The challenge with Open Water swimming is the same as “Life” in the Forrest Gump movie. It IS like a box of chocolates… you don’t know what WEATHER you’re going to get. Last year was our inaugural swim and it was sweat and sunburn all the way. This year …. not so much. Buoys got installed in the pouring rain.
The day of the race wasn’t as ominous… but it never got warm. There were constant reminders to all that the water was (much) warmer than the air. My daughter was the winning recipient of that discussion having it explained to her 4628 times. Ahh youth….
I was personally worried that because of the cool air temperature that we would have several “no shows” but I was my concerns were displaced with surprise when not only did we have the majority of our swimmers show up, but we had several “same day” registrations. Many thanks to our SWOOWS competitors who came out and continued to support what we are doing.
As always – our Mighty Minnows was my favorite event of the day. I believe we are doing a good thing here with it.
I mean – how many adults would say today “I wish I had done this as a kid…”? I bet the number is high.
In a week that was marred by tragedy in the swimming world it was nice have a way to carry on in our sport … and for fun to be had by young and old.
Again – much love to our friend, family, volunteers, and supporters who made this event a success. Without you all there is no SWOOWS.
NEXT SWIM : C3 Open Water Swim I, June 26, 2019 at James Dick Quarry in Caledon.