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HeartMILake Virtual Swim

May 31 @ 12:00 AM


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HeartMILake Virtual Swim


A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Make a splash — and delight in the wonders of Michigan’s natural bodies of water — with our HeartMILake Virtual Swim, the perfect way to enjoy summertime in the Wolverine State. Anyone of any age and any ability can participate: you only need a swimsuit and an outdoor location!

We are great believers in setting personal goals. The act of writing your goals down and putting them where you can see them (on the fridge, by your laptop, on your bathroom mirror) can make the difference between success and failure. A little added extra incentive never hurts, either!

Set your personal swimming goal, achieve it, then tell us about it on Epic Races social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; sharing your swim on social media is optional, not mandatory!). For completing your swimming goal, we will send you a shirt and a medal! Because these are personal goals versus a set distance or time limit, we are not requiring any specific finish time or completed distance.
Goal setting guidelines:
  • Challenge yourself, but be realistic
  • Be specific (for example, I will swim half a mile; I will swim for half an hour)
  • Choose a goal that is meaningful and important to you, not to anybody else

HeartMILake caps at 500 participants!

Give triathlon a try with our HeartMITri Virtual Triathlon!


How to HeartMILake

Follow these steps to become a 2017 HeartMILake participant:

  • Register for this event at RunSignUp; deadline to register is August 20!
  • Head to your chosen venue for your HeartMILake Virtual Swim. This can be any lake in public lands managed by the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, your favorite local lake, even one of the Great Lakes!
  • BOW Promo 2014 - 34Start your HeartMILake. Floaties for kids are acceptable! Remember: you set your own goal. Use any stroke you desire to swim your HeartMILake.
  • Complete your HeartMILake Virtual Swim! Be sure to complete your ride between June 21 and August 20!
  • Tell us about your HeartMILake Virtual Swim! Head to the 2017 HeartMILake Virtual Swim Facebook page, “join” the event if you haven’t already, then upload a photo of your GPS tracker showing your swim and time, share a selfie of you where you did your HeartMILake, or post a comment telling us about it. You can also post your photos on Instagram and tag us (@epicraces) or tweet about it on Twitter and tag us (@epicraces). Be sure to use the hashtag #HeartMILake! Note: You do not need to “prove” your swim to us. We encourage you to post about your HeartMILake Virtual Swim via our social media, but it is not mandatory!

All HeartMILake swag will be sent out via Priority Mail on September 1!


Virtual Swim, Real Swag!

Every HeartMILake participant will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal created especially for this event, along with a HeartMILake T-shirt. All medals and shirts will be mailed out via Priority Mail on September 1. Wear your HeartMILake shirt all year round to show your support for Michigan’s state parks and your commitment to fitness!

Please note: Epic Races does not ship swag to Canada or internationally. If you are a resident of Canada or another country and wish to participate in an Epic Races virtual event, please provide us with a U.S. shipping address.

Benefits for You and for the Outdoors

Completing the HeartMILake Virtual Swim has definite health benefits. Make your swim more than just a one-time event, and encourage your friends and family to join you as you HeartMILake! Your participation in the 2017 HeartMILake Virtual Swim also has benefits beyond these: a portion of the proceeds from this event go to the Michigan DNR to help fund reforestration efforts and fitness programs in state parks.


Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter all DNR-managed properties. 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.

Race Day Schedule

Race day schedule not yet available



All finishers receive a HeartMILake Virtual Swim medal and an event T-shirt. Swag will be sent out to all participants on September 1.

HeartMILake Virtual Swim Entry Fees

Virtual Swim Deadline

June 21, 2017 – June 30, 2017


July 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017


August 1, 2017 – August 20, 2017


Q. I'm a novice swimmer. Can I still participate?
A. Yes! You set your own personal goal for HeartMILake. We simply ask that you honestly evaluate your swimming abilities and set a goal that is achievable safely.

Q. I've never swum in open water before. Can I use a mask and snorkel?
A. Yes! Masks, snorkels, fins, paddles, kickboards, and personal flotation devices are all allowed. You are striving for your personal swimming goal, so use any of these assistance devices to help you reach it!

Q. Can I water walk?
A. Sorry but no, you must swim in order to participate.

Q. Can I swim in an outdoor pool?
A. Sorry, but no. This is HeartMILAKE... you'll need to participate in a natural open-water environment such as a lake or river.

Q. Can I do the back stroke?
A. Yes! You can use any stroke you wish, even butterfly! We do require that you not swim underwater, however.

Q. Can I wear a wetsuit?
A. Yes! Please make sure you are informed about the temperature of the water the day of your swim. USA Triathlon allows wetsuits up to 78 degrees. We strongly encourage you to not wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is higher than 78 degrees.

Q. Can my dog swim with me?
A. Dogs are not allowed in the water at Department of Natural Resources public lands. Please check the regulations for the body of water where you will be doing your swim.

Q. Can a friend accompany me on a kayak/canoe/paddleboard?
A. Please check the regulations at your chosen body of water to see if these vessels are allowed in the swimming area.

Q. I don't live in Michigan. Can I still participate?
A. Absolutely! Just pick your favorite outdoor natural body of water (some of you may even have an ocean or gulf!) and go for your swim!

Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click Manage Registration by HeartMILake, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is August 6, 2017.

Q. I've changed my mind about participating. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable events in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds or credits if you choose not to participate.

Q. Something's come up and I'm not going to be able to do my virtual swim. Can I defer my registration to next year?
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2018, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is August 6, 2017 and you can only defer an event once.

Q. I'm not on Facebook. How do I report my swim to you?
A. There is no need to report your swim to Epic Races. Our virtual events are conducted via the honor system. We do encourage you to share your HeartMILake experience with us via photos and comments on our HeartMILake Virtual Swim event page on Facebook or on other social media (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat).


May 31
12:00 AM
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(734) 585-7101


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