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Wednesday July 11, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT

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Motor City Mile Open Water Swim

It's our 13 year anniversary!!  Everyone at Different Strokes would like to thank all of our participants and volunteers over the years.  Without your help we would have not been able to make this event the largest Open Water Swim for Charity in the Mid-West.  We are looking to have another great day of swimming out on Belle Isle Beach.  Register now for the event and make sure to check out our sponsored lunch after the event hosted by The Detroit Yacht Club.

2012 Motor City Mile Open Water Swim 

The Motor City Mile is an annual event sponsored by Different Strokes Swim Shop held on Belle Isle Beach in Detroit, Michigan every July. Events range from a 5k to a 1 mile to a 1/2 mile swim with all proceeds donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Different Strokes Scholarship Fund.

The Lance Armstrong foundation was established in 1997 by one of the world's best cyclists, Lance Armstrong.  At age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer that spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain.  Before knowing his own outcome, Armstrong established the foundation to educate, inform and support other victims and their families. The LAF focuses its time and efforts to support services and groundbreaking survivorship programs as well as medical and scientific research grants.  Since becoming cancer-free, Armstrong has gone on to win the Tour De France seven consecutive times.

 In 2000, the inaugural Motor City Mile started with 30 participants. In recent years, the event has grown to over 500 participants, 150 volunteers and another 800 spectators.  It is a unique event showcasing the city of Detroit while supporting a great cause!

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • START TIME 5K AND 1 MILE: 9:00 AM (WARM UP AVAILABLE IN ROPED SWIM AREA ONLY FROM 8:00 AM TO 8:45 AM)
  • START TIME 1/2 MILE: APPROXIMATELY 10:15 AM (WARM UP AVAILABLE IN ROPED SWIM AREA ONLY FROM 8:00 AM TO 10:00 AM)
  • MEET DIRECTOR: SHANNON DUNWORTH (shannon@different-strokes.com)
  • SPONSORED BY: DIFFERENT STROKES SWIM SHOP (248)477-0521
  • NO CONCESSIONS WILL BE PROVIDED: POST RACE REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPANTS
  • FREE T-SHIRT AND GOODY BAG FOR PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. (T-SHIRTS FOR DECK ENTRIES MAY BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE START OF THE EVENT.)
  • WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL THE EVENT FOR ANY SITUATION WHICH MAY CREATE A SAFETY CONCERN.  IN THE EVENT OF SAID SITUATION, NO COMPETITORS WILL BE DUE A REFUND.

 NEW ADDITIONS FOR 2012

  • AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THIS YEARS EVENT THE DETROIT YACHT CLUB, ALSO ON BELLE ISLE, WILL BE PROVIDING A BUFFET STYLE LUNCH FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS, FAMILIES, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS.   LUNCH TICKETS WILL INCLUDE THE BUFFET, SODA, COFFEE AND TEA AS WELL AS ACCESS TO THE CLUB AND LOCKER ROOMS.  ALCOHOL MAY BE PURCHASED ON SITE WITH A CREDIT CARD.  PARTICIPANTS FEE WILL BE $10.00 AND ANYONE ELSE WILL BE $16.00.

 

  • FOR THE SECOND YEAR WE WILL BE OFFERING A LIFEGUARDS ONLY EVENT.  LIFEGUARDS WILL SWIM A MILE RACE WITH THEIR RESCUE TUBES DURING THE SWIMMERS' MILE EVENTS.  LIFEGUARDS WILL NOT ONLY BE COMPETING BUT WILL ALSO BE EXTRA EYES AND EARS ON THE COURSE.  LIFEGUARDS ARE ASKED TO STOP AND SCAN THE COURSE AND TO BE AWARE OF ANY POTENTIONAL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THIS EVENT WILL BE FREE TO ALL LIFEGUARDS WHO REGISTER AND SPECIAL T-SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE LIFEGUARD CERTIFIED AND PROVIDE YOUR OWN RESCUE TUBE.  CONTACT DIFFERENT STROKES FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.

 

  • EARLY CHECK-IN WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TUESDAY, JULY 10TH AT ALL THREE DIFFERENT STROKES LOCATIONS (LIVONIA/ST. CLAIR SHORES/AUBURN HILLS) DURING STORE HOURS.  WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS NEW OFFERING SO AS TO AVOID WAITING IN LINE THE MORNING OF THE EVENT!  ANOTHER PLUS: T-SHIRTS AND GOODY BAGS ARE IN LIMITED SUPPLY SO BE SURE TO GET YOURS BY CHECKING IN THE DAY BEFORE.  THERE WILL ALSO BE IN-STORE MOTOR CITY MILE SPECIALS SO TAKE CARE OF SOME SHOPPING WHILE YOU'RE IN THERE!

 

  • WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TIMING CHIPS WILL BE PROVIDED BY 3DISCIPLINES RACING THIS YEAR.  NEOPRENE STRAPS AND A PLASTIC CHIP WILL BE ISSUED TO YOU AT THE TIME OF CHECK-IN AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT CHIP AND STRAP ONCE IT IS HANDED TO YOU.  IF YOU LOSE THIS AT ANY POINT, MEANING YOU DO NOT TURN IT IN AT THE FINISH LINE YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE $40 REPLACEMENT COST.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS. 

AWARDS

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR 1ST THROUGH 3RD PLACE FINISHERS IN EACH EVENT

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

 

ONLINE/IN-STORE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE OR ENTRY FORMS AND DONATIONS CAN BE MAILED TO:

DIFFERENT STROKES SWIM SHOP

C/O OPEN WATER SWIM ENTRY

19651 MIDDLEBELT RD

LIVONIA, MI 48152 

  • ENTRY DEADLINE: JULY 8TH, 2012
  • MINIMUM DONATION OF $25.00 PER EVENT PER SWIMMER. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO LAF.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT http://www.livestrong.org/
  • 5K CHECK-IN: 7:15 AM UNTIL 8:30 AM (SEE ENTRY INFORMATION BELOW FOR NEW ENTRY RESTRICTIONS)
  • 1 MILE CHECK-IN: 7:15 AM UNTIL 8:30 AM
  • 1/2 MILE CHECK-IN: 7:15 AM UNTIL 9:45 AM
  • DECK ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED, SPACE PERMITTING, DURING CHECK-IN TIME AT A MINIMUM TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION OF $30.00 PER SWIMMER.
  • MANDATORY MEETING FOR 5K AND 1 MILE ATHLETES AT 8:45AM
  • MANDATORY  MEETING FOR 1/2 MILE ATHLETES AT 10:00AM

RACE DESCRIPTION

THE 1/2 MILE COURSE WILL CONSIST OF A 1/4 MILE NORTHEAST SWIM FROM THE BEACH TO THE FIRST ORANGE BUOY, A 1/4 SOUTH SWIM AROUND THE NEXT ORANGE BUOY AND A 100 YARD SWIM BACK IN TO SHORE.

THE 1 MILE SWIM WILL BE A TRIANGLE CONSISTING OF A  1/4 MILE SWIM NORTHEAST FROM THE BEACH TO THE FIRST ORANGE BUOY, A 1/2 MILE SWIM WEST TO THE FAR ORANGE BUOY AND A 1/4 MILE SWIM SOUTHEAST BACK INTO SHORE.

THE 5K SWIM WILL FOLLOW THE 1 MILE COURSE FOR 3 FULL LOOPS PLUS ONE LOOP OF THE 1/2 MILE COURSE.

BELLE ISLE BEACH WILL BE THE START AND FINISH POINT FOR ALL RACES. THE COURSE WILL BE MARKED WITH BUOYS AND ANCHORED BOATS, KAYAKS WILL PATROL THE COURSE AND CITY OF DETROIT LIFEGUARDS  WILL BE ON SITE IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES. THE SAFETY COORDINATOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PULL ANYONE FROM THE RACE THAT HE DEEMS A SAFETY RISK TO THEMSELVES OR TO THE STAFF.

 5K RACE

ALL SWIMMERS ENTERING THE 5K MUST HAVE COMPLETED A 500 YARD OR 400 METER SWIM IN A SANCTIONED USA, YMCA, USM, NCAA, HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL MEET IN 6:00.00 OR FASTER WITHIN THE LAST 18 MONTHS

EVENT #1  OPEN MENS                                    EVENT #2 OPEN WOMENS

EVENT #3  13 & UNDER BOYS                            EVENT #4  13 & UNDER GIRLS

 

EVENT INFORMATION

  1-MILE RACE

EVENT #5 OPEN MENS                                      EVENT #6 OPEN WOMENS

EVENT #7  13-14 BOYS                                               EVENT #8  13-14 GIRLS

 EVENT #9 12 & UNDER BOYS                         EVENT #10  12 & UNDER GIRLS

EVENT #11  MASTER MENS                                   EVENT #12 MASTERS WOMENS

   1/2 MILE RACE

EVENT #13 MENS OPEN                                    EVENT #14 WOMENS OPEN

EVENT #15 11-12 BOYS                              EVENT #16 11-12 GIRLS

EVENT #17 10 & UNDER BOYS                               EVENT #18 10 & UNDER GIRLS  

 

EVENT # 19: LIFEGUARD RACE

MUST BE A CERTIFIED LIFEGUARD AND SWIM WITH YOUR RESCUE TUBE.

EVENT #19 OPEN LIFEGUARD MILE

PLEASE CONTACT DIFFERENT STROKES AT (248)477-0521 OR SHANNON@DIFFERENT-STROKES.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR TO REGISTER FOR THE LIFEGUARD EVENT.

 

 USMS/USA SWIMMING OPEN WATER SWIMMING RELEASE:

I, THE UNDERSIGNED PARTICIPANT, INTENDING TO BE LEGALLY BOUND, HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I AM PHYSICALLY FIT AND HAVE NOT BEEN OTHERWISE INFORMED BY A PHYSICIAN. I AGREE TO ABIDE BY ANY DECISION OF A RACE OFFICIAL RELATIVE TO MY ABILITY TO SAFELY COMPETE IN THIS EVENT. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM AWARE OF ALL THE RISKS INHERENT IN THE OPEN WATER SWIMMING (TRAINING AND COMPETITION), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: FALL, CONTACT WITH OTHER PARTICIPANTS, CONTACT WITH VOLUNTEERS, CONTACT WITH SPECTATORS, WEATHER EFFECTS-INCLUDING HIGH HEAT AND/OR HUMIDITY, CURRENTS, WATER CONDITIONS, POSSIBLE PERMANENT DISABILITY OR DEATH AND AGREE TO ASSUME ALL OF THOSE RISKS. AS A CONDITION OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THE MOTOR CITY MILE SWIM FOR THE CURE OR ANY ACTIVITIES INCIDENT THERETO, I, FOR MYSELF AND ANYONE ENTITLED TO ACT ON MY BEHALF, HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIMS FOR LOSS OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ALL CLAIMS FOR LOSS OR DAMAGES CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, ACTIVE OR PASSIVE, OR THE FOLLOWING: UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING, INC., USA SWIMMING, INC., THE LOCAL MASTERS COMMITTEES, THE LOCAL USA SWIMMING COMMITTEES, THE HOST CLUBS, HOST FACILITIES, EVENT SPONSORS, EVENT COMMITTEES, OR ANY INDIVIDUAL OFFICIATING AT OR SUPERVISING THE EVENT. IN ADDITION, I AGREE TO ABIDE BY AND BE GOVERNED BY THE RULES OF USMS AND/OR USA SWIMMING. I GRANT TO ALL OF THE FOREGOING TO USE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS, OR RECORDINGS OR ANY OTHER RECORD OF THIS EVENT FOR ANY LEGITIMATE PURPOSE. FINALLY, I SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM AWARE OF ALL THE RISKS INHERENT IN OPEN SWIMMING AND AGREE TO THOSE RISKS.