Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes

A Brief History:

The 20th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2024.

The first swim occurred in 2004 when Dr. Michael Grossman enlisted the help of Bell Hospital and the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) in planning a 2.25 mile swim across Teal Lake in Negaunee.

The first 20 years were a great success and helped fund the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network. This year the funds raised from the 21st Swim Teal Lake will be donated to Camp UPeninsulin to help provide a summer camp experience for youth in the U.P. who are living with diabetes. Please visit their website: www.campupeninsulin.com for more information.

Hundreds of swimmers have ventured across the lake in this challenge, assisted by an equal amount of volunteer kayakers who have helped to guide them. Past guest speakers have included: Olympic gold medal winner, Peter Vanderkaay at the 2005 and 2013 events, Mark Spitz in 2009, Janet Evans in 2010, Coralie Simmons in 2011, Dr. Natalie Strand in 2014, and Gary Hall Jr. in 2017.

If you enjoy swimming, the time is right to begin your training for the 20th annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes on July 27, 2024. Hope to see you at the swim!

This year’s race will consist of the traditional 2.25 mile swim across Teal Lake and a short ¼ swim. The “Short-n-Sweet” swim will be a 1/4 mile swim and open to ALL ages! It will be a great introduction to open water swimming. The “Short-n-Sweet” swim will begin at 8:30 am with the Beginner to start at 9 am and Competitive at 9:30 am. Register online by July 26, 2024, or the morning of the swim. Please register at least 1/2 hour before your heat begins. All races will start on Negaunee’s Teal Lake Beach. The “Short-n-Sweet” will begin and end on the Negaunee side while the long races will end at Ishpeming’s beach at Al Quaal.

All swimmers and volunteers will be treated to a free meal at the Italian Fest held at Al Quaal.

All swimmer donations will be matched (up to $10,000) by the West End Health Foundation.


There is a registration fee of $75 for the Beginner & Competitive swims and a registration fee of $20 for the “Short-n-Sweet” swim. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of registration. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Kristen (updiabetesoutreach@gmail.com).

Questions or would like to volunteer to kayak at this year’s event? Please contact Kristen at (906) 273-1120 or updiabetesoutreach@gmail.com