean up the site.

Volunteers can register here

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning!

Carrie

Carrie Hybels, Director of Community Development
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center
carrieh@ymcasl.org
269.731.3039

 

ATHLETE UPATE #1
July 20, 2019

We're just two weeks out from the 17th annual Shermanator! We've created this athlete update to answer your most commonly asked questions and to keep you up to date on important dates and times. We'll be sending out another edition approximately one week before the race.

Shermanator Schedule
6:15 AM - Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Open
6:15 AM - Transition opens
7:30 AM - Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration Close
7:45 AM - First wave of race begins
8:45 AM - Post-race snack area opens
10:30 AM - Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

Athlete Check-In
Race Morning Check In: 6:15am-7:30am at the Sherman Lake YMCA Recreation Center. Please watch for the signs directing you to the Recreation Center after you park. Participants for ALL events must check-in before competing.

Pre-Race Packet Pick Up: There is no pre-race packet pickup. Everything you need will be ready when you check in at the Recreation Center on Saturday morning (race day). Your packet will include your race bib, pins, a Shermanator t-shirt, swim cap, and timing chip. 

A timing chip will be provided for race timing. A $30 fee will be charged for lost chips. All timing chip assignments and race markings will be done at check-in on race morning.

Race Bibs
You will be provided with a race bib at check-in. Place wear it on the front during the run as we need to see your bib as you cross the finish line. Athletes are not required to have the bib number on during the bike or the the swim but must have it on for the run portion of the event. 

Wetsuits
Wetsuits are allowed in the Shermanator. If you have one and would like to wear it, please do. 

Age Groups
While the Shermanator is not a sanctioned event, we do follow the USAT “age up” rule to be consistent with those events that do. You will be placed in an age group based on your age as of December 31, 2019. (Example - if you are 49 on race day but your birthday is October 1, you will “age up” to 50 and will be placed in the 50-54 age group.)

Results
Results will be posted at the event. A complete listing will also be posted online after the Shermanator; check it out at: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/43182

Parking
Athletes should use the 38th St parking area on race morning. Arrive early! There is a long walk from the parking area to the Recreation Center for check in, and then another walk from the Recreation Center down to the waterfront for the start.

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

Handicapped accessible parking is available at the Recreation Center. Please arrive prior to 7:45 am.

Open Lake Swim - July 27
Join us for an open lake swim at Sherman Lake and get a feel for the open water swim before the day of the race. All registered participants of the 2019 Shermanator are invited to participate in our open lake swim on Saturday, July 27 from 8:30am-10am.

Registration is required  and participants must be registered for the 2019 Shermanator. Click here to register.

Miscellaneous Items
No MP3’s or similar devices are allowed on the course.  You need to be aware of what is happening around you for your own protection, and the safety of other athletes on the course. 
No dogs (or pets) are allowed on site (with the exception of assistance dogs)
The Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center is not open prior to the race for venue visits or training as we have children in camp up until race day. If you're looking for an alternate location for your final weeks of training, consider the nearby Fort Custer State Recreation Area or Ross Township Park on Gull Lake. Click here for the Fort Custer trail map!
Our guaranteed date (July 17) for participant shirts has passed. However, we have ordered extras and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to athletes who registered after the guarantee deadline.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on site.
The Sherman Lake YMCA is a non-smoking site.
Finally, a special thanks to all our great sponsors this year. We couldn't do this without you!

2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor - Zeigler Auto Group
Bronze Sponsors - Armor Physical Therapy, CSM Group, Cherry Tree Financial and Molina Healthcare
Friend of Shermanator - Richland Village Drug
In Kind Sponsors - Pedal, Kashi, WLLA TV 64, Gallagher Uniform & Water's Edge Day Spa

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns and we'll see you on August 3!

Carrie

Carrie Hybels, Director of Community Development
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center 
carrieh@ymcasl.org
269.731.3039