If you had swum this last week, you would have noticed a few more cars and big vans than usual in the front yard at Lucky’s Lake Swim. And no, Lucky has not started renting out his yard for parking. The parking overload was because the USA National Special Olympic games happened in Orlando, and two events were being hosted at Lucky’s Lake Swim, the stand-up paddle-boarding and, more near and dear to our hearts, the inaugural open water swim at the USA games. Although we have had Special Olympics athletes swimming at Lucky’s lake swim for 20 years (apparently a well-kept secret), Special Olympics has finally caught up and recognized open water swimming as a sport. So this race was a historical event.
Josh Olds from Miami (who finished 16th overall in the Golden Mile® two weeks ago) broke our 2000K club member, Gregg Dedic’s, Special Olympic course record by over 3 minutes. It was an awe-inspiring time of 14:59.44, which is even more remarkable when you learn that he accidentally swam to the stand-up paddle-boarding finish line and had to swim another 50 meters over to the open water swim finish line. Josh was so fast that we could not find a unified partner quick enough to keep up with him, and yes, he did that time while wearing a safe swimmer buoy. After the swim, Rowdy and Lucky agreed to race Josh, but only if they could do it as relay and wear fins.
In the women’s division, Catherine Darrow from Colorado broke the Special Olympics 1K Course record of Orlando’s Lauren Bergquist by a phenomenal 7 minutes with a time of 21:16.32.
It was fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, all that is left as a reminder of the historic event are a few tents and the fragrant aromas emanating from the remaining porta johns that have been basking for days in the Africa hot Florida sun.
We are returning to our regular summer schedule; the only exception will be on the 4th of July, when the swim time will be 7:45 AM.
Congratulations to Geno who finished his 2200 crossing today! Not bad for a ninety-one year old. When asked for some sage advice Geno reportedly said “I have lived nine decades spending 98 percent of my money on wine, women and swimming, and I now I have come to realize I wasted the other two percent.”
You may notice a lot of activity going on at Lucky’s lake swim in the mornings this week because Lucky’s lake swim is hosting two different events for the USA Special Olympic Games. We are hosting the inaugural open water swim for the USA games, which is historic, and we are also hosting stand-up paddle boarding. You will see many vehicles, emergency units, tents, volunteers, etc. With all this going on, will we still have our daily swim? The answer is a definite yes, and the swim always goes on.
Special Olympics events will happen every morning this week, but our Lake Swim continues!
If you did not see our recap video of the 2022 Golden Mile®, the video link is here. We are pleased to find out we have reached 100 subscribers on our YouTube channel Lucky’s Lake Swim. If you are not a subscriber, please watch the video and subscribe. The more subscribers, the more YouTube promotes our videos.
Wow! What an event!
300 swimmers were racing or, in some cases relaxing through the 2022 Golden Mile®. We had food, merchandise, yo-yo champs, gators, and snakes. If you didn’t attend, watch the summary video and see what you missed. We are already preparing for the 2023 4th Annual Doc Lucky’s Golden Mile®. All registered swimmers should have already received results by email.
Dont forget this coming Saturday is the 33rd annual Beattie Lake Swim. They promise even bigger gators than in lake Cane.
The 2022 Golden Mile®, as predicted, capped out with 300 swimmers; however we still have a couple of race spots with timing chips available that a small number of the virtual swimmers have given up. So, if you sign up before 7pm today we can get a few more swimmers squeezed in. Register Here Now
We can still use more volunteers for the race tomorrow – sign up here
Memorial Day Weekend Lucky’s Lake Swim Schedule
Friday 5:30, PM Virtual Golden Mile®
Saturday Golden Mile® Race Starts 7:45 AM (There is no Lucky’s Lake Swim on Saturday)
Sunday– no swim
Monday (Memorial Day)– Lake Swim starts at 7:45 AM
ATTENTION: if you can carpool, ride a bike, or walk to the Golden Mile® that will really help us with the tight parking.
Sadly, Snickers (AKA snicks, snickerdoodle), the dog who happily greeted swimmers to Lucky’s Lake Swim for the last 12 1/2 years, peacefully passed yesterday. Her legs gave out, and even with modern medicines, we couldn’t get back on her feet. However, she was with family until the end, and her cross-over was serene. Luna indicates that she will step up and continue to start the daily swims and act as a greeter. RIP Snicks.
Rowdy Gaines has been our announcer for the first two Golden Miles and was to announce this one; he got diagnosed with COVID today, so he will miss this year’s event. He says he is doing well with only flu-like symptoms and regrets missing the race—prayers to Rowdy for a speedy recovery.
There is only one entry slot left for swimming in the 2022 Golden Mille®. If your reaction to this news is OMG, I was going to register later today or tomorrow. Then stop reading this post and go to registration and type fast because somebody else out there is doing the same. The race is capped at 300, and we will have no more entries after this last spot has been snatched up. The race is stacking up to be a great event with a fantastic goodies backpack stuffed with swag for all swimmers. Everyone that completes the swim will receive a 2022 Golden Mile® survivor medallion and an exceptional breakfast after the event. In addition, 8 Time Filipino National Yo-Yo Champ Sean Perez will show everyone how to throw a yo-yo and run an impromptu yo-yo contest with prizes (yes, everyone gets two yo-yos in their swag backpack.) Speaking of awards, we have actual gold medals for the overall winners and real silver medals for the runners-up. All age groups will have medals 1st through 3rd, and if you happen to set the course record, you will go home with $1500.00 cash!!!
Not swimming but what to help out? Please register to volunteer – your reward will be in heaven.
No regular Lake Swim on Saturday. Nobody allowed to swim in the event without a timing chip.
The third annual Golden Mile® in only 4 days away on Saturday the last few slots (only 15 left as I am typing this) are going to be gone quickly so sign up now. We cap out at 300. We only have 300 timing chips so you are out if you are not in the 300.
No Lucky’s Lake Swim on Saturday. You can’t just slip in and swim during the event. We will be checking timing chips for everyone entering the water. No chip – no entry on Saturday.
Since all the proceeds from the event go to charity we encourage folks that cannot attend on Saturday (and many of the volunteers participate in this way) to register and then do the virtual Golden Mile® on Friday at 5:30. There is no timing or finish awards, but you do get all the great SWAG and the survivor medallion. Out of the state or the country you can do a virtual Golden Mile® where you live and you will get all the SWAG but not the survivor medallion. In the virtual swim you can use floatation (pull bouys, wetsuits) fins, snorkels, hand paddles.
We still need a few more volunteers
Only 30 some slots left!!!
As expected, the 300 slots for the Golden Mile are filling fast only 30+ left as I am typing this note, and the openings will be disappearing more quickly than kind words in the Heard-Depp trial. There are only seven days to go until the event, so sign up now before all the slots are filled. You may be thinking, “oh well, they will still let me register even if they fill.” Nay, nay my young Padawan, you will never be a Jedi lake swimmer with that twisted thought process. This event is very SWAG heavy with a race backpack, T-shirt, patches, bumper stickers, and much more, all of which have to be ordered well in advance. We only have 300 of the race swag goody bags, which I am told are better than the Academy Awards Goody bags, except they don’t have cocaine packets.Sign Up for the Golden Mile® Here
Remember there is no Lucky’s Lake Swim available on May 28th only the race, so join us for the race or volunteer.
We need more volunteers for the Golden Mile® Please keep in mind that the proceeds for this event goes to the Lake Cane Restoration Society which is a 501 c3 charity, which helps keeps Lake Cane swimmable.
Sign up to volunteer here: Volunteer Sign Up Here We are happy to report that your reward for volunteering will be in heaven. Some of us do need bonus points. Please sign up even if you don’t need bonus points, never mind, those folks have already signed up.
What’s Happing at the Golden Mile®
- $1500.00 Cash prize for setting either overall male or female course record.
- Men’s Record – True Sweetser 17:12.63
- Women’s Record – Carlie Rose 18:19.61
- Real Gold medals for the overall winners (Double the gold content of an Olympic Gold)
- Real Silver medals for overall runner ups 16 oz of sterling silver
- Masters Swimmer of the Ages Gold and Silver Medals – age handicapped division.
- Age group medals first through third from 10 and under through 90+
- Survivor medallions for all that finish
- Golden Mile Backpacks for all swimmers, filled with all kinds of SWAG including: T-shirt, patches, bumper stickers, yo-yos, racing caps, and more great stuff.
- Huge pancake breakfast with all the fixings after the swim.
- First time swimmers get to sign Lucky’s Lake Swim Wall of Fame and get even more SWAG.
- Yo-Yo Contest run by Duncan Yo-Yo professional Sean Perez – 8 time National Filipino Yo-Yo Champion
- Meet Rowdy Gaines race announcer and NBC Olympic Sportscaster and 3x Olympic Gold medalist.
What’s up with the Virtual Golden Mile® Swim!??
What if you can’t make the Golden Mile on May 28th because you will be partying so hard on the evening of the 27th that you will be in the ICU on the 28th – no worries you can still support the event by registering for the virtual Golden Mile®
There are two ways you can do the virtual Golden Mile®
- Register and swim on Friday night the 27th before you go out partying. You can use floatation, fins, snorkels, hand paddles, even wet suits (if you enjoy hyperthermia). You get all the SWAG and the survivor medallion, but no time or awards.
- Register and swim a mile elsewhere pool or open water on or before the 28th, you will receive all the all SWAG, but not the survivor medallion, time, or awards.
The Golden Mile® is a great warm up swim for the 33rd annual Jack Beattie Lake Swim and pancake breakfast on June 4. Everyone that does both Lucky’s Lake Swim and the Beattie swim on the same day will inducted into the dynamic duo Hall of Fame, and have your photos taken with other dynamic duo swimmers at the Beattie swim. We will post the photo, which confers internet immortality. Think of your own personal legacy, and do both swims the same day.
It’s time to sign up for the Golden Mile® !!!
Remember we cap out at 300 and we get a giant onslaught of entries in the last two weeks, so don’t get shut out! We are already 2/3rds full.
Sign up here now – do it now while you are thinking about it.
Easter is tomorrow morning, and we are expecting a Woodstock size crowd so carpool with friends (we are working on a mudslide).
Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on and your swimsuit and towel. You don’t have to swim to attend or eat. Family and children are welcome, but unsupervised children will be sent home with a duckling, a puppy with worms, and a kazoo.
The sermon will start at sunrise 6:58AM. Offerings will go to the Edgewood Children’s Ranch.
Yes, I have tested positive for COVID, and no, regardless of the rumors swirling about my Jet setting ways, I did not get it from Nancy Pelosi. Although, I have been contacted by the state department for close proximity one-on-one negotiation with Valdemar Putin. They say I am perfect for the job, but they only have a window of the next five days to set up a meeting. I am honored that the state department feels I have the unique qualities required for successful international diplomacy. However, I have respectfully declined due to the following state department dictator greeting protocol:
- When approaching President Putin, crouch down to make your mouths line up on the same plane, smile big, hyperventilate, do not lose eye contact as you advance and keep puffing.
- Cough in the palm of your hand; follow this with a firm handshake.
- Kiss each cheek and rub your alar rim and mucosa in his sideburns.
- Follow this with a forcible French kiss.
I, of course, have a problem with the firm handshake requirement as Putin’s grip is reported by TASS to have the strength of ten bears, and I don’t want to risk my underwater hockey-playing hand. So, I have requested the State Department give my apologies to Mr. Putin and please send him my regrets and a box of cigars. I saw a nice box sitting in a CIA warehouse on a dusty shelf labeled “operation mongoose” with a marker scrawled over the label saying, “no longer needed,” dated 11/25/16.
So, how does my positive COVID test affect the lake swim? Not at all. I will be self-isolating according to the current medical protocols, which change every 23 seconds. The swim goes on as usual, and I will wave at you from the house windows unless you are on my enemies list, and then I will jump out from behind a bush and greet you close and personal. Wait one darn minute! I now realize what the state department was trying to do, those shameless sly dogs. They didn’t care one whit about my international negotiating skills; they only wanted me to demonstrate that Putin didn’t have the hand strength of ten bears. So, I am on to you, state department; you must be an early worm to put one by me. I have read Jethro Bodine’s book how to be a double naught spy, so that’s how I figured your little plot out so quickly.
Currently, I am doing okay with only minor chest congestion. I was double vaccinated and boostered, plus I always wear a mask to protect my patients in my office. As you know, the vaccines don’t prevent infection or transmission of the virus, but they do help keep you out of the ICU and dying (I am counting on them being right on this one). I have been checking out many alternative treatments for mild covid infections. I have selected one that I feel will work well for my situation, massive doses of blackberry cobbler. Since none of the other alternative treatments have panned out so far, I figure this one won’t either, but the delivery route is more enjoyable. Just to be clear, I am talking orally, not IV or suppositories. Should I worsen, I will institute my DEFCON 1 plan which will be to go to the courthouse and officially change my birthday to 9/26/00.
I will be at EAT- PRAY-SWIM as this is a definite go. This is a sunrise service at 6:58 AM on Easter Sunday, April 17th. Please attend as Tom Welch will again be performing the sermon, and his ego needs a big boost. He has been living in the shadow of his superstar wife, who was selected as Orange County’s teacher of the year. Tom, who used to be 6’7″, has now shrunk down to 5’1″. You can’t possibly know what it feels like standing with your wife in front of a step and repeat banner and having the paparazzi say, “little man, take ten steps to the left,” and there are only eight steps to the edge of the podium. Doctors say some of the shrinkage might be reversible.
What do you need to bring?
- Family members
- A blanket or chairs to sit on.
- A swimsuit (we swim right after the sermon)
- An appetite (we eat after the swim. Our traditional pancake breakfast)
- All offerings go to the Children’s Ranch
Don’t forget to Sign up for the Golden Mile. The race is on May 28th. We are already over a third filled. Don’t wait until the last minute and get shut out. The swim is limited to 300, and all the proceeds go to the Lake Cane Restoration Society.