Special Olympics Utah - Polar Plunge

I was a little disappointed that I did not participate in the annual New Year's Day polar bear tradition.  My polar bear swim consisted of turning the shower as cold as it would go, and then jumping in.

Fortunately, there is still an opportunity for me to put on my Speedo and hop into some icy water!

Today I was reminded of the "Polar Plunge - Freezin' for a Reason" event sponsored by Special Olympics Utah.  The event, which is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Utah, gives guys like me a chance to do something crazy and support a good cause at the same time.  There are actually four events and four different locations:

I have registered for the February 19th event at Deer Creek Reservoir and have set up a donation page with a goal to raise $250.  Obviously I would like to raise more, but I think this is a good starting point.  If you want to see me jump through a hole in the ice and into the frigid waters of Deer Creek Reservoir, please click the link below to sponsor me.

Click here to donate.


Article About James Jonsson in the Salt Lake Tribune

I don't know how I missed this...

The Salt Lake Tribune ran an article about James Jonsson and his planned attempt to break the Lake Tahoe record this summer.  James will be making the attempt in an effort to raise awareness about organ donation in Utah and will inspire more people to become organ donors.

You can read the full article on the Salt Lake Tribune's website by clicking here.

For more information about how you can become an organ donor, please visit the Intermountain Donor Services website.


Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim - Registration Open!

I just wanted to let everyone know that registration for the inaugural Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim is open!  We have been working hard to make this a great event and hope that you will join us.

Here are some details about the swim:

The race will feature a 1 mile point-to-point swim from the Great Salt Lake Marina to Black Rock Beach as well as an 8.12 mile point-to-point swim from the southern tip of Antelope Island to Black Rock Beach.

Registration fees are $45 for the 1 mile swim and $65 for the 8.12 mile swim.  Registration includes a t-shirt and participation award.  You must be a USMS member to participate.  If you are not a member of USMS, one day memberships are available at an additional cost or you can become an annual member for only $45 and receive the benefits of membership throughout the year.

Swimmers participating in the 8.12 mile swim will be required to provide their own support boat and paddler.  The 1 mile swimmers will not be required to provide a support boat.

The 8.12 mile swim is a re-creation of historic marathon swims that took place in the 1930's and 1940's.  The course is also recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and participants could have a shot at breaking an international record.

Not feeling up to the challenge (or don't dare swim with the brine shrimp)?  That's OK, we need volunteers!  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, leave a comment below or email me at joshuakgreen@gmail.com.  All volunteers will get a t-shirt for their efforts.

We have some great sponsors on board and are looking to add more.  Who would you like to see sponsor the swim?  If you, or someone you know, would like to get in on the ground floor of this unique event, send me an email at joshuakgreen@gmail.com.