Nominate your 2016 END-WET Guest Swimmer

It's the most wonderful time of the year...watching the END-WET roster fill up with excited (terrified?) marathon swimmers from all over the country!

There's just one more thing we're lacking: a guest swimmer. If you've done the race before, you know that we've brought in one special guest each who can give a presentation to the group. We've picked people we think are ambassadors for the sport of open-water swimming in one way or another (sometimes by doing crazy things), but they've all been some of the most awesomely nice people we've ever met: Darren Miller, Jen Schumacher, Annaleise Carr, and Sarah Thomas. 

This year, we're asking you, the swimming community, for your nominations. Who exemplifies OWS and/or marathon swimming to you? Who has a story to share, or exemplifies sport in a positive way? Send us an email ( and tell us who you're nominating and why. We'll pick someone* and cover their flight, lodging, and food while they're here.

Free race for the price of a short talk? Heck yeah.

2016 travel scheduling is happening now, so send in those nominations ASAP--we plan on figuring this all out by February. Email us here:

Happy Nominating!



*Don't worry if you get nominated and weren't expecting a free trip to North Dakota: we're going to confirm all this stuff in private before announcing. :-)


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Submitted by Heidi George (not verified) on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 16:45

Dear North Dakota Racing, I would like to nominate a guest for your 2017 race who is my open water coach, Barton Wells. He will have just turned 50 years old and is pretty sure he has swum more his entire life than almost anyone on earth. He grew up in Winnipeg swimming 105K each week and continues to swim a lot. He is very familiar with the Red River being from Winnipeg so he is thrilled about the prospect of swimming this 36-mile race. Barton Wells’ longest race he has completed is a 34K in Lake Magog in 2010 in the FINA Grand Prix where he finished in the top 10, and was 7th overall for the 2009 season for the FINA 10K World Cup Circuit. He has done current calculations of the Red River Race and is very excited about a fast time which he thinks he can post. Thank you for considering this nomination. Regards, Heidi