The First Terry Laughlin Life Celebration Swim was on June 9th, 2018. Though it won’t be the last, we’re skipping a year of hosting this event due to parking lot construction at Lake Minnewaska.  Minnewaska is the most fitting and meaningful venue for this event since it was one of Terry’s favorite places to swim. We’ll look forward to sharing a swim with you, in Terry’s honor, in the future.
Why? We can’t think of a single person who has had a more positive impact on swimming for sport and recreation than Terry Laughlin. Lake Minnewaska, his most frequent jaunt, appeared often on his blog and for many of the members of the Minnewaska Distance Swimmers Association, Terry’s enthusiasm and generosity inspired a deeper (the pun!) relationship with open water.

Course Description & Map
A 0.75 mile triangular course starting and finishing at the main Minnewaska beach area. Orange buoys will mark the corners/turns.
This is a non-competitive swimming event; participants will have the option to swim as many loops as they like/can within the three hour window.

Swimmers will each wear a safety buoy provided by NYOW. The buoy is included in the entry fee.
Kayakers and lifeguards will patrol the course.
Three evacuation points are located near each of the turns, and will be staffed with safety personnel.

Event Day
Swimmer check-in is from 9 AM to 9:45 AM. You cannot check-in after the event starts at 10 AM.


There are plenty of other activities available, so bring family/friends who might like to hike or mountain bike on the miles of carriage roads and trails. Spend the weekend in the Mid Hudson Valley!