A $1000.00 swim to the first buoy bet, Race for Inclusion, and more happenings at Lucky’s Lake Swim

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.

Join Team Lucky’s Lake Swimmers and support Florida Special Olympics! Join our team Here

Hydrilla the Carp Solution. If you ever wanted to understand why we have carp in the lake, this short video explains it all. Jay used this video in one of his many water management conferences presentations. Rotten Tomatoes rates this 95% Click on the hydrilla to view the video.

This is what you look like when you win a $1000 bet but nearly died doing it. You can read the details above.

One day Jay left the motor running on the pontoon boat “Saint Jacquie” not to be out done Shawn , last week, not only left the motor running but also didn’t tie it to the dock. This is what an abandoned pontoon boat looks like driving around the lake on its own. Neighbors were complaining to Lucky that he needs to tie up his boat it was coming over to their docks and trying to breed with their boats.  Apparently, Lucky’s boat is not purebred, and we may see a bunch of little pontoon jet ski boats skipping around on the lake later in the year.

Congratulation to Steve Wright’s entry into the 100K club (not the comedian – that Steve Wright thought Lucky’s Lake Swim was a Joke} Steve is holding up some extremely cool wood burning artwork of Randy Driggers. How Randy burned green into the wood is a trade secret. Ed Note. The writer who made the Steve Wright joke has been fired and executed.

Congrats to Denise Ward our newest 100 K club member. It only took her ten years to make it. She is now shooting for the 1000 K club. See you at the wall of Fame in 3011.

New Delta Variant Adjustment – No Vaccine No Swim and more . . .

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.

Mike Tall makes the 1000K club!, and he then donates $1 for every kilometer he swam, for those whom grew up in Kentucky that would be $1000, to the Lake Cane Restoration Society. Mike then rejected, what Jay Madigan thought was a very good idea, of donating $1 for every yard he swam. Lucky was confused on the math, as ciphering that number would require more fingers and toes than he owns.  

Enrique Mercado gets a halo of yellow around his name for becoming the latest member of the 100K club. No, that 100 on his shirt was not photoshopped in. It is a sign, a powerful sign from above.

Save the date. Sept 11th 2021. Join us to help Special Olympics Florida. Details in two weeks.

Dan Grieb and the famous Chris Nikic who was the first person with Down’s Syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. Chris is training tor the world championships.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Lost artwork found. This is a drawing of all the hallucinations that Yuko experienced when setting her world record crossing at Lucky’s Lake Swim around 2010 (she did 82 definitely a hallucination worthy number of crossings) The artist was Ron MacDonald, Gate art, Wall of Fame art, Golden Mile medal art ect…


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Yes, it’s about that time again. The Rowdy and Lucky 1.5K swim. October 10th.  Sign up here now!

Lucky’s Lake Swim Holiday hours – They have changed!!

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.

Everything you wanted to know, which happened in the 2021 Golden Mile, but were afraid to ask.


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.

Golden Mile open and Swimmer of the Ages winners.

We had nine Special Olympians join us for the Golden Mile®

The Gator from Gatorland was a hit and will be entering the race next year once he’s a bit bigger.

Last day to register for the Golden Mile – plus how seven folks got their 25K white cap in one day!

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.

Register Now for the Golden Mile®

Seven swimmers received their 25K white cap on their first swim. Yes, you read that correctly. Four of the seven are shown here with Lucky. They are part of the TransAM Tri event, which includes a 31-mile swim, 3100-mile bike, and 310-mile run. Lucky hosted the swim part, and the triathletes swam 50K over the two-day period. Clearly, all these folks are certifiably insane, not Lucky; he’s insane, only not certified.


Virtual Golden Mile® versus The Golden Mile® what’s the difference?

Register for the Golden Mile® Here

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

I think a good reason to sign up for the Golden Mile is well explained in Lucky’s note to Santa. It’s not too late to get your name on the list. Sign up for the Golden Mile® now! You will be happy you did come Christmas morning.

Thanks to Brian Parramore we will be going through the awards ceremony twice as fast this year. Imagine yourself on one of these two custom made award stands winning the gold, or you can imagine standing on the award stand taking a photo op and pretending to win the gold, which is the most likely scenario for most of us.

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.

We need more volunteers for the Golden Mile® you can sign up here. Golden Mile® Volunteer registration
Please check out our Golden Mile Silent Auction

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

Volunteers loading the swag bags (which are backpacks – so cool) In addition to the swag you get a t-shirt, breakfast, survivor medallion (if you live) and a shot at age group medals and of course real gold and silver medals.

Chad and Abigail with Lucky. They are some of the Special Olympians that will be competing in the Golden Mile® on Saturday.  You should register now and join them.

Register for the Golden Mile® Here

                       Current Golden Mile Records

11 Days until the Golden Mile®, virtual Golden Mile®, and more…

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.

2.Volunteer, we need lots of volunteers; please see our sign-up form.

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.


Many thanks to the Scotty Foundation for their generous donation of $5000 to LCRS/The Golden Mile®. Shown are Scotty and some hooligans who are photobombing what should have been a nice photo op. For more about the Golden Mile® Click Here

Congratulations to Jay Madigan for being selected Steak on the lake person of the year. Jay is shown here with his award, a tomahawk steak. He did eat it in one sitting, which is probably some record. We know that his LDL cholesterol level topped 1000 is a personal record for Jay and will eventually turn into some car payments for his future cardiac surgeon.

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 to film at Lucky’s Lake Swim Saturday Morning and more…

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.


If you have not signed up yet for the Golden Mile®, you need to get cracking. There are only 21 days left until the event. The Golden Mile® is the only fundraiser we do for the Lake Cane Restoration Society. This is the great backpack all the swimmers will receive at the event along with other goodies. You can sign up here now.  REGISTER  


It is time to harass your swimming buddies to remind them to sign up. Please use your social media to get the message out.  

If you or your business wants to donate something for the silent auction at the Golden Mile®, please let Lucky know before next Friday as that is the last day for auction donations.  Here is a yo-yo basket which is one of the many items that will be auctioned off. Always remember you can never have too many yo-yos.




Last day to Register for the Golden Mile® at earlybird prices.

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.

Sign Up Now 


Here are some reasons to sign up for the Golden Mile.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You could win a real gold medal or silver medal.
  4. Everyone gets a breakfast, t-shirt and goody bag.
  5. Awards for the top three in each age group.
  6. Survivor medallions for everyone that finishes the race.
  7. An opportunity to set an age group course record.
  8. 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.




It’s not just about the hardware. It’s about getting to post on social media that you are participating, validating that you are a cool person and worthy of others respect.  No entry, no respect in you future life.  Prove to others your life has meaning, sign up now


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