What is The Great Moose Migration (D2D) "Swim"?
The Great Moose Migration is a swim that Oscar “Moosie” Williamson wanted to do for himself in 2012. The idea came about because all of the events (Triathlons) usually have shorter swims and "Moosie" likes the swimming the best.
The distance is approximately 11 miles and goes from the base of Arrow Rock Dam to the Lucky Peak Dam. This distance is ½ the distance of the famous “English Channel” swim.
Here's the deal : This is an "event". A fun "event". Not a "race" or any qualifier for another event. Swimming 11 miles in itself is a great feat. This is a swim that is not “official”, not officially timed and no prizes or medals (Only Finisher medals). We are hoping to promote long distance swimming and meet up with swimmers of all sorts of abilities and levels.
When is the "The Great Moose Migration" ?
Friday August 7th, 2015. Start time will be 6:00 AM. Moosie's estimated time will be 38 min miles average or just under 7 hours total. Several people are signed up and estimated to complete it in sub 5 Hours. Several others are estimating 8-9 hours depending on wind/weather. While this is not a "race", for safety reasons we are capping the swim at 10 hours. If you have any reservations of swimming the course within 10 hours please consider the team relay.
Who can participate?
You must be 18 Y/O to participate in the full event. With signed waiver's from a parent youth under 18 may participate in the relay teams. Other than that, anyone who thinks they are capable of swimming 11 miles in open water is allowed to partake.
What are the costs?
There will be a $100.00 cost for the 11 mile swim. The relay part will have a base cost of $100 and $25 per swimmer. You can register on the ACTIVE.com site using the link on the registration page.
Is there a party afterwards?
Does a bear poop in the woods? There will be many people anticipated on showing up for the after swim party. Everyone is expected to bring their own food and drinks though. Food will be provided for the swimmers. There will be multiple BBQ’s set up and fun for everyone. The end of the swim will be past the first parking lot just after you cross the Lucky Peak dam. (Barclay Bay) Hopefully many show up to show support and have a good time hanging out with friends and having a late lunch.
There will be food provided for the swimmers. We will have a special area set up with bread, peanut butter, honey, drinks and other types of nutrition.
There will be a required swimmer/vessel briefing the night before. See more details on the "What to expect" page.
What's included ?
There will be a Dam to Dam (D2D) "The Great Moose Migration” shirt available for all participants. There will also be a finishers medal for everyone that completes the event. In addition, there will be a swim cap provided that MUST be worn. There will be multiple color caps. One for the 11 mile swimmers and each relay team will wear matching caps that differ from the other teams for identification. Caps will be provided upon request for the teams but it's recommended to come up with a team logo and each team provide their own matching unique swim caps. Caps must be approved my event director prior to event day.
Safety and Rules
These are guidelines set forth to help insure the safety of this activity for anyone wanting to participate. D2D is an 11 mile swim and is in open waters. Please really think about this and practice open water swims prior to showing up. This activity is not sanctioned or official in any capacity and each individual swimmer that chooses to partake in this activity does so at their own risk and assumes their own liability.
Participant must :
be 18 years of age for full swim and signed waiver for swimmers under 18 participating in the relay.
register online with Active.com prior to July 24th.
provide a personal “escort” craft or vessel to ride within distance of you at all times. Vessel must be registered with the state and comply with all marine safety devices. Vessel operator should be experienced and capable of
handling the vessel in all water conditions and pulling out a swimmer at the same time.
Any one paddler or craft should escort no more than two swimmers at any given time.
If the escort paddler or craft becomes disabled or cannot continue to accompany the swimmer, the swimmer can continue on as there will be ample additional safety crafts in place.
No relay team shall have more than 1 boat for all the swimmers. Each relay escort boat must have a driver that is familiar with all the safety rules.
Escort must :
attend the pre-race meeting/dinner Thursday August 6th.
stay at least 25 yards away from all swimmers at all times except and relay exchanges.
give way to medical and lifeguard staff at all times.
always drive on the right side of the swimmers and stay right of any locator buoys.
Escort may :
pass food or drink to swimmer as long as deliberate contact is not made between the two.
assist the swimmer in navigation, including verbal or visual communication.
Escorts may not :
neither administer propulsion nor make contact with swimmer.
allow swimmer to “draft’ (Swimmer directly behind escort) when open water is readily available.
obstruct other swimmers in the event.
Train in open water in addition to the pools to ensure you know the complications and difficulties of swimming when weather, waves and other swimmers are present.
Have food and water handy to refuel as many calories will be burned throughout the day.
Video of swim can be found in link below :