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Sponsorship Needed! Open Water Swimming

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by PabloCruise, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. PabloCruise

    PabloCruise

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    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!
     
  2. Arleaux

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    TJ,
    Do you have a Paypal account?
     
  3. PabloCruise

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    Sorry for the delay - went camping this weekend (pics for the weekend thread soon)

    I was not planning on setting up a Paypal account - is this an obstacle to people?
     
  4. PabloCruise

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    Star Date: 7 August, 2005

    We went out for some open water this morning.

    One guy swam 10k in advance of next week's event by doing 5+ laps on our 1.2 mile practice course.

    I joined him for laps 1,3 and 5, so I got 3.6 miles in today.

    Water temp was probably ~73 degrees.

    1 week until the big 10k swim!!!

    :bounce: :bounce2: :bounce: :bounce2:
     
  5. treerootCO

    treerootCO Where are my keys?! SILVER Star

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    I wouldn't normally associate Ft. Collins with high crime. Seems like a wonderful city to me. Hopefully this is just a small minority, or even better, Ft. Collins has a low crime rate because of programs like yours.
     
  6. PabloCruise

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    I hope so, but it seems like a LOT of challenges to get kids through High School these days!
     
  7. PabloCruise

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    The scene of the crime...
     
  8. T Y L E R

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    Cool .. You should do fine. And you're not alone in swiming endeavours for fundraising. A fellow a few hrs from here just swam 50 miles solo across Lake Superior. I believe he's swum every geat lake now ..


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    You're doing a good thing .. :cheers:




    TY
     
  9. PabloCruise

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    Wow!

    50 miles solo?!?

    That is awesome!
     
  10. PabloCruise

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    Just found this cool write-up

    Note: this article is from last year - the dates are not current!

    http://www.provensystems.com/cts/0406/interview.html

    The Horsetooth Wingshadow Swim

    Imagine yourself in the middle of a reservoir. No, not in a boat—swimming. Without a wetsuit. In water that registers 65 degrees Fahrenheit. And you have more than five miles to go in open water. Sounds like a specialized circle of Dante's hell, doesn't it? Not to long-distance, open-water swimmers, it doesn't. This is their idea of fun, of recreation. It's for these folks that the 10K Horsetooth Wingshadow Swim was initiated—that and raising money for a good cause.

    Let's start at the beginning. What is Wingshadow? Founded in 1993, Wingshadow is a nonprofit organization that provides services to endangered youth and families in the Northern Colorado area.

    So what do those wacky open-water swimmers have to do with Wingshadow? A great deal, thanks to the brainchild of Oliver Turner, erstwhile Colorado State University graduate student and native of England. An experienced long-distance swimmer, Turner has swum the English Channel and the Around Manhattan Island Swim. Turner happened to attend the same church as Steve and Shirley Bolton, the founders of Wingshadow, and suggested an open-water distance swim as a Wingshadow fundraiser. The event has been so popular and successful; it's going into its fifth year.

    Turner said, "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."

    For the first time in Horsetooth Wingshadow history an employee of Wingshadow, Emily Elmore, is participating this year. Race organizers expect some 100 swimmers to participate. "In the past, people have come from as far away as Belgium just to swim in the event," Bolton says. "Long-distance, open-water swimmers are passionate about their sport."

    This year's race is being held on Sunday, August 15 at 7 a.m. at Horsetooth Reservoir, which got its name from a distinctive rock formation above the lake that looks like two horse teeth. Horsetooth is a lake just west of Fort Collins at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (about 70 miles north of Denver). Directions and maps are available on the race's Web site. The lake is six and a half miles long and about a half-mile across. The highest elevation for the water (when the lake is full) is 5430 feet above sea level. The average race-day water temperature has been 65- 70 degrees Fahrenheit

    Race director George Thornton has been involved from the start. "I started by swimming in the event, and along the way got on the steering committee," he says. Thornton, a 37-year faculty member of the Psychology Department at Colorado State University, got into masters swimming at age 45. "The best thing about the Horsetooth Wingshadow Swim," he says, "is it's a fairly unique course. I don't think there are many other places except in the ocean you can get that long-distance straightaway course."

    What kinds of people participate in this event? Just ask Kevin Polansky, who's swum in the Horsetooth Wingshadow 10K. For one thing, it doesn't hurt to be the first swimmer inducted into the Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame. Fifty-four-year-old Polansky was a competitive swimmer at Minnesota State at Mankato who began long-distance open-water swimming much later. "When I taught at Loveland High School, I started swimming Lake Loveland by myself in the early morning hours," he says.

    To show you how tough open-water long-distance swimmers are, Polansky swam the race one year with a broken ankle. "In my experience, the sport is filled with people of amazing strength, courage and humility," Turner said.

    So obviously, not just anyone is qualified to enter this race. The race organizers screen applicants to make sure they can safely finish. Some of the criteria they look for include experience in endurance events more than two hours and experience in open-water swimming and colder open-water swims. The organizers give training suggestions to potential race participants, such as two to three mile training swims in open water with cooler water temperatures, the concern being that the racer's body adapt to the cold temperatures. "The biggest challenge for endurance athletes to overcome," George Thornton says, "is the cold water temperature."

    Swimmers in the 10K are required to bring or hire a support craft for safety, nutrition and navigation. You can bring your own and a paddler, or for $10, the organizers will arrange for a support craft and paddler from the Poudre Paddlers, a local kayak club. Your $10 goes directly to Wingshadow. Swimmers are also required to buy a United States Masters Swimming membership. One-day memberships are available on race day.

    Colorado Time Systems is providing the race timer for the swim as part of their support for the event and Wingshadow. "Without this kind of support," says Bolton, "our event wouldn't be as successful." Their fundraising goal for the Horsetooth Wingshadow Swim is $10,000.

    If you decide to come to Colorado for the Wingshadow Horsetooth Swim, please let us know. We'd love to see you while you're here. For more information about the race or to enter, go to the Wingshadow Horsetooth Web site to download an application.
     
  11. PabloCruise

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    Sunday is the day!!!

    Water temp measured between 72 and 73 degrees F on Wednesday - should be perfect!
     
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    Wow! Air temp is 59 degrees tonight and raining - wish me luck tomorrow!
     
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    I have no doubt whatsoever you'll kick ass !!



    :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: <--------------for after :D





    TY
     
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    Thank you all for your support!

    I really appreciate it - it means a lot to me.

    Well, we got it done.

    This year's time was 3:24:08 - a solid three minutes faster than last
    year's 3:27:29!

    This year was a challenge though - the reservoir did not give away any
    finishes. We started off in a dense fog and air temps in the 50's. I
    stayed foggy and overcast for the entire swim. I thought the sun was
    going to break out at one point, but it did not happen. By the end of
    the race it had cooled off and started drizzling on my support crew.

    After getting pulled for hypothermia in 2002, I was determined to tough
    it out this year and stay the course. My fingers and toes went numb,
    and I got a little cramped, but that was the worst of it. Amazing how
    good the sun feels when it is out!

    My average speed was 1.9 MPH, with a strengthy finish of 2.4 MPH for
    the last 400 or so yards.

    My arms feel like mush, so that is about all I am going to type.
     
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    Better stay away from the cheerleader thread :D
     
  17. PabloCruise

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    Why? I better go investigate...