The END-WET 2021 Guest Swimmer is....

Hello everyone,

It is great to be back racing! I am more excited than I have been in a long time as I write this post. Before we announce who this year's Guest Swimmer is going to be, allow me to re-familiarize you with who I am. My name is Don Henderson and I am taking over direction of END-WET this year. Tim Bauer will be helping me take this on. Tim needs no introduction. smiley

I have worked with Beek the last several years to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to direct this race. I completed the race twice, in 2015 and 2016, and have been involved in some capacity every year since then. I look forward to this challenge!, let's introduce our Guest Swimmer. Typically, we send out a call for nominations. Some of you may have noticed that this year we didn't do that. We thought that we could break from "the norm" this year and do something that we've never done before.

First joining us in 2015 as our Guest Swimmer, and then returning in 2016 to do END-WET twice (once the day before on her own for fun and then the race itself the next day) as training swims. Introducing our first repeat Guest Swimmer - Sarah Thomas.

Sarah Thomas is an ultra-marathon swimmer who holds the current world record for the longest continuous, unassisted, non-wetsuit, swim done in current-neutral conditions. That record-breaking swim covered 104.6 miles over 67 hours and was completed in Lake Champlain in August of 2017. Shortly after completing this swim, Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was just 35 years old. While undergoing aggressive cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, Sarah never gave up on her dream of doing a swim that most people thought was impossible. One year after completing her cancer treatments, Sarah did just that- becoming the first person to complete a four-way crossing of the English Channel in 54 hours and 10 minutes. 

Sarah lives near Denver, Colorado, with her husband Ryan, their two beagles and their rescue mutt. She is a full-time recruiter.  She also does keynote presentations for special events, where she shares life lessons that help her complete marathon swims and that helped her beat cancer. 

Other notable swims: 

  • Catalina Channel- 20 miles, 2010 
  • Manhattan Island Marathon Swim- 28.5 miles, 2011 
  • English Channel (single crossing)- 21 miles, 2012 
  • Double Lake Tahoe- 42 miles, 2013* 
  • Double Lake Memphremagog- 50 miles, 2013* 
  • Loch Ness- 22 miles, 2015** 
  • Lake Powell- 80 miles, 2016* 
  • Lake Champlain- 104.6 miles, 2017* 
  • English Channel Four Way- 84 miles, 2019* 
  • Kawai/Molokai Channel- 26 miles, 2021 

Click HERE For a full list of swim history. 

*First person to complete this swim
**Second American to complete this swim 

Sarah had agreed to join us last year until Covid ruined our plans so she is very excited to be a part of our event this year! She will give a talk to swimmers, volunteers and spectators on the Friday evening before the race and we hope you’ll help us welcome her back to North Dakota. 

Welcome back, Sarah!

END-SURE 2021 Registration is Open

Hi all,

Just a quick email announcement that END-SURE 2021 registration is open at

This year there will be only 100K and 50K options. Total of 50 racers allowed. There are 2 spots left in 100K and 31 spots left in 50K as of this morning.

We gave people who were signed up in 2020 first chance at transferring to 2021. If you didn't get an email about this but would like to transfer a 2020 registration to 2021, please reply.

It's great to be racing again!



Frozen Feat 2021 - ENDracing discount!

A message below from some friends...
Greetings from Grand Forks!

We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy!

The Frozen Feat Race Committee would like to invite END racers to participate in our 14th Annual Event!  We are also offering you a $5 off discount code: END2021.

The Frozen Feat 5k/10K will start in Lincoln Drive Park and run along the greenway in Grand Forks, ND on Saturday, February 13th, 2021. Additionally, this race benefits the Special Olympics of Grand Forks. Since the race began in 2008, we have raised over $30,000 for this organization!

We look forward to seeing your smiling & frosty faces in February!

Happy running,

Frozen Feat Committee

Social Media Navigation

Hi folks, it's 2021 and people are understandably more concerned than ever about privacy on and undue influence from social media. I (Beek) just wanted to run through a description of what we use to communicate with racers and how you might want to interact with us. I have certain opinions, but each race director may choose to use social media differently.

This website ( is the canonical source of important information about our races unless superseded by an email from us. With multiple race directors it can be hard to keep everything up to date, but all the important stuff should be here. Comments are enabled on blog posts if you have questions. Drop a line on this post and tell me what you think.

Our Facebook page ( is the main social media people use to interact with race directors and about races. We do not require anyone to have a Facebook account to get information about our races, but network effects understandably drive a lot of racer focus in this direction. Facebook events provide an area for people to discuss races, but are unfortunately not easy to access for those without accounts.

We also push a fair bit of information to our Twitter account ( and will respond to questions or RTs. The more you interact with us there, the more stuff we'll tweet. Twitter also provides an easy way to provide event updates, and event discussion can happen through the use of hashtags like #wildermantri or #endwet.

Our Instagram account ( is used intermittently. Some people love it, some people hate it.

We use YouTube ( to host videos and that's about it. If you have a video from one of our races and want to share it, we can add it to our curated playlists. The same goes for Flickr (, which has tons of great Wes Peck photos.

If you're concerned about privacy, ads, or other nefarious use of your data, ENDracing also has an account ( on Mastodon. Give us a follow and a mention and we'll follow back. Brands aren't always welcomed for "brand activity" on Mastodon, but we're mainly interested in interacting with racers rather than advertising.

[Technobabble break: Mastodon ( is a Twitter-like microblogging platform that is part of the Fediverse ( That's a lot of jargon, but the key point is that you can view all of our posts from the web without logging in (similar to Twitter) and also interact with our account from any Fediverse account (Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed, Friendica, Diaspora, etc.). Rather than Google/Facebook/Twitter owning the whole social network, it's controlled by individual server administrators. If this sounds intriguing but still have questions, let me (Beek) know and I can help.]

We tried a traditional message board for a short period; if there is interest we could bring that back. All it required was an email address to make an account and we have no plans to sell your data.

If you don't use social media (even public website comments), you can always email us ( and we'll try to help.

Hopefully this 1) clears some things up about what social media is required to get information about our races (none!) and 2) provides some alternatives to Facebook if you don't have an account but want to be social. See you out there!

2021 Race Update

Hey ENDracers, Happy New Year! Just a quick update that we are working on getting things in order to host a handful of races in 2021. Details still need to be worked out for number of racers, costs, etc. but we'll make an announcement soon. We are planning to host END-SURE, END-WET, Wilderman, Double Feature, at least one gravel race...maybe more. Please hang tight while we figure out how to host these races safely (relatively speaking, this is Extreme North Dakota Racing after all...) for our racers and our team! Cheers!

(crossposted on Facebook)