2010 Deer Creek Open Water Swim

It's time to start putting this summer's events on the calendar. At the top of my list of swims for the coming year is the 2010 Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim. The 2010 swim will take place on Saturday August 14, 2010. Check the event website for periodic updates.

I will be shooting for the 10 mile distance this time around. How about you?

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather...


New Home for the Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim Website

Update your bookmarks! The website for the Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim has moved to http://www.deercreekopenwater.com.

The website will most likely be getting a face lift over the next few months so be sure to check in periodically. Information will be posted for the 2010 race as it becomes available.

If you have any suggestions or things that you would like to see included on the website, please send me an email at joshuakgreen@gmail.com or leave a comment below.


Great Salt Lake Marathon Swimming

Lynn Arave of the Deseret News recently wrote a short article about marathon swimming in the Great Salt Lake. A link to the story was also posted on 10K Swimmer.

According to the article, the first marathon race in the Great Salt Lake was held in the summer of 1919. There were intermittent races throughout the 20's and 30's. The last time a race was held at the lake was in 1940. Because of low water levels and the start of World War II, the races were discontinued.

I am planning on doing a series of swims in the Great Salt Lake this summer (anyone who cares to join me is more than welcome) and would love to get as much information as I can about the history of swimming in the lake (or anywhere in Utah for that matter).


What's on Your Open Water Christmas List?

It's almost Christmas again. What swimming relating things are on your Christmas wish list this year? Here are some of mine:

Finger Lap Counter - $24.95

Small lap counter for keeping track of long swims in the pool.

History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming - $34.40

A comprehensive history of open water swimming.

Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World - $16.50

The story of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to cross the English Channel

Entrance to Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim - $55.00

Utah's only open water marathon swim.

10K Swimmer has a great list of open water swimming related books and movies that is definitely worth checking out. I highly recommend The Great Swim, The Crossing and Swimming to Antarctica.

Leave a comment below and tell us what's on your open water Christmas wish list.


Swimming in the Great Salt Lake

With the open water season over for the year, I've been thinking about some swims that I want to do next year. My latest idea is a swim in the Great Salt Lake. I have been doing a little research into swimming in the lake and am curious to hear if anyone has done any swimming there. It seems like such an obvious place to swim, but I think many people are scared away by the shallow waters, salt, brine shrimp and the famous lake stench.

I have heard that the lake is pretty shallow and I was able to confirm that fact on Utah.com. The deepest point is only 33 feet and the average depth is only 20 feet. One challenge in doing any kind of distance swim in the Great Salt Lake will be making sure that the water is deep enough.

The Great Salt Lake is very salty with an average salinity of 5% to 27%. By comparison, the average salinity of the ocean is 3.5%. My biggest concern here is getting salt water in my goggles. I talked to someone once who told me there used to be swimming races in the Great Salt Lake and that the salt was really a nuisance, especially with goggles. I will be sure to have a support boat near me and will plan on packing a few extra pairs of goggles just in case. I'm also a little worried about getting salt water in my mouth. I recently did a swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco, and the taste of the salt water in my mouth was the one thing that made it less enjoyable.

Having grown up in Davis County, I have smelled the distinct smell of the Great Salt Lake on many occasions. From what I have read, the smell is due to decaying algae that washes up on the shores. When you are out on the waters, supposedly the smell doesn't exist. From the websites I have been reading, it looks like there is swimming at both Antelope Island State Park and at the Great Salt Lake Marina. Antelope Island also has showers, but I wasn't able to find out if there are showers at the marina.
I'm thinking about trying an island to island swim. One option would be from the Antelope Island Marina swimming northwesterly to Fremont Island. This swim would be about 5 miles. Another option would be to go for a longer swim from Antelope Island southwesterly to Stansbury Island. This swim would end up being 10+ miles.

If you have any experience swimming long distances (or short distances) in the Great Salt Lake, or are interested in trying it out next year, please leave me a comment.


What's In Bountiful Lake?

After the Roundworm scare at Oquirrh Lake, I have been thinking about what kind of nasty stuff could be in the water at Bountiful Lake. I have been swimming there over the past few months with Gordon Gridley and have generally had a good experience there. Sure, the "lake" isn't in the best location and it always smells a little funny out there, but it's the most convenient body of open water for swimming in the area. Gordon and I have joked about the water quality, but he must have been worried after the Oquirrh Lake incident too because he wrote an email to Davis County to ask them if any tests had been done at Bountiful Lake. Click here to visit Gordon's blog and see the response he got from the county.

Some of the more interesting / disturbing things from the Davis County response:

It does not meet public pool standards, and there may be parasites, toxic algae or other safety issues that are under the surface, but we don’t know/test for that. What we have tested for doesn’t show obvious public health hazards are present.

I would suggest the following if you still plan on swimming: Swim with a buddy. Do not swallow the water. Always go feet first especially if you don’t know what’s under the water. Probably best to keep your head up above the lake surface. Be cautious and stay away from snapping turtles. Shower after use.
Parasites?! Toxic Algae?! Snapping Turtles?! These sound like three good reasons not to swim at Bountiful Lake. However, I tend to agree with Gordon on this one. Since both of us have been swimming there for a while and haven't noticed any ill effects, I plan to keep swimming there until 1) tests done that show that there really are parasites, toxic algae, etc. 2) someone gets sick from swimming there or 3) someone builds a new pond/reservoir near my house with crystal clear water that is open to swimmers. I have always tried to be cautious about swimming at Bountiful Lake and make a point to keep water out of my mouth, etc. I always wear a cap, but may start wearing ear plugs too to keep water out of my ears.


Roundworm Found at Oquirrh Lake

Oquirrh Lake was closed towards the end of last week after the Salt Lake Valley Health Department confirmed three cases of roundworm. Roundworm, or Ascariasis, is an infection of the intestines that is common throughout the world in both temperate and tropical areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor. It is one of the most common human parasitic infections. It is estimated that 1.4 billion people worldwide have ascariasis. According to the World Health Organization, ascariasis causes approximately 60,000 deaths annually worldwide.

People become infected with roundworm by playing in the sand or swimming in the water and swallowing the worm's eggs.
The eggs then pass into the intestines where they hatch into larvae and begin moving through the body. Once through your intestinal wall, the eggs reach your lungs by means of the bloodstream or lymphatic system

Symptoms range from abdominal pain, to passing worms, to cramps and constipation.

Fortunately, roundworm is easily treated with various medicines.

From KSL:

Kennecott Land spokeswoman Jana Kettering says they shut down the lake to swimming as a precaution while tests are being done to see if it can be confirmed the roundworm came from Oquirrh Lake. She says they are proactively notifying residents about what's happening and they want to take all precautions.

"The health department did advise us that no body of water in the state of Utah is tested for this type of organism, and so you take the risk whether you come to Oquirrh Lake, Lake Powell or Jordanelle," Kettering said.

As for the availability of restrooms, Kettering says there are portable bathrooms placed around the lake and there are plans to build permanent structures next year.

The swim portion of US Trisports' Daybreak Triathlon that was scheduled a couple days after the announcement had to be reworked because of the closure.

Hopefully, if the tests are positive for roundworm at Oquirrh Lake, there will be measures taken to remedy the problem. Maybe something good will come out of all of this and tests will be done at other lakes and reservoirs where we swim.


Upcoming Swim Clinics With Dennis Tesch

This is a little late, but there is still time to get in on some of these clinics...

Dennis Tesch will be holding his annual Fall Swimming Clinic starting September 5th, at 7:00 am, at the Fairmont Aquatic Center. Each session has a specific focus on a different technical/training part of your freestyle stroke.

September 5 - Flutter kick and body position (bring fins)

September 12 - Body Roll and streamline

September 19 - Hand placement and catch

September 26 - Arm Position/Arm Pull through/Arm Recovery

October 3 - Putting it all together/Drills/Training

Each session is two (2) hours long. During those two hours you will watch video, do dry land exercises, in water drills, and in water feedback of your stroke. You will also receive at the end of each session written instruction of what was reviewed/taught that day.

Each session cost $20.00.

Email Dennis (knackofswimming@comcast.net) or call him (801-897-6787) to reserve a spot in each session. Space is limited, so first come, first served.


Tour de Lakes 2010

I had the idea late last night for a casual open water swim series that I am calling "Tour de Lakes". The idea is similar to the Tour de France and would have multiple stages of swimming at different venues. Times from each stage would be added together to come up with a final time for each swimmer. Part of the idea is to show off all of the great swimming holes in Utah and to let swimmers try out a bunch of venues that they may not otherwise swim in.

Here are some of the things I have been thinking about:

The venues could be small ponds or could be large reservoirs or lakes. Ideally they would be unique places where there isn't already a triathlon or other event. Since you can't really have hills or climbing stages in swimming, it would be cool to find venues with islands or other features to swim around to add diversity.

In addition to each stage being held at a different venue, each stage would also be a different distance. The distances would range from "time trials" to longer endurance distances. I am thinking there could even be teams. That way if someone wants to swim a 1 mile stage but doesn't feel up to a 5K or 10K stage, they could form a team and have someone more comfortable with the longer distance swim that stage.

There could be any number of stages depending on what people want to do. The tour could possibly even last all summer with one or two stages each month. It might even be fun to have a "cold water" stage in the early or late summer to add a little diversity and excitement. Stages could be out and back, point to point, laps, etc. depending on the venue. We could even get a yellow cap for the leader!

I am thinking of keeping it casual and friendly and not so much of a competition or organized event. Each person who wants to participate would just pay the entry fee for each venue and maybe kick in a little to have cool t-shirts made. The idea of keeping it casual eliminates the need to buy permits and insurance for each venue and would keep the cost of participation to a minimum. It would be more like a group of swimmers getting together for a practice with a little friendly competition thrown in. Swimmers could possibly even time themselves and then just check in with their time at the end of the swim.

Having support kayaks would be recommended (especially for the longer stages), but would be left up to each individual swimmer. Since there would be no insurance, etc. each swimmer would be responsible for their own safety.

So...what do you think? Is this something that anyone other than myself thinks would be awesome? I am interested to hear your ideas and suggestions for venues.


Upcoming Group Swims - September 2009

There are a few upcoming open water group swims for anyone looking to get in the water before the weather starts to cool down.


Gordon Gridley is planning a 10 mile swim at Pineview Reservoir on Monday September 7 (Labor Day). Please visit his blog for more information or to let him know that you are interested. If you aren't up for the full 10 miles, he would probably like to have you along for whatever distance you choose to do.

East Canyon
I am planning on going up to East Canyon Reservoir on Saturday September 12 around 9:00am. I would like to swim around 4-6 miles, but if you want to come and swim more or less your are welcome. I am looking at swimming in the inlet on the south side of the reservoir and I think you can just park on the side of the road and walk down to the water. The water is supposed to be between 60 and 65 degrees.

Bountiful Lake
Wednesday mornings at 6:30 am. We generally swim 1 to 4 laps, which is about 1.1 to 4.4 miles.

If you have any questions or know of any other group swims, feel free to email me at joshuakgreen@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post.


My Escape From Alcatraz

My brother, Jake, and I have been wanting to swim Alcatraz for quite a while. This year we decided to do it and to bring the whole family along to spend a few days in San Francisco. There are several Alcatraz events throughout the year, but we chose to do the Swim With the Centurions race which is organized by Water World Swim. Part of the allure of this event (besides being a really convenient time to take a few days off of work) was that there were several Centurians, people who have crossed over from Alcatraz 100 or more times. Pedro Ordenes, who was one of the event organizers, has done the Alcatraz crossing over 500 times.

Neither my brother or I really had any experience with ocean swimming other than body surfing near the shore and a little snorkeling. Tides, currents, salt water and large swimming animals were all foreign to us. Luckily, the event organizers put together a practice/clinic on Thursday night where they explained what the currents would be like, what to sight for and generally what to expect during the swim. We were also able to get in the water and swim about a mile around the Aquatic Park. Getting in the water and having some instruction from people who had swam the course over 100 times definitely helped to calm my nerves and make me feel more comfortable with an unfamiliar environment.

The water was fairly cold at about 64 degrees and it definitely made my face sting when I got in. I chose to wear a wetsuit for the practice swim as well as on race day. If I were doing the swim again I would choose to swim "naked" (without a wetsuit). I had issues with the neck of my suit the whole race and, despite BodyGlide, I finished the swim with a really sore and really chaffed neck. After the practice swim I pulled my wetsuit halfway down and got back in the water and felt fine.

We woke up early on Saturday morning and drove down to the Aquatic Park. We got there way too early and had to sit around for a couple hours waiting for the race to start. Talking to some Alcatraz pros, we learned that the conditions were going to be as good as they could possible get. We were told that if we did the swim 100 times, we wouldn't get conditions as good as they were that morning.

The event finally got underway and we got dressed and ready to get on the ferry that would take us out to the island. It was quite a site to see almost 400 swimmers, most in wetsuits, walking down the streets near Fisherman's Wharf. We saw more than one group of absolutely baffled tourists.

The ferry had three levels and was pretty crowded on the lower level (where we would later jump into the water). Jake and I went up to the top level so that we could enjoy the view. On the way out we saw a few seals swimming in the water (we talked to a swimmer on Thursday night who was actually bitten by a small seal).

The "naked" swimmers got to start first and we watched them jump in from our seats on the upper level of the boat. About two minutes later, the wetsuit swimmers started jumping into the water. We moved down to the lower level to where we would jump off of the ferry. Before we even made it to the lower level, we heard the fog horn sound which signaled the start of the race. It took us about five minutes from the sound of the horn until we were even able to get in the water.

I have heard horror stories about getting salt water in your goggles and having your eyes swell shut so I was sure to hold my goggles to my face when I jumped in. I had my GPS in my cap so that I could see my exact route after I finished. I also had a waterproof camera around my neck so that I could take some pictures from the water in the middle of the bay.

I swam for a while before stopping to take some pictures. One thing I don't like about wetsuits is that it really keeps your from feeling the water. I found myself falling into bad stroke habits because I couldn't feel the water.

It was interesting to swim in the tides. I could see Alcatraz on my right side and it seemed to stay in about the same position but got further away. What was happening was that the tide was pushing me east, away from the island and away from the entrance to the Aquatic Park. As I got closer to shore, I found myself kind of far away from the entrance to the park because of the tides. Pretty soon I felt myself catching another tide in the opposite direction, just as the organizers explained would happen. This current pushed me right to the entrance of the park where I wanted to be. The water was fairly choppy out in the open bay, but once I got back into the Aquatic Park, the water calmed down and I was able to really pick up my speed.

I finished the swim, and despite being once of the very last off the boat, was able to pass quite a few people before I got to shore. My official time was 46:31 and the distance was about 1.39 miles. My real time was actually closer to 41:29 because of the timer starting before I got in the water. Although I wasn't really competing in the race (I stopped several times to sight see and take pictures from the bay), I ended up finishing in the top quarter or so overall, in the men's division and in my age group.

Overall I had a great time and was able to cross one more thing off of my list of swimming to-do's.



I apologize to everyone who responded to my request for comments on Deer Creek only to find out that they weren't able to leave a comment. The problem is fixed now and you should be able to leave comments.

If you still have trouble, send me an email at joshuakgreen@gmail.com.


Deer Creek 2010 - Ideas and Feedback Needed

I sat in on an informal meeting with Jim Hubbard and a few others last night as a sort of "debriefing" for the 2009 Deer Creek swim. There were several ideas kicked around of how the race could be improved and we are seeking input from participants, spectators and paddlers for the 2010 race.

There was some confusion this year with the turnaround marker for the 1 mile swim. We discussed getting, or making, better and more visible buoys to mark the course.

We also discussed the possibility of keeping the course limited to the bay and not having it go out into the open body of the reservoir. Swimmers would swim laps of roughly 2 miles. This would address some logistical and safety issues as the race continues to grow. It is also possible that by limiting the race to the bay, fewer kayaks would be required. This also seems to be a good idea for spectators, as practically the entire course would be visible from the pavilion.

Another idea that was briefly discussed was the idea of having staggered start times. Swimmers doing the longer distances would start first followed by swimmers doing the shorter distances. The idea here was that swimmers would finish closer together, making for a more exciting finish.

Another item discussed was to get a PA system for the pre-race meeting announcements and to announce the finishers.

If you have other suggestions or ideas, please leave a comment so that other people can see it and comment on it. You can also send me an email to Jim Hubbard at jim@wadsco.com or to me at joshuakgreen@gmail.com.

The event website may soon be getting a face lift and a new home. What things would you like to see on the event website?


Deer Creek Open Water Swim - (Late) Race Report

This year's Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim took place on Saturday August 15th. That was over two weeks ago and I am just now getting around to writing up my race report and experience.

I have been looking forward to this year's swim ever since I finished the 5K last year. Jim Hubbard and his team did a great job of organizing this year's race, which attracted nearly double the swimmers as last year.

I spent all day Friday checking the weather forecast, hoping that the 30% chance of thunderstorms would magically drop to 0%. The forecast never changed, but that didn't stop me from sleeping with my fingers crossed Friday night.

Things were looking pretty good early Saturday morning. The weather was cool, but felt really nice and the water was perfect. I was surprised how many more people were registered this year than last. Jim Hubbard told me that there were over 50 swimmers this year. That compared to about 30 the year before.

After checking in and picking up my race cap, shirt and other goodies I headed down to the boat ramp to get my kayak ready. I had borrowed an inflatable double kayak from my sister-in-law and had to get it pumped up. Luckily, another swimmer and paddler had a similar kayak and they helped us get ours pumped up faster.

With the kayak ready to go, I got ready to get in the water. I stuffed my GPS between two caps so that I could take a look at the data and see a map of my swim after it was over. On previous swims I got a little chaffing on my neck and armpits. This time I was prepared with BodyGlide. With about 15 minutes before the race started I downed an energy gel and washed it down with some Gatorade. With everything ready to go, I made my way into the water. It's always kind of a shock getting into the water, but I quickly adjusted and swam around a little bit to get warmed up.

The swimmers all lined up at the starting line and the paddlers hung back a little bit to give us some room. I am always a little surprised at how fast people take off at the start. I wasn't at the back of the pack but I was nowhere near the front. I have been in other races where I got caught up in the excitement of the start and went out too fast only to regret it towards the end of the swim. I have learned that I need to force myself to relax at the start.

My first mile felt a little slow, but I was feeling great. I told my dad and brother, who were paddling for me, that I wanted to stop every half hour to get a drink or eat an energy gel. My dad signaled the first half hour, but I was feeling fine and kept going. My first stop was just after the marker at the end of the bay. I drank a little Gatorade and kept moving.

My next stop was at about two miles. I took another drink and headed into what would soon become the most challenging section of the course. The wind really started picking up and I found myself swimming head first into waves up to two feet high. Several times I turned to take a breath only to get a mouth full of water. I lost sight of my dad and brother and though that maybe their kayak had been overturned in the waves. After fighting through more waves for about a half an hour, I saw my dad and brother out of the corner of my eye.

I past a few other swimmers who were also struggling in the choppy water and made it to the turn around. I signaled to my dad and brother that I wanted a drink and an energy gel. My brother, Jake, ripped off the top of the gel and passed it to me. I choked down the gel and he passed me my bottle. Something about the combination of an energy gel and Gatorade while swimming made me a little sick. For a while I thought I might throw up. The waves definitely weren't helping. Next time I will water down my Gatorade a little and eat a little gel at a time instead of all at once.

This whole time I was thinking that after the turnaround it would be a breeze and I would be able to ride the waves, kind of like body surfing, all the way back to the bay. What I didn't realize was that the waves were actually coming at me more from the side and not straight on. The way back to the bay was just as much of a struggle as getting to the turn around.

By the time I got back to the bay, the waves had calmed down but I started seeing lightning when I would take a breath. And then the rain/hail started. It seemed to come out of nowhere. I actually kind of liked the feeling of the rain/hail hitting my back while I swam, I just felt bad for my dad and brother; they were soaked! I knew from swimming at Deer Creek a few weeks earlier that I had about two miles left to go and I decided to stretch out my stroke and pick it up. It felt great.

A little while after making the turn and the marker at the end of the bay, I saw flashing lights on a boat speeding towards us. At first I thought maybe they were on their way to help someone in the water but as they kept moving towards me and the group of swimmers around me, I knew that they were going to pull us out. Sure enough, my dad stopped me to tell me that they wanted everyone to get out and wait for a boat to pick us up. I was so close to the finish that I could almost see it! I decided that whatever the consequence would be, I was going to finish the race. I could see a swimmer ahead of me and they weren't stopping. I looked behind me and the swimmers weren't slowing down either. I pushed on and made it to the end of the course and through the finish buoys just as the boat with the flashing lights was pulling up the the boat ramp.

My arms were pretty tired, but other than that I felt great. I had just swam my longest consecutive open water swim. My wife, mom and brother-in-law were there to cheer for me when I got out of the water. My son was asleep in the car and my sister and my new nephew were also in the car trying to keep dry.

After last year's race I had some goals to do more training, get better at navigating and to do something about chaffing. I was able to accomplish all of these goals which helped me to finish the swim. According to the unofficial results, I finished in 3:11:15 which was almost 20 minutes faster than I was planning on.

I am already looking forward to trying the 10 mile swim next year...

Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim - Preliminary Results

As anyone who was at this year's Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim can tell you, it was a wild ride. A combination of wind, lightning, rain and some hail added to the already challenging 1 mile, 5K, 10K and 10 mile courses.

Preliminary (unofficial) results for each distance are as follows:

Distance Name Time Place Gender Age Wet Suit Race#
1 Mile Carrie Scott 22:19:00 1 F 44 yes 22
1 Mile Lari Brawner 30:13:00 2 F 54 no 46
1.6 Miles Fisher Olpin 1:23:52 3 M 11 yes 61
1 Mile? Karen Sigler 1:24:01 4 F 53 yes 43
1 Mile? Elizabeth Craig 1:26:12 5 F 26 no 19
1 Mile? Derick Smith 1:38:21 6 M 47 no 16
2.5 Miles Dan Hutchings 2:20:31 7 M 31
1 Mile? Matt Wooton

M 53 no 49
1 Mile

1 Mile

Distance Name Time Place Gender Age Wet Suit Race#
5K Swim Craig Barnes 1:11:10 1 M 38 Yes 12
5K Swim Grant Hurst 1:13:30 2 M 25 No 26
5K Swim Brian Jensen 1:14:09 3 M 42 yes 6
5K Swim Eric Bjorkman 1:20:02 4 M 49
5K Swim Mattie Mulick 1:20:07 5 F 29
5K Swim Doug White 1:21:07 6 M n/a yes 17
5K Swim Randy Philpot 1:21:38 7 M 54
5K Swim Travis Bird 1:25:01 8 M 32 yes 65
5K Swim Rip Oldmeadow 1:25:55 9 M 38 Yes 56
5K Swim Cathy Philpot 1:26:09 10 F 52 yes 9
5K Swim Aries Grogg 1:27:49 11 M 42 yes 4
5K Swim Anna Marie Forest 1:32:00 12 F 40
5K Swim Wade Erickson 1:35:45 13 M n/a no 66
5K Swim Aaron Lombardo 1:35:46 14 M 34 no 1
5K Swim Rod Storms 1:37:38 15 M n/a
5K Swim Beth Ott 1:41:05 16 F 31 yes 5
5K Swim Te Koi Smith 1:42:33 17 M n/a yes 63
5K Swim Chris Kenney 1:42:47 18 M 47 yes 10
5K Swim Alicia Mathews 1:53:48 19 F 26 yes 2
5K Swim Jarom Thurston 2:16:37 20 M n/a yes 68
5K Swim Scott Kunz 2:22:57 21 M 27 yes 59
5K Swim Julie Bills

F 40 yes 39
5K Swim Jim Hubbard 2:45 ?DNF
M 58 no
5K Swim

Distance Name Time Place Gender Age Wet Suit Race#
10K Swim Stacy Toby 2:21:42 1 M 40 yes 60
10K Swim Will Reeves 2:25:17 2 M 56 no 67
10K Swim Josh Green 3:11:15 3 M 30 no 38
10K Swim Jared Hansen 3:14:46 4 M 31
10K Swim Jared Hawes 3:14:59 5 M 35 no 33
10K Swim Dawn Lee 3:15:51 6 F n/a yes 15
10K Swim John Karren
3 M 42 yes 36
10K Swim Gary Kamikawa
4 M 31 yes 22
10K Swim Justin Stewart

M 35 no 40
10K Swim

10K Swim

Distance Name Time Place Gender Age Wet Suit Race#
10 Mile Robert Jacobson

Male 52 no 57
10 Mile James Jonsson

Male n/a No 29
10 Mile Jason Crompton

Male 33
10 Mile Jared Collette

Male 27 No 31
10 Mile Kara Robertson

Female 34 no 42
10 Mile Katrina Loken

Female 28 no 45
10 Mile Rachele Beaman

Female 26 yes 53
10 Mile

If you have additional input or corrections, please email Jim Hubbard at jim@wadsco.com.


Sneak Peak of the "No Whining-No T-Shirt 8K" Open Water Swim

Kara Robertson, our neighbor from Swim Las Vegas, just gave me a sneak peak of an 8K open water swim that they are planning. The swim will take place on Sunday October 4th at Lake Mead and will be a "point to point" swim. Each swimmer will be required to bring their own support boat and paddler. It will be a good opportunity to get in one more long open water swim before the season ends. Oh, and did I mention that it's free?

Below is a ma
p of the course.


He Did It!

I'm a little late posting this but...Congrats to John Quackenbush who made history Monday by being the first person to swim the 19+ mile length of Bear Lake. He started his swim a little later than planned at 9:00am on Sunday due to colder than expected weather. John suffered from mild hypothermia and had strained his lower back and wrist by the end of his swim. John followed Channel Swimming Guidelines, which basically means that he could wear a swimsuit (no wetsuit), one cap and goggles and could not touch the boat or another person.

For more information on the swim, click here.

If you still haven't donated to No More Homeless Pet of Utah, you can do so quickly and easily on their website.


Good Luck to John Quackenbush Tomorrow

We wish John Quackenbush the best of luck on his attempt to make history by swimming the 19+ mile length of Bear Lake. He will begin around 2:00am Sunday morning on the north (Idaho) end of the lake and finish Sunday afternoon at Rendezvous Beach.

Here are a few articles about his swim in case you missed them:


If you haven't already shown your support for John by donating to No More Homeless Pets of Utah, please take a minute to visit their website and make an online donation.