Thursday, June 07, 2007


Lake Macatawa Advisory Lifted
Thursday, June 07, 2007

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP -- A no-swimming advisory for Lake Macatawa at Dunton Park has been lifted in time for Saturday's 22nd annual Lake Macatawa Triathlon. The beach was closed May 31 because E. coli levels exceeded state water quality standards. An analysis of at least three samples taken Wednesday found a geometric average of 23.3 colonies of E. coli per 100 milliliters of water, well below the state standard of 300 parts per milliliters and last week's sample, which had a geometric average of 347.13. E. coli contamination historically has been a problem at Dunton Park, on the north side of Lake Macatawa near a heavily industrial area. That location was the only one closed last week of the 15 sites being tested through the summer for E. coli levels. More than 200 athletes are expected to take part in the triathlon that includes a half mile swim, 4.8 mile run and 22.8 mile bike ride. For more information, visit or

I'm almost tempted to do both races, but I guess I'm not that crazy. Or am I?? If it wasn't for the possible contamination...


Phoenix said...

Yeah, I dunno. If it were me, the whole time I was in the water I'd be worried about th ecoli. But if it wouldn't worry you and you want to do both, why not? Just do one or both of them for fun and forget about time, just enjoy the race.

You gotta do what you gotta do.

bunnygirl said...

I'd skip it, but that's just me. I'd be too busy worrying about catching something, regardless of what they said the numbers were.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

if you can wing it and you aren't concerned about the possible e.coli thing, go for both, why not?