Summer Swimfest

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Previously on this blog I posted about Swimfests! This is an idea I cam up with last December to have a swim party with real swimming in it.  It is a casual event, just a fun time to relay and race and be a little goofy.  Today I helped put on our third Swimfest.  We get matching caps and I usually prepare a little goodie bag (part of the fun of it for me).

For the summer goodie bag I found a tie-die cap on clearance and then went to zazzle.com for some cool swim stickers.  I then added some blue candy and swedish fish to make it all tie in. I thought they were super cute and was inordinately proud of them. 🙂

the goodie bag
the stickers

Then my friend Kate put together a set (3 sets actually) and the 5 of us had a good work out for the first half hour.  Thanks Kate!

Next, the fun began…

We did lots of relays including standard, t-shirt swap relay (harder than you’d think to take off a t-shirt and transfer in the water.  I was wearing a tankini and practically took off my suit taking off my shirt! It was funny!).

trying to take the t-shirt off
Etsuko trying to get the shirt on fast!

Then we had the infamous cracker relay (you have to stop after a 50 and eat a salty cracker and then whistle and show your tongue.  It really is harder than you’d think.

Next we did a rickshaw relay where you have one person on a pool noodle treading water and another pushing their feet.  Then we did almost a track and field type relay but with dunk sticks instead of batons.

the dunk stick relay

It was a super fun morning and a great time to swim and hang out with my friends.  Now I just look forward to the next one.  🙂

More photos:

I love this photo
Etsuko with a smile. Her suit matched the cap!

pushing for the relay
Cool water shot
Kate, Aubrey and Etsuko
kind of a cool underwater shot

After our hour + swimming we went to a local diner for a hearty lunch.  My Dad was in the area and joined us and even better paid for lunch.  Thanks Dad!

Now I’ve just got to start thinking about the next Swimfest.  I love party planning and I love swimming!

 

 

 

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