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pwb
January 23rd, 2013, 10:29 AM
Come swim the desert this spring.

The fun and sights from 2012 --
http://vimeo.com/49545749

Details for 2013 -- http://www.teamunify.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=43413&team=amsmac

ViveBene
January 23rd, 2013, 11:44 AM
Here is an ongoing thread on Marathon Swimmers site on S.C.A.R., including info on logistics:
http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/247/arizona-s-c-a-r-swim-challenge

Some forumites swam it, or part of it, last year (chaos, swimsuit addict?). There were some very nice blog posts about the swim, with photos and endurance tips.

swimsuit addict
January 23rd, 2013, 02:16 PM
I swam the first two legs of this last year and it is an experience not to be missed. The desert landscape was unlike anything I'd seen before. It was amazing to be able to swim in water surrounded by cactus-y landscapes and sheer canyon walls. The swims were definitely challenging, but the atmosphere was always mellow and fun--you won't meet friendlier people anywhere. And getting to explain that I was traveling out to Arizona for open-water swimming was a bonus!

ViveBene
January 23rd, 2013, 05:16 PM
Thanks, S.A.! It was a terrific read, contemplative while admiring the beauty around you. And it left me with the clear understanding I would never do any part of that swim. I lost my rocket booster.

For others, a focused site for open water swimming is marathonswimmers.org, founded by two posters here and with many contributions from other forumites. Most of the OW swims, not even of marathon length (magnitude) but, say, the Kingdom Swim, with 1- and 3-mile options for adults, are posted there first. Logistics are discussed, meet directors answer questions.

clh5775
January 24th, 2013, 10:25 AM
Looks AWESOME! I'm originally from Arizona and I recognize the scenery. Gonna def have to do this...adding to my bucket list!

knicholas
February 5th, 2013, 11:16 PM
The Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge has filled up quickly with about 8 Triple Crown swimmers along with the world record holder for the Catalina Channel (Island to Mainland), Grace Van Der Byl. There are some real personalities coming including Roger Finch, Ned Denison, David Barra, Barbara Held, Elizabeth Fry, and Sarah Thomas. Shaping up to be a nice event and will sell out. Currently seeking kayakers to volunteers. kent@kmnlaw.com
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pwb
April 30th, 2013, 06:13 PM
Arizona SCAR starts tomorrow, May 1st, and was profiled today on Swimming World -- http://blip.tv/morning-swim-show/kent-nicholas-on-the-morning-swim-show-6579003.

erinmbshields
May 1st, 2013, 12:03 AM
So excited to hear all about it!! Have fun ladies & gents!!
ill be by to check things out throughout the adventure!!