A Little Background History
On August 28th 2015, just before the first, and only, Ironman Muskoka, TriMuskoka and Hospice Huntsville hosted a “Sunrise Swim for Hospice” charity open water swimming event. We figured if Kona had the Underpants Run, then we would put a Muskoka spin on things and incorporate the incredible beauty of our area, and the access to our incredible waterway system, to good use for a great charitable cause.
This event was an early morning, fully supported 1.6 km casual and non-competitive swim to raise money for Hospice Huntsville. Swimmers gathered at Camp Kitchen, which now is the location of the swim start of the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, and headed off for a warm up swim around Alice Island and back to Camp Kitchen for coffee, tea, and some homemade muffins and goodies.
As this was an incredible event that supported an incredibly vital health care service to our community, our club is resurrecting the Sunrise Swim for Hospice for this years Ironman 70.3 Muskoka.
The additional bonus is that it will provide swimmers a chance to preview the first leg of the swim of the 70.3. Often in the first leg of the swim, athletes want to get your bearings with respect to landmarks for sighting, strategies on how you are going to approach the initial leg of the swim, and to get comfortable with the surrounding environment. What a better way than to swim this part of the course, with kayaks and boats to support you in a non-competitive fun environment, on the day before the 70.3 Muskoka. You will arrive at the start line the next morning fresh, confident and ready to go!
The Schedule of Events for the Swim on July 8th
The Sunrise Swim for hospice will take place on July 8th, 2017 at Camp Kitchen, the exact location of where the swim start will take place for Ironman 70.3 Muskoka which will be taking place 24 hours later at the exact same location.
|6:30am||Participant check in commences for the swim at Camp Kitchen. Park at the back of the Canada Summit Centre (click here for the link) near the Active Living Centre (there will be signs) and walk down to Camp Kitchen which is about a 10 minute walk|
|7:00am||Pre-event announcements will take place at Camp Kitchen. The 70.3 swim starts at 7am, so you will have the exact amount of lighting that you will have the next morning!|
|7:15am||Hop in the water and swim the 2km course, or any part there of, in predesignated waves. We just want to spread the swimmers out a bit so that people get back to the coffee dock in a staggered fashion.We think that the dock would sink if everyone came back at the same time!The buoys will be set up in the exact location that the race will be using, so you will literally be swimming on the course. We have added an additional section where you swim around Alice Island to get to the 1.6km distance.Stop at the 2nd buoy and look at where the second turn will be so you can get a landmark to sight off of for the next morning. Turn around anywhere you want to to head back to breakfast!|
|7:45am||Get back to Camp Kitchen at your pace and swim up to the coffee dock. Enjoy a cuppa the finest coffee Muskoka has to offer from Muskoka Roastery (available in grocery stores across Canada!), and then swim ashore for a bit of homemade goodness that the volunteers at Hospice and some of our local food establishments have made for participants|
|9:00am||Get back to everything else that you had planned for the Saturday! Don’t forget about all of the great fun lined up on Saturday in town, including the Rotary Dockfest and parade, and the IronKids Fun Run!|
Here is a map of the swim course.
The Breakfast Buffet: Homemade Goodies and Locally Roasted Coffee
As you can see from the photo below, the “continental” breakfast buffet that we had at the 2015 Ironman Sunrise Swim for Hospice was pretty incredible. There was fruit, muffins, yogurt, Totem Juice, cinnamon buns, Muskoka Roastery coffee, and tea all served up by our incredible Hospice volunteers. We have some gluten free options available as well for those with gluten sensitivity.
Registration for The Sunrise Swim for Hospice
Registration for the event is $30, and is open to anyone over the age of 13 years of age regardless of whether or not you are doing the 70.3 the next day. However, we only have 300 registrations available.
All of the net proceeds go directly to Hospice Huntsville, supporting their residential hospice, and their in-home outreach programs. Hospice Huntsville’s operation budget relies solely on fundraising efforts such as thie event, so having you involved and hopefully reaching out to your friends and families for donations, will make a world of difference for our community.
So, here is how registration works:
We are closing registration on Friday July 7th at noon so that we have enough time to order and make all the food for everyone!
- Registration for the swim is done through CCN Bikes online registration system. Click here to go to the Sunrise Swim for Hospice registration page.
- There is no registration fee when you regsiter through CCN Bikes. However, when you get to the cart, you will then click on the button that will take you to Sunrise Swim CanadaHelps.com website.
- When you get to the CanadaHelps.com Sunrise Swim for Hospice page, click on the “Donate Now” button and make a charitable donation of $30 to Hospice Huntsville.
- Then voila, you are done!
- If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact our Registration Coordinator
About Our Charity: Hospice Huntsville
They provide 24 hour nursing and personal support care. To supplement their care team, the Hospice residents have access to trained volunteers, a medical advisor, and consultants with the HOPE Huntsville Palliative Care Team.
Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice features:
- Five private furnished rooms with resident friendly ensuite washrooms. Each resident room is equipped with a hospital style bed, a nurse call bell, cable television, DVD players, a telephone and a
small frig. There is also a recliner in each room to provide space for a family member to stay overnight
- Comfortable common areas
- Kitchen facilities. Our fully equipped kitchen is available for residents and guests to enjoy. Guests and residents are also invited to help themselves to a warm cup of coffee/tea and fresh baked muffins and cookies that are always provided by our hospice baking volunteers
- Access to an outdoor patio, BBQ, screened gazebo and gardens
- Library equipped with books, television, DVD player, Play Station, children’s toys, puzzles and games
- Quiet Room
- Hospice administration offices
There is no charge for any of the services and programs at Hospice Huntsville/Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice.