Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge

As one may have deduced, Marty has a deep love for swimming. He’s not just fast, he relishes in it, particular in the open water and more particularly in the ocean. He declared about 2 years ago that he wanted to put on some open water swim races in the area since we had several lakes but no races. I said, ‘Sounds good, Marty. Go for it.’

Now we’re in the 2nd year of the Triangle Open Water Swim Series, with the 2nd race of the season occurring this Sunday at Jordan Lake. Marty dove head first into figuring out what he needed to do to get this going (all the permits, logistics, safety, personnel). We also teamed up with the group at FS Series and they co-own the series with us – I can’t say enough great things about them.

The swims are fairly low-key events, but we received good feedback from last year and it seems like people enjoy the events. We added another date this year that now includes a 2 mile and 1 mile swim. We’re hoping to keep them going for years to come and have them continue to grow. Last year at the Jordan Lake swim we had around 120 swimmers; right now we have just over 150 signed up for Sunday so we’re moving in the right direction!

We donate some of our proceeds to the pool we swim at, and the rest covers the costs of putting the race on. This year we have a couple of sponsors which helps out (we certainly aren’t getting rich off of these swims anytime soon ;)

Anyways, I hope if you’re racing you have a good time and come back out again! I’ll see you at packet-pickup and in the water.


Kim said...

That's cool! Good luck to Marty and I look forward to a time when I LOVE open water swimming, maybe a few more years! Wish I lived closer! I would do it!

Beth said...

Oh Oh!! Can't wait to do the Big Duece!! Which by the way...does it sell out and should we be registering now...??