The Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion is tomorrow morning at Lucky’s Lake Swim at 7:45 AM. The regular Lake swim will still be going on, so please come and join the 15 Special Olympic Athletes participating in our swim. In addition, we will be filming a short documentary on the swim as this is the first swim to be a part of the Special Olympics Race for Inclusion. Mainstreaming Special Olympics athletes is an important mission of Special Olympics, so let’s give them all a big Lucky’s Lake Swim welcome. This inaugural swim for inclusion is your opportunity to take part in a historic first. Someday there will be swims for inclusion worldwide, and you can say you took part in the original one. Be a part of history in the making.
$10,000 Reward for missing bumper sticker, Swim for Inclusion 9/11, Labor Day Swim start time and more…
Lucky’s Labor Day Swim start time is at 7:45am
Saturday 9/ll, we have the Special Olympics Race “Swim” for Inclusion during our Saturday Lake Swim. Again, there will be cameras and media. Lucky’s Lake swim will be on as usual, and you don’t have to be a part of the “Swim for Inclusion” to swim, but it will be taking place simultaneously. We will have about 10 Special Olympians doing the swim that morning. If you want to be involved, you can sign up for Team Lucky’s Lake Swimmers here. If you sign up and swim that day and make a small donation to Special Olympics, you will receive a cool patch. If you make a big donation of $100 or more, Special Olympics will send you a Race for Inclusion T-shirt. Sign up here.
A Lucky’s Lake Swim bumper sticker was stolen from Lucky’s driveway, and he wants it back. Please view the video below.
So, Lucky came home over lunch the other day to find a swimmer struggling in the water, but he was slowly moving toward the first buoy. Aiden, Curtis, and Shawn were on the dock, watching with smiles of schadenfreude on their faces. It turns out the swim was a thousand-dollar bet made by the next-door neighbor, Aiden, who rents the house from Lucky. He bet his friend Fernando $1000.00 that he couldn’t swim to the first buoy and back. Lucky stayed to watch because he wanted Fernando to finish, as Lucky didn’t want to have to go searching for the body in all that bottom muck (plus Lucky is a bit of a sadist too). Fernando survived and won the thousand dollars, which was a win for Aiden as the lawsuit that would have indeed followed when Fernando drowned would have cost Aiden much more. Lucky asked Aiden if he would make the same bet with him, and Lucky would give 100 to 1 odds that he could swim to the first buoy and back, but Aiden declined. The moral of the story is that if someone is offering a thousand-dollar bet to swim to the first buoy and back, be the first in line. The follow-up moral is, people drown in lakes because they do stupid things. We can only hope they do this before reproducing, so it strengthens the gene pool. As far as encouraging non-swimmers to take life-threatening risks with swims they are not capable of, Lucky gives his full support, as long as they do it on Lake Hiawassee.
Yes, it remains hot at the lake swim, and Tom’s suggestion to build a bonfire to cool off after the swim is seriously considered. However, lucky has now responded to the question, “with the temperature so high, when will swimsuits become optional?” “In the water, suits are always optional, but those who the carp have ever bitten know that this would be a terrible idea, especially if one grabbed your naughty bits, plus it would require a lot of explaining in the emergency room.”
We have some events coming up, which we hope everyone will participate in.
Saturday, September 11th, we will host the Race for inclusion, a Special Olympic event in which Lucky’s Lake swim is the site for the event. Races for inclusion are being held all over the state, but there is only one swim race for inclusion in the entire world, and it is here.
Technically it is not a race; we are swimming one kilometer with several Special Olympians. There is no timing or awards, except if you sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers team and make any donation to Special Olympics Florida, you will get a nice patch (only if you complete the swim). Anyone that raises or donates more than $100 Special Olympics will send them a nice race for inclusion T-Shirt. Can you still swim on that Saturday if you don’t want to register for the Race for inclusion? Absolutely.
We hope you will sign up for Lucky’s Lake Swimmer’s Team. Here is the link to sign up.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 K swim on Oct 17th Register Here.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Night Ops 5K Frogman Swim on Nov 6th Register Here.
We have one clarification on the no vaccine no swim rule currently in effect at Lucky’s Lake Swim. If you have had covid and still have antibody titers, you fall under the “natural vaccination” category and can join us. If you are not sure, ask your physician for guidance. Do not ask Lucky, as he will only mumble something about the zombie animation virus and then try to slice a mole off you.
The local hospitals are filling fast. This new delta variant of COVID is much more contagious than the original virus. There are more breakthrough cases now, but the good news for those vaccinated is that 99.5 percent of those that died were not vaccinated. Not so good news for the unvaccinated. We have always tried to be ahead of the Covid curve at the lake swim, so we are implementing a no vaccine no swim rule until the delta surge is in check. This is not political, so please don’t respond with your politics, right, left, or libertarian, why this is a good or bad idea, or why you have or haven’t got vaccinated. There are plenty of social media sites available to rant. Here are some answers to questions that may come up.
When does the no vaccine no swim rule start? Monday, July 26th. Saturday is your last chance to catch the delta variant at Lucky’s.
When does it end? You will have to check your magic eight ball for that answer.
Are you going to check vaccine cards? No, but we will do cavity searches if you request.
How do you know if someone has been vaccinated? This will be based on the honor system.
What if someone cheats and Lucky finds out? They will be banned from the swim forever, but we believe lake swimmers are honorable, except for Ron when counting his crossings.
What if someone has a medical condition that does not allow them to be vaccinated on doctors’ orders? They may swim, but they must be masked at all times except when in the water. I would also suggest a 2nd opinion.
Do we have to start wearing masks again at the lake swim? That is your choice. You may also wear a tie to the swim. Some consider both a fashion statement.
What is your definition of being vaccinated? Ten days after the first dose, we will let you swim, but you are not in any way fully protected.
The above response does not make sense to an intelligent individual such as myself. Yes, you are correct, and swimming across a Florida lake also doesn’t make sense for many educated people.
I don’t feel comfortable swimming with those that don’t wait four weeks after the second shot to swim. Great, don’t swim then.
Where can I contact you to list all the reasons I don’t want to get vaccinated. Read the first paragraph of this blog again ,and if you still have questions please go to this link https://piv.pivpiv.dk/
Now for the fun stuff.
I hope everyone has a great July 4th holiday. Here are the things you need to know if you plan to do a Lucky’s Lake Swim this weekend. We are back to mass starts. New swimmers are always welcome. Please remember you must wear a safer swimmer buoy for your 1st 25 crossings (even if you are wearing a wetsuit – if you are wearing a wetsuit in this heat, you are clinically insane and probably shouldn’t be swimming anyway.)
Fourth of July Holiday Swim Schedule
Friday, July 2nd, 7:45 am
Saturday, July 3rd, 7:45 am
Sunday, July 4th NO SWIM
Monday, July 5th, 7:45 am
There will not be a midnight swim this year. Lucky couldn’t find a movie scarier than last year’s pandemic. Maybe next year.
We had a nice turnout for memorial day. Maybe Jay will bring his flag again on 7:45 am Friday and Monday (No swim on Sunday July 4th). Lucky was upset that the flag in this photo was hiding his six pack.
Before we jump to a round-up of the Golden Mile®, a quick update on Lucky’s Lake Swim, we are back to mass starts at 6:30 am weekdays and 7:45 am on Saturdays. The only exception is for check-in volunteers that come in early to swim, so they can check-in first-timers. You may notice that there may be other swimmers on the course, but they start at different sites, not at Lucky’s. Also, masks are no longer required at the Lake Swim; indeed, it is acceptable to wear them, as some believe it is now a fashion statement for high society; for the rest of us, feel free to burn yours at the gate entrance.
The 2021 Golden Mile® was a huge success. We raised many thousands of dollars for the Lake Cane Restoration Society, and like Scrooge McDuck in his vault, we are still tallying the totals. $1500 was raised at the memorabilia table, and $1400 was confirmed for the silent auction. So, you can be sure you will see these appear in future Golden Miles®.
To dispel some “Fake News” items. The “petting gator” from Gatorland did not get released into lake cane after the race. I can report he’s happily back with his brothers and sisters at Gatorland. If we released the gator shortly after the start, as Lucky requested, everyone’s times would have been a bit faster. Gene Augustin, who set the 90-year-old age group record with a time of 1 hour 11 minutes, would have been under one hour, Lucky said, “if he had just a bit of gator pressure.” We are checking to see if gators are considered an athletic enhancing drug, but we are still banning the use of them during the Golden Mile® competitions for the time being. Race Results are Here
We had nineteen new age group course records set, and Carlie Rose broke her own open women’s course record with a time of 18:19.6. It was a 1-2 finish for the Rose family, with her sister Marin Rose scoring the silver in the open division. Rick Walker, winner of the gold medal in the men’s swimmer of the ages division, broke the men’s 70-74 record by over 20 minutes coming in at 22:20, and more amazingly, his post-race drug tests came back normal. The rumor that he drank 23 cups of espresso right before the start is still being investigated. You can check out all the course records here. And you can check out final results in age groups here and where you were ranked on our swimmer of the ages handicapping here.
Many thanks to Hamza Preure with www.Sportlightme.com for taking a lot of wonderful photos. I think they have images of about every competitor that participated in the race. You can check out the photos here.
So who were our gold medalists? Joshua Brown Open Men, Carlie Rose Open Women, Rick Walker-Swimmer of the Ages Men, and Cathy Shonkweiler Swimmer of the ages woman.
We also had a tie for second place in the men’s open division, with Jacob Hamlin and Nathaniel Chon having the same time. Those silver medals are 16 oz of pure silver, and we don’t have extras to give out for ties. Instead of doing the couch potato method of flipping a coin to decide who was the winner, we had a swim off, which went from the start to around the first buoy and back. It was a close race, but Hamlin ended up taking home the silver.
Lucky thanks to all the volunteers who made this race possible, and there were over 50, you have made this race into one of the most memorable in the open water swim community. Lucky would also like to give special thanks to the race director Jillian Wilkins, Jay Madigan, and Shawn Berg, who spent countless hours working to make this delightful event. In contrast, Lucky spent his days eating bonbons and sipping mint juleps during binge-watching sessions of old Perry Mason reruns.
Golden Mile for 2022 is Saturday, May 28th, so red letter that day on your calendars.
Okay don’t feel bad if you haven’t registered, yet, for the Golden Mile®, because last night it was noticed that Lucky had not registered WTF. Lucky’s entry has been resolved, but clearly he is in no position to chastise any of you that have waited until the final hours to register. Yes folks, the race is tomorrow! Let’s get you registered. We have 260+ entries, so you won’t be swimming alone and the water temp is fantastic.
There has been some confusion regarding the difference between the Virtual Golden Mile® and The Golden Mile®; we believe this confusion is due to a drug-induced haze associated with the executive event planning committee. We asked Lucky to explain the difference, as he is in charge of starting the virtual Golden Mile on Friday at 6 pm. Lucky’s response was, ” The Golden Mile is this weekend?!” Therefore we have decided to explain the differences below for Lucky and everyone else.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the Golden Mile®, whether it be the race on Saturday or the virtual swim on Friday at 6 pm, is a charity event. All the proceeds go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society (LCRS), a 501(c)3 charitable organization. This volunteer organization works hard year-round to keep the lake swimmable. The registration and cost are the same for either event; you can choose to do the race on Saturday or the fun swim on Friday at 6 pm. Some volunteers are doing the virtual swim so they can help the race on Saturday.
Virtual Swim of the Golden Mile®
The swim starts at 6 pm on Friday (pick up your swim packet with your racing cap at 5:45 pm). This is a mass start. No lifeguards. No timing system. No awards. You will get a survivor medallion, an official race T-shirt, and a swag backpack full of goodies when you finish.
For the virtual swim, you can wear fins, snorkel, wetsuit, pull buoy, outboard motor, etc. We ask everyone to wear a safe swim buoy for this event.
Real Golden Mile® Race starts at 8 am with a rolling start in groups based on fastest to slowest. No swim aids are allowed, but you can wear a safe swimmer buoy if you choose. Race packet (cap, timing chip, and race number marking) pickup starts at 6 am. Technical meeting for all participants at 7 am at the dock. The course will be open for warm-up from 7:00 am to 7:45 am. You will get a survivor medallion, an official race T-shirt, and a swag backpack full of goodies when you finish. There will be a breakfast after you are done swimming. Base Performance will have their sport’s drink available for all swimmers. There will be some vendors, so bring money. We do have a memorabilia table set up with great things for sale (all proceeds to LCRS). There will be silent auction tables (you can bid now online) set up with some excellent stuff (auction closes at 9 am). If you are fast, there are awards 1st thru 3rd in all age groups. If you are super fast, there are real gold and silver medals for the fastest swimmers and the swimmer of the ages divisions. There will be environmental displays, and Gatorland is bringing a “petting” gator.
It’s time to give back to the lake we all love swimming in!
If you have not signed up, please sign up now for the Golden Mile®
If you would like to volunteer, sign up now to volunteer
Lake Swim Memorial Day Holiday Schedule, Golden Mile last chance to register, Golden Mile Records and more. . .
If you have not registered for the Golden Mile® you should have by now only 4 days left here is the link Please register now
Please keep in mind that this is a charity event. The proceeds from the event all go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society which is a 501(c)3 charity.
Memorial day Schedule
Friday 6:30 am regular Lucky’s Lake swim
Friday 6PM virtual Golden Mile® We have a mass start at 6pm, there will be no timing, no lifeguards, you may use pull buoys, fins, snorkels, wetsuits etc. You will get your T-shirt, Swag bag, survivor medallion (if you live to finish).
Saturday GOLDEN MILE® (no regular Lucky’s Lake Swim today) Race starts at 8 AM for more race information www.DocLuckysGoldenMile.com
Sunday -No Swim
Monday Memorial Day- Lucky’s Lake Swim at 7:45am
You only have 12 days until the Golden Mile®, so if you haven’t registered yet, get a cracking. The Golden Mile® is the only fundraiser for the Lake Cane Restoration Society (LCRS), a 501c3 charitable organization. All the proceeds from the Golden Mile go to LCRS, not to the Lucky Meisenheimer vacation fund as previously requested by Lucky. Register for the Golden Mile Click Here
Want to help out but can’t swim on the 29th? We have several great options.
1.Register but swim on Friday the 28th at 6 pm in our virtual Golden Mile. You get all the Swag, T-shirt, and survivor medallion, and you can wear fins, snorkels, pull buoys, wetsuits, etc., unlike in the official race. You are not eligible for medals, and there will be no timing.
3.Register and give your slot away to one of our Cognitive Disabled Athletes.
4.Register and donate your entry to the LCRS. We will give you the swag bag and T-shirt, but you can’t get the survivor medallion unless you swim or make a substantial bribe.
We are back to our pre-covid routine at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Masks are no longer required, and we are back to mass starts 6:30 am Monday thru Friday and 7:45 am on Saturdays. The lake was packed on Saturday, with swimmers getting ready for the Golden Mile®. Make sure you register today.
We have thousands of dollars worth of silent auction items donated. If you or your business would like to donate items, we must have them by Friday.
In next year’s golden mile, we are happy to say that our cognitively disabled division is going to be changed to an official Special Olympics event in preparation for the Special Olympics USA Games to be held the following month in June of 2022. The 2020 USA Games will be the first time an open water swimming Special Olympics event will be contested at a USA Games, and Lucky’s Lake Swim will be the host site.
Many thanks to Brian Parramore and his superhero welding skills. Brian made another award stand for the Golden Mile®. We now have two, so the award ceremony will go much faster. Regardless of what Lucky says about Brian, he is a great guy.