Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Annual Tom Wear Memorial Swim

LAKE HOPATCONG, NEW JERSEY - On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Lake Hopatcong will be hosting the First Annual Tom Wear Memorial Swim, a one-mile open-water race sanctioned by New Jersey LMSC for U.S. Masters Swimming. This race benefits the Jefferson Township Animal Shelter, a municipal animal rescue organization serving the residents (furry and otherwise) of Jefferson Township, New Jersey. Competitors from New Jersey and the Northeastern United States are expected to participate in what will be an exciting race on New Jersey’s largest lake.

This race is in honor of Tom Wear, well-known local Lake Hopatcong businessman and owner of the Wearhouse Grille and Prospect Point Marina and Boat Yard, who passed away in 2008. All proceeds from the race benefit the Jefferson Township Animal Rescue. This is the first year this event is being held on Lake Hopatcong and over one hundred athletes from the Northeastern United States as well as local athletes are expected to participate.

"I’m honored to host this inaugural event on Lake Hopatcong," says Bridgette Hobart, organizer of the event. "The Masters Swimming organizations and their community offered tremendous support and guidance, as have the Marine Police and Coast Guard on Lake Hopatcong. With the added support of local residents and businesses, our goal is to demonstrate to swimmers and spectators that Lake Hopatcong is not only one of the recreational jewels of New Jersey, but a terrific place to visit and host competitive events year after year."

Pre-registration is $20.00 until September 1, 2009 and will increase as the race gets closer, with final registration peaking at $30.00 on race day. Registration opens at 7:30am on race day and races start at 9:00am. Medals will be awarded for Masters and Open divisions based on age-related men’s and women’s groups. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. All racers and volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt.

For more information, visit the Tom Wear Memorial Swim 2009 web site at

Racing, Sponsor and Media Inquiries:
Bridgette Hobart

Volunteers and Donations:
Esther Poulsen

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