6.12.2013

Bear Lake Monster Swim - July 20, 2013


With the 2013 Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon Swim in the books, it's time to start looking forward to the next event: the Bear Lake Monster Swim.

Ben Lariviere organized the Bear Lake Swim last year, which was held in August.  Because Ben is not able to continue the swim this year (leaving the state for school), Salt Lake Open Water (SLOW) is taking over the event.

We have re-named the event the Bear Lake Monster Swim for the legendary Bear Lake Monster that is rumored to live in the lake.  The course will be the same as last year, starting at Cisco Beach and ending just north of the Bear Lake State Park marina.  The swim will be on Saturday July 20, 2013.

The race is open to solo swimmers as well as two to six-person relay teams.  We are really excited about the relay option and hope that it will grow into a competitive race, while at the same time allowing swimmers who couldn't do 7 miles on their own to complete a long, adventure swim with their friends.  Since the event is not sanctioned by USMS, it is open to swimmers under 18.  We are hoping that this will attract some high school teams who want to take on the "old guys".  Even though this is not a USMS event, it would be cool to have our local USMS clubs race each other.

Solo swimmers will have to provide their own support kayak and paddler.  Relay teams will have to provide their own support boat(s).  Motorboats are recommended for larger teams.  Entry fees are $70 for a solo swimmer and $175 for a relay team.

Do you (and your friends) dare to swim with the Bear Lake Monster?

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