Historically, the longer race has started at the southern tip of Antelope Island and finished at Black Rock Beach.
Due to low water levels, complicated logistics, and an effort to standardize the course, we have changed the swim to a ~10K swim that consists of three L-shaped loops around a marked course. The start and finish are on Silver Sands Beach, just east of the marina parking lot. Each swimmer is required to have individual paddler support.
|May - June||The weather will be monitored very closely the first week of June. We will need to rely on the advice of the GSL Harbormaster on weather related issues. |
If the weather includes a possibility of lightning at times during the race, we may opt to adjust the start time, or cancel the swim.
|Friday, May 31st at the Great Salt Lake Marina||We have a tradition of getting together the night before the swim and get to know each other and enjoy the company of fellow marathon swimmers! This is almost as fun a memory as the swim itself. Please plan to join us for a potluck dinner (bring something to share) as we enjoy carbing up together and hearing fascinating stories and experiences of other swimmers!|
|Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at 5:30 am at the GSL Marina parking lot||Check in, body marking, and preparation for race start. Kayaks should be moved down to the beach and be ready to go by 10 minutes before race start.|
We will have a pre-race safety meeting and make sure everyone is clear the course.
|Saturday, June 1st, 2019 @ 6:30 am||Expected starting time.|
Cutoff is 5 hours.
Anticipated water temp should mid to high 60's (here are the current water conditions) and the air temp mid 60's to mid 70's. As the race day gets closer, keep an eye on Salt Lake City weather here.
Items that ARE REQUIRED on every support boat
- Personal Flotation device for both the kayak support AND the swimmer (of course the swimmer one will be stowed on the boat)
- Cell phone in a watertight container.
- Water and/or other liquids to drink
Highly suggested items for every support boat
- Handheld GPS device (Great for navigation, stats, but for safety in combination with the cell phone should you need help)
- Marine Band radio - There may be dead spots where the cell phone won't help, but there will be four boats assigned a radio provided by the race director. If you can bring one of your own - fantastic!
- Small container of mouthwash - that salt water can get overbearing at times and mouthwash is great for getting that taste out of your mouth
- Vaseline or other lubricant - the high salinity really makes those unsmooth places obvious within a few miles
- Extra pair of goggles - Just in case. Getting saltwater in the eyes is pretty painful