august, 2019

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

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Event Details

SWIM TO THE MOON Marathon Swim • 5K • 1.2 MILE • .5 MILE SWIM

Epic Races Swim to the Moon Celebrating 10 years

Swim to The Moon is celebrating 10 years of this extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. Choose your distance — .5 mile, 1.2 miles, 5K, or 10K — Enjoy the beautiful scenery with plenty of safety and nutritional support along the way, all the while showing support for a very worthy cause: North Star Reach, part of the national SeriousFun Network, is a camp for children with life-threatening, serious, and chronic medical conditions.

You do not need to bring your own support vessel.  We have lifeguards and volunteer kayaks along the way. There will be aid stations with Gatorade, Gu, and Water at every mile.

Want to swim a little more than 5K, but not quite 10K? Want to swim a little more than 10K? New this year, you can sign up for the 1.2 or the half-mile as an additional event, and the price for the 2nd event will be 50% off. You will get a special award for this (yes, it used to say additional medal, but that fell through- sorry!), but only one T-shirt per participant. The second race will be discounted at checkout.

Swim to the Moon is part of the Global Swim Series and drew participants from 3 countries, 23 US States, and the District of Columbia last year. 


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


USAT Rule 4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

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

wetsuit rental discount

Michigan Senior Olympics is partnering with Epic Races for the Swim to the Moon Event. When registering, make sure you check the option to be a part of the Michigan Senior Olympics, for an additional $5. We will be awarding 1st to 3rd place in each age group for the Michigan Senior Olympics. This is in addition to the regular event awards.


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!

Room Blocks available: August 16 – 18, 2019


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

(734) 433-8000

1645 Commerce Park Dr, Chelsea, MI  48118
(10 miles from start)
Last day to book: August 15, 2019

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


Room Blocks available: August 17 – 18, 2019


Retro hotel with an indoor pool & fitness facilities, plus free WiFi, hot breakfast & parking.

(734) 995-5200

3285 Boardwalk,  Ann Arbor,  MI  48108
(22.7 miles from start)
Last day to book: August 3, 2019

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

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!

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. (Aside, of course, from the dozens of lifeguards, kayak volunteers, and 2 hydration stations.)

10K race participants start at Halfmoon Lake Beach, swim to the North Star Reach which is the start of the 5K.  There will be lifeguards, kayak volunteers, and 2 aid stations along the way.  At North Star Reach, the 10K will then get out of the water and head back to the finish line at 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.

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.



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 1.2 & .5 Mile Map

See Map


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 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

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



  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Halfmoon Lake
  • Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Halfmoon Lake


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