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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to me at email@example.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?