Monday, March 09, 2009

Swim for Health 2009

For the past several months I have been working on a fund raising event for a fund my swim coach started that funds research on healthy aging. We didn't have any money to donate to the fund when he started it a few years ago but we wanted to contribute to it once Bill started working and ultimately I came up with the idea to have a swim fund raiser.

To be honest, it was more work than I thought it would be but the entire experience was so rewarding that I would do it all again tomorrow. The event consisted of a 1/2 hour relay swim with teams of 4 or 6 that swam 25 yard increments and volunteers counting the # of lengths the team completed. Our team, the Slacker Triathletes, won the 4 person team division by swimming 110 lengths total. We threw in some butterfly for fun and some of my teammates convinced a volunteer to bring some cookies over so we had snacks in between swimming lengths.

The six person team swim ended in a tie so they had a swim off where each members swam 25 and one team out-edged the other by less than 1 second. It was fun to watch and even some of the student volunteers said they wanted to get a team together for next year.

The event ended with 100 free, back, breast, fly, and IM. I convinced Bill and our friend Gayle to swim all of the events. They both had red faces by the time they were done, coach gave them almost no rest in between events! We might have to call that the Ironman division next year. Bill did PR his 100 free time swimming it in 0:58. Very impressive for an old jock like him who still doesn't train no matter what his wife thinks about it.

I'm really looking forward to next year, when hopefully, we will have more people to coordinate. I handled registration and only got in a 50 yard warm up before the event started so organizing and participating was a little stressful. But fun! You can see more photos at: http://tribabe.smugmug.com/gallery/7563636_f2o2q#P-1-15

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