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evmo
May 13th, 2011, 11:15 AM
Does anyone know anything about this swim?

It's a 3.5-mile, point-to-point crossing of a 134-ft deep glacier-carved lake. The lake is spring fed - apparently one of only three "blue water lakes" in the world (Lake Geneva in Switzerland & Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada). So, one of the more interesting swims in the Midwest. But the local outdoors shop (http://www.threesons.com) that organizes it doesn't appear to put much effort into marketing it, so I'm probably not the only one who's never heard of it.

The area is known as the Iowa Great Lakes, and seems to be a popular regional tourist destination (http://www.vacationokoboji.com). 475 miles from Chicago, 200 miles from Minneapolis, 180 miles from Omaha.

The 2011 swim will be on August 6. According to last year's entry form (http://www.vacationokoboji.com/webres/File/Point%20to%20Point%20Swim.doc.pdf), it will be the 16th annual (!).

Other than that, my Google efforts have drawn a blank.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/105083/okoboji.png

Chicken of the Sea
May 13th, 2011, 12:04 PM
Had never heard of it until you mentioned it. Sounds lovely and I'll try to go.

E=H2O
May 13th, 2011, 12:57 PM
From their flyer:

"Helpful Hints

Swimmers should be in good shape"

evmo
May 13th, 2011, 03:06 PM
From their flyer:

"Helpful Hints

Swimmers should be in good shape"

We'll file that one under "good to know"...

The other detail that caught my eye was the required escort craft. Pretty short swim for such a rule... but given the course path I'd imagine motorized boat traffic might be an issue.

Chicken of the Sea
May 13th, 2011, 03:24 PM
From their flyer:

"Helpful Hints

Swimmers should be in good shape"

I wish you'd told me that a long time ago!