Chicago Shoreline Marathon Makes a Big Splash in Lake Michigan


Chicago is hosting two world class events this weekend, both filled with Olympians and future Olympians battling it out in their sports.  We know about The Chicago Triathlon, but the Chicago Shoreline Marathon is an event worth checking out, these men and women are hard core.  Athlete's from as far away as South Africa are in Chicago to do battle with Lake Michigan and  each other, this isn't just the leisurely paddling you see on the Skokie Lagoons, this is 26 miles of hard work against the waves.

The Chicago Shoreline Marathon is the only world class race to paddle
Chicago's Lake Michigan and the shores ofChicago. All skill levels are welcome to participate, the event includes a
beginner relay, and an 8 mile short course as well as a media race that will include Amy Freeze(FOX), Ginger Zee(NBC), John Garcia (ABC) and Dina Bair (WGN). The media team will compete against the Listen To Your Lakes team and
Chicago 2016 along with others competing in the 4 person relay division. 

"We are encouraging Chicagoans to come and cheer the kayakers on, this
is an exciting event that takes skill and determination"
says Tim
Flentye the Chicago Shoreline Marathon co-founder.

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Photo Courtesy Scott Fincher

For those of you looking to get in a killer workout and involved in a great event, there are still spots open.  Registration for the full marathon $75, four person relay $100 per team
and 8 mile race $35; all registration fees include a t-shirt and
admission into the post race dinner and award ceremony. Kayak rental is
available at Leone beach.

Charity partners are: Us TOO International Prostate Cancer
Education & Support Network and The Shedd Aquarium's Listen to Your
Lakes program.

First place winner in the 26 mile race will receive $3,000, Second
place $1,500 and third place winner $750. Awards will be given to the
top female, male and top double will receive $1,000.  For more
information and to register click here.

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