About the Water Warriors Statewide Civic Partners



Water Warriors logo


2014 Ride dates: Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1


The Water Warriors are men and women from all walks of life who have two things in common; their love of water sports and their desire to help people. The Water Warriors participate in a 5-day, 450-mile endurance ride on personal watercraft (wave runner type machines) starting at Mackinaw City, riding the entire length of Lake Huron, the St. Clair River and culminating at Harsens Island, to raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Water Warriors Personal Watercraft Endurance Ride began in 1991, an idea born by a member of the Wertz Warrior Snowmobile Endurance Ride, who believed overcoming the obstacles of Michigan's vast waterways and weather conditions could be conquered.


The annual five day trek takes place the end of July. Each day has pre-planned fuel stops, rest stops, evening activities and overnight accommodations. There are three categories of volunteers: The riders, land support, and water support.

Take the ride of your life!
Become a Water Warrior!


  • Riders MUST be 18+ years old
  • Riders commit to raising at least $1,500 for riding all 5 days. Commitments for riding less than 5 days also available.
  • Shorter rides & financial commitments are available
  • The Water Warriors are responsible for paying their own expenses on the trip.
  • A rider commits to raising a minimum donation of $1,500 and riding his/her machine from Mackinaw City to Harsens Island. The $1,500 can be generated in many ways. Some riders solicit funds through their business associates, others have pig roasts, spaghetti dinners, golf tournaments, bingo's, steak outs, etc.
  • Members who raise their money and do not have a PWC or cannot ride will be offered a spot to ride on a Support Boat.
  • The water support personnel are in boats with two to six riders assigned to each boat, responsible for the safety of their riders.
  • The land support crew follow along on land assisting the riders at each fuel stop, docking, and transporting luggage and equipment.


The Special Olympics program was founded in 1968 by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. At this time thereare more than 19,620 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. As a non-profit organization, Special Olympics Michigan relies upon the generous contributions of time, material, and money from individuals, organizations, and businesses. Without their support, the program would not exist.

If you would like to get involved on any level, please feel free to contact us. We are waiting to hear from you.

Coordinator Wendy May
P.O. Box 234
Anchorville, MI 48004




Water Warriors 2014 Board of Directors:


  • Ann Plegue

Vice Chairman:

  • Tom Chauvin


  • Dan Garon
  • Chris Johns
  • Bryan Rollison
  • Karen Winkle
  • Mary Rener


  • Wendy May

Assistant Coordinator:

  • Lisa Pioszak

Financial Officer:

  • Darlene Markel

Land Support Director:

  • Karen Winkle

Assistant Land Suport Director:

  • Jerry Markel


  • Matt Addy

Up-North Liaison:

  • Brad Saegesser

Congratulations to Wendy May!


Congratulations to Tom Chauvin and Ann Plegue!


Water Warriors Check

On Saturday, November 23, 2013 Water Warriors members attended the Special Olympics Michigan State Poly Hockey Tournament in Lansing. We participated in the Opening Ceremonies and presented Special Olympics Michigan athletes with a check for $55,000!!! We also participated in an autograph session with the athletes. The Warriors attended a few of the Poly Hockey games and cheered on the St. Clair River Rockers coached by Tom Chauvin. It was a great weekend and a wonderful opportunity to see how they money we raise helps sponsor this event that hosted Poly Hockey teams from all across Michigan!

Water Warriors Poly Hockey Entrance    Water Warriors Group



  • Ongoing: Candle Sale - Bryan & Roxanne Rollison (rmrollison@gmail.com) There are 20 different scents & they are $12 ea. (Shipping available)
  • June 25th: Lake St. Clair Fun Run - Poker Run (Ann Plegue - lakestclairfunrun@gmail.com)
  • July 20th: Water Warriors Meeting at Brown's on Harsens Island at 1:00 p.m.
  • July 27th-August 1st: WATER WARRIORS RIDE [Sunday 7/27: Mackinaw City] [Monday 7/28: Alpena] [Tuesday 7/29: Tawas] [Wendesday 7/30 Port Austin] [Thursday 7/31: Port Huron] [Friday 8/1: Brown's - Harsens Island]
  • July 29th: Tawas Steak Out - Bay Inn & Crow's Nest (Ester Radgowski)
  • July 31st: Pig Roast - Bridge Harbor - Port Huron: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Tom Chauvin - tomchauvin1@gmail.com)
  • July 31st: Office Lounge Fundraiser - Port Huron: 8 p.m. - ? (Jerry & Darlene Markel - darmarkel@comcast.net)
  • August 23rd: Eric Mueller Memorial Kayak Run [Harsens Island] (Wendy May - wendy.brenner.may@gmail.com)

Business Sponsorship

Tru-Tech Systems, Inc - Gold

James Industries - Gold

Perch Point Conservation Club - Silver

Knights of Columbus - Silver

Fifth Third Bank - Bronze

The Wayne & Joan Webber Foundation - Bronze

Waste Management - Bronze

Leonard Wranosky & Sons Carpentry - Bronze

Jeremy's Automotive & Performance LLC - Bronze

Grosso Trucking & Supplies Co. - Bronze

D&M Lawn, Landscape & Tree Service LLC - Bronze

Millstone Pond LLC - Bronze

M&H Manufactured Housing & Construction, Inc. - Bronze


Changing Places Moving

Semco Energy

Knights of Columbus #7227

St. Clair Shores Women of the Moose #69

Brenner Electric

Rancilio & Associates

Schwanitz, Hayden & Assoc.

The Sweet Tooth of Marine City

Mac & Ray's Harbor Bistro Restaurant - Harrison Twp.

Sindbad's - Detroit

Brown's - Harsens Island

Algonac Harbor Club

Sunsation Boats

Striker's Entertainment Center - Richmond

Grace Performance - Port Huron

American Legion - Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City Municipal Marina

Welcome Inn - Mackinaw

Baymont - Mackinaw

Lighthouse Restaurant - Rogers City

Best Western - Alpena

Hungry Howie's - Alpena

Bay Inn - Tawas

Tawas Bay Marina

Tawas Eagles Club

United States Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Caseville Kiwanas

Caseville Municipal Marina

Thumb National Bank & Trust

SOMI - Area 10

Blue Spruce/Lucky Horseshoe - Port Austin

Buffalo Wild Wings - Port Huron

Achatz Catering - Adair

Bridge Harbour Marina - Port Huron

Office Lounge - Port Huron

Hampton Inn - Port Huron

St. Clair County Sheriff Marine Division

VFW - New Baltimore

B & D Drywall - Clinton Twp.

McFat's Meats - Fair Haven

Mark's Auto - Fair Haven

Kenmore Asphalt - Shelby Twp.

Voyager - St. Clair

Marine City Landscaping LLC

Collectors Inc.

Lite Electric, Inc.