The 5th annual MOPO Miler swimming event on Saturday gave 23 local swimmers the chance to complete a mile or half mile open water course around Morses Pond.
The miler, which was cancelled last year due to inclement weather, had nearly perfect conditions this year, with only a few clouds present for the event, which began at 9:30 am. The event cost $20 to enter, which included a t-shirt and pond admission for all swimmers and their families.
Most entrants chose to complete the full mile course, however, for those uncomfortable with the distance, there was an opportunity to peel off for a half mile version. Both courses were well marked with large orange buoys, and a full staff of lifeguards providing clear direction.
The swimmers were in good hands. With a roughly 2:1 swimmer-to-lifeguard ratio, the guards were able to patrol effectively in kayaks and keep an eye on the participants.
The miler was not a timed event, so there was no official results list handy post-race. Most of the milers were happy just to complete the course, and many stuck around to rest on the beach for part of the day.
In addition to this event, Morses Pond will be hosting a free outdoor movie, “Inside Out,” on Thursday, August 4th at 8 pm. The pond closes for the season on August 21st.