The 18th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes will be held on Saturday, July 31st, 2021.
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 seventeen years have been a great success and have raised a total of more than $200,000! The donations raised from the swim are used by the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) to strengthen diabetes care and support across the U.P. through a variety of other projects (see more details about UPDON at www.diabetesinmichigan.org).
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 18th annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes on July 31, 2021. 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 mile 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 (2.25 mile) to start at 9am and Competitive (2.25 mile) at 9:30 am. Register on-line by Friday, July 30, 2021, 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Questions or would like to volunteer to kayak at this year’s event? Please contact Kristen at (906) 273-1120 or email@example.com.