Okay, the 135th race to join the Global Swim Series isn’t actually swimming to the moon, so I guess we’ll have to keep our name as the Global Swim Series, but you do get to swim through a series of 5 lakes and waterways to finish at Halfmoon Lake Beach in Swim to the Moon.

This really is a very interesting and beautiful race, with distances for everyone.  It’s an extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan and just a short drive from Ann Arbor.  

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Participants choose their distance — 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, 5K, or 10K — and have the time of their lives swimming through Southeast Michigan’s most sublime waterways, all the while showing support for a very worthy cause: North Star Reach, a camp for children with life-threatening, serious, and chronic medical conditions.

The 5K swim starts on the shores of Patterson Lake at North Star Reach; from there, swimmers head south and east through the heavily forested Pinckney Recreation Area, passing through five lakes along the way. Scattered cottages are the only signs of civilization. 10K race participants start at Halfmoon Lake Beach, swim to the start of the 5K (where their “special needs” bags will be available), then turn around to head back to the shores of Halfmoon Lake Beach. Both the half-mile and the 1.2-mile swim start at Halfmoon Lake Beach. All events finish at the state beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.

This is a great local race, but also just a short drive from around Michigan or for swimmers abroad looking for a true taste of North American beauty.  The close proximity to Canada also makes it a nice little road trip for Canadian swimmers looking to add to the Global Ranking!

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