The END-WET 2019 Guest Swimmer is...

Photo modified from one by Sarah Jean Condon,

Bridgette Hobart Janeczko!

Bridgette and her husband Bob, who will be her support paddler at END-WET. Photo from

Bridgette is joining us all the way from New Jersey, where in 2018 she became the first person to swim the perimeter of Lake Hopatcong, the state's largest lake (she points out that it was actually 25.3 miles). She's done a lot more swimming than that--Triple Crown member, 24-Hour-Club member, and more--and in 2015 swam all 11 of New York's major and minor Finger Lakes. She swims and race directs for charity, and in 2015 was recognized as World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Bridgette 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 to North Dakota. 

Welcome Bridgette! 


Slowing the Blog...

We're a little tight for time, and things change. Social media has taken over, whether we like it or not.

We'll still post things here occasionally, especially when it's something that "fits" well on the website.

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END-WET 2017 Guest Swimmer!

We are again very excited to announce our guest swimmer for END-WET! This year, Elaine Howley will make the trip from Boston to Grand Forks and take on the 36 mile swim in the Mighty Red River of the North!  

She was described as "…an American marathon swimmer, ice swimmer, race director and writer for U.S. Masters Swimming's SWIMMER Magazine...", among other things.  Her list of swimming accomplishments is long. Her race directing, volunteering, observing other incredible swims and crewing for other incredible swimmers is equally long. 

Elaine will give a short talk to swimmers, volunteers and spectators on the Friday evening before the race and we hope you’ll help us welcome her to North Dakota. 

Welcome Elaine! 

P.S. Elaine can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Nominate your 2017 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, Sarah Thomas, and Jeff Utsch. 

Again 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.

2017 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. :-)

Bikecicle 2016 Video

I shot a small amount of video during Bikecicle and finally found the time to stitch it together. So glad this race went so well during its first year as an ENDracing event. Key to that was Aaron Kennedy, who has been directing the race for the last several years. On to more fatbikes in the future!