Beyond the Buoys: Open Water Swim Fundraiser for Lake Mansfield
Register to join open water swim fundraiser led by local swim team on Sunday, June 26th
This June, the Simon’s Rock Pacemakers, an aﬃliate of United States Masters Swimming association (USMS), will be hosting Beyond the Buoys, an open water swim fundraiser for Lake Mansfield, at Lake Mansfield.
At the open water swim, you’ll first learn how to safely swim in local lakes, with a clinic taught by Great Barrington resident and life-long swim safety expert, Bill Meier. There will be two swims offered at the event: one as a shorter swim, if you’re new to open water swimming, another as a half-mile swim, if you’re a more experienced swimmer.
The suggested donation for this event is $25 for individuals and $50 for families. The minimum cost to participate is $10 for individuals or $25 for families. Registration fees can be paid in advance via check, or on the day of the event. All checks must be written out to: “Great Barrington Land Conservancy / LM” and can be mailed with paper registration forms to Bill Meier at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Kilpatrick Athletic Center (84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230). If you are not paying in advance, registration fees will be accepted on the day of the event at check-in.
Additional donations to the Great Barrington Land Conservancy are welcome! Any donations beyond registration fees should be made directly through this link. Please select ‘Lake Mansfield’ from the drop down menu to direct your donation to the Lake Mansfield Alliance.
To register online for this event, please follow click HERE. In order to participate in the day-of event, you’ll need to 1) submit this form, 2) complete and sign a waiver for participation, and 3) send a check and waiver to the address listed on the form.
Printable Registration Form. Complete and mail to Bill Meier at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Kilpatrick Athletic Center (84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230)
Event Schedule (Sunday, June 26th):
7:30am: Check-in opens at Simon's Rock Student Union
8:30am to 9:15am: Open Water Safety Clinic (Free)
9:30am: Introductory swim across the lake for swimmers new to open water swimming
10:30am: ½ mile swim of Lake Mansfield
11 am – 12pm: Post-swim celebration at the beach
You're more than welcome to register on the day of the event. For all event sign-ups day-of and in advance, please park and check in with the registration table located at the Student Union of Simon's Rock. Check in begins at 8am and will end at 10:15am, in advance of the start of the ½ mile swim of Lake Mansfield.
All swimmers and their families are welcome to join in to support Lake Mansfield. If you’re interested in participating in one of the swims, you must be 12 years of age or older and be able to swim 500 yards in a pool.
The Great Barrington Fire Department will be onsite with a fire truck and lifesaving equipment, and lifeguards will be on duty for the duration of time in which people are in the water.
Funds raised from this event will be donated to Lake Mansfield Alliance, a project of Great Barrington Land Conservancy.
Interested in volunteering to help on the day of the event? Contact Abby Schultz: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Kadison (email@example.com).
For all other questions about registration, reach out to Sam Calhoun (firstname.lastname@example.org).