Monday, October 6, 2014

New Membership Option for 2015

In the past, SLOW has been strictly a USMS club. Starting now, SLOW will be offering another membership option. The USMS club will continue, but will be strictly for USMS events and will not include many of the benefits listed below.

The new membership option is available for individuals and families and will include the following benefits:
  • Unique membership number that will also be used as your race number at open water events (Great Salt Lake, Bear Lake, and Deer Creek)
  • SLOW swim cap ($5 value)
  • Brine shrimp keychain ($8 value)
  • 20% off registration fees for SLOW sponsored open water events in Utah (Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon SwimBear Lake Monster SwimDeer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim($25 - $48 value depending on the distance)
  • Use of the SPOT GPS tracker for live tracking of swims
  • Access to the SLOW Lending Library
  • Participation in club only swims (including nights swims, Tour of Lakes, etc)
  • Participation is club social events and contests
  • Regular coached open water workouts
  • 10% Discount at Pool N Patio, Salt Lake's classic swim shop
  • Use of the SLOW kayak (stored at the Great Salt Lake Marina)
  • Annual awards banquet in December
This new membership option was created to keep membership dues within the club for club development, purchase and maintenance of club equipment, etc. In addition, this new option will allow swimmers under 18 to participate with us.

For more details on both membership options, please click on the "Membership" tab.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Bear Lake Crossings

There were quite a few exciting Bear Lake Crossings this summer!

Aug 25th Monster Hunter: Kelly Gneiting - Bear Lake double width (14 miles in 16:13)
Aug 30th Monster Slayer : Goody Tyler IV Bear Lake length (19 miles in 13:08:05)
Sept 1st: Monster Hunter: Lisa Gentile - Bear Lake double width (14 miles in 6:44:49)
Sept 25th: Monster Slayer: Chad Starks - Bear Lake length (19 miles in 13:09:06)

Congratulations also to all the Utah Triple Crown swimmers for 2014:

  1. Lisa Gentile
  2. Chales Doane
  3. Sarah Jones
  4. Stacey Schluckebier
  5. Chad Starks
  6. Joelle Beard

Friday, June 6, 2014

What you don't see when you swim

I recently had a respected swimmer complain to me about the cost of entering the GSLOW Antelope Island race.  I felt defensive about the $100 entrance fee and tried to explain that it was a relatively low cost compared to other swims, (One day of Eight Bridges, or one day of S.C.A.R), but he referenced the cost of swimming La Jolla rough water, which ranges from $50 - $100 depending on how early you register.  

Instead of saying why $100 is a good price compared to another race, lets breakdown what is involved in organizing an event, and what expenses there are.  Here is a pie chart of what those costs are:


Another big thing that is not seen or included in this chart, is the amount of help from sponsors and volunteers.  Our food is generously provided by Associated Foods.  Our raffle items are provided by Pool N Patio and they also help us keep the cost of the caps low.

Every event is different, for example the one mile GSLOW race includes paddlers that are required for safety.  However for the 8 mile swimmers, they are required to provide their own.  We work very hard to gather volunteers for paddling the one mile course for safety, and also are provided several kayaks to use by Gonzo Boat rentals.  For the 8 mile event, it is close to 150 miles round trip from the marina to Unicorn point.  That also involves volunteers to spend their own gas, and wear and tear on their vehicles on that unmaintained dirt road along the east side of Antelope Island.  

There is a permit required to hold an event at Black Rock which is owned by the state.  That permit fee is waived due to a cleanup event that our club holds.  That is another fee that is not included in the cost of the race.  

Race expenses such as insurance, permits, advertising and awards are fixed costs.  They don’t fluctuate as we get more swimmers.  The more swimmers that participate, we can lower the shared costs that the swimmers must pay to cover those expenses.  Salt Lake Open Water is still in its infancy being three full years in holding events.  We are learning, we are finding more cost effective insurance providers, we are continuing to appreciate loyal sponsors, volunteers, and dedicated athletes.  Other races that have been going on for many years have an advantage in keeping their costs low.  They have more swimmers, and those fixed costs have less of an impact on each swimmer.

If there is anyone who is on the fence about registering based on an overpriced entry fee, please contact the race directors.  If you ask nicely, we can work something out and can get you a discount.  If you participate in our club service activities, you receive a discount.  We held a contest for a free entry this year, and only received a handful of entries.   

Please consider early registration.  It’s cheaper to enter and it helps provide the funds needed to pay for quality medals and shirts.  If you wait till the last minute, you risk not getting a shirt.  If everyone registered last minute, there wouldn’t be any awards or medals.  When you pay ahead of time, you give yourself a goal.  You are financially committed to train for the event and that helps with your when you have to get out of bed, and refuse to give in to that lazy voice in your head.

Please support our sponsors, cause they’re supporting you!

Pool N’ Patio
Bear Lake Lodging
Associated Foods
Gonzo Boat Rentals
Utah State Parks
Cisco’s Landing
Elevated Racing
Deer Creek Open Water
Salt Lake Open Water
Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Results of the 2014 Josh Green Open Water Race

Congrats to Josh who was unable to come to this race.  He was in the hospital with his wife where they welcomed their new son, Porter to the world!

Thank you to all the swimmers who came out and raced.  We had a fun time and enjoyed talking afterwards.  Let's plan to do this at least once a year.  No registration, no fees, just come out and swim a 3/4 mile loop as fast as you can.  

Both the Male and Female records were broken this afternoon.
Gords retained the trophy for another year and bettered the record by 20 seconds.  Sarah Jones came in close behind and set a new female record.  A female division trophy is on its way to Sarah!

For more information on this race and how to submit your own time, checkout the rules.

Fox13 came out and filmed portions of the race, and took interviews, but the topic that they ended up going with was the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim that is coming up!  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Calling ALL swimmers

For 2014, ALL three open water events in Utah will be NON United States Masters sanctioned events. No more requirement to be USMS members or pay a one event fee.  This means that all swimmers aged 12 years and up are invited to register for these events.  All three races are so different from each other, and offer a unique experience!

June 7th, 2014, Great Salt Lake (8 Miles or 1 mile distances): Register here

July 19th, 2014, Bear Lake (7 miles done solo or as a relay of 2 to 6 swimmers): Register here

August 9th, 2014, Deer Creek (1 mile, 5K, 10K and 10 mile distances): Register here

If you are new to open water swimming and would like help in your training please contact us.

Monday, December 16, 2013


If you are an open water swimmer or triathlete, you've likely heard about the benefits of drafting.  Salt Lake Open Water has created the Team Pursuit Postal Challenge event to help you experience the benefits of drafting, in a fun team competition.  Details about the event can be found here.

On Thursday, December 12th we had our year end Awards banquet at Bucca Di Beppo.  It was well attended and the following awards were given:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Jim Hubbard
Most Improved Swimmer - Tanya Harris
Best Sportsman - Josh Green
Volunteer of the Year - Chad Starks
Good Will Ambassador - Goody Tyler IV
Utah Triple Crown Swimmers for 2013: Will Reeves, Tammy Taylor, Sue Frehse, Michelle Poole

Here is a slideshow of this year's activities and races to summarize all the things we did: