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.
Cox TV will be filming tomorrow at Lucky’s Lake Swim for a surprise announcement about one of our swimmers. I can’t say what it’s about or who the swimmer is because the person does read this newsletter, and it is a surprise to them. We hope you all show up for a great swim tomorrow; the water is perfect at about 82 degrees. And, of course, we want to give support to our friend that is being recognized by the media. We will have a mass start at 7:45 am. Masks are currently optional at the lake swim.
It is time to harass your swimming buddies to remind them to sign up. Please use your social media to get the message out.
Only 28 days until the race. Take 5 minutes right now and register. We have 4000 folks in the Lucky’s Lake Swim Group page we need only a little over 7% to sign up to fill the event.
Last day for cheap early bird entry for the Golden Mile.
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Here are some reasons to sign up for the Golden Mile.
- It makes Lucky very happy to see your name on the sign-up list, and he forwards this list to Santa each year for names to be added to the good boy and girl list.
- This is the only fundraiser we do for the Lake Cane Restoration Society (LCRS) each year. If you are not aware all the proceeds go to LCRS which is a charitable 501c3 corporation and LCRS takes on the ginormous task of working to keep the lake swimmable.
- You could win a real gold medal or silver medal.
- Everyone gets a breakfast, t-shirt and goody bag.
- Awards for the top three in each age group.
- Survivor medallions for everyone that finishes the race.
- An opportunity to set an age group course record.
- A cleansing of all past and future sins. (This has not been verified yet, but Snopes says is true. Last statement not verified by Snopes.)
Sign up today. Like, right now, while you are thinking about it.
Here are the talking points from this April update.\
Golden mile®, Golden mile®, Golden mile®
We are now taking donations for a silent auction to be held at the Golden Mile®. If you or your company can donate something to this auction, please let us know. We don’t need a ten-year collection of fingernail clippings or other similar items; thanks for the offer, Lucky.
If you are interested in having something donated for the goodie bag, we are looking for more items to make the swag bag unforgettable. Thanks to our already many sponsors. We have a base performance BASE Performance is proud to partner with the famous Lucky’s Lake Swim for 2021 and to provide best-in-class nutrition for all of the swimmers. Good luck on your event, have a blast!”, polite pig, Neutrogena, CCI engineering, sentry water equations, the Rosen Aquatic Center, Ron Jon, and more signing up by the day, we should have great goodie bags for you. Don’t miss out. Sign up now. You might win a real gold medal.
Yes, the Easter Eat-Pray-Swim is on for tomorrow morning. The water temp should be in the low 70s, and the morning should be cool but pleasant. I perfect set up for the sunrise sermon at 7:12 by Tom Welch. We will have breakfast as well. Masks are still in vogue. We have had a ton of volunteers working on making this an excellent experience; don’t miss out!
We had about 50 swimmers today, and included in that group were some speedsters. Two records fell, including True Sweeter’s 17-18 record which was the second fastest swim in the lake. Josh Brown broke the 11:35.5 record by a mere .5 seconds making him the second fastest swimmer just behind True’s record time of 11:17.0 set when he was 22. Congratulations to Josh. Josh will be gunning for that gold medal in the Golden Mile® May 29th. Jordan Agliano also has her name on the record board twice now. She currently holds the 11-12 record for women and she just broke the 15-16 record which was held by Alix Roy (12:47) by swimming a blistering 12:43. Congratulations to Jordan.
Check out the video.
In this update.
Water temp is 76 degrees.
We are back to normal start times 6:30 am Mon-Friday 7:45 am Saturday. First time swimmers welcome all days now.
The Rosen Aquatic Center opens April 5th.
Safer Swimmer buoys are required for the first 25 crossings whether you wear a wetsuit or not!
Volunteer for the Easter (Eat – Pray – Swim) Service starts at sunrise 7:12 AM
and more… watch the video.
Hello spring and goodbye COVID-19
Gene Augustine turned 90 on Saturday, and, of course, he swam the Lake. Nobody thought to time him for his swim; they were too busy blowing up 90 balloons and trying to fit 90 candles on the cake. So, still no record for the 90- to 95-year-old age group. Geno has to do it again to get the record. When he ages up at 95, I hope folks remember to time him when he does his birthday swim; there is a valuable lesson in here somewhere.
The Aquatic Center needs your help!!
The great news is that the Aquatic Center has reopened as the Rosen Aquatic Center. As you may or may not be aware, due to COVID-19, The YMCA of Central Florida had to abandon the YMCA Aquatic Center. The permanent closing, of course, was a severe blow to the Central Florida Aquatics community. The prospects for reopening the Aquatic Center looked bleak, and it has been a year since the Y shuttered its doors. Fortunately for Central Florida, the Harris Rosen foundation stepped in for the save. Taking over responsibility for the Aquatic Center is a tremendously risky undertaking for the Foundation as no money is flowing in and won’t be for the near future. The Rosen team has done a fantastic job fixing the center up, and it looks the best it has in decades. In March, there will be a soft opening with four large swimming meets each week, and then the plan in April is to open it back up to the community. The first swimming meet is the Florida Age Group Swimming Championships; it is scheduled from Thursday through the weekend. With the new reopening, they are in desperate need of timers to help with this first event; if you have any time available this weekend, you would be a superstar to volunteer for a timing slot (and tell them you are a Lucky’s Lake Swimmer). Volunteer Here
Happy Super Bowl Sunday and National Serpent Day to everyone.
Great news! We are on for our major swimming events this year. We are going to continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely (except for Lucky, who has had both vaccines and is back to nightly raves, and he has reopened his kissing booth at the county fair – the booth was struggling even before COVID-19). With all the vaccinations and a bigger and bigger percentage of the population already having had COVID-19, we feel that we can safely open up our regular charity events this year. Depending on when the event is scheduled will determine if we still have some safety constraints in place. (to be clear, chastity belts were never a safety precaution here at the lake, we would like to thank Jay for all his excellent contributions to lake swimming safety, but that one was a bit of an overreach). Participating is a personal choice, do not feel pressured to join an event if you think you are at high risk. If you decide to participate, please don’t whine that we are not providing viral proof body armor or Plexiglas separators. If you plan on keeping hunkered down until the eradication of Covid-19 is complete, then we look forward to seeing you again sometime in the 22nd century.
We are completely back to our PreCOVID-19 daily swim schedule, except that first-time swimmers are asked to come on Saturdays. Current daily swimming times are Monday thru Friday @ 6:30 AM and Saturdays at 7:45 AM. The hot tub is open to folks that have had both vaccines, have had COVID 19 already, and those that wish to die from COVID19.
Don’t forget this Thursday is our Lake Cane Restoration Society meeting. There will be dancing girls and guys, fantastic desserts, free drugs, alcohol, gambling and bitcoin giveaways for those that attend the physical event. All of these amenities will not be available at the zoom meeting at 6:30pm. For those that wish to sign up for the physical event please sign up here.
Please watch the below video, and it will tell you all about the 2021 Golden Mile Swim on May 29th, 2021. Or you can skip the video and go straight to registration (my personal choice).
Real-time water temperatures in the lake are now back up and running on the website (which may explain lake swimmers’ recent low turnouts). These low temps are an opportunity to join the swim at or below your age temperature club. To be a club member, you swim in a water temperature that is at or below your age (no wet suit). Club admission is pretty easy if you are Geno and turning 90 this month. However, Jay and Tom did it this week, with the water temp being at 59. Currently, we believe that Lucky holds the coldest record with swimming at 55 degrees when he was age 55. However, with Lucky swimming in the WimpyX pool, he will have to wait until he turns 88 to rejoin the club.