The Teal Lake Swim, A Brief History:

The 12th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. 

The first swim occurred in 2004 when Dr. Michael Grossman enlisted the help of Bell Hospital and the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) in planning a 2.25 mile swim across Teal Lake in Negaunee. 
The first eleven years have been a great success and have raised a total of more than $100,000! The donations raised from the swim are used by the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) to strengthen diabetes care and support across the U.P. through a variety of other projects including a recently launched telephonic diabetes program (see more details about UPDON at
Over two hundred swimmers have ventured across the lake in this challenge, assisted by 300 volunteer kayakers who have helped to guide them. Past guest speakers have included: Olympic gold medal winner, Peter Vanderkaay at the 2005 and 2013 events, Mark Spitz in 2009, Janet Evans in 2010,Coralie Simmons in 2011, and Dr. Natalie Strand in 2014.
If you enjoy swimming, the time is right to begin your training for the twelfth annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes on July 25, 2015. Hope to see you at the swim!
This years race will consist of two heats.  Beginner to start at 8:30am and Competitive at 9:00 am.  Register on-line by July 20, 2015, or the morning of the swim.  Please register at least 1/2 hour before your heat begins.  The start will take place on Negaunee's Teal Lake Beach and end at Ishpeming's beach at Al Quaal.

We are also pleased to announce that the Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) will be matching all swimmer donations 1:1 up to $10,000 once again this year!!!


Questions or would like to volunteer to kayak at this year's event? Please contact Kristen at (906) 228-9203 or