The first-year event, Swimmin' in Moonshine in beautiful Table Rock Lake in Missouri, offered two unique benefits to its competitors:
(1) every open water swimmer received a Long Distance Training Plan upon registration by former national NCAA Division II distance freestyle champion Jason Owen, and
(2) the winner received a kayak - always useful for open water swimmers.
Southwest Missouri's Swimmin' in Moonshine event was a fundraiser for the James River Basin Partnership to help improve the area's lakes, rivers, streams and springs. "These funds will be earmarked for watershed festivals to teach our youth about water quality," said race director Holly Neill.
And the winner has a plan and a kayak.
The 2-mile winner was Thomas Bullock of Missouri State University in 42:38. The 1-mile winner was Ian Harms in 24:14 and the 500-yard winner was Joel Hereth in 8:07.
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