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Friday, March 7, 2014
William Reeves Sets Standard In Great Salt Lake
Reeves swam the 8.12-mile course faster than the previous record holder Gordon Gridley (set in 2010 in 3 hours 24 minutes) and the first person to make the crossing, Orson Spencer in 1937 in 3 hours 40 minutes.
Gridley and Josh Green have made a competitive swim out of this historic course. "We opened registration for the Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon Swim last week. The 8-mile event set for June 7th is capped at 16 swimmers.
"The expected water temperature will be high 60s. We recommend extra lube for the 8-mile swimmers. Many swimmers prefer no-alcohol mouthwash rinse to get some relief from the saltwater burn that eventually is experienced during a long swim in the Great Salt Lake. But others are just used to it and it's just part if the swim. Additionally, the 8-mile swimmers on the shuttle to the start get a rare experience where they will observe protected wildlife on Antelope Island."
Antelope Island holds populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, and millions of waterfowl.
For more information, visit www.greatsaltlakeopenwater.com. Rob Dumouchel wrote a race summary here.
Photo of Will Reeves by Connie Hubbard shows him exiting the water near the finish with the start on Antelope Island in the background.
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