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Lake Lanier Islands Presents Eric Shanteau’s Swim for Your Life!

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Join Olympian gold medalist Eric Shanteau at Lake Lanier Islands this Saturday, September 21, 2013 for a full day of open water swimming races and clinics full of entertainment. Attending the event this year will be Olympians and USA national team members Kathleen Hersey, Allison Schmitt, Amanda Weir, Haley Anderson, Alyssa Anderson, Megan Romano, Aaron Peirsol, and Matt McLean. These athletes absolutely love this event, and offer Eric a ton of support. Read about Kathleen Hersey’s experience with Swim For Your Life here.

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Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Eric Shanteau has been with the US National Swimming Team for the past decade, after swimming and competing as a kid for SwimAtlanta and dreaming of competing at the Olympic games. He qualified to swim the 200 breaststroke at the Beijing Olympics, but was struck with devastating news only one week before he would make the team; he was diagnosed with testicular cancer on June 19, 2008. He delayed treatment so he could compete, and raced to a personal best time in Beijing. It was at this time that he began his journey to become a cancer awareness advocate among the young adult community, and connected with the LiveStrong Foundation. Less than a week after returning from the Olympics Eric underwent surgery and was declared cancer free on September 15, 2008.  Eric then made the decision to get involved with the global fight against cancer, and wanted to use his experience and his voice to bring in the swim community like Armstrong had with the cycling community. Eric returned to the pool with a new perspective on the sport and came back faster than ever.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Less than a year after his diagnosis Eric became a World Champion and broke his first World and American Records. Afterwards, in 2010, Eric founded the Swim For Your Life Challenge, an open water event held right here at Lake Lanier, 40 minutes north of his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

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Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

The Swim For Your Life event was started based on the idea that no matter what obstacle a person faces, they can still live the life they have dreamed about.  Over the past two years, hundreds of people have shown up to join Eric and many of his fellow Olympians to show their support in the fight against cancer.  Participants are able to race alongside some of the best swimmers in the world in either a 1K or 5K open water swim around Sunset Cove.  Awards are presented by the Olympians at the conclusion of the race.  Afterwards, the national team members share their secrets to fast swimming in clinic held on the beach. All proceeds will go to the LiveStrong Foundation towards the fight against cancer.

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

Photo credit: shanteauopenwater.com

 

RACE SCHEDULE

7am-9am: Check-in and warm-up opens. The warm up area is located between the shore and boat dock.  See the race map below for details.

9am-9:30am: Welcome and Race Guidelines.

9:30am: 1K and 5K Races (ages 12 and older).  The distances will be started separately.

10:30am: Junior 500 yard swim begins

12:30pm: Olympian led clinic will begin on the beach.  There will be four groups separated by age and each group will go over every stroke.  Due to increased numbers THE CLINIC WILL BE DRY this year, and the Olympians will be the only ones in the water.

 

 

Throughout the day, there will also be a silent auction to raise money for the LiveStrong Foundation. For more information about the silent auction, or to see the items on display, please visit shanteauopenwater.com/silent-auction.