Epic Races welcomes a very special guest: Olympic Bronze Medalist Chris Thompson! At 2 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 Chris will be leading 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!
Chris’ extensive long-distance swimming career includes U.S. National titles, World championships, Olympic games, and collegiate championships. Starting in 1996, Chris won seven U.S. National titles in the 1500M and 800M freestyle events. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Chris won the bronze medal for the 1500M men’s freestyle event. He was named a nine-time NCAA All American and two- time Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in 2002 and his Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University in 2007. In 2002, Chris began his impressive coaching career, starting with the Ann Arbor Swim Club/Club Wolverine. He trained future Navy Seals at the Navy Special Warfare Prep School from 2008 to 2011. Currently, Chris resides in Michigan, where he has been coaching the Plymouth Canton Cruisers since December 2011.
Who: Olympic Bronze Medalist Chris Thompson
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
We are very excited to have Chris lead our Swim to the Moon Open-Water Swim Clinic!
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 email@example.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!
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 North Star Reach. At North Star Reach, 10K 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.
New for 2018: the Wetsuit, SaferSwimmer, and Similar Flotation Devices division. This division is available for all four distances. If you plan on wearing a wetsuit or using a SaferSwimmer (or similar flotation device), please register for this division under your distance of choice. Participants in the Wetsuit, SaferSwimmer, and Similar Flotation Devices divisions will be timed but will be ineligible for awards.
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!
10K: 5 hours (swimmers must reach the turn-around point at North Star Reach within the first two hours)
5K: 3 hours
For our 10K 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a special group discount for your team!
The winning 2017 10K, 5K Open, and 5K High School teams each received 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!
10K: Six aid stations, one at approximately every mile) offering water, Gatorade, Clif Shot Bloks, and GU energy gel. 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, Clif Shot Bloks, and GU energy gel.
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:
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.
Wondering what it’s like to Swim to the Moon? Watch the action from our 2015 event here:
And check out our promo video here:
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 Epic Races’ Crowdrise fundraising platform. Through the Swim to the Moon Crowdrise 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 Crowdrise page and click “Join this Campaign,” 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:
All incentive awards will be presented at Halfmoon Lake at the conclusion of Swim to the Moon. Please note: incentives are subject to change.
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.
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. The Recreation Passport costs $11 when renewing your vehicle’s registration or $16 when purchased at a DNR property. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.
Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase an $9 daily permit or a $31 annual Motor Vehicle Permit.
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.
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