Swim to the Moon – August 10th, 2014

Swim to the Moon Logo with North Star v2

 

Keep Calm and Swim on… and help raise money for North Star Reach!

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Don’t forget to support the reason we are all able to do this epic swim… North Star Reach.  This year, anybody who raises a minimum of $50 will get this super cool gold silicone swim cap to wear during the swim.  

NSR CAP

You can sign up to be a fundraiser or just make your own donation to start earning prizes by CLICKING HERE
 
Fundraising prizes:
$25 Epic Races/North Star Reach spill proof Water Bottle
$50 Super Sweet Silicone Cap
$100 Mesh Swim Bag
$150 xx2i Glasses
$300 Rudy Project Glasses
SWIM TO THE MOON IS PRESENTED BY

Swim Speed Secrets and Swim Speed Workouts

by Sheila Taormina

What is “Swim to the Moon”?

A 10k and 5k open-water swim through the Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan.

The 5k will start at the old University of Michigan Fresh Air Camp on the west shore of Patterson Lake, site of soon-to-be North Star Reach, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. The 5k will swim south and east through the heavily forested Pinckney Recreation Area, passing through five lakes along the way. Scattered cottages are the only signs of civilization.

The 10k race starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and participants will swim to the start of the 5k, where “special needs” bags will be available, then turn around and go back.

All races will finish at the State beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.

THIS IS AN EVENT FOR INDIVIDUALS, NO RELAYS.  IF YOU HAVE A GROUP, ENTER THE TEAM COMPETITION!

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Event Information, Course Descriptions, Race Schedule, Race Fees

Race Start Times

10k 6:10 am

5k 8:10 am

1.2 and .5 mile 10:00 am

  • 10k: The 10k swim course will start at Halfmoon Lake beach, keeping the buoys on the left all the way to Patterson Lake reaching NorthStar Reach camp. At North Star Reach the 10k swimmers will exit the water, receive their “special needs” bag and return to swimming again keeping the buoys on their left to Halfmoon Lake Beach for the finish.
  • 5k: The 5k swim course will begin at Patterson Lake on the beach of NorthStar Reach camp,
    keeping the buoys on the left all the way to Halfmoon Lake beach for the finish.
  • 1.2 mile: Starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach -loop course in Halfmoon Lake
  • 1/2 mile: Starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach – loop course in Halfmoon Lake
  • CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE MAP OF THE 10K SWIM.  THE 5K IS THE SAME COURSE, BEGINNING AT NORTH STAR REACH
  • Cut-off Times:
    5K: 3 hours
    10k: 5 hours (swimmers must reach the turn around point, North Star Reach, within 2 hours)
  • Aid Stations:
    5K: 3 aid stations with water, HEED, and Hammer Gel
    10k: 6 aid stations with water, HEED, and Hammer Gel in addition to a “special needs” bag at the 5k turn-around.
  • Park Information: A State Park permit is needed to enter Pinckney Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your $10 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures!
    Out-of-state residents will still be required to purchase a $8 daily permit or a $29 annual Motor Vehicle Permit.
    Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one day pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. 
  • For details about the RecreationPassport CLICK HERE.
  • USAT Information: USAT Members must present a current USAT card or it will be necessary to pay the one day license fee. Non-USAT members who paid a one-day license fee need not present proof of membership.  All participants MUST PRESENT PHOTO ID.
  • Non-USAT $12 Fee Explanation: The $12 fee for non-USAT members is for USAT insurance.
    The entire $12 fee is paid to USAT.  USAT is the governing body for the sport of triathlon.  Yes, we know this is a swim and not a triathlon, but our affiliation is with USAT.
  •  5k Team Competition 
  • Each team member swims the entire 5k, this is not a relay. The lowest combined time of the five fastest times wins. 10k swimmers may be on a 5k team.  The 1st 5k split will be used.
  • High School Teams 
    -Team Size – a minimum of five swimmers
    -One Division: mixed male and female
    -Add the overall finish place of the top five finishers for the team
  • Open Teams
    -Team Size – a minimum of five swimmers
    -These my be informal teams, no affiliation needed
    - One Division: mixed male and female
    -Add the overall finish place of the top five finishers for the team
  • Individual Awards 
    10k Swim Male and female in each group: 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over.
    Awards given to first place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and top three in each age group.
    5k Swim Male and female in each group: 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over.  Awards given to first place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and top three in each age group. 1.2 Mile SwimMale and female in each group: 12-13, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over
    Awards given to first place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and 1st place in each age group. 
    Half Mile SwimMale and female in each group: 12-13, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59,60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over
    Awards given to first place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and 1st place in each age group. 
  • Wetsuit Division:  Swimmers wearing wetsuits will swim in the Wetsuit Division, but may be started in a different wave and will not be tabulated with the age group swimmers who do not wear wetsuits. However, swimmers wearing any suits approved by USMS will be permitted to swim and be tabulated with the age group swimmers. 

 

  • General Rules
  • -Flotation or propulsive devices are not permitted.
    -Devices used to maintain body heat are illegal.
    -Swimmers may rest by holding on to nearby structures (docks, rafts) or vessels, but forward progress shall be made only be self-propulsion (swimming, wading).
    -The official course shall be determined by floating buoys anchored at each turn and swimmers must travel around the outside of each said buoys. Cutting inside a corner buoy shall be cause for disqualification.
    -USMS swimsuit rules apply. The competitor shall wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. For men, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel nor below the knees, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knees.
    -All swimmers are required to wear the supplied swim caps.

10k Entry Fees

USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
$60 $72 Nov. 29- Dec 31 until 12 am
$70 $82 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 am
$80 $92 July 21 – August 7 until 4 pm
$90 $102 August 9 Packet Pick Up and Race Day Entry

5k Entry Fees

USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
$50 $62 Nov. 29- Dec 31 until 12 AM
$60 $72 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
$70 $82 July 21 – August 7 until 4 PM
$75 $87 August 9 Packet Pick up and Race Day Entry

1.2 Mile and 1/2 Mile Entry Fees

USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
$30 $42 Nov. 29- Dec 31 until 12 am
$40 $52 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 am
$45 $57 July 21 – August 7 until 4 PM
$50 $62 August 9 Packet Pick up and Race Day Entry
  • Entry Fee Includes: T-shirt, finisher medal, swim cap, sponsor product samples, festive post race lunch after the race, and more. T-shirt size guaranteed if registered two weeks prior to race date

Epic Announcers and Entertainment

 
 
You’ve heard Wayne and Garth, you’ve heard Click and Clack, but have you heard Scott and David?  We are very fortunate to have Scott and David fromThe Bike Shop Show entertain us and announce at our events.  If you don’t enjoy anything else about our event, you will love hearing all they have to say about triathlon, bikes, and life in general.
 
 
 
 
 
  • How To Get There: (8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137)

    • Packet Pickup Information
    • Saturday, August 9th: 1-4 PM at Northstar Reach, 1200 University Camp Drive, Pinckney, MI 48169
    • 2 pm  SHEILA TAORMINA AND CHRIS THOMPSON HOST FREE CLINIC FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
    • Sunday, August 9th: 6:15-7:30 am (packet pick up will stay open until 9:30 am for 1.2 and .5 mile) Halfmoon Lake Beach at the upper pavilion
    • Buses & Clothing (5k only)

Shuttle buses for 5K swimmers will leave every 15 minutes or until full from Halfmoon to North Star Reach Camp. The buses will begin to leave at 6:30 AM and the last bus will be at 7:30 AM. Please do not plan on taking the final bus. The buses hold 50 passengers and we will have about 300 swimmers to transport.Bags will be provided for you to leave your extra clothing at the start. You may also use your own bag, but be sure that it is clearly labeled with your race number and easy to find. We will transport the bags back to Halfmoon where you will be able to pick them up after the swim.

Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center  

  • 1645 Commerce Park Dr. Chelsea, MI 48118
  •  Phone: 734.433.8000
  •  Special Rate: $94
  •  Please reserve room(s) by July 14 to take advantage of the special rate.
  •  Chelsea Comfort Inn is approximately 10.5 miles from the race site

Camping Information: Click Here

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