2012-07-26 / Sports

Seven Presidents Park to host lifeguard invitational

Lifeguard teams from beaches around the Jersey Shore will descend upon Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch on July 27. The park will be hosting the annual Seven Presidents Invitational.

Invited teams are Avon-By-The-Sea, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Grove, Sea Bright and Spring Lake. The host is the Monmouth County Park System, which operates the park.

The teams will be competing in six events: the torp run relay; land line, kayak relay, swim, run paddle, beach flags, and boat relay.

Each team will be made up of 10 lifeguards, including at least three women.

To make things more interesting, and to bring about some parody, the four participants for each event outside of the torp run relay (which uses all 10 team members) will be picked out of a hat. Each competitor will have a number on his or her arm. And if their number is picked, that lifeguard will compete in that particular event. This format prevents teams from stacking up for certain events and requires teams to have more allaround competitors.

Another thing that is different about the Seven Presidents Invitational, according to Monmouth County Park System supervisor Spike Fowler, is that they use an apex course for the ocean competitions. Instead of each team having a separate buoy that it must circle, there is just one buoy that all teams much circle. This makes it easier to judge the winner of the race because everyone is racing toward the same finish line.

The competition will get started around 6 p.m.

This year’s competition is dedicated to Michael Bennett, the longtime assistant superintendent of the Monmouth County Park System, who has been a strong supporter of the county lifeguards.

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