This is my third year participating and I love it more with each year. It is great for beginners as you begin in a pool, if you aren’t ready for an open lake swim. The people who participate as well as the volunteers are uplifting and encouraging. The hills can be challenging but that just makes you feel even prouder for your accomplishment when you finish. The race overall is very well organized and there are plenty of volunteers as well as signs to help keep you on track.