Swim to the Moon

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10K, 5K, 1.2 Mile, & 1/2 Mile Open Water Swims

North Star Reach Camp - Pinckney Recreation Area

Swim to the Moon is part of the one and only Michigan Open Water Series: SWIM MICHIGAN

How To Get There: Mapquest Directions (8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137)


 


THIS IS AN EVENT FOR INDIVIDUALS, NO RELAYS.

What is “Swim to the Moon”? A 10k and 5k open-water swim through the Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell,
Michigan. The 10k race starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and participants will swim to the start of the 5k
and turn around. 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. All races will finish at the
State beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.

Event InformationCourse DescriptionsRace ScheduleRace Fees

  • Park Information: A State Park permit is needed to enter Waterloo 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 Recreation
    Passport 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.

    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.

    5k Team Competition Rules (Each team member swims the entire 5k, not a relay. Lowest time wins):
    Youth Teams (ages 14-18):
    -Team Size – a minimum of five swimmers
    -These may be informal teams, no affiliation needed
    -Two Divisions: Male and Female
    -Add the overall finish place of the top five finishers for the team

    Adult Teams (age 19+):
    -Team Size – a minimum of five swimmers and a maximum of ten
    -These my be informal teams, no affiliation needed
    -Three Divisions: Male, Female (Mixed-Mixed teams shall include at least two women, and at
    least two women on each mixed team shall be included among the team’s five scorers)

    -Add the overall finish place of the top five finishers for the team

    Awards: 
    10k Swim – must be 14 and over:

    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, first place master, and top three in each age group.

    5k Swim – must be 14 and over:
    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, first place master, and top three in each age group. 

    1.2 Mile Swim – must be 12 and over:
    Male and female in each age group: 12-14, 15-18, 19-39, master (40 & over)
    Awards given to first place overall, first place master, and top three in each age group. 

    Half Mile Swim – must be 12 and over:
    Male and female in each age group: 12-14, 15-18, 19-39, master (40 & over)
    Awards given to first place overall and first place in each age group.

    The Wetsuit Division is back!
    Swimmers wearing wetsuits are welcome to register 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. Note – USMS joined USA and FINA in banning
    use of the full body “speed suits”. If you want to wear one of these banned suits 
    - you must
    swim in the wetsuit division.

    How To Get There: Mapquest Directions (8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137)

    Lodging Information: 
    Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center
    1645 Commerce Park Dr.
    Chelsea, MI 48118
    Phone: 734.433.8000
    Special Rate: $92

    Camping Information: Interested in camping? Here is what you need to know.

  • 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 NorthStar 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. (map of swim)

    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. (map of swim)

    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

    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 need” bag at the
    turn-around point (The 10K will use the same aid stations as the 5K but can use them in
    both direction totalling 6 aid stations available.)
     We will also have several boats along the
    way with additional aid as well as mile markers on the buoys so it will be easier to know when
    an aid station is approaching. 

  • Packet Pickup Information:
    Friday, August 10th: 4-7 PM at Sun and Snow (2471 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103)
    Saturday, August 11th: 2-5 PM at Halfmoon Lake Beach at the upper pavilion
    Sunday, August 12th: 6:15-7:30 AM Halfmoon Lake Beach at the upper pavilion
    Please Note: **Race day packet pick-up is not an option for 10K swimmers.
    5K, 1.2, and .5 mile swimmers my pick up packets race day.

    Race Start Time:
    10k: 6:10 AM
    5k, 1.2 mile and 1/2 mile: 8:10 AM

    Buses & Clothing (5k):
    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.

  • 10k Registration Fees

    Adult and Youth (>14) 10k

    USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
    $60 $72 Nov. 1- Dec 31 until 12 AM
    $70 $82 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
    $80 $92 July 21 – August 10 until 8 PM
    No Race Day Entry No Race Day Entry Race Day Entry

    5k Registration Fees

    Adult 5k

    USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
    $40 $52 Nov. 1- Dec 31 until 12 AM
    $50 $62 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
    $60 $72 July 21 – August 10 until 8 PM
    $70 $82 Race Day Entry

    Youth 5k – Age 14-18 (Race Day Age)

    USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
    $30 $35 Nov. 1- Dec 31 until 12 AM
    $40 $45 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
    $50 $55 July 21 – August 10 until 8 PM
    $60 $65 Race Day Entry

    1.2 Mile and 1/2 Mile Registration Fees

    Adult 1.2 Mile and 1/2 Mile

    USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
    $30 $42 Nov. 1- Dec 31 until 12 AM
    $40 $52 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
    $45 $57 July 21 – August 10 until 8 PM
    $50 $62 Race Day Entry

    Youth 1.2 Mile and 1/2 Mile – Ages 12-18 (Race Day Age)

    USAT Member Not A USAT Member Deadline
    $24 $29 Nov. 1- Dec 31 until 12 AM
    $32 $37 Jan. 1- July 20 until 12 AM
    $36 $41 July 21 – August 10 until 8 PM
    $41 $46 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.

 

North Star Reach

North Star Reach aims to provide summer camp experience for young hospital patients. Doug Armstrong, a nurse at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, established North Star Reach, a life-changing camp experience for seriously ill children. Here, children with life-threatening illnesses will have a chance to get away and just be kids. And a caring team of camp counselors, health care professionals, and volunteers will encourage them every step of the way.

Read more about North Star Reach …