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.

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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!

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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 24

    @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_rosen
  • cwerhanecwerhane Portland Oregon Member

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

    malinakaliz_rosenFlowSwimmerswendyv34
  • 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, CANew Member

    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.

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