I enjoyed reading this lady’s blog, I hope to meet her around town some day.
The WaterDaze event is held in Polson, Montana, in lovely Flathead Lake. Although many, if not all, races declare that their swims are in “crystal clear water,” rarely is that true. Usually the water is murky, filled with goose poop, and smells funky. Flathead Lake, however, is truly crystal clear. It is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and is generally recognized as one of the cleanest lakes in the world.1 At its southern end sits Polson, a small town of about 4000, nestled between the lake and the nearby mountains.
Polson is surrounded by farmland, but the town itself is populated with small bungalows stacked up a hill overlooking the lake, side by side, as if they are huddled together for warmth. And they might very well need to, for while summer is glorious in Polson, winter is long. There are many recreational activities in town, but one thing there is not: an indoor pool. The nearest indoor pool is a solid 45-minute drive away. A group called Mission Valley Aquatics, however, is working to change that. They are raising money to build an indoor pool in Polson, and WaterDaze is their annual fundraiser. So, not only was this swim race a new challenge for me, it was also for a good cause. Because even though I hate swimming, I want others to have access to a pool so they can learn to hate swimming for themselves.