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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

One Relay Down, One To Go In Lake George

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

What do American President Thomas Jefferson and U.S. Olympic marathon swimmer Alex Meyer have in common?

A love of Lake George in New York.

President Jefferson said in 1791, "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony."

Meyer is one of the four co-event directors of the 2016 Lake George Marathon Swim that is organized to highlight Lake George and the history of Lake George marathon swimming.

The 32-mile (51.5 km) swim commemorates Diane Struble's pioneering lake crossing in 1958 and the 6 other solo swimmers and one relay that replicated her inaugural swim.*

The night swim is scheduled to start at 5 pm on Diane's Rock [see above] on September 17th with a mandatory closure of the course at 5 pm on the 18th. Registration is now complete when its maximum field was quickly reached with the following solo swimmers:

1 Janet Harris, New York
2 Richard McKern, New Jersey
3 Robert Fernald, New Hampshire
4 Caroline Block, Maryland
5 Michele Walters, Washington D.C.
6 Edward Riley, New York
7 Elaine Howley, Massachusetts
8 Chris Greene, Georgia
9 Karyn Scherer, Vermont
10 Greg O'Connor, Massachusetts
11 Charlotte Brynn, Vermont
12 Dave Barra, New York
13 Marcella MacDonald, Connecticut

But one of the relay teams dropped out and one more spot is available. Meyer explains, "We had a relay drop out and now have an opening. The registration filled up quickly, so there may be a group of swimmers who would like to know that they have a second chance to swim.

We're looking for 2-6 swimmers who would like to participate. If the group is a couple swimmers short of a full relay, we can connect them with some singles that would like to join a team.

The application form is available here.

The event also includes a 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km races on August 27th.

*Solo Lake George crossings have been completed by the following swimmers:

1958 - Diane Struble, age 25 in 35 hours 30 minutes
1962 - Bill Stevens, age 31 in 31 hours 27 minutes
1967 - George Dempsey, age 17 in 32 hours 15 minutes
1977 - Stella Taylor, age 45 in 26 hours 51 minutes
1981 - John Freihofer in 21 hours 26 minutes
1983 - Jerry Ferris, age 43 in 29 hours 15 minutes

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