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August 19 @ 6:40 AM

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Swim to the Moon Open-Water Clinic & Swim
presented by the Red Star Board Company
to benefit North Star Reach

At 2 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018, Epic Races will be offering a swim clinic at Halfmoon Lake for all participants registered for the 2018 Swim to the Moon. Learn to be more comfortable in an open-water setting; ask your questions about breathing, body positioning, and more! To recap:

What: Swim to the Moon Open-Water Swim Clinic
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2 PM
Where: Halfmoon Lake, 8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137

What is Swim to the Moon?

USAT Level 2 Director

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, serious, and chronic medical conditions.

The 5K swim starts on the shores of Patterson Lake at North Star Reach; from there, 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 start at Halfmoon Lake Beach, swim to the start of the 5K (where their “special needs” bags will be available), then turn around to 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 events finish at the state beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.

Please note that Swim to the Moon is for individual athletes. If you have a group, consider entering our team division!  High School Coaches/Captains: Please contact info@epicraces.com for a special group discount for your team!

Swim to the Moon is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!

NEW for 2018: Personal Swim Buoys are allowed…and in fact, we encourage them! If you don’t have one, we have them in our store.

Looking for some additional event swag?? The Swim to the Moon store is open!! Click HERE to get shopping.

 Swim Courses

10K Marathon — The 10K Marathon swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach, keeping the buoys on the left all the way to Patterson Lake and and the beach of North Star Reach. At North Star Reach, 10K Marathon swimmers exit the water, receive their “special needs” bag if they so desire, 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 North Star Reach, 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 Red Star Board CompanyHalfmoon Lake, returning to Halfmoon Lake Beach.

Wetsuit Division. This division is available for all four distances. If you plan on wearing a wetsuit, please register for this division under your distance of choice. Participants in the Wetsuit divisions will be timed but will be ineligible for awards.
Personal Swim Buoys are now allowed in all distances and are NOT part of the wetsuit division.

Need a wetsuit? Check out these special rental and purchase offers for our Epic triathlon participants!

Our Epic lifeguards are able to keep our swimmers safe thanks to our official SUP company and title sponsor, Red Star Board Company. We’re very grateful to have Red Star as part of the Epic team!

A few guidelines for an enjoyable swim!

Wetsuits: If the water temperature is 83.9º or below, wetsuits will be allowed. Wetsuit swimmers will be timed but will not be eligible for awards. Epic Races officials will be asking all participants wearing wetsuits for their race numbers prior to the start of their waves.

Swimsuits: Epic Races follows the swimsuit guidelines set by FINA, the international governing body for swimming, diving, open-water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo:

BL 8.4 For open water swimming competitions with water temperature from 20°C [68°F], swimsuits for both men and women shall not cover the neck, nor extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the ankle. Subject to these specific shape specifications, swimsuits for open water swimming competitions shall further comply with all other requirements applicable to swimsuits for pool swimming competition.

BL 8.5 From January 1, 2017, for open water swimming competitions in water with temperature below 20°C [68ºF], men and women may use either swimsuits (BL 8.4) or wetsuits. When the water temperature is below 18°C [64.4ºF], the use of wetsuits is compulsory. For the purpose of these rules, wetsuits are swimsuits made of material providing thermal insulation. Wetsuits for both men and women shall completely cover torso, back, shoulders and knees. They shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists and ankles.

Participants may also wear one- or two-piece triathlon suits.

Cut-Off Times

10K Marathon: 5 hours : swimmers must reach the turn-around point at North Star Reach within the first two hours and thirty minutes (2.5 hours)

5K: 3 hours

High School, 5K, and 10K Team Events

For our 10K Marathon team event, each team must have a minimum of five members (no maximum). Teams must be mixed, with a minimum of one male member and one female member. All 10K team members must swim the entire 10K. The winning team boasts the lowest combined time for their members’ five fastest times. The 10K team event is Open; teams may be swim clubs, informal groups, or even a family swimming together.

For the 5K team event, each team must have a minimum of five members (no maximum). Teams must be mixed, with a minimum of one male member and one female member. All members must swim the entire 5K. The winning team boasts the lowest combined time for their members’ five fastest times. The 5K team event features two divisions: High School (for high-school swim teams) and Open (no affiliation required; an Open team can be an informal group). High School Coaches/Captains:  Please contact info@epicraces.com for a special group discount for your team!


The winning 2018 10K, 5K Open, and 5K High School teams will each receive a shopping party at Tortoise and Hare, featuring refreshments and 30% off all merchandise!


Social teams are welcome! Swim with your friends, family, swim-club members. Please note that social teams are strictly for fun; no awards are presented. Encourage your friends, relatives, and club members to join your team! Epic Races will present an award to the Largest Team at Swim to the Moon!

Our event has joined the Global Swim Series!

The goal of the Global Swim Series is to promote the sport of open water swimming and increase participation in the sport, all around the world. By swimming in our race and all other GSS races you earn a “Global Ranking“. The rating is based equally on participation and speed. The more races you do, the higher your ranking!

The GSS now has over 104,000 swimmers, in 131 races, in 36 countries including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Haiti, Turks & Caicos, St Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Brazil, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, UAE, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia … and more joining all the time!

MySwimPro, the world’s leading Swim Training App, is the Official Training Partner of the Global Swim Series.  As an added bonus, swimmers can use coupon code GSS20%OFF to get 20% off membership with MySwimPro!

Are you 50+?

The Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) is proud to partner with Epic Races for Swim to the Moon. Anyone ages 50 and up can take part in the Michigan Senior Olympics. Participating in any Swim to the Moon distance — 10K, 5K, 1.2 mile, or half mile — will give you the opportunity to receive an additional medal from the MSO! We will be awarding 1st to 3rd place in each age group. If you are 50 or older by the end of this calendar year and this sounds exciting to you (why wouldn’t it?), please select the $5 option in addition to your chosen event when you register online. There will be a wetsuit category for MSO at Swim to the Moon.

The Michigan Senior Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles by organizing state games, sports competitions, and health, fitness, and wellness programs for active individuals 50 years plus. For more information on MSO Winter & Summer Games, please visit the MSO website at www.michiganseniorolympics.org.


Aid Stations (10K Marathon and 5K swimmers only)

10K Marathon: Six aid stations (one at approximately every mile) offering  water, Gatorade, and GU energy gel. The aid stations will be located in areas where you can stand. In addition, swimmers can have  a “special needs” bag at the 5K turn-around point. A “special needs” bag is a plastic bag, provided by Epic Races, labeled with your race number in which you may place anything “special” that you may “need” or just want at the turn-around point: food, sunscreen, Vaseline, a beverage, etc. It is optional. Please note that all items in the “special needs” bag must be disposable, as these bags will not be returned to Halfmoon Lake.

5K: Three aid stations (one at approximately every mile) offering water, Gatorade, and GU energy gel. The aid stations will be located in areas where you can stand.

Goodies for Our Swimmers!

All of the professional sports photography of our events by Greg Sadler Photography is FREE for our participants! That’s right: all of the photos taken of you by Greg Sadler at the 2018 Swim to the Moon, will be free to download…that’s our gift to you for swimming with us. Just another reason our events are so Epic!

In addition to free race pix, each participant will receive:

  • Chip timing, with results posted by the end of race day
  • A fabulous finisher’s medal
  • A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt (shirt sizes not guaranteed after August 5, 2018)
  • The best post-swim snacks around.
  • Exclusive Aquaman discount codes for Epic Races Participants: Epicaqaman30 for 30% off wetsuits and Epicaquaman15 for 15% off  anything else!




Safeguard Your Entry with TicketGuardian

Epic Races is pleased to offer participants race insurance through TicketGuardian. TicketGuardian’s standard insurance coverage allows you to get your money back if you are unable to attend your event due to car accidents, severe weather, family emergencies, military duty, and even medical issues. For more information on TicketGuardian race insurance and instructions on how to purchase coverage, click here.



Fundraising for North Star Reach

Please be sure to support the reason we are all able to do this epic swim: North Star Reach. North Star Reach will be fundraising through Swim to the Moon through Run Sign Up’s fundraising platform. Through the Swim to the Moon Run Sign Up page, you will be able to make a donation to North Star Reach or  support one of our fundraising swimmers by contributing to their fundraising page!

Would you like to become a fundraiser for North Star Reach? To do so, go to the Swim to the Moon Donation page and click “Become a Fundraiser,” then share your fundraising link with friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers! Not only will you be supporting this amazing camp for children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions, you’ll also earn special incentive prizes for each level your fundraising reaches:

  • $500$50 raised — a North Star Reach color-changing stadium cup
  • $100 raised — a North Star Reach LED flashlight
  • $200 raised — a North Star Reach “Find Your CampFIRE” T-shirt
  • $300 raised — a North Star Reach baseball cap
  • $500 raised — all of the above plus a North Star Reach canvas bag

All incentive awards will be presented at Halfmoon Lake at the conclusion of Swim to the Moon. Please note: incentives are subject to change.


Pure Michigan Fit!

Swim to the Moon has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualify for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.


Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Pinckney Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your 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. Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase either a daily permit or an annual Motor Vehicle Permit.

For current pricing and more information about the Recreation Passport, click here.


USAT (USA Triathlon) Information

USAT Sanctioned Event Color

USAT offers youth annual memberships at $10 per child per year. USAT adult annual memberships cost $50. As of Oct. 24, 2017, USA Triathlon will allow athletes to apply the cost of up to three (3) one-day licenses (up to $45 total), purchased within the past year, toward an annual age-group membership (not valid on elite or youth memberships). Previously, athletes could only apply the cost of one (1) one-day license toward an annual membership. The one-day license receipt is valid for one year from the date of the event for which it was purchased. One-day licenses cannot be applied retroactively; however, the athlete can apply their one-day(s) toward their next renewal. If you participate in more than three USAT-sanctioned events per year, purchasing a USAT annual membership not only is more cost efficient but also helps fund USAT development and training programs for athletes, coaches, referees, and more! See USA Triathlon for more information and to join as an annual member.

Non-USAT Fee Explanation: The $15/daily adult and $10/annual youth fee for non-USAT members pays for USAT insurance. The entire fee goes to USAT. USAT is the national governing body for the sport of triathlon. Epic Races’ affiliation is with USAT. Non-USAT members who pay a one-day USAT license fee need not present proof of membership.

USAT members and non-members must present photo ID at Packet Pick-Up.

Click here to see USAT’s competition rules. To learn the most common USAT rule violations, click here.

Event Schedule

5:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration Open
5:30 AM — Body Marking Opens
6:30 AM — Mandatory Meeting on the beach for 10K swimmers
6:30 AM — Shuttle buses to Patterson Lake/North Star Reach start departing every 15 minutes
6:40 AM — 10K swim starts
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 swim starts with first wave (subsequent waves every 8 minutes)
9:00 AM — 10K awards available for pick up
9:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration close
10:00 AM — 5K awards available for pick up
10: 20 AM - Mandatory Meeting for all 1.2-mile and half-mile swimmers on Halfmoon Lake Beach
10:30 AM — 1.2-Mile and Half-Mile swims start
11:00 AM — Post-race athlete brunch (approximate time)
11:00 AM — 1.2-Mile and Half-Mile awards available for pick up


Male and Female 12-13 (0.5-mile and 1.2-mile only), 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


Every finisher receives a Swim to the Moon finisher's medal.

Divisions and Individual Awards:

10K Swim — Awards are given to the first-place overall male/female, the first-place Masters male/female, and the top five finishers in each age group.

5K Swim — Awards are given to the first-place overall male/female, the first-place Masters male/female, and the top five finishers in each age group.

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

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

Swimmers wearing wetsuits or using SaferSwimmers will be timed but are ineligible for awards. They will be placed in their own division.

Team Awards:

5K Team: The team with the lowest combined time for their members' five fastest times.

10K Team: The team with the lowest combined time for their members' five fastest times.

Largest Team: The team that brings the most participating members to Swim to the Moon.

Hotel and Camping Information

Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center

1645 Commerce Park Dr.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Special rate: Mention Swim to the Moon to receive the special $129 rate for the night of August 18, 2018. Reservations must be made by July 18, 2018.
Distance from race: 10.5 miles Camping for tents and RVs is available nearby at the Bruin Lake Modern Campground. A State Recreation Passport is required and reservations for Bruin Lake Campground are strongly recommended. For more details and to make a reservation, visit the campground's web page.

Swim to the Moon Entry Fees

10K 5K 1.2-Mile Half Mile Deadline
$92.00 $73.00 $45.00 $45.00

July 1, 2018 – August 16, 2018

$100.00 $85.00 $50.00 $50.00

August 18, 2018 – August 19, 2018
Race-Weekend Registration


Q. I signed up for the 5K but I think the 10K is more my distance. Can I transfer?
A. Yes! You can switch from your event to any other by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration by Swim to the Moon, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. You will also be able to switch events in person at Packet Pick-Up.

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 Swim to the Moon, 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 Sunday, August 5.

Q. I can no longer attend. 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 races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds or credits if you are unable to attend. However, if you chose to purchase the optional TicketGuardian race insurance, you can file a claim to have your entry fees reimbursed. Visit http://claims.ticketguardian.net.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my race shirt and medal sent to me?
A. We are happy to send you your race shirt! Please follow the instructions under Mailing Race Items on our Policies page at http://www.epicraces.com/Policies. However, our finisher's medals are reserved for those who complete our race.

Q. Where do I park on race morning?
A. Parking will be available at Halfmoon Lake.

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. Swim to the Moon will be held, rain or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Q. Can I wear a wet suit?
A. The temperature of Halfmoon Lake should be about 78 degrees on race day. A bathing suit or tri suit on its own should be fine, but wet suits are allowed up to 83.9 degrees. Participants wearing wet suits will be timed but will not be eligible for awards. If you plan on wearing a wetsuit, please make sure you register for your distance's Wetsuit, SaferSwimmer, and Similar Flotation Devices division.

Q. Can I wear whatever I choose for this swim?
A. No. USMS swimsuit rules apply. A swimmer shall wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. For both men and women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulder nor below the ankles.

Q. Do I have to wear a swim cap?
A . Yes! All swimmers are required to wear the supplied swim caps in order to be easily spotted by our lifeguards.

Q. Even if I'm bald?
A. Yes, even if you are bald.

Q. What if I have a latex allergy?
A. If you have a latex allergy, you may supply your own swim cap. However, it must be brightly colored so that your lifeguards can easily spot you. No black, grey, navy, or other dark-colored caps allowed.

Q. Can I swim with a life vest on?
A. No. Flotation and buoyancy devices are not permitted. Swimmers may use Safer Swimmers, but those who choose to do so will be ineligible for prizes or awards. If you plan on using a SaferSwimmer or similar flotation device, please register for your distance's Wetsuit, SaferSwimmer, and Similar Flotation Devices division.

Q. I get chilled easily when I swim. Can I bring along a waterproof heater to keep me warm in the water?
A. No. Devices used to maintain body heat are illegal.

Q. What if I get tired? Can I swim to the shore and rest for a while?
A. No. Swimmers may rest by holding onto nearby structures (docks, rafts) or onto our lifeguards' canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. You may hold onto these as long as you wish, but timing will not pause and you cannot make any forward progress except by self propulsion (swimming, wading).

Q. How will I know where to swim?
A. The official course shall be determined by floating buoys anchored at each turn. Swimmers must travel around the outside of each of these buoys. Cutting inside a corner buoy shall be cause for disqualification.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be three aid stations on the 5K course and seven on the 10K course.

Q. My friend and I are doing the race together. Can we swim side by side?
A. You are welcome to do so, but please be courteous to other swimmers around you and trying to pass you.

Q. Are waterproof headphones/ear buds allowed?
A. No. Portable music devices are not allowed in any USAT-sanctioned event. It's important for you as a participant to be able to hear your fellow participants and our course marshals.

Q. When will results be posted and where?
A. You'll find the results by clicking on the blue Results button at the top of this page. Results will be posted within 12 hours after the race ends.

Q. Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
A. Yes! They will need a photocopy of your photo ID and your USAT ID card, as well as a signed note from you giving them permission to pick up your packet for you.

Q. My race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?
A. Yes! However, exchanges can only be done after the race and there is no guarantee of size.

Q. I left before results were posted and I won an award! How do I get it?
A. Congratulations! You can pick up your award at a location to be announced shortly after the race.


August 19
6:40 AM
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Packet Pickup Information
Saturday, August 18: 1 PM - 4 PM at Halfmoon Lake Beach. Sunday, August 19: 5:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Halfmoon Lake Beach.
Average Water Temperature


8690 Hankerd Road
Gregory, MI 48137 United States
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Course maps: Course Map (10K will start at Halfmoon with buoys on left; 5K starts at North Star Reach)

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day


Year Race Results
2017 Results View Results
2016 10K Age-Group Results View Results
2016 5K Age-Group Results View Results
2016 1.2-Mile Age-Group Results View Results
2016 Half-Mile Age-Group Results View Results
2016 Team Results View Results
2016 High-School Team Results View Results
2016 10K Wetsuit Results View Results
2016 5K Wetsuit Results View Results
2015 10K Overall Results View Results
2015 10K Age-Group Results View Results
2015 5K Overall Results View Results
2015 5K Age-Group Results View Results
2015 1.2-Mile Age-Group Results View Results
2015 Half-Mile Results View Results
2015 10K Wetsuit Results View Results
2015 5K, 1.2-Mile, Half-Mile Wetsuit Results View Results
2015 Team Results View Results
2014 10K Overall by Gender View Results
2014 5K Overall by Gender View Results
2014 10K Overall Combined View Results
2014 5K Overall Combined View Results
2014 10K Age-Group Results View Results
2014 5K Age-Group Results View Results
2014 10K Wetsuit Results View Results
2014 5K, 1.2-Mile, and Half-Mile Wetsuit Results View Results
2014 1.2-Mile and Half-Mile Results View Results
2014 Team Results View Results
2012 Results View Results
2011 Results View Results
2010 Results View Results

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  1. Pete July 15, 2015 at 3:17 PM #

    Would you consider starting this race a little later, perhaps 7:00 or even 7:30? It was almost impossible to see the sighting buoys at the start last year, and that race was earlier in the year. On the 23rd it’s gonna be pretty darn dark. Please think about it. Thanks!

    • Eva July 16, 2015 at 5:50 PM #

      Yes, Pete. We are looking into the best time to start to find a balance between daylight and boat traffic. Very likely it will be at least 20 minutes later than the posted time. We will be sure to have at least as much (or as little) 😉 daylight as last year. Thanks for bringing it up.

  2. Kevin H July 29, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    You guys put on a great event last year. I did the 5k in 2014 and looking forward to doing the 10k this year. Really looking forward to this event! 🙂

    • ana July 29, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

      Thanks, Kevin! We’re looking to everyone having a great swim. Hoping for clear skies!

  3. Mark August 5, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

    I did this race the first two years and am excited to be coming back after some time off. Do you have old archives from those years where I might be able to look up my times?

  4. Joanne August 7, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

    Hi there, are there recommended spectating spots along the course? Will there be a spectator map at packet pickup? Thanks.

    • Eva August 7, 2015 at 6:07 PM #

      There really are not any good spectating spots- sorry! If you want to spectate, we recommend volunteering to be a paddler.

  5. Helen August 15, 2015 at 6:22 PM #

    Hi Eva:

    Is there a psyche sheet for the 10K? So excited! Can’t wait to return to see our son Philip swim it again!

  6. Patrick Florian August 16, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    So does the 5k start @ 8am or 8:40 I have seen both times listed. Looking forward to this event.

    • ana August 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

      The 5K starts at 8:40 AM. If you could tell us where you saw an 8 AM start time, we’d appreciate it so we can correct that. It’s correctly listed on the event page schedule and in the race-day guide. 🙂

    • Patrick Florian August 17, 2015 at 8:47 AM #

      After filling out app. I printed out the confirmation sheet and on the second page it says for the 5k to start at 8am the 10k is still correct at 6:40am but 8:40 works for me Looking foreword to doing this

      • Ana August 17, 2015 at 8:59 AM #

        Ah! We’ll go check on our registration site. Thanks for the head’s up and see you this weekend!

  7. Laura August 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM #

    Are the swimmers allowed to wear underwater MP3 players during the race? I’m a newbie and don’t really know the ins and outs! Thanks!

    • ana August 16, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

      Not a problem! We’re very happy to answer questions. Swim to the Moon is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event and, as such, no portable electronic devices of any kind are allowed. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions!

  8. Beth August 17, 2015 at 12:08 PM #

    Swimmers on a team are still eligible for individual awards, correct?

    • Ana August 17, 2015 at 12:20 PM #


  9. Beth August 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

    The Swim to the Moon event site shows the OWS clinic at 2 pm on Saturday, but the race day info schedule says 3 pm. Which is correct?

    • Ana August 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM #

      The clinic with Chris is at 2 PM. Thanks for letting us know of the typo!

  10. Ben August 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM #

    Do you know if there is parking at the start site of the 5k? My friends and I were thinking of taking 2 cars, one to the start, and one to the finish, so we wouldn’t have to take the shuttle bus. Is that feasible?

    • ana August 20, 2015 at 7:51 PM #

      There is no parking at the 5K start site; we have access only for the provided shuttle buses. The gates will be locked to all other traffic. Sorry!

  11. Laura August 21, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

    Where do our significant others “hang out” before the race? Can they be there at the beginning of the 5K or do they have to stay at the finish at Halfmoon?

    • ana August 21, 2015 at 9:13 PM #

      Only the participants are allowed at the 5K start. All friends, supporters, and loved ones need to stay at the 10K start/finish area at Halfmoon Lake Beach.

  12. Maria August 21, 2015 at 11:33 PM #

    How soon do you post the results, my daughter is swimming the 10k and we couldn’t go to watch her, but i will like to know how she did. And do you have pictures i could buy? Thank you for your help.

    • ana August 22, 2015 at 12:45 AM #

      We post results by race-day evening; you’ll find them by clicking the blue Results button at the top of the Swim to the Moon page. Event photos are usually available several days after the race; they will be linked to the Photo Gallery button on the Swim to the Moon page. Downloads of all event photos are FREE!

  13. Belinda August 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    I know this is last minute but I’m a kayaker who’s trained as a safety boater. I’m available to help out if you need it.

    • ana August 22, 2015 at 10:49 AM #

      We are very happy to have your help! Look for an email from us with details; just sent it out. Thank you!

  14. Julia March 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    If you register for one distance and decide later that you want to drop to a shorter one, can you?

    • Eva March 18, 2016 at 5:38 PM #


  15. Rachel Filar April 20, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    Hello! Excited to find this open water swim race. We have a group of swimmers coming from Lapeer. Not sure if this has been answered yet, but…is Chris Thompson still doing an open water clinic in June? This page says he is but when you click on the clinic page it says someone else is teaching the clinic. Are there two clinics?

    Also, are these lakes all-sports lakes?

    thank you!

    • ana April 20, 2016 at 8:16 PM #

      Hi Rachel! Glad that you have found our event! Right now, we are only just starting to organize this year’s Swim to the Moon. Chris has graciously led our clinic — and has participated — in the race these past couple of years, and we are going to do our best to bring him back again. We also have an Open-Water Swim Clinic on June 12, led by World Champion open-water swimmer Erica Rose Dancik. Two different events, two great ways to get your feet wet. Hope you’ll consider coming to both!

  16. Kelsey Gilbert May 10, 2016 at 11:43 AM #

    Hello, I registered for this year’s 10K swim and want to fund raise also. I set up my fundraising page and was getting ready to email family and friends to ask for their support and now cannot find my page. There is only one team listed on the donations page.

    Just wondering if I need to sign up to fundraise again, or if the page will be back up soon?


    • ana May 10, 2016 at 12:01 PM #

      Hi Kelsey! All fundraising for Swim to the Moon needs to go through our fundraising platform on Crowdrise. To sign up to fundraise for the event, go to http://www.crowdrise.com/swimtothemoon, then click the Set Up Your Fundraiser button. Choose Start Your Own Fundraiser, then fill in the information on the screen to get started!

  17. Polo May 9, 2017 at 10:46 AM #

    Hello. My wife and I are planning to register for the 10k this year. Are there any currents to consider in the waterways ? Thanks!

    • ana May 9, 2017 at 10:53 AM #

      The lakes have been as still as glass. You and your wife will have a smooth swim in the 10K!

  18. David August 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

    A few questions on feeding for the 10K from someone who’s doing this for the first time:

    1. Can we keep gels under our swimming cap / wear two caps and have the gels in-between the caps?
    2. Do the Gu gels offered at the aid station have caffeine and what flavors and type are they specifically (regular v. Roctane)?
    3. Can you use a safety buoy like a New Wave, where you can pack things in it?



    • Eva August 10, 2017 at 3:05 PM #

      Yes, you can wear 2 caps with gels in between, but you will need to wear the provided event cap on the outside. The Gu at the aid station will have 20 mg. caffeine. The flavors will be salted caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. You can absolutely swim with a safety buoy, and use it to store personal items, but because it is a floatation device, you will not be eligible for awards.

  19. John August 16, 2017 at 4:21 PM #

    I was wondering if we could get an update on the current water temperature?

  20. Jan August 17, 2017 at 11:35 AM #

    Do the 5K swimmers need to get body marked and pick up timing chips at Halfmoon on Sunday morning, or will that be at Patterson Lake?

    • Eva August 17, 2017 at 1:48 PM #

      All participants will need to pick up timing chips and get body marked before boarding the shuttle to North Star Reach. Body marking will also be available on Saturday.

  21. Laura August 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM #

    Hi. I am going to sign up for the 10K, fairly certain I can make the cutoff, but it might be close. If I don’t make it, do I just turn around, or, do I get pulled out of the water?

    • Eva August 18, 2017 at 8:20 AM #

      If you don’t make the cutoff, you will still swim to the North Star Reach, the 5K turn-around and will be transported back to Halfmoon. At that point, you are welcome to join in with the 1.2 or the .5 swim.

  22. Kevin Murray August 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM #

    Will finishers be give a metal.

    • Eva August 17, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

      Yes, we will be giving finisher’s medals.

  23. Melissa W. August 22, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    Per usual, an epic event. What a fantastic day for a fantastic race. Bravo to Eva and her crew for another enjoyable day in the lake!

    • Eva August 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM #

      Thank you, Melissa!! Congrats to you on your great swim!

  24. Nina February 13, 2018 at 10:43 PM #

    Hi! I’ve seen for some other 10k+ races that swimmers have to arrange their own kayak/support craft to accompany them. I’m not seeing anything about it on the page, so am I correct in assuming we wouldn’t have to arrange our own, and there will just be general safety patrols out? Thanks!

    • Eva February 13, 2018 at 10:46 PM #

      That is correct. We have lifeguards and volunteer kayaks along the course.

  25. Carol Morrissey April 27, 2018 at 6:19 PM #

    Can we add our names to a team if we’ve already registered? Thanks
    Carol Morrissey
    Ann Ray

    • Eva April 28, 2018 at 7:33 AM #

      Yes, you can. You can login to your RunSignUp account and click “manage registration” to make the addition.

  26. Sarah June 28, 2018 at 9:40 PM #

    Just checking, it is legal to wear a trisuit, correct? (No shoulders and it is above the knee.)

    • Eva June 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM #

      Yes, a trisuit is perfectly legal.

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