august, 2019

2019sun18aug9:00 amSwim to The Moon10K • 5K • 1.2 • .5 mile9:00 am EST Pinckney Recreation Area, Halfmoon Lake Beach, 8725 Hanckerd Rd.Event Type :SwimRegister Now!Volunteer Now!

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Event Details


Join us Sunday, August 18th, 2019 for Swim to The Moon, an extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. Participants choose their distance — half mile, 1.2 miles, 5K, or 10K — Enjoy the beautiful scenery 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.


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.



Showing how little waste was generatedThe 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!

Swim to the Moon

Start date: 8/17/19
End date: 8/18/19
Last day to book: 8/3/19

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor  for 115.00 USD  per night

Book your group rate for Swim to the Moon


6:30 a.m. 10K Mandatory Race meeting on Beach

6:30 a.m. 5K Buses To Paterson Lake Start Departing

6:40 a.m. 10K Swim Starts

7:45 a.m. 5K Swim Starts

10:20 a.m. Mandatory Meeting For 1.2 And .5 Mile Swim

10:30 a.m. 1.2 And .5 Mile Swim Start

9:00-11:00 a.m. Awards Available for Pick Up

We know your time is precious, so we offer “Grab-n-Go” Awards. If you are an overall or age-group award winner (see award section for details), before heading out, stop by the podium, grab your award (don’t miss the photo-op), and go!

Swim to The Moon 10K & 5K Map

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Swim to the Moon 1.2 & .5 Mile Map

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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 Finishers

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

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

1.2 Mile & .5 Mile

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

  • FAQs:

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

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To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by Swim To The Moon. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions. Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

I signed up for the 5K, but I think the 10K is more my distance. Can I switch?

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You can switch from one distance to another by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration by your race, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. You will be charged for the difference in price between the events.

What happens if it is raining on race morning?

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All Epic Races will be held rain or shine.

Why do I need to become a fundraiser when I sign up for the 5K or 10K?

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

Where do I park on race morning?

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Plenty of parking will be available at Half Moon Lake!

How do I confirm my Registration?

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Click this link, and then click the blue Find a Participant button, then look yourself up.

I ordered the wrong size shirt. Can I change this?

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Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, then click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by Swim To The Moon. Click the blue Giveaways button, then follow the onscreen instructions. Shirt sizes will be available on a first come, first served basis.

I can no longer participate. How do I get a refund?

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We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please visit this link to fill out a claim. You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Policy Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

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Yes! Packet Pick-up will be held August, 17th 1-4 P.M. at Half Moon Lake and on August 18th from 5:30- 9:30 A.M. at Half Moon Lake.

I wasn't able to pick-up my award. Will you send it to me?

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We sure will!  Send us a self, addressed, stamped 9 x 12 envelope (please have $5.00 postage affixed to your envelope) and we will send your award!


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  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1PM-4PM – at Half Moon lake
  • Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:30AM- 9:30AM- Packet pick-up will be at Half Moon Lake


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