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Swim to the Moon presented by Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac Ann Arbor

August 23, 2015 @ 6:10 am

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Swim-to-the-Moon-Logo-with-North-StarWhat is Swim to the Moon? It’s an extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. Participants choose their distance — half mile, 1.2 mile, 5K, or 10K — and have the time of their lives swimming through Southeast Michigan’s most sublime waterways, all the while showing support for a very worthy cause: North Star Reach, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Click here to donate to North Star Reach’s 2014 fundraising drive!

The 5K swim starts at the grounds of the old University of STTMSwimmerMichigan Fresh Air Camp on the west shore of Patterson Lake, which, in 2015, will open as North Star Reach’s summer camp. 5K swimmers head 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. 10K race participants, however, start at Halfmoon Lake Beach, swim to the start of the 5K (where “special needs” bags will be available), then turn around head back to the shores of Halfmoon Lake Beach. Both the half-mile and the 1.2-mile swim start at Halfmoon Lake Beach. All races finish at the state beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.

Please note that Swim to the Moon is a race for individual athletes. If you have a group, consider entering our team division!

 

 Save the date! The 2015 Swim to the Moon will be held on Sunday, August 23!

 

2014 Results

10K Swim Overall Combined Results
10K Swim Overall Results by Gender
10K Swim Age Group Results
10K Swim Wetsuit Results
5K Swim Overall Combined Results
5K Swim Overall Results by Gender
5K Swim Age Group Results
1.2-Mile and Half-Mile Swim Age Group Results
5K, 1.2-Mile, and Half-Mile Swim Wetsuit Results
Team Results

Fundraising Details

Please be sure to support the reason we are NSR-CAPall able to do this epic swim: North Star Reach. This year, every swimmer who raises a minimum of $50 for North Star Reach will receive this super-cool gold silicone swim cap to wear during the event.

 You can sign up to be a fundraiser, support one of our fundraising swimmers, or just make your own donation to start earning prizes by clicking here.

Fundraising prizes:

$25 — Epic Races/North Star Reach Spillproof Water Bottle
$50 — Super Sweet Silicone Cap
$100 — Mesh Swim Bag
$150 — xx2i Glasses
$300 — Rudy Project Glasses

STTMGuests2014

 Special Clinic with Special Guests on Saturday, August 9

1:00 PM — Meet Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina and be one of the first on the planet to see her newest book, Swim Speed Strokes.

2:00- Meet Olympic bronze medalist (and four-year American record holder for 1500 meters) Chris Thompson. Chris will hold an open-water swim clinic and will share some of his secrets of open-water swim success.

Race Start Times (Sunday, August 10)

10K — 6:10 AM

5K — 8:10 AM

1.2 Mile — 10:00 AM

Half Mile — 10:00 AM

 

Swim Courses

10K — The 10K swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach, keeping the buoys on the left all the way to Patterson Lake and and the beach of NorthStar Reach camp. At NorthStar Reach, 10K swimmers may exit the water, receive their “special needs” bag, and return to swimming again, keeping the buoys on their left all the way to Halfmoon Lake Beach for the finish.

5K — The 5K swim course begins 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 — The 1.2-mile swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and follows a loop in Halfmoon Lake, returning to Halfmoon Lake Beach.

Half Mile — The half-mile swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and follows a loop in Halfmoon Lake, returning to Halfmoon Lake Beach.

 

Cut-Off Times

10K: 5 hours (swimmers must reach the turn-around point at NorthStar Reach within the first two hours)

5K: 3 hours

 

Aid Stations (10K and 5K swimmers only)

10K: 6 aid stations with water, HEED, and Hammer Gel in addition to a “special needs” bag at the 5K turn-around point.

5K: 3 aid stations with water, HEED, and Hammer Gel.

 

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Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Pinckney Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your $11 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.

Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase an $8 daily permit or a $29 annual Motor Vehicle Permit.

 

USAT (USA Triathlon) Information

USAT members must present a current USAT card or it will be necessary to pay the one-day USAT license fee. Non-USAT members who pay a one-day USAT license fee need not present proof of membership. All participants, regardless of whether or not they are USAT members, must present photo ID.

Non-USAT $12 Fee Explanation: The $12 fee for non-USAT members pays for USAT insurance. The entire $12 fee goes to USAT. USAT is the national governing body for the sport of triathlon. While Swim to the Moon is indeed a swimming event and not a triathlon, Epic Races’ affiliation is with USAT.

 

5K Team Competition

In the team competition, each team member swims the entire 5K. The team that wins boasts the lowest combined time for their members’ five fastest times. 10K swimmers may participate on a 5K team; the first 5k split will be used for the team event.

High School Teams
Team Size — a minimum of five swimmers
One Division — mixed male and female
Add the overall finish time of the top five finishers for the team

Open Teams (no affiliation required; these may be informal teams)
Team Size – a minimum of five swimmers
One Division — mixed male and female
Add the overall finish time of the top five finishers for the team

 

Divisions and 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 are given to the first-place overall male/female, the first-place master male/female, and the top five finishers 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 are given to the first-place overall male/female, the first-place master male/female, and the top five finishers in each age group.

1.2-Mile Swim — Male 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 are given to the first-place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and the top five finishers in each age group.

Half Mile Swim — Male 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 are given to the first-place overall male/female, first place master male/female, and the top five finishers in each age group.

Wetsuit Division Swimmers wearing wetsuits will swim in the Wetsuit Division. They 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 US Masters Swimming (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 onto nearby structures (docks, rafts) or vessels (canoes, kayaks), 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. Swimmers must travel around the outside of each of these 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.

 

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 from The 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.

 

After your race, be sure to stop by and visit our friends at Tri-Covery, who will be on site to offer free massages to relax you and your hard-worked muscles.

 

How To Get There

Halfmoon Lake, 8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137

 

Buses & Clothing

(5K only)

Shuttle buses for 5K swimmers will leave every 15 minutes or until full from Halfmoon Lake Beach to NorthStar Reach Camp. The buses will begin to leave at 6:30 AM, and the last bus will depart 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 starting area. 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 Lake Beach, where you will be able to pick them up after the swim.

 

Accommodations

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

For camping information, click here.

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

Details

Date:
August 23, 2015
Time:
6:10 am
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=14382&z=1387491573091

Organizer

Epic Races
Phone:
(734) 531-8747
Email:
Website:
http://epicraces.com

Other

Packet Pickup Information
Saturday, August 9th: 1-4 pm at Halfmoon Lake Beach at the upper pavilion. Sunday, August 10th: 5:00-9:30 am Halfmoon Lake Beach at the upper pavilion.
Average Water Temperature
78

Medical Information

An Emergency Medical Professional with an AED will be on site. An ambulance will be on pull-out reserve.Wetsuit Rules
USAT Membership Information

Venue

Halfmoon Lake Beach, Pinckney Recreation Area
8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137 United States
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This event is made possible by:

Charity Partner

Race Day Schedule

10K — 6:10 AM
5K — 8:10 AM
1.2 and half-mile —10:00 AM

Divisions

Awards

Every finisher receives a Swim to the Moon finisher's medal. Special awards will be presented to the 1st Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female, and the top five finishers in each age division.

Hotel Information

Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center

734-433-8000
1645 Commerce Park Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118
Special rate: Special Rate: $94 Please reserve room(s) by July 14 to take advantage of the special rate.
Distance from race: 10.5 miles
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