The 11th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. We are pleased to announce that this year's guest is three time Olympian, Gary Hall Jr. We are very happy to have him. Gary Hall Jr. is the holder of 10 Olympic medals; was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the U.S. Swimming Hall of Fame; and he has been living with type 1 diabetes for 16 years (he was diagnosed in 1999 while he was training for the 2000 Olympic games is Sydney).
“It is with great enthusiasm that I commit my support to the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network. This event combines two of my loves, diabetes advocacy and swimming. I welcome all of you to join me this summer in raising awareness and funds for diabetes research and outreach!”- Gary Hall Jr.
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 purpose of the swim was threefold: to raise money for a local diabetes family camp which was being held at Northern Michigan University for 2 1/2 days each summer, to raise awareness of the health benefits of exercise and physical activity in the treatment of diabetes, and to raise appreciation for the beautiful clear waters of this local lake.
The first ten years have been a great success and have raised a total of more than $100,000! The generous support of the Marquette County community is appreciated and it is hoped that this tradition continues for many years to come. And, while the direct costs of diabetes kids camp are now covered by a generous anonymous donor, 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 www.diabetesinmichigan.org).
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 eleventh 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.