The popular Beach Survival Challenge event is coming back to the Grand Haven State Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 20. The event was started 12 years ago in honor of Andy Fox who lost his life in a rip current. The event was created to raise awareness of water safety along Lake Michigan in a fun, educational atmosphere. Since its inception, over 3,000 kids and adults have participated.
As part of the Challenge, Six-person teams will compete in fun activities such as Tug O War, Beach Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and the Ultimate Beach Survival Obstacle Course. Participants receive a free event shirt, coffee and pastries (provided by Tim Hortons), grilled lunch and beverages (provided by D&W Fresh Markets), ice cream (provided by Cold Stone Creamery), and great prizes. More importantly, participants and attendees get educational information on beach and pier safety from organizations such as the U.S Coast Guard, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, the National Weather Service, and 911 Dispatch.

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The U.S. Coast Guard will also feature a live water rescue demonstration with their rescue helicopter which is always popular with attendees. New this year, the North Ottawa Community Hospital will be holding a cold water rescue demonstration.

The event runs from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Registration for the event is open to teams wanting to participate until the end of the day, today, Friday.  Participants must be entering fifth grade the coming school year or older.  Registration is $132.00 ($22.00 per person).  Registration can be completed online at  Individuals who want more information can contact the Beach Survival Challenge at

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