Strange goings on at Lucky’s Lake Swim this week and more …

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.

USA Games for Special Olympics happening at Lucky’s Lake Swim this week. Stand-up paddle boarding and Open Water Swimming. The lake swim will still happen at 6:30 am.

2022 Doc Lucky’s Golden Mile® review

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.



Golden Mile® is full BUT….. and Memorial Day Swim Times

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)
Sundayno 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.

A sad goodbye to our greeting dog Snickers and only one slot left in the Golden Mile®

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!!!

Only one entry slot left register now

Not swimming but what to help out? Please register to volunteer – your reward will be in heaven.

Volunteers register here.

No regular Lake Swim on Saturday.  Nobody allowed to swim in the event without a timing chip.

Only one entry slot left in the event as this is being posted. If you are a procrastinator this is your final wake up call. This slot will go quick! Sign up now!

RIP Snickers. She was a good, friendly dog. Snickers was famous for a day when she and her boy Max won the Orlando Sentinel dog/owner look a like contest. Snicks you will be missed.

Only 15 slots left open for The Golden Mile® and more…

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.

Register Now

Virtual Swim
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.

Register Now

We still need a few more volunteers

Sign up to Volunteer Here


Thanks to volunteers packing 300 Swag backpacks for the Golden Mile®  The Golden Mile® is this Saturday May 28th only 15 slots left. Sign Up Now

Tents are up for the Golden Mile®


Golden Mile® only 30+ slots left, Beattie Lake Swim, Volunteers needed, and more ….

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® 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.



Easter Eat-Pray-Swim at Lucky’s Lake Swim Tomorrow 6:58AM

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.

EAT-PRAY-SWIM, Lucky tests + for COVID and more…

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Cough in the palm of your hand; follow this with a firm handshake.
  3. Kiss each cheek and rub your alar rim and mucosa in his sideburns.
  4. 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?

  1. Family members
  2. A blanket or chairs to sit on.
  3. A swimsuit (we swim right after the sermon)
  4. An appetite (we eat after the swim. Our traditional pancake breakfast)
  5. 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.


People magazine has named Tom Welch’s wife Nancy as the greatest wife of a preacher doing easter swims sermons. Congratulations Nancy. The galas and accolades will continue.


It’s crazy for folks to suggest that I became COVID + because of my work in a corona lab. I now regret eating that bat stew. Video

Kathleen Fitzgerald  tried for years to set a lake swim record with her patented water repellant cap. Wisely she ditched the cap this year and set the woman’s 65-69 record with a time of 20:58 on march 26th.

All the SWAG for the Golden Mile is starting to arrive, patches, bumper stickers, yo-yos, T-shirts and more. Sign up Now don’t get closed out on!


Special Olympians and unified partners training for the USA Games Inaugural open water swim. The even is to be held on June 8th hosted at Lucky’s Lake Swim. History being made as this is the first open water swim to be held as part of the Special Olympics USA games. ESPN will be covering the games. Gregg Dedic (a Lucky’s  Lake Swim 1000K club member) has qualified for the swim.  Go Gregg!

Transgender Swimming and Lucky’s Lake Swim

Lucky’s Lake Swim always has and always will be open to anyone that enjoys the love of swimming. We don’t care what country you were born in, your political party, race or religion, whether you are rich or poor, your age, your genotype, or how you identify yourself. The only thing that matters is the love of open water swimming.

HOWEVER: We do have divisions when setting lake swim records or winning awards in the Golden Mile® or the Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 K race. They are XY genotype (Formerly known as the male division) and XX genotype (Formerly known as the female division). Additionally, we have a Special Olympics Division. So again, we don’t care how you identify, but for awards and records, these are the divisions.

These rules are not new; the Golden Mile® has always had them in place, and you can see them in the FAQ section on the Golden Mile website.

Opinion statement from Lucky on the Lia Thomas transgender swimming issue.

Lia Thomas is, of course, welcome, to join us for our daily swims. I would love to have her join us for a swim, and our swimming community, with open arms, will welcome her. I’m sure she has some fascinating stories. However, she or other transgender women will not be allowed to set course records in the genotype XX divisions, only the genotype XY. Although having seen her times, she can set genotypic XY course records should she choose.

The NCAA and the International Olympic Committee have their own set of rules. They allow transgender males (genotype XY) that identify as women to compete against females (genotype XX) if they have had testosterone suppression for a year. Is this a good rule? Sure, if your goal was to get folks watching women’s events in the NCAA championships, Thomas’s swims broke all kinds of viewing records; otherwise a terrible rule. However, most competitive swimmers, male or female, believe this is unfair.

The proof is Lia Thomas winning the woman’s NCAA national championships this year in the 500 free. Lia, a genotype XY male who is 6′ 3″, grew up swimming as a male and competed for three years for Penn’s men’s swim team. As a male, he was an excellent swimmer making the Ivy league finals (4:18.7 500 free), but not a great swimmer as he couldn’t make NCAA cuts for men. After undergoing two years of testosterone suppression therapy, she began competing in the woman’s division and is now the woman’s 500 free NCAA National champion beating out Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant.

If you read Cheryl Cooky’s article from NBC News Think she would have you believe that Lia Thomas was one of the best things to ever happen to women’s sports, and she should be celebrated.

Cheryl Cooky was never an athlete, but she might equate trying out for your high school gymnastics team her freshman year and quitting being equivalent to the average collegiate swimmer. Swimmers spend a lifetime training to exhaustion every day to be rewarded in college by spending 20 hours a week training and losing weekends to competitions while carrying a full college load. Yet, for the most talented college swimmers, their colligate career’s greatest honor is qualifying for the NCAA championships. Her lack of understanding of swimming is apparent in the first line of her article, “On Saturday, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas placed last in the 100-yard freestyle swim during the NCAA championships.” Lia did not finish last in the 100; she finished 8th place in the finals of a national championship meet which awards All American honors for that finish and scores eleven points for her team.  

By Lia swimming, she has cost three deserving women swimmers all-American honors, took away Emma Weyant’s national title and three other women opportunities to swim in the finals and three more in the consolation finals, as well as affecting overall team scores. So why should this be celebrated?

Cheryl Cooky makes a living blasting the sports media for lack of coverage of women’s sports based on the ridiculous tenet that media controls what the consumer wants to watch. For years, she has espoused that nobody watches women’s sports is the sports media’s fault. From her position, I would assume that we don’t see underwater hockey on primetime sports networks because of the collusion of sports media giants against underwater hockey. Although perhaps it is because underwater hockey is the world’s worst spectator sport, and ESPN would take a financial bath televising it. Sports programming is about the money. It always has been and always will be. If you don’t believe me, check out how many men’s swimming, gymnastics and wrestling programs have been dropped in the last three decades from division 1 schools compared to the number of men’s basketball and football teams.

Cooky goes on to say, “Moreover, there is a lack of scientific evidence that conclusively demonstrates a direct link between testosterone and athletic performance.” I know, and the earth is flat, and the moon landing was faked. I will agree that if Cooky was given testosterone, it would not affect her athletic performance because you have to work out for it to have an effect.

Cooky is not a swimmer nor an athlete, and she cannot begin to fathom the pain that Lia Thomas has caused for many women swimmers. Clearly, she does not understand the biological differences in the development between genotypic XY and XX individuals.

Her allusions to the transgender sports issue being similar to the civil rights movement, the racial integration into sports, and Jackie Robinson “breaking the color barrier” are farcical at best. What ticks me off the most is that individuals like Cheryl Cooky have a national media voice where the rest of us don’t.  

I respect Lia “Will” Thomas for his accomplishments as a male swimmer but have no respect for having a Y chromosome and taking glory and accolades from deserving female swimmers.

What should happen? Well, Lia didn’t break any NCAA rules and based on that, I would not strip her of her awards, but I would change the rules as they are unfair. The NCAA should division based on not whether a person identifies as a man or woman, but instead on having an XY or XX chromosomal genotype.  

We should all seek to keep women’s swimming equitable and fair. Perhaps the more important concern should be the attack on freedom of speech. Coaches are afraid of speaking out in opposition for fear of losing their jobs; swimmers remain silent as they are scared for their future, and sports commentators are told not to give their opinions. I would defend Cheryl Cookie’s right to promote her ridiculous views to the end. Still, freedom of speech is not letting ivory tower academics have their say while canceling others opposing views through structural intimidation. 

Please stand up for female genotype athletes; they deserve your support; write the NCAA and let them know how you feel.

Doc Lucky Meisenheimer

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