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2011 January Jam Registration is Open


Training for a big swim? Need to get back into Channel shape? Hope to be ready for your six (ten) hour qualifier swim?

Join in the fun! On January 1st JANUARY JAM participants from all over the world will track their yardage for the entire month to see who can "jam" the most yards into 31 days.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation's January Jam: MS Plunge for Parcells was created to promote fitness through swimming while raising money for the Dave Parcells MS Fund. In 2007, Dave Parcells passed away suddenly at the age of 49 while doing what he loved: swimming the Tampa Bay Marathon. Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and had a dream to set up a fund to support MS patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for MS. This event will help realize his goal and at the same time present a challenge Dave would have enjoyed --to jam as much yardage as possible into one month.

The 2010 January Jam was truly a global event including participants from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada and United States. It was exciting to watch as Dan Martin and Laura Colette battled it out for the top spot. In the end, Laura set a new high water mark with 563,926 yards. The Jam brought many swimmers back to the pool and helped others buckle down into a training regimen. Many participants dedicated their efforts to friends and family fighting and living with MS. We look forward to having you all back; hopefully we will see swimmers from other parts of the world.

So get ready!

Dynoswim has generously donated their expertise and website to host the 2011 January Jam event. Dynoswim is a top swim workout and resource site for swimmers. Whether you're a coach, a lifelong recreational swimmer, an age-grouper, triathlete, Masters or marathon swimmer, Dynoswim will have the workouts to suit your goals and abilities, enabling you to track your distance, and even share your workouts with other swimmers. Experienced Channel swimmers around the world like Marcy MacDonald will be adding and sharing workouts specifically for the JANUARY JAM and marathon preparation.

The January Jam is international. The entry fee is $35 (US$) and can be paid with a major credit card. All collected entrance and sponsorship fees will benefit the Dave Parcells MS Fund, which supports MS patients and families with expenses and therapy programs not covered by insurance. You will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, bathing cap, and certificate of participation.

To find out more and register, please go to www.Dynoswim.com/januaryjam

Thanks for your support, have fun and we'll see you in the (virtual) pool!

Best wishes for happy and healthy holiday.

Warmest regards, The Jam Team (Liz, Kristen, Josh and Dean)

PS - Speaking of virtual pools, we have had requests from endless pool swimmers to set up a separate tracking category. Please email me off group if you are training in an endless pool.

27 Dec 10 @ 1:27 PM  | 0 comments  |  category

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"When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."

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Long Course Swimming Workouts

Dynoswimmers, please read, there's a nice surprise at the end.

~By Wilhelm Schnotz, Demand Media

Whether you're a swimmer making the jump from a 25-yard pool to train in an Olympic-sized one for the first time, or a seasoned long-course swimmer looking to add a new workout, you can't merely transplant a workout from a conventionally sized pool into a long-course pool. With fewer turns and less of an opportunity to streamline off walls, your stroke and endurance is more emphasized in the 50-meter pool. Here are three mid-level long-course workouts. Their intervals may be tailored to fit your abilities.

Read on at Health and Fitness

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"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

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