DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The "5K in the Bay" is BACK!

After a one-year hiatus, the "5K in the Bay" (Huntington Bay) is back...and on-track to resuming its former status as THE most exciting and challenging 5K open-water-swimming event on Long Island! Long-time race organizer Bea Hartigan, now joined by organizers of the highly successful "West Neck Swim" at West Neck Beach, is pleased to announce that on Sunday, July 15th, long-distance swimmers will once again ply the spectacularly beautiful waters of Huntington Bay -- and face its maddeningly challenging currents -- on a newly reconfigured rectangular course just off "The Head of the Bay Club," which is once again hosting this historic race. Sanctioned by USA Swimming, this year's event will also, as it has in the past, include championship age-group events (1000M for 10 and under; 2000M for ages 11-12; and 3000M for ages 13-14).  This is a non-wetsuit competition, but wetsuit-lovers are welcome to come and test their mettle in a non-scoring capacity.  Registration forms and event information are available on the website at http://www.huntswim.org/, or contact Meet Director Bea Hartigan at bea10k@yahoo.com for further information.  The registration deadline is July 5th -- so don't delay!

Race-day volunteers, lifeguards and kayakers are also needed to help make this event a success -- contact Bea Hartigan at bea10k@yahoo.com or Carol Moore at westneckswim@verizon.net if you're able to help out -- and thanks for supporting open-water swimming on Long Island!

See you in the Bay!

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