Friday, February 10, 2017

Big Shoulders Registration Opens March 1st

Another sign that spring is coming, and we will soon be back in the Lake: registration for Big Shoulders Chicago Open Water Swim Race opens on March 1st, at 10:00 a.m. This year's race will be held on Sept. 9, 2017.   Last year approximately ten members of the Kru did the race.  If you want to do the race, be sure to put a reminder on your calendar, as registration can close quickly (I think like within an hour of opening).  Cost is $80, and the event is quite a picturesque, given the race's downtown location.  If you can't (like me) do a race on Sept. 9th due to other commitments, you may want to consider another race that some Kru members do, the Great Lake Plunge, in Evanston, Illinois, on July 30th.  Registration for that event is now open.     

7 comments:

Mark Meyer said...

It was such a beautiful day that I decided to stop down to the beach to take the Lady's temperature. She was wonderfully calm with just an occasional gentle roller as I threw my analogue "Comfortmeter" (that's what it says on it) into the water. Unfortunately the string wasn't secured so well so I had to remove shoes and socks and wade into 3 feet of water and reach down to the bottom to retrieve it. It registered 38 degrees American but actually felt warmer. Surprisingly no sign of Diablo. Other observations, the wall appears to be completed while the garage is not, must be the same contractor.

hank

Debra Vest said...

Is there a great oceanfront hotel in Florida somewhere where the water right off the hotel is good for an openwater swim? Without too many jet skis, boats, and dangers?Any body have a good idea for me? I'm heading there in late March or sometime April.I actually don't even need to bother about currents. The last time I did this in Miami. The water was wonderful and clear--I was happy to swim against the current for 45 minutes or longer and still be in one place!

Any help would be much appreciated!
Debra

Gumdrop said...

There is an interesting article in todays Milwaukee Journal about essentially gutting the great Lakes Restoration program.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2017/03/04/mayors-conservationists-blast-possible-cuts-great-lakes-restoration-work/98742414/

Mitch said...

I'm bummed that I missed out on the late season swims in November. Sounds like there were some nice days.

I'm going to be on a relay team for the Door County Tri Half Ironman - I'm doing the swim. I'm not a very strong swimmer, and I've never done a 2 km open water swim before. Longest open water swim I've done was 1.5 km in August, but that was in a calm inland lake, not Lake Michigan. So, I'd like to do a bunch of practice swims at Klode before race day on July 16th.

When do you all normally start doing regular swims at Klode? April sometime? Maybe Diablo and Itch have already started?

Patriarch said...

Hi Mitch. The lake takes a long time to warm up. We usually start in middle or late May. Although this year Itch swears he will start on April 18th no matter what. This pledge was made after many beers so i wouldn't necessarily rely on it, but I wouldn't put it past him either.

Kristine Hansen said...

Greetings! I'm Kristine Hansen, working on a story for Milwaukee Magazine about your group. Would you contact me at kristinehansenwriter@gmail.com so we can set up a time to talk?

Mitch said...

Thanks for writing back, Patriarch. April 18th, eh? That's a Tuesday - I might be up for that. Otherwise, I'll look for you in May.