Pacific Grove Triathlon Ignores Health Department Warnings

Enjoy the polluted ocean, Pacific Grove triathletes. Recent rain has washed more raccoon poop into the ocean. Please wash your hands before touching anything in town.

Cal Triathlon in Berkeley, sponsor of the event, noted that a swim clinic at Lovers Point was held Thursday and that the most recent water tests showed safe levels of bacteria.

Triathlon planners have said they intend to go ahead with events as planned. Planners told participants that they must make their own decision about swimming in the bay and that Cal Triathlon would not refund entry fees to those who choose not to swim in the event.

Sept Beach Pollutiuon

Pacific Grove Triathlon Ignores Health Department Warnings

Pacific Grove Triathlon, In The Doo Doo Again.

Damn the parasites, full speed ahead.

“We paid a lot of money for this Triathlon and I’ve trained for almost a year now so I’m just going to go for it,” said Triathlon Swimmer, Christal Alderton.

“Every year we always have something going on with the water. It’s a still time of year. But because of contact with the county we just felt like let’s do it! And everyone’s been swimming and enjoying the ocean and we haven’t had any ill effects,” said Betsy Davis Co-Owner Tri-California

Now the warning signs have the local spin job saying the levels are down next to them.

Since Then

Sept Beach Pollutiuon

Pacific Grove Triathlon, In The Doo Doo Again.

What Always Follows A Triathlon Article? Yep, A Sewage Article

Lovers Point Beach Sand

And don’t forget the fecal matter in the sand at Lovers Point.

The advisory was posted at Sunset Beach at Arena when high levels of bacteria was discovered in a sample taken Tuesday, health officials said.

It is recommend that people stay out of the water while the advisory is posted.

What Always Follows A Triathlon Article? Yep Sewage Article

No Sleeping-In Along Pacific Grove Triathlon Route

No rest for late sleepers along the coast both days this weekend.

Saturday’s races will include the Olympic Distance Triathlon, starting at 7:15 a.m.; the Junior Elite race at 11:45 a.m., and the California Elite Series Triathlon at noon.

Sunday the Sprint Distance Triathlon starts at 7:15 a.m. Both days will feature a health fitness expo.

No Sleeping In Along Pacific Grove Triathlon Route

Triathlon At Pacific Grove – First It’s Not Polluted, Then It Is Polluted, Then It’s Not

Ready to swim in the dirty water?

Carl Spackler Pool

9/3/08

(KION News)
Lover’s Point Beach Advisory

A high indicator of bacteria was found in samples taken on 8/18/08 and now Lover’s Point Beach has been poster with an advisory.

9/5/08

(KCBA News)
Swimmers can return to Pacific Grove.

Closed earlier this week because of bacteria in the water, the beach at Lovers’ Point is now open for people who want to take a dip.

The Monterey County Health Department says the coliform bacteria has subsided, returning the water quality back to a safe level.

Triathlon At Pacific Grove – First It’s Not Polluted, Then It Is Polluted, Then It’s Not

Triathlon? No Thanks Let Me Sleep

Letters From The Editor:

I would appreciate it if triathlon organizers would take into account that their event takes place smack dab in the middle of a town full of people who at 6:30 are probably asleep. If they must announce every step taken by every participant all morning long, they should start the event no earlier than 8.

Dang running ninnies disturbing the peace.
or is it:
Dang locals, think that their right to peace before 8 AM should be upheld.

Triathalon? No Thanks Let Me Sleep

What Do Triathletes Truly Fear Most?

More than sharks or poo-poo in the water.
Tridents

It’s the kelp-clogged waters and cold temperatures that worry competitors in this year’s Triathlon at Pacific Grove — not possible shark attacks.

Team member Sia Karamalegos said sharks are found regularly along the Gulf Coast. “Probably more so than here,” she said. “I think we will be all right, as long as we’re not the slowest ones out there. Or the first ones.”

What Do Triathletes Truly Fear Most?

Just In Time For The Triathlon At Pacific Grove: Study finds Human waste On Lovers Point Beach

Lovers Point Sewer Pipe

A study by Stanford University scientists on bacteria, beach sand and surf water found traces of human waste on the beach at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove.

The Stanford study showed contaminated beach sand can be a source for bacteria in coastal waters. It found detectable levels of enterococci bacteria on 91 percent of the beaches and traces of E. coli on 62 percent. They found higher levels of the bacteria at beaches surrounded by developed areas.

At Lovers Point, researchers found that enterococci bacteria could wash from dry sand to the sea at levels high enough to trigger a beach health advisory.

Lovers Point Beach Sand

Stories ran in many news sites, including:
Salinas Clownafornian
Oakland FOX Network TV News

Monterey County has a hot line and Web site to inform people about water quality at eight of its most popular beaches. The number: (800) 347-6363; online: www.co.monterey.ca.us/health/beaches.

Just In Time For The Triathlon At Pacific Grove: Study finds Human waste On Lovers Point Beach