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Swim Across America Follow-up: Tara Friedman, Heather Rodriguez

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 5:00:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in Swim Across America, in competitive swimming, in Swim Tips, in triathlon, in training

SwimLabs was a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America - Denver event which raised over $200,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  A grand total of 250 swimmers, 16 Olympians, and countless volunteers helped make this first Denver swim a success.

The biggest individual fundraiser for the event was Tara Friedman, an employee of Children’s Hospital, who raised over $12,000 for her 5k swim. Tara’s accomplishment is even more remarkable given that she started swimming lessons less than two years ago, when her four-year-old son was taking lessons at SwimLabs. 

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Swim Across America, Swim Tips

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 6:34:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in Swim Across America, in charity, in Swimming tips from an instructor

As a follow up to our blog on the inaugural Denver event for Swim Across America (August 26 at Chatfield Reservoir), SwimLabs brings you two videos with open water swim tips.

The first video, with by Olympic Triathlete Susan Williams, discusses “swimming with fish” and other ways that an open water swim may be different than a pool swim. In the Chatfield reservoir, near Denver, we have small fish and birds that are not dangerous, but may startle a swimmer who isn’t used to swimming outdoors. Little fish and diving ducks may appear underneath the athlete, and moss or water plants may brush hands or feet, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s helpful just to know that the possibility exists for a “wildlife encounter.”

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Swim Across America, Denver

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 3:08:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in charity, in Swim Across America, in SwimLabs, in Mike Mann, in Missy Franklin

Swimlabs & Children's Hospital of Colorado Team Up to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

SwimLabs Highlands Ranch is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America, Denver, open water swim at Chatfield Reservoir. The swim, which offers Balloon Splash, 1/2-mile, 1-mile and 5k distances, will occur the morning of August 26, 2018. The 5k swim (first wave) begins at 9am. SwimLabs founder, Mike Mann, is on the organizing committee, chaired by longtime SwimLabs friend, Nicole Vanderpoel. Proceeds from the swim will benefit Children’s Hospital of Colorado in support of pediatric cancer research.

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