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IronMan... watch the swimming start of the IM...

  • Sep 9, 2012 · 6:15 AM

Next Sunday is the IronMan triathlon race in Madison. About 2200 athletes will attempt to swim 2.4 miles in lake Monona, Bike 112 miles from Madison, past Verona and beyond, before returning to Madison and attempting to run a full 26.2 mile marathon... all in less than 17 hours.

I am wondering if anyone is interested in joining me aboard the MSCR pontoon boat to watch the swim portion of the event. If you've never seen it... think "amazing"... think "awesome"... heck don't think... join me!
Here's my thoughts...
Race starts at 7am next Sunday by the water ski ramp in front of the Convention Center. I will book the MSCR pontoon boat. We would need to be on the boat by 6:30am... maybe 6:15am... I will confirm that later.
The boat costs just over $100.00
If we can get a dozen folks it would be $10 each and a tip for the MSCR captain.
We would be on the water until about 9:45am (all swimmers have to be out of the water by 9:15am).
We could sort out coffee, juice, doughnuts, bagels etc. between us... breakfast on the boat!

This Meetup is one that folks would have to be absolutely committed to when they RSVP. (For obvious reasons, it would not be fun for me to have folks cancel at the last minute and I'm on the boat by myself and footing the bill!)

If you have questions... post them below and I will answer them.
Incidentally... I will be signing up for IM 2013 the next morning!!! :)

This will be something you will not regret doing!

Likely I will be posting this on a couple of Meetup sites in an effort to get a full boat.

Kids... lets keep it to 14 y/o plus please... we are on the boat for a while.

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  • Optimistic C.

    Great link to YouTube short video of the swim start from atop the convention center.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BdvxX-LIwQ&feature=related

    ps... I registered on Monday for 2013!!!

    OC

    1 · September 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so much fun....thanks all for your company, PHOTOS (hint, hint) and....food(!). Donna and I wound up walking downtown from near the Edgewater....saw some people still running and winners making a loop on State Street on their bikes. Defines coolness. Thanks for setting this up OC! I may be signing up for co-captain training!

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know if the MSRC has rules for the pontoons but I would like for the boat to be 'non-smoking'....otherwise I'm out ( and then can't do clean-up). Thanks!

    September 5, 2012

    • Optimistic C.

      No problem Jayne... I will address this. OC

      September 5, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    Welcome aboard Rick... you are number 11.

    September 5, 2012

    • Rick

      How many peeps will the majesty ship hold?

      September 5, 2012

    • Optimistic C.

      12... at this point we are full... so I did set up a wait list.

      September 5, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    We are at 12 officially RSVP'd guests.
    This Meetup is now full.
    I will be in touch this evening via email with the details.
    I will attempt to create a waitlist... just in case something comes up but as outlined above... I do expect folks to commit to this meetup. Thanks. OC

    September 5, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    YA-BA-Dabba-doooooo...
    We are at 10!!!

    I will call MSCR and confirm the boat tomorrow.
    Yeah!
    Someone asked about who else is going - please check the following links:

    Single Parents - Divorced Adults:
    http://www.meetup.com/singleparentsdivorcedadults-com/events/80573762/

    Energizers:
    http://www.meetup.com/Madison-Energize/events/80575812/

    Forever Young:
    http://www.meetup.com/big-kids/events/80576352/

    Photography:
    http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Meetup-Group/events/80785222/

    I also have one teacher from school going.
    Only two spots left.

    THIS IS A GO FOLKS!!! :)
    OC

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    OC in 2013?! I'll book that puppy in advance and bring the whistles and cow bells!!

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just do it....I'll chip in extra but I'm sure we can snag others..
    Long weekend for many and they'll soon be checking messages.

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    We are now up to 9 ... OC
    I will be in touch with everyone who RSVP'ed as soon as we reach 10... we are so close!

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    We are now up to 8 ... OC
    I will be in touch with everyone who RSVP'ed as soon as we reach 10... we are so close!

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    The pontoon boat is now up to 7.
    I have to let MSCR know by 4pm on Wed.
    You will not regret getting out of bed one morning early to see this event!
    OC

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks OC. I've heard this is really something to see and have been wanting to do this. You're making it easy!

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    Welcome aboard Jayne... you are number 5... you will not regret this early morning yawning meetup.
    OC

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea! Book it...wear a jacket, bring water, food and cow bells! I like to watch the run by the UW Clarion tower hill so am heading over there after the swim. Few people watch from there and runners really appreciate the, ' keep going, you can do it' encouragemant whenever I've been there.

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    Welcome aboard Carolyn... you will not regret this early morning yawning meetup.
    OC

    1 · September 3, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    We currently have 3 on board between the meetup groups. OC

    September 3, 2012

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