My fellow MUDDERS... I am asking for your sponsorship. August 14 th, at 7 AM, I will swim 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles of open water on Horsetooth Reservoir (just west of Fort Collins, CO) This athletic event is a fundraiser for the Wingshadow Foundation. Wingshadow is a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth in Colorado. Many of the young people involved with Wingshadow have histories of juvenile crime, substance abuse and gang activity. Nearly all come from broken homes. Over half have been victims of crime. Some are already parents. They all have something in common - they want to make a better future for themselves and have no place else to turn. You can learn more about Wingshadow by visiting www.whswim.com Be sure to click on the "Pictures/Video" link. We have a sweet 4 min video showing the swim. I am in the video, swimming up to the canoe marked "20", where my wife and friend are ready to provide escort up the length of the reservoir. The Wingshadow Horsetooth Open Water Swim is kind of like the Cruise Moab of the swimming world. You will not find a more beautiful venue for a sanctioned competition. Also, it is challenge-by-choice, you can swim as hard, or easy as you like. I typically average just under 3.5 hours for this event. I have entered it every year since 2001. I have finished 3 of the 4 times. In 2002 the water temperature was not a suitable temperature for me, averaging 62 degrees. After a little over an hour, I was pulled for hypothermia, along with 5 other swimmers. The water this year is already reading a balmy 73 degrees! I am also involved in the organization of this event. I am challenging swimmers to raise $200 from sponsors. As one of the swimmers I thought I would turn to a community where I spend much free time: IH8MUD. Please sponsor my effort if this is a cause you agree with and would like to support me on. The event is becoming more and more successful. We secured the USMS Open Water Nationals for 2006, meaning we will jump from 50 participants this year to 100 next year! Our number of participants will have doubled TWICE in four years!!! This is very exciting to me. Swimming is a great love for me, along with my wife, and Cruisers. The event was founded by a Colorado State University student from England. He was studying for his DVM, and had swum the English Channel multiple times. With all the good fortune in his life, he had these thoughts about the Wingshadow fundraiser: “I started this race for two reasons: to bring long distance open-water swimming to Fort Collins, and to highlight the work of Wingshadow. To swim the 10km length of Horsetooth reservoir is a daunting prospect for most of us; however, it pales in comparison when placed next to the trials that some of the youth of Northern Colorado face each and every day – no family, no education, no hope. My dream is that this swim will serve not only to create enthusiasm in people for a sport that I love, but also to act as a beacon to those less fortunate in our community.” Remembering those less fortunate than ourselves is great work indeed. If you would like to sponsor me, please shoot me a PM. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can send checks to: Wingshadow, Inc. WH Swim 1225 Redwood Street Fort Collins, CO 80524 On the memo section of your check, please include my name: TJ Scholand Thank you for your time!