august, 2022

2022sun21augAll DaySwim to The Moon: 10K, 5K, 1.2, .510K • 5K • 1.2 • .5 mile(All Day: sunday) EST Pinckney Recreation Area, Halfmoon Lake Beach, 8725 Hankerd Rd, Gregory, MI 48137Event Type :SwimRegister Now!Volunteer!Athlete Guide!Results!Shop!

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Event Details

We have returned to racing!

The mission of Epic Races is to professionally manage safe, fun, and rewarding multi-sport and endurance events that appeal to beginner through elite athletes, raise money and awareness for important causes, and make each participant feel like a champion.

To keep you all safe, we follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines for the state of Michigan.  You can find them here.

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 for a special group discount for your team!

Swim to the Moon is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.


Swim Clinic with Olympic Bronze Medalist Chris Thompson!  The day before the race, Chris will be leading a swim clinic at Halfmoon Lake Beach for all registered participants. Chris Thompson Image

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.

The clinic will be held at the same location as packet pickup at 2 pm.

Swag Swag

SWAG… aka… What you get:

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 (register two weeks in advance of the race to be guaranteed a shirt)
  • The best post-swim snacks around
Maps & Distances

10K — The 10K swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach, keeping the buoys on the left all the way to Patterson Lake 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.

Half-Mile — The half-mile swim course starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and follows a loop in Halfmoon Lake, returning to Halfmoon Lake Beach.

All courses are subject to change at the discretion of the race director  


We appreciate your support for the reason we are all able to do this epic swim: North Star Reach. North Star Reach is a camp specially designed for children with life-threatening, serious, and chronic medical conditions. Because of their health issues, these children cannot attend a regular summer camp. As part of the SeriousFun Network of camps for children with serious health concerns, North Star Reach offers these kids the chance to enjoy one of childhood’s most valued traditions: a summer of swimming, climbing, canoeing, arts, and crafts, making new friends, and creating lifelong memories. North Star Reach’s facilities include all this and a state-of-the-art medical center staffed 24 hours to support and supervise its campers. Best of all, North Star Reach is free of cost for campers who qualify… and for their siblings.

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 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 become a fundraiser and raise a minimum of $10. Participants who raise $50 or more will receive special prizes!

  • $50: Swim to the Moon Buff
  • $100: Swim to the Moon Canvas Tote Bag
  • $150: Exclusive “Love the Mooseness” NSR T-shirt
  • $250+: NSR Baseball Cap

All participants may also consider making a donation during registration to help North Star Reach help these special children have the summer of their dreams!

H2O Temp, Swimsuits, Wetsuits, Floatation Devices

The water temperature at Swim to the Moon is typically between 75 – 78. Some of the 5 lakes may be a little warmer, some may be a little cooler.


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Swimsuit Rules
All swimmers must wear one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials and not contain clasps or zippers. For both men and women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulder nor below the ankles.

Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use webbed gloves, fins, buoyant armbands, or audio players. Snorkels ARE allowed.

Any devices used to maintain body heat are not permitted unless you are entered in the wetsuit division.

Don’t own a wetsuit but want to rent one?

wetsuit rental discount


Every member of the Epic Lifeguard Team has American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification in addition to basic American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification. This means that our guards have all taken and passed an additional course in which they received training in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas. Our superbly trained lifeguards are yet another reason our races are so Epic! Our lifeguards are also able to keep our swimmers safe thanks to our official SUP company, Red Star Board Company. We’re very grateful to have Red Star as part of Epic team.



Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):

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+

10K Swim

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each age-group

5K Swim

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each age-group

1.2 Mile & .5 Mile

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
1st Place in each age-group

Zero Waste Zero Waste

The event 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!

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Epic Races Hotel Options Lodging

Room block check-in available: Saturday, August 20 –  Sunday, August 21, 2022


Combines small town charm with easy access to the hustle and bustle of Ann Arbor.

+1 734 433-8000

1645 Commerce Park Dr, Chelsea, MI  48118
(13.6 miles from start)

  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Heated Pool and Spa

Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation until 4:00 PM local hotel time on registered check-in day.

Note: Please check hotel websites for current travel restrictions and eligibility during COVID-19.

USA Triathlon

This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT) therefore all participants must have an annual membership or purchase a one-day membership. These options will be available during the registration process. The annual membership fee is $50 and the one-day fee is $15. To learn more about USAT visit

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

Because our triathlons are sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT), we follow their wetsuit rules. Competitors in the wetsuit division may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards if awards are an option for the particular event.


Click here to see the USAT approved skinsuits.


We know you have choices and we thank you for choosing to participate in our event. We are grateful for our sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Please keep them in mind when choosing your products and services.


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