Ulman Cancer Foundation Half Full Triathlon Swim Support

  • October 6, 2013 · 5:30 AM
  • Centennial Lake Boat Ramp


Unman Cancer Foundation Half Full Triathlon Swim Support

I got an email from my friend Jon Gillis indicating that they are very "thin" on kayak support for this event.  I had already scheduled a DC Potomac paddle when Jon contacted me.  I won't be able to actually attend but that doesn't mean you can volunteer.

Perhaps one of the most personally fulfilling and gratifying things we do through out the year is to provide swim support for the athletes at some of the local triathlons and swims.  We could literally be doing one of these events almost every weekend during the summer.  The promoters of these events really don't appreciate us and what we do even if their event couldn't take place without our help.  The gratitude of the athletes themselves more than makes up for that fact.

The triathlons at Centennial are a great place to do it because you really don't need any great kayaking or rescue skills.  Many of the participants have swam the distance in a pool but have never done it in open water.  All they really need is someone to point out that they have gotten off course or a boat to hang on to for several seconds while they adjust their anxiety level.

The triathlons at Centennial Lake are also supported by the Howard County Fire Department who will be on the water in power boats.  Should a swimmer need more serious forms of support all you need to do is flag down one of the Fire Department boats to get a greater level of support for them.

Participants in swim support usually get a goody bag with a T-shirt and some of the other goodies that the athletes themselves actually get.  Sometimes the organizers provide the kayakers with donuts and coffee or breakfast sandwiches but I can't guarantee that any of that will happen.  We usually find a local restaurant (perhaps the Double T) to have breakfast at after the event.

You do have to get up and be there at an ungodly early hour but it entitles you to drive your car on the pathways at Centennial that are usually reserved for pedestrians.

It's important that you stay tuned and CAREFULLY READ the emails I will be sending out the day before the event so you know where to go and what to do Sunday morning.  With a couple thousand people attending you'll end up very frustrated and driving around in circles at 5:30 in the morning if you don't.  While the location listed is the Centennial Boat Ramp, that is NOT where we will be meeting.

Be sure to show off our CKA pride and wear your CKA shirt if you have one for this event. 

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  • Chuck

    I have to agree with Marc's sentiments. C'mon CKA we CAN do better. If you sign up for this yet tonight, email me and I will send you the necessary details about when and where to go. I'll be emailing those details to the rest of you shortly

    October 5, 2013

  • Marc

    Come on CKA we can do better! Join us. My wife and I already signed up with CPA before this event was announced. You don't really have to be there by 5:30 am. From the instructions I got, 6 am is good enough. And we should be out by 9:45 am according to the schedule.

    October 5, 2013

  • Denise C.

    i will need to buy a tee shirt if you have one to leave there for me. let me know how much it is, i wear a small.

    October 2, 2013

  • Christine R

    Sorry--I was so excited to volunteer for this that I forgot I have family visiting that weekend. They reminded me---oops.

    Good luck MaryB. You are a hero!

    September 30, 2013

  • MaryB

    One of my favorite organizations right now :-). My final treatment of my fourth process (my "brachio boost" radiation) is next Monday. These last treatments are the worst by far, but only one more and I am DONE DONE DONE! Hope to see y'all on the water soon for something more than just sitting in Centennial Pond - er, Lake.

    September 30, 2013

  • Laurie C.

    Providing kayak support to the swimmers was so much fun and felt so worthwhile when we did it for the Iron Girl - I am sorry I can't make it this Sunday. We are back into high school Marching Band season.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Currently I have to work. If I can get permission from the boss, I'll be there!

    September 28, 2013

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