May 23, 2012 at 8:52 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - Local officials insist Lake George is clean and safe to swim in as the lake gets ready to host a triathlon next month.
The St. Cloud GraniteMan Triathlon is June 24th at Lake George. Since the event was announced, some participants have questioned whether the water is safe for swimming. St. Cloud Public Services Director Pat Shea says lake water has been tested intermittently over the last year, and the tests have come back clean.
In an effort to back their claims of cleanliness, Mayor Dave Kleis and St. Cloud firefighter Randy Giles, also the sports director for the upcoming Can-Am Games, waded into the lake Tuesday with GraniteMan logistics director Lori Ellering. One triathlete and the race director even swam across the lake to make a point about the safety of the water.
The triathlon will include a one-third mile swim in Lake George, a 15-mile bike ride, and a 5K run.
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