Lake George Marathon Swim 2017
As most of you know, we cancelled the 2016 Lake George Marathon Swim five hours into it when wind gusts made conditions dangerous. With 84 swimmers and 33 boats involved, the size of the event made it difficult for us to alter the start-time or reverse the direction to avoid this weather. As we contemplate 2017, we realize that we must have the flexibility to be able to start over a two-day period. We have blocked out September 15-17, 2017, but frankly we have misgivings about trying to do this 32.2 mile swim as a group event, even with a smaller group. Feedback from 2016 participants indicates that those who want to try again are leaning toward doing it on their own, without the umbrella of an organized group. This obviously limits the resources they would have (police escorts, medical and EMT staff on the water and on shore), and the social aspects of a reunion of swimmers, but it gives more control to the swimmers and their crews.
As we contemplate holding the event again, I would appreciate some feedback on whether or not this community thinks it's a good idea or a bad idea to do it as a group event. If we do not hold the group event I do want to let people know that we will be around to help with local logistics.