Epic Swim to the Moon Athlete Guide 2022

We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for the Swim to the Moon! Read on for all the important information you’ll need to help you get ready for the big day. Please check back here frequently for updates, and if you plan to print this guide, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change.

Personal Swim Buoys are allowed, but they MUST be a color other than orange (yellow, pink, etc.).  If you are at the start line with an orange personal swim buoy, you will not be able to use it in the event as it causes confusion with our directional buoys.

Race Start Time and locations

Park Opens at 5:00 a.m.

6:40 a.m.:  10K begins at Halfmoon Lake Beach

7:40 a.m. (approximately):  5K begins at North Star Reach Camp at Patterson Lake when the 10K swimmers begin their turn-around for the second half of their swim back to Halfmoon Lake Beach

Packet pick-up closes at 9:15 a.m.

Mandatory meeting on beach at 9:15 a.m.

9:30 am: 1.2 mile and .5 mile begin at Halfmoon Lake Beach

All swimmers should go to 8690 Hankerd Rd, Gregory, MI 48137

Parking will only be available at Halfmoon on race day.  NO parking at North Star Reach. Please be sure you have a current Recreation Passport.  Vehicles without Recreation Passports will be issued notices to pay the fee.  For details and pricing for both in state and out of state Recreation Passports CLICK HERE.

Shuttle buses for 5K swimmers will begin at 5:45 a.m.  and leave every 15 minutes from Halfmoon Lake Beach to North Star Reach Camp.  The last bus will leave at 7:00 a.m.

Bags will be provided at packet pickup for you to leave your extra clothing at the start.  Bags for 5K swimmers will be transported to the finish area. YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR OWN BAG.

5K and 10K Swimmers:  You will be passing through a tunnel.  10Kers will swim through it twice, 5Kers once.  You will know when you are there.  Please expect oncoming swimmers both directions.  There will be a lane of very small buoys down the middle.  Stay to the right in each direction.  NO PASSING!!  A 5-minute penalty will be given to anybody who passes or attempts to pass in the tunnel or when entering or exiting.

As many of you know, we have been fundraising for North Star Reach, which serves as the starting location for the 5K and the turn-around point for the 10K, since the beginning of Swim to the Moon. North Star Reach, a summer program camp for children with life-threatening, serious, and chronic medical conditions would not be where it is today without the generous help of its fundraisers. This year, as part of the registration for the 10K and 5K swims, we ask each participant to donate or raise a minimum of $10. Participants who have yet to meet the $10 minimum by race day will be unable to pick up their packet.

You have 2 opportunities to pick up your packet:

Saturday, Aug 20
1 – 4 p.m.
Halfmoon Lake

Race morning at the race site
6 – 7:15 a.m.
When you come to packet pickup, please be sure to have your QR code to make things quick and easy.  We recommend taking a screenshot.

We will have markers available for self-body marking.
You will mark the top of each arm, each shoulder blade (do this with a buddy), and if you are wearing a long-sleeved wetsuit, mark the back of your hand.

You may use a personal swim buoy in all of our triathlons! Not sure what we mean by “personal swim buoy”?
Learn more here.

The best way to wear your number in a triathlon is with a race belt.  If you don’t have one, we sell them online and will also have them available at our merchandise tent for $10.

Order your race belt here

CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS (be sure to select the correct year)

Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:

Overall awards are given to first overall male, female, nonbinary in each of the races
Age-group awards are given to top 5 in each 5-year age group male, female, nonbinary (20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34….)
Check the QR code on your bib with a QR scanner on your phone
Visit the results table which will be set up by the awards table
Check the “results” tab on the event website.
If you did win an award, you can pick it up at the award table. We know your time is valuable. For this reason, we offer grab-n-go awards. Grab your award, take a moment for the photo opp on the podium, then go!

Get your photos freaky fast using our new facial recognition technology!

In order to use this, you can download the software now, or after the race!

CLICK HERE or scan the QR code

Halfmoon Lake Area
8725 Hankerd Rd, Gregory, MI 48137

Park Entry

A State Park permit, or Recreation Passport is needed to enter Waterloo State Recreation Area. A permit costs $11 per year for Michigan residents; out-of-state residents will be required to purchase a daily permit for $9 or an annual permit for $31. If you come to the park on a bike (or on roller skates, skateboard, horse, or walking), you will not need to pay for a daily permit.

Michigan residents are not able to purchase the daily permit, only the annual permit for $11. Michigan residents who checked “YES” for the Recreation Passport when they renewed their license plate already possess a Recreation Passport: it’s the two tiny Ps printed at the top and bottom of your license plate sticker, as well as the words “Recreation Passport” on your registration. Epic Races is thrilled to have our wonderful state park system for our events, for training, and sometimes just to visit and enjoy. These permits are how our parklands are supported.

The park rangers will have in-state and out-of-state permits available for purchase. If for some reason, you park your car without a permit, you will receive what appears to be a ticket on your car. It is not a ticket; it is a notice. Please take the notice to the entry gate and pay the daily or annual fee. Please direct any questions to the DNR.

To purchase a Recreation Passport, please visit the Michigan DNR customer service center.

There will be aid stations with water, Gatorade, and GU at miles 1, 2, 3.1, 4, 5.  10K swimmers may check a “special needs” bag, containing anything “special” that you may “need” at the 3.1 mile turnaround mark.

Race-Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 20, 2022

2:00 PM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration Open
2:30 PM — Open-Water Swim Clinic with Chris Thomposon
4:30 PM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration Close
4:30 PM — “No-Hands” Spaghetti Dinner for Special Fundraisers (see website under Fundraising)

Sunday, August 21, 2022

5:30 AM — Packet pick-up and registration open
5:45 AM — Shuttle buses from Halfmoon Lake Beach to Patterson Lake/North Star Reach start departing every 15 minutes
6:30 AM — Mandatory meeting on the beach for 10K swimmers

6:40 AM — *10K Speed Demon Wave starts
6:41 AM — 10K time-trial start (participants start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)
7:00 AM — Last shuttle to Patterson Lake/North Star Reach departs
7:30 AM — Mandatory meeting on the beach for 5K swimmers
7:45 AM — *5K Speed Demon Wave starts
7:46 AM — 5K time-trial start (participants start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)
9:00 AM — Post-race athlete brunch (approximate time)
9:15 AM –  Packet pickup closes and mandatory meeting for all 1.2-mile and half-mile swimmers on Halfmoon Lake Beach begins
9:30 AM — *1.2-Mile and .5-Mile swims: time-trial start (participants start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)

For those visiting the Ann Arbor area for this race, visit Destination Ann Arbor’s website for information on hotels, restaurants, and other fun attractions and activities. We hope you enjoy your stay and race in our wonderful and unique city! You can also find more information on Destination Ann Arbor’s social media below.

See our FAQs for policies, race transfers and other topics like that!