15 mile Crazy Swim - 5 December in State College, PA
And now for something completely different...
Martin Turecky is holding his annual "Crazy Swim" on 5 December in State College, PA - home of Penn State University. This year it is 15 miles in the YMCA pool. This is a fun, laid-back "race" and the price is right - I've done it twice and recommend it highly. They have space for 16 solos or relays. Here is the text of the letter Martin sent out:
6th Annual CRAZY Swim
Swim 15miles in 2015
Dear Swimmers, friends
This tradition has started in 2010, when eleven swimmers completed 10 miles, every year we add one mile and this year you can enjoy EPIC 15 miles long swim. If you are thinking about long open water swims, this is great and safe way to test your abilities and endurance. If you are craving long swim in winter, this is the best practice. If you just want to do something crazy, this is fantastic opportunity.
The event will take place on Saturday December 5th in the YMCA of Centre County, 677 Whitehall road, State College, PA. We will fill the event in the order we will receive online entries. Do not wait with your entries for last minute event will be posted also on YMCA web pages and can fill quickly. Entries have to be completed prior November 28th. There will be maximum of 16 individual swimmers or relays; relay can have up to 7 members.
Swim will start at 1:30 pm. At 1:00 pm you will be required to attend the rule/safety meeting. Swimmers will be allowed to leave the pool only for bio break. Feed/drinks are to be taken while standing in the water (shallow end of the pool). You do not have to swim continuously; you can develop your own strategy to reach the target. However the swim has to be done in 1000 - 3000 yard increments/sets. Swim has to be completed within 9.5 hours. No paddles pull buoys, no kick boards and no fins are allowed.
Every swimmer will receive an official certificate with achieved distance and time regardless if he/she decides to finish the event prior achieving full 15 miles or does not complete the event within 9.5 hour limit.
You will be responsible for counting and flipping counting sheets provided a simple random auditing procedure will be explained in the briefing prior to start.
Entry fee is $85 for individual swimmer and 160 per relay and will benefit members of YMCA learn to swim program. Entries have to be made on YMCA web site:
I will receive email when you complete the registration. I am looking forward to swim with you! Please sign up as soon as possible it will allow us to order accurate number of giveaway items and right amount of refreshments etc…
Be there or be square.
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