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mermaid
May 10th, 2012, 01:16 PM
The search is set for July 14, 2012 in the Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, PA 1.2 & 2.4 mile & White Knuckle Swim.

Registration & more information: https://www.ClubAssistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1512&smid=4037

FaceBook Event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/358880024160931/

ViveBene
June 20th, 2012, 09:28 AM
This swim is coming up fast!
Doubt I'll make it this year after all. July is chock full of OW swims!
The Allegheny R must meander all over; saw some signs for it (or one of them) near Niagara Falls, ON. Float on down...
:)

Who is doing this swim?
Edit: I just checked the Facebook page. Procrastinators, your day has come!
This swim is listed as a top swim for Pennsylvania, on America's Top 50 Open Water Swims:
http://www.americastop50openwaterswims.com/2010/09/state-by-state-open-water-swimming.html

Medals for everyone!
And an entry in GLOWS.
And you can probably get Mermaid's autograph... :bow:

FindingMyInnerFish
June 20th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Wish I could, but getting pretty unlikely now b/c I spent a ton of money in NYC, when I was there for Stars and Stripes Aquathlon. Had lots of fun, so no regrets--but kind of drained my travel budget. But Pittsburgh is where I spent a lot of my growing up years, so I definitely want to get back there for this swim, likely not this year, but hopefully in the next year or two.

JWAJack
June 20th, 2012, 03:54 PM
*threadjack (npi) *
It may be the fact that I grew up and live on the West Coast and never have heard about the river (though I have been to Pittsburgh), but every time I read this thread title I read "2012 Search for Monogamy," which makes me think it should be a tell-all in the NSR section.
*end threadjack*

ViveBene
June 20th, 2012, 04:31 PM
*threadjack (npi) *
It may be the fact that I grew up and live on the West Coast and never have heard about the river (though I have been to Pittsburgh), but every time I read this thread title I read "2012 Search for Monogamy," which makes me think it should be a tell-all in the NSR section.
*end threadjack*
In a meta-sense, a search for monogamy is not discordant with a search for Monongy, the darling creature that emerged, like Circe, from the Monongahela River one fine summer day and has driven men (and women) nuts since then. O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again!
(Etc.)
Pittsburgh's epithet (for Second Coasters) is Three Rivers (sumpin), as the site where Allegheny, Monogahela, and A Third One come together, the fluves doing their thing for effluvia. I'm sure I've left out an h or three. At least you don't have to worry about any of those rivers setting themselves on fire (unlike Clevelanders; anybody remember the Cuyahoga spontaneously combusting?).

The swag and free food for the event are listed on the Facebook site (how, like, last Tuesday!), linked in the first post.

Let the floodgates open and the multitudes crush and trample in their haste to sign up for this season's high-fashion notable event!
:banana: :banana: :cheerleader: :chug:

magick17
June 21st, 2012, 04:43 AM
*threadjack (npi) *
It may be the fact that I grew up and live on the West Coast and never have heard about the river (though I have been to Pittsburgh), but every time I read this thread title I read "2012 Search for Monogamy," which makes me think it should be a tell-all in the NSR section.
*end threadjack*

No worries, I've been a pittsburgher all my life, grew up on the river..all family members had boats at fox chapel yacht club, I've never heard to monoNGY and called it the search monogamy for years now!
It sounds more enticing that way.

ViveBene
June 21st, 2012, 07:23 AM
Can anyone speak to the conditions of the swim?
Water temp expected?
Besides Monongy-Monogamy, what else might one find in the water? (Anent the recent thread on rattlesnakes, garter snakes, and snapping turtles, oh my!);)
:)

This is one of the few swims with a "novice" wave, the White Knuckle wave, which allows fins, snorkels, floaties, and other aids. For those who simply want to participate and enjoy the river as a community resource, this is a thoughtful approach.

MickYoung
June 22nd, 2012, 02:09 PM
Can anyone speak to the conditions of the swim?
Water temp expected?
Besides Monongy-Monogamy, what else might one find in the water? (Anent the recent thread on rattlesnakes, garter snakes, and snapping turtles, oh my!);)




I believe water is expected to be in the upper 70's/low 80's. (That's about 27 degrees communist )

As far as the critters you mention? Rattlesnakes, Gartersnakes, and turtles all prefer a more pristine environment. (Although, it's soon enough after prom night an the peak of wedding season, there might be a garter or two floating about.)

I've done an online search for the myth of "Monongy" but could find nothing from before the advent of this race.

So, I guess that leaves you with monogomy. There are worse fates.(Or so I've heard.)

I plan on coming in DFL in this race!

ViveBene
June 22nd, 2012, 02:22 PM
At some point, monsters/mascots became de rigeur for OW swims.
Half-submerged shopping carts and stern-faced ppl issuing tickets when swimmers make landfall would add a nice touch of authenticity.
So, give Monongy a pat, out of gratitude that no worse will befall.
:cheerleader: Go, Monongy!

ViveBene
June 29th, 2012, 07:52 AM
Two weeks left to register for this event!
Swimmer's choice:

EVENTS:

1.2 Mile
2.4 Mile
White Knuckle
A fine way to spend a Saturday in July - July 14, precisely.

mermaid
July 8th, 2012, 01:23 PM
Registration is still open!

I just checked the weather forecast: NO RAIN this week!

For River Advisories, go HERE (http://www.alcosan.org/WetWeatherIssues/SewerOverflowAdvisoryKeySOAK/tabid/114/Default.aspx)

For all kinds of River statistical data, go HERE (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/pbz/hydro.htm#cur-riv)

Yes! This event is part of the GLOWS Series (http://www.greatlakeszone.com/GLOWSSeries2012.pdf)

The swim is held on the Allegheny River in front of Heinz Field and PNC Park. Fred Rodgers overlooks the Quay (start/finish area), the Downtown Point and skyline boarder the other side of the river, and the swim passes under 2 Bridges (in the City of Bridges).

Check out all the fun links on our FaceBook page! There is even a YouTube video for the 2010 swim.

Also, we have an amazing list of sponsors with great swag:
DICKS Sporting Goods, The Vitamin Shoppe, TriSwim, The Swim Team Store, Brueggers Bagels, Celsius Energy Drinks, and more!!!

Jim Kellam
July 10th, 2012, 08:09 PM
I've looked and looked, and I don't see any water temperature data for the Allegheny near our swim. The closest point where I found temperature data is at "Emsworth Lower Pool" on the Ohio River, which look to be about 5 miles downstream from where we'll be. Here is the link:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&cb_00011=on&format=gif_default&begin_date=2012-07-03&end_date=2012-07-10&site_no=03085734

MickYoung
July 10th, 2012, 08:25 PM
I've looked and looked, and I don't see any water temperature data within the links posted here. I guess we'll just have to wait until swim day to find out...


I was in the river last week. If I had to guess, I'd say it was upper 70's then. Likely to be warmer now.

Jim Kellam
July 10th, 2012, 08:28 PM
But don't trust me entirely! If we get there and the river is cold, it's not my fault.

mermaid
July 11th, 2012, 09:05 PM
The temperature of the Allegheny River where the swim event takes place varies as it is a moving body of water . . .

In the past years, the water temps have been 79 - 82 degrees at the time of the swim.

The links to the statistical data were an attempt to allow you to formulate your own conclusions.

ViveBene
July 13th, 2012, 10:13 AM
Good luck to those swimming tomorrow! (And try not to melt! :D )

mermaid
July 14th, 2012, 09:53 PM
The event results are available. If you'd like me to send you a copy, please specify the format you require!

Thank you for a fantastic swim event today, in spite of the low clouds.

Thank you Safety Boaters: Brad, Bob, & Debbie

Thank you Kayakers: Debra, Bob, & Denis

Thank you Andrew Sherman, who single-handedly blew up 1.5 buoys with his own breath! He timed and cleaned up . . . ladies, he’s a keeper!

Thank you Dave Watterson for keeping the swims on time and OFFICIAL!

Thank you Anna, Ben & Dave DiCarlo for manning the registration table (tailgate).

Thank you USCG, River Rescue, Pittsburgh Police, and EMS crews.

Thank you to Chris Colburn for playing the role of sweeper after completing the White Knuckle race.

Thank you all for helping each other in and out of the water.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the event a success: DICK’S Sporting Goods, TriSwim, The Vitamin Shoppe, Martin Public Relations, and Bruegger’s Bagels.

Hope to see you again next year!

ViveBene
July 15th, 2012, 10:55 AM
The event results are available. If you'd like me to send you a copy, please specify the format you require! ...

Thank you to Chris Colburn for playing the role of sweeper after completing the White Knuckle race. ...

Hope to see you again next year!
Wonder if you could please just put up a link to results, when you find a moment?

That would be IM's Academy Bullets' Chris Colburn? What is tough hombre swimming dude doing in White Knuckle event? (Hmm, maybe some li'l ones were involved?)

Congratulations on holding down Allegheny's place in GLOWS for another year!

And HUGE THANKS to Mermaid! :applaud:

magick17
July 19th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Results can be found on our new website

www.alleghenymountainlmsc.org

ViveBene
July 20th, 2012, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the results, and the new website.
Gosh, one of the extremely rare events in which I could have come in first in my age group!
Instead of ...

magick17
July 20th, 2012, 04:39 AM
There's always next year. No way Katherine will give up on this great event. It's in her blood. She does a phenomenal job!

Definitely plan for 2013.