Our Math Malfunction

We recently announced that we are offering “free registration for all swimmers born in 1949, the first year of the Across the Lake Swim.” We also said we would “like to celebrate with a few more 70-year-olds” at this year’s event on July 14, 2018.

For anyone doing the math, this doesn’t quite add up. It is the 70th anniversary of the swim since year 1 occurred in 1949. However, if you were born in 1949 this will be your 69th birthday year.

This math malfunction led to a number of emails from some astute 69 and 70 year old swimmers. “I have done the swim many times and would like to take advantage of the fact I am seventy and the swim is about to celebrate being 70 years old,” said Dwight Carroll.

“It had me questioning my age. For a second, I really thought I might be turning 70 this year” said a soon to be 69 year old swimmer, who asked to remain anonymous.

“There’s really no excuse for it,” said Alexis MacMillan, Media Volunteer for the swim and writer of the announcement. “I actually really like math.” Fortunately, Peter Rudd, Race Director for the swim, has made the decision to include both groups. “We’re going to do the right thing. If you’re born in 1949 OR if you’re 70 we would love you to come swim for free,” said Rudd. Our whole team told me “Let’s make the celebration even bigger because that aligns with the spirit of our event.”

To obtain a free registration, send proof of birthdate to registrar@acrossthelakeswim.com


  1. Melvyn Hunt on March 16, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I am 70 and paid the full price. How,do I get a refund? Also, could you tell me how I change my estimated swim completion time?

    • peter on March 16, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hi! Here is information on how to edit your registration: https://help.acrossthelakeswim.com/article/92-how-can-i-edit-my-registration
      We will email you separately about the refund.

  2. Ingrid Storch on April 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    My husband and I are thinking of participating in the 70 year category. Are we allowed to wear our swim fins?

    • peter on April 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Hi Ingrid! No sorry, anything that moves you in a forward motion is not allowed.

  3. Claudette Kendel on April 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I was born in 1949, but registered back in December before the free registration was announced. Am I eligible for a refund?

    • peter on April 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Claudette, Kelly our Registrar will email you.

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