Here it is a full week after the event and I am just now getting around to writing about it...it's been one of those weeks.
The one mile Great Salt Lake Open Water event was scheduled to start at noon (the same as last year). The idea behind starting it at noon instead of earlier was that the one mile swimmers would be able to hand around and see some of the 8 mile swimmers finish. Because of the wind advisories, we decided to move the start time up to 9:00am. It worked out well to start earlier and I think next year we will shoot for a 9:00am start as well.
We had a couple hang-ups with paddlers and I had to try to recruit some of the spectators into paddling so that we had enough support on the course to meet the USMS requirements. We had some really great volunteers that took control of the situation and bailed us out.
After sorting out the paddler situation, we gave some instructions and answered questions and the swimmers made their way to the starting buoy. We ended up starting the race about 15 minutes late.
A few months ago my dad, brother and I bought a timing company, Elevated Racing | Event Timing. Since we had access to an inflatable arch and PA system, we decided to set it all up at the finish line in addition to doing the timing. I think it made the finish line a little more fun, and several people told me that the red arch was much easier to spot than Black Rock.
We had a new course record set by Henry Hudson! Despite the wind and the chop, he finished with a time of 22:35!
|This is my favorite picture of the whole day!|
There were a few hiccups, but all in all I think everyone had a great time and everyone who started the swim, finished it.