Those of you who have been out to the Great Salt Lake this year have undoubtedly notice the extremely low water levels. Even with an epic snowstorm this winter, we don't anticipate water levels returning to where they were a few years ago. For that (and many other reasons) we have decided to change the long swim from a point-to-point swim to a looped course near the marina (pending approval from State Parks).
We realize that this does take some of the adventure out of the long swim, but there are many more positive reasons to make this change:
The course is safer
In the event of an emergency, help can be dispatched almost immediately from the marina.
More spectator friendly
The entire course can be seen from the observation deck, which is great for spectators.
More standardized distance
The the water level so variable, having a looped course using the buoys near the marina will help to standardize the distance.
Keeping the race close the the marina will allow us to open up new distances and categories including a 5K and relay options.
With the marina as the race HQ, everything is all in one place. No need for drop bags or shuttles from Black Rock to the marina. Restroom, water, and the gift shop are all right there.
Since we will not have to shuttle swimmers and kayakers to the starting point on Antelope Island, we anticipate a reduction in registration price for the longer swim.
These changes are still pending approval from the Harbormaster, but we anticipate they will be approved. Check back here and on our Facebook page for updates.