Bell Hospital and the Teal Lake Swim, A Brief History:
Swim with 3 time Olympic Medalist (2 Gold/1 Bronze), Peter Vanderkaay, at the 10th Annual Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Peter is also a 3 time World Champion and an American Record Holder. Born and raised in Michigan, Peter also has family living in the U.P. Read more about Peter at:http://www.petervanderkaay.com/
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 nine years have been a great success and have raised a total of more than $80,000! The generous support of the Marquette County community is appreciated and it is hoped that this tradition continues for many years to come. The direct costs of diabetes kids camp are now covered by another generous UP family and the donation are used by the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) to pay for some of the costs of planning and offering the camp and to strengthen diabetes care and support across the U.P. through a variety of other projects (see more details about UPDON at www.diabetesinmichigan.org. Click on the picture of the UP).
Over two hundred swimmers have ventured across the lake in this challenge, assisted by 300 volunteer kayakers who have helped to guide them. Olympic gold medal winner, Peter Vanderkaay made his first guest appearance at the 2005 event, Mark Spitz in 2009, Janet Evans in 2010 and Coralie Simmons in 2011.
If you enjoy swimming, the time is right to begin your training for the tenth annual Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes on July 27, 2013. Hope to see you and Peter Vanderkaay 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, 2013, 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
Navigate here to view some pictures from the 2012 event.
Click here to view the 2013 Results
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