What is "The Great Moose Migration" D2D ?
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 metals. We are hoping to promote long distance swimming and meet up with swimmers of all sorts of abilities and levels.
This event starting in 2014 will be self insured.
When is the "The Great Moose Migration"?
Friday August 1st, 2014. 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 7mile / 4 mile relay.
Who can participate?
You must be 18 Y/O to participate. 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 $85.00 cost for the 11 mile swim. The relay part ( 7 miles / 4 miles ) will have a $60 (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. This will entail a dinner. 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. In addition, there will be a swim cap provided that MUST be worn. There will be 2 color caps. One for the 11 mile swimmers and another color cap will be for the 7/4 mile relay swimmers.
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.
register online with Active.com prior to July 18th.
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.
Escort must :
attend the pre-race meeting/dinner Thursday July 31st.
give way to medical and lifeguard staff at all times
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 :