NOTE: Water is now 83 degrees; USMS Rules do not permit wetsuit or any other heat-retaining swimwear when the water temperature is greater than 78° F.
The Inaugural Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim
Held in honor of the late son of Curt and Kathy Keller to support Malignant Hyperthermia awareness.
Presented by Marshall, IL, the Geoff Keller Group of MHAUS, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Come join us!
Click to download registration form
Learn more about Geoffrey Keller: http://my.mhaus.org/group/GeoffKeller
Sanctioned by Illinois Masters Swimming Association (ILMSA) for United States Masters Swimming (USMS), Inc. USMS Sanction Number: 214‐W002
Rectangular 1.2 & 2.4 - Mile loop course marked by buoys, lifeguards, rowboats, rescue boards, and kayaks, officials, and/or other safety resources. In-water start, swim counter-clockwise around orange 8-foot tetrahedron turn buoy marks (with red guide buoys on straightaways), exit water with brief run on beach sand, and through finish chute. Course is subject to change if event day conditions warrant.
Schedule: Saturday, June, 21 2014
All times are Central Time (CT)
7:00 A.M. Start Registration Check-In, Packet Pick-up, Body Marking
8:00 A.M. Warm-up Start
8:30 A.M. Close Warm-up, Registration Check-In, Packet Pick-up, Body Marking
8:35 A.M. Required Pre-Race Course Briefing (at swim start/beach area)
9:00 A.M. Wave 1: 2.4-Miles (In-Water Start)9:10 A.M. Wave 2: 1.2 – Mile (In-Water Start)
11:15 A.M. Recognition
Awards and Wetsuits
Non-wetsuit distance competitions:
Awards will be presented to:
If Wetsuits distance competitions are allowed, Award will be presented only to the top 3 Men and top 3 Women place finishers. Wetsuits may be allowed at the discretion of the Event Director when the Marshall Lake water temperature is not greater than 78 degrees F.
- Overall top 3 Men and top 3 Women place finishers.
- First place finisher in each Men and Women age group division.
Director: Tom Hintz
Asst. Director Doug Rees
Clerk of Course: Gary
Data Coordinator: Amy
Referee: Curt Keller
Coordinator: Dan Dare, Rob Crumrin
Advisor: John Traynor
Approximately 5 miles from the park:
Camping, Food, Parking, and Pets
CAMPING: Campsites/RV sites are available in the Lincoln Trail State Park. Reservations on line at www.reserveamerica.com or call (217) 826-2222 for fees and reservation information. Please indicate you are with the Geoff Keller Memorial Open Water Swim Event.
FOOD: A full-service concession stand is located near the boat docks, offering a wide variety of refreshments and supplies as well as the wooded shoreline is beautiful any time of the year and is the perfect spot for a picnic. Several shaded areas are furnished with tables, stoves, toilet facilities and water. Four shelters are also available, one of which has electricity. Children will appreciate the playground equipment at two of the larger picnic areas.
PARKING: Free parking is available in the lots located next to the registration tent.
PETS: Are welcome on leashes.
Disclaimers and Policies
No transfers, no deferrals, no refunds. Event may be delayed or cancelled due to extreme weather, other emergency, and/or as determined by the Event Director, Facility/Venue Host, Safety Officials, and/or Event Referee.
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is inherited genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people. MH is triggered by certain anesthesia and most often experienced in individuals undergoing routine surgery, but in rare cases, MH can happen without anesthesia. Symptoms include body temperatures of 107 degrees or more, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and possible death.
Get Involved with MHAUS
Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) was founded by families who lost their children to MH or could not find information about MH. In 1981 they found each other - and a doctor performing MH testing – and all agreed "to make current information about MH available to all who need it!”
Today MHAUS provides information and resources to medical and lay communities through the 24-hour MH Hotline, chapter groups, conferences, educational materials, ID tags, membership, and website.
Become a member of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States to help promote optimum care and scientific understanding of Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) and related disorders. MHAUS has been dramatically increasing odds of a patient surviving an MH crisis since 1981. MH episodes can happen at any time. Help prepare your community before it’s too late.