Sunday, September 7, 2008
A Smooth, Cool and Memorable Big Shoulders 2008
Unlike Hurricane Hanna's cancellation of the Brooklyn Bridge Swim, Hurricane Gustav only caused a water temperature drop at the Big Shoulders 2.5K and 5K Swims on Saturday.
Under a gorgeous fall morning, 410 swimmers completed the 5K swim and 193 swimmers entered the 2.5K race in Lake Michigan. Although Hurricane Gustav lowered the water temperature by 10 degrees, the lakefront was relatively calm and showcased the skills of Northwestern's Eric Nilsson who won the 5K in 56:38, followed by Washington D.C.'s Steuart Martens at 57:21, and Mike Alexandrov at 57:24. 1998 World 5K Champion and fellow Northwestern Wildcat Erica Rose led the women's field with a time of 1:01:13, followed by Indy Swimfit's Victoria Rian at 1:02:50 and Kelly Perry at 1:04:19.
Former King of the Channel Michael Read also competed as well as the ever-present Bill Ireland of Southern California who competed in race from Fiji to Alcatraz to Chicago on a one-man world open water swimming tour.
Photo of Erica Rose by TYR.