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Annual Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim: 6-4-2016
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Annual Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim: 6-4-2016

Annuall Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim to raise money for MH Research will be June 4, 2016 at the Lincoln Trails State Park in Marshall, Illinois.

When: 6/4/2016
2.4 Swim begins at 9:00am. 1.2 Swim begins at 9:10am
Where: Lincoln Trail Lake
Lincoln Trails State Park
1350th Rd
Marshall, Illinois  62441
United States
Contact: Tina

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Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim

Held in honor of the late son of Curt and Kathy Keller to raise funds for Malignant Hyperthermia research.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Lincoln Trail State Park, Marshall, Illinois

 Online registration closes Friday, June 3, 2016 at 4:00pm EST. Last minute registration at the event is available from 7:00am-8:30am. Have fun! 

Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim

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: 216-W002


Swim Course

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), and a hand timed finish. 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 4, 2016; All times are Central Time (CT)

7:00 A.M. Registration, Packet Pickup, Body Marking

7:30 A.M Safety Meeting for Race Course Volunteers



8:00 A.M. Warm-up Start

8:30 A.M. Close Warm-up, Registration Check-in, Packet Pickup, Body Marking

8:35 A.M. Required Prerace Course Briefing (at swim start/beach area)

9:00 A.M. Wave 1: 2.4  Mile (In Water Start)

9:10 A.M. Wave 2: 1.2  Mile (In Water Start)

11:15 A.M. Recognition



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.

Event Officials

Director: Tom Hintz: Asst. Director: Doug Rees; Clerk of Course: Gary Schopp; Data Coordinator: Amy Yargus; Referee: Curt Keller; Aquatics Safety Coordinator: Nick Vinardi, 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

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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  


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