RESULTS here. Official write-up here. Rob Aquatics write-up here. What the gods giveth, they can – and do – taketh away. This is Chicago, people! Big Shoulders ’09 was a picture-perfect beach day, with calm 73-degree water. This year, the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine blew through, giving us clouds, rain, wind, and choppy, cold… Read more »
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Tomorrow’s Big Shoulders 5K will have a legitimate claim as the most competitive Masters open-water race in the U.S. outside of the Waikiki Roughwater, and maybe some years of the La Jolla Roughwater. For the first time, there will be an “elite” wave of the top 50 swimmers, according to seed time. Here they are:
People say times don’t matter in open water – or at least that you don’t always know what they mean. And perhaps that’s part of its attraction. While in the pool “the clock never lies,” in open water it’s not much more than a ranking device. Even so, I’ve been surprised by how closely most… Read more »
More Big Shoulders stats, from my custom-made aggregate file. Here’s the proportion of Big Shoulders participants hailing from Illinois, Indiana, and “other” – i.e., anyplace besides IL and IN. Clearly, Illinois locals still predominate, but recent years have seen a greater influx of out-of-state swimmers. In 2009, almost 30% came from outside of Illinois and… Read more »
More fun with Big Shoulders stats. We’ve been looking at participation – so what about age? Masters swimming is traditionally dominated by people in their 40′s and 50′s – is the same true here? It seems the modal age is actually a bit younger in Big Shoulders – lots of people in their 30′s. But… Read more »
How ’bout some more fun with stats? In yesterday’s post we saw Big Shoulders’ explosive growth over the years. How does this break down by gender? Historically, more men than women have taken the plunge, but the gap has narrowed in recent years. In 2009, women were 43% of the total participants.
Less than 3 weeks ’til Big Shoulders! This race has a special place in my heart: It was at Big Shoulders ’09 where I caught the open-water bug. Without which, this summer wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome. Little did I realize that Big Shoulders would soon be my hometown race. And I’m happy to… Read more »