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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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  • Stuart U.

    What a great outing! It provided fantastic photo opportunities from an incomparable vantage point to watch the swimmers in the Ironman, against the stunning backdrop of Monona Terrace!

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a great day!

    September 9, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    We are at 11... one spot left!

    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

  • 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

    • Stuart U.

      Aside from you, Holly and me, who else comprises the other 6 "yes " RSVPs?

      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

  • Optimistic C.

    Welcome aboard Holly.... you are number 6... you will not regret this early morning yawning meetup!
    OC

    September 4, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

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

    September 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun, but my son is 6 soon to be 7 and I try to join events that I can bring him to as well.

    September 3, 2012

  • Jennifer L

    Chris
    I agree with you but I just can't get up that early. Sorry but have fun....

    September 3, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    Jennifer... it is absolutely 10 times better from a boat! Especially if you have already seen it before from the land.

    September 3, 2012

  • Jennifer L

    It sounds exciting to watch IronMan from the boat. I would love to join you if I were a morning bird. I think that I will be watching the swimming from the rooftop of Monona Terrace.

    September 3, 2012

  • Optimistic C.

    Thank you Jean!
    We currently have 3 on board between the meetup groups. OC

    September 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't. My old boss will be involved and I'd end up cheering to watch her drown. Bad form.

    September 3, 2012

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