NOWSA hosting 3rd Mercer Island Marathon Swim - Friday May 24, 2019

The Northwest Open Water Swimming Association is hosting the 3rd annual "MIMS" (Mercer Island Marathon Swim) on Friday, May 24, 2019.

MIMS_course

Mercer Island sits in Lake Washington just outside Seattle. Distance around = 20k, no current, temperature likely to be in the low 60s, and on a sunny day the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Swim on Friday and stay to explore the NW over the long Memorial Day weekend.

In order to grow this event, the format will be different this year. Each swimmer will be required to have their own kayaker to escort and feed them during the 20k swim. (Unfortunately recruiting 1 motor boat per swimmer just doesn't scale.)

Registration (application process for ~20 spots) will open in early January. Specific date, time and process TBD.

Cost is TBD too, we're still working on the budget.

Additional details about the event, are not yet available on our website, but hopefully we'll get to those soon too.

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Post questions here so that others can enjoy the answers. Or if you're shy, contact me via email: racedirector 'at' northwestopenwater.org. Forgive slow answers, 'tis the holiday season.

Thanks for the interest. Looking forward to seeing you in May!

ArikLakeBaggerIronMikebatcheskiparizrlmBigGuppy412j9swimEMAhearndpm50and 3 others.

Comments

  • BigGuppy412BigGuppy412 Pittsburgh, USAMember

    Just curious because I don't know the area well...How is the wildlife there? Any concerns about sharks or whales?
    Thanks!
    Justin

  • liz_rosenliz_rosen Member
    edited November 2018

    @BigGuppy412 Most of the wildlife you'll see will be flying overhead - eagles, ducks, seaplanes. Lake Washington is fresh water, so no sharks or whales. There was a sighting of a 6-7' sturgeon last summer, but the chances of anyone seeing that again are extremely rare!

    BigGuppy412
  • Ready to volunteer again if you need me, Liz :).

    malinakaliz_rosenJaimie
  • cwerhanecwerhane Portland Oregon Member

    I swam this last year if anyone wants advice. This year I’ll be support paddling!

    malinakaliz_rosenFlowSwimmerswendyv34Jaimie
  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    I'm pretty slow. What's the time limit?

  • I am slow too, hopefully not too slow to do this event... I'll be watching for the registration information!

    dpm50
  • VanCornwellVanCornwell Marin, CAMember

    Are local volunteers able or willing to paddle for out of town swimmers? Do we need to arrange our own kayaks?

  • @dpm50 @MeesaGonnaSwim - the time limit was 9 hours last year. Most likely we'll keep it the same again this year. Depending on conditions, ability of boats to stay on the water past 9 hours, plus other factors may affect whether or not the limit will be strictly enforced.

    dpm50
  • VanCornwell said:
    Are local volunteers able or willing to paddle for out of town swimmers? Do we need to arrange our own kayaks?

    @VanCornwell - at this early date, we do not have local volunteers lined up for paddling. We will be working with a local kayak shop though to arrange for renting boats to out-of-towners who bring a paddler with them. Fee for this is TBD.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Thanks for the info! Travel budget is a factor... have a possible trip to the left coast for a family reunion, but dates haven't been set.

    liz_rosen said:
    @dpm50 @MeesaGonnaSwim - the time limit was 9 hours last year. Most likely we'll keep it the same again this year. Depending on conditions, ability of boats to stay on the water past 9 hours, plus other factors may affect whether or not the limit will be strictly enforced.

  • Howdy folks and happy new year! Making your swimming plans for 2019? If so, then you'll be ready to register for MIMS on January 7! Look for a registration link here at 7 am PST on Monday the 7th.

    Jaimie
  • JaimieJaimie NYCCharter Member

    Registration link is live!

    liz_rosen
  • Greetings Marathon Swimmers!

    Registration is open for the 2019 Mercer Island Marathon Swim - sign up here!

    NOWSA held the first 20k Mercer Island Marathon Swim ("MIMS" for short) in 2017. The event is inspired by the old MIMS in New York: it is meant to be a day where swimmers can meet each other face-to-face and share in a marathon swim that is both challenging yet approachable.

    MIMS is being held on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Lake Washington (Seattle). It is not a warm swim. The temp at this time of year is usually in the low 60s. Swimmers should be prepared for cold temperatures, and also prepared to prove that they have adequate experience and training during the application process.

    You'll find some additional talk about the event here. There's lots of info about the event on NOWSA website event page as well.

    Hope to see you in May!

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