Saturday, August 23, 2014

Deer Creek Open Water Marathon report by Sue Frehse

Once again, this year's Deer Creek Open Water Swim went off without a hitch. The skies were clear and the water temps were perfect for all distances.

All distances had a great turnout. Many swam for the first time, but also many competitors returned for this amazing venue. This year we had five swimmers earn their Triple Crown after finishing their 10 mile race. An additional sixth swimmer earned her crown about a month later! All distances had some great times and great accomplishments, whether by time or personal goals reached. Way to go swimmers. 

With this race no longer being USMS sanctioned, we also had some younger swimmers in the crowd. Two swimmers ages 12 and 13 swam the one mile race. Both placed in the top 3 and had respectable times. They were pretty nervous, but they stayed focused and finished their first open water race. We hope to see more of this in the future. This is a great way to get our youth involved in such a fun sport. 

A big thank you to Jim Hubbard and his family for organizing another great race. And also thanks to all the other support we had: kayakers, friends, family, EMT's, Deer Creek State Park, sponsors. These memorable races cannot be held without you! Until next year, keep swimming!