The weather couldn't have been better. The sky was blue all day. Sunday, May 4th, the day of the event, was sandwiched in the middle of a full week of nice weather. The warm sunny days gave the lake the opportunity to warm up and the volunteers access to the site without getting any equipment or people wet or blown away. It was markedly different from last year when torrential rain hit us the night before and the whole site was cold, wet and muddy.
The 10K swimmers started at 9am. Some of these crazy fools swam without a wetsuit. I heard people saying "it's almost too warm for a wetsuit" before the start. I think their senses are a bit out of whack. The water temperature was around 70-degrees but I didn't think twice about not wearing my wetsuit.
|The 10K distance swimmers prepare to start|
|Olympians in the house!|
|Ben Keen, Steve Lundquist, and MaryAnn Keen|
|Stephanie "The Fish" Powell|
Susan and Bob provided these 3 young swimmers from Columbus, GA a place to rest and chat. On their way out on the 5K course they decided to board Bob's boat to remove their wetsuits. On the return trip they realized that they were cold so they stopped again and donned their wetsuits again before finishing. Susan and Bob gave them snack and drinks to replenish their energy.
|Swimmers from Columbus, GA|
The nice weather brought out a lot of supporters. They lined the north side of the lake near the finish for a close-up view as the swimmers passed by.
|A front row seat|
|The finish line|
|Checking my Garmin|