**UPDATE 18AUG09: I signed up for Big Shoulders today, you can follow all my Big Shoulders related posts here

I just came across the 2009 Big Shoulders Entry Form today on USMS.org. I really, really, really want to find a way to go do this swim! As some of you might know, I’m a recovering Wisconsinite and this would be a good reason for me to go visit the motherland and see the midwestern portion of the fam.

Big Shoulders, if you’re not familiar with it, is a 5k swim (2.5k is also available) in Lake Michigan off of Chicago. Not necessarily a body of water I would normally submerse myself in on purpose, but I hear the views from the water are pretty outstanding. Plus judging by last years results it draws a pretty big crowd.

The race is on September 12, 2009 at Ohio Street Beach in Chicago. Big Shoulders’ 5K event also doubles as this years USMS 5K Open Water National Championships. For more details about the swim you can check out the entry form or BigShoulders.org.

I need to start working out a plan to make this happen now! I have friends I need to see in Chi-town and friends and family to reconnect with up in Milwaukee. Any readers thinking about doing Big Shoulders or a past participant?

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