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Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim
and Virtual Swim
Held in honor of the late son of Curt and Kathy Keller to raise funds for Malignant Hyperthermia research.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Lincoln Trail State Park, Marshall, Illinois
Presented by: Marshall, IL, the Geoff Keller Group of MHAUS, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Sanctioned by Illinois Masters Swimming Association (ILMSA) for United States Masters Swimming (USMS), Inc. USMS Sanction Number: 215-W002
Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim Registration Flyer Download
Rectangular 1.2 and 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. See map below.
Awards and Wetsuits
Non-wetsuit distance competitions: Awards will be presented to: Overall top 3 Men and top 3 Women place finishers; and First place finisher in each Men and Women age group division. If Wetsuits distance competitions are allowed: Awards 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.
Saturday, June 6, 2015; 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
Entertainment provide by Chris Keller
Lincoln Trail Lake, Lincoln Trail State Park 16985 E. 1350th Road, Marshall, Illinois 62441. West of Illinois Route 1, two miles south of Marshall in Clark County, Illinois. See map below.
Director: Tom Hintz: Asst. Director: Doug Rees; Clerk of Course: Gary Schopp; Data Coordinator: Amy Yargus; Referee: Curt Keller; Aquatics Safety Coordinator: Dan Dare, Rob Crumrin; Advisor: John Traynor.
Approximately 5 miles from the park are: Super 8 Hotel, 106 East Trefz Dr Marshall, IL 62441, 217-826-8043, www.super8.com and Lincoln Suites, 105 B West Trefz Dr Marshall, IL 62441, 217-826-6535, www.lincolnsuitesinn.com
Camping, Food, Parking, Pets
CAMPSITES/RV sites available in the park. For reservations go to: www.reserveamerica.com or call (217) 826-2222. 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 and the wooded shoreline perfect for a picnic. Some shaded areas offer tables, stoves, toilet facilities and water; and four shelters, one with electricity. Playground equipment in two picnic areas. FREE PARKING: available in the lots 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.
About Geoffrey Keller
Geoffrey Warren Keller, a malignant hyperthermia (MH) susceptible person, passed away on September 9, 2012. Geoffrey, age 26, will be honored as a loving husband, son, brother, and friend. His family and friends have come together to organize ongoing events to memorialize Geoffrey. More at: http://my.mhaus.org/group/GeoffKeller
Donate in Memory of Geoffrey Keller
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What is Malignant Hyperthermia
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.
What is MHAUS
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 agreed "to make current information about MH available to all who need it!” Today Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS) provides information and resources to medical and lay communities through its 24-hour MH Hotline, educational materials, events, and help from MH groups. Get involved with people in your area to support MHAUS' mission of promoting optimum care and scientific understanding of MH and related disorders. MH episodes can happen at any time. MHAUS can help you prepare before it’s too late. More at: www.mhaus.org