The shirts are in (and are really cool!), the media has been contacted, and the safety and volunteer crews are in place. Now all we need to make it even more awesome is more swimmers and more spectators.
If you are looking for a great way to kick off the New Year, there is no better way than to challenge yourself by doing something difficult (and a little crazy). There are a lot of polar plunges around, where you can jump in and get right back out. But this is the only winter swimming race in Utah. It is a short swim with a time limit of 10 minutes. There will be plenty of trained emergency crew on hand as well as heated areas to warm up (this is a winter swimming race after all and cold water can be dangerous.) Did I mention that the grand prize is a new tandem kayak?!
It will be a fun atmosphere on race day and the swimmers will appreciate spectators cheering them on. If you are not quite ready to swim in the race this year, you should definitely come and check it out. Who knows, maybe next year you will be ready to try it yourself. SLOW swimmers, come and support your teammates!
The cost to enter the race is $40 for USMS swimmers. Because of the extreme cold, you will need to "qualify" at one of the few remaining WFPBC clinics. For those who have earned a cap this year, you are already elligible to participate. Check out www.wfpbc.com for details on how to register.
For spectators, the race starts at noon on New Year's Day. Please come and cheer on the swimmers!