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Hummer Memorial Mile, new Heritage Days event

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020

The Hummer Memorial Mile is a new addition to Huntington Heritage Days 2020. Organized by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, the Hummer Memorial mile, a swimming event, will be held Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. at Lake Clare, located at the corner of Old Highway 24 and Broadway.

The two open water swim races will be presented by the “Y” with sponsors Live4Love and Ruble Triathlon and hosted by the Huntington Township Trustee. The Sprint Distance Race heats, up to 750 yards, will begin at 1 p.m. The additional Olympic Distance Race, 1 mile, in memory of Glen Hummer (former “Y” and Olympic swim coach and instructor) will also begin at 1 p.m. The races are open to adults age 18 and over.

An informational meeting for participants, community members and anyone wanting to volunteer for the event will be held Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160 W 500 N. An RSVP by those planning to attend would be appreciated, but is not necessary, to the “Y” at (260) 359-9622.

Early check-in for the Hummer Memorial Mile is Friday, June 19, 5 to 7 p.m. at Lake Clare. Race day check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. also at Lake Clare. The “Y” also invites those involved to walk in the Heritage Days parade in Hummer Memorial Mile T-shirts and then proceed to the event following.

Open water swim practices will begin Sunday, May 10 and continue on Sunday, May 21 and Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m. The cost to participate in the Hummer Memorial Mile is $30. Proceeds go to funding the annual Hummer Memorial Mile and the Lake Clare Aquatics Programs in memory of Glen Hummer. The funds also support the current and upcoming USA Master swimmers such as Katie Blair, a local ultra-swimmer who crossed Lake Erie and will be swimming the coastline of St. Lucia in June 2020.

A unique logo for the Hummer Memorial Mile has been designed by the artist KristinA. Registration and waiver forms will soon be available at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160 W 500 N. A disclosure concerning the event reads: although currently the Hummer Memorial Mile Open Water Race Events are in accordance with governing safety rules, regulations and plans, this year’s races are not sanctioned by USA Masters Swimming. Sanctioning for all future events are in progress.

Heritage Days is organized by a steering committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The theme of Heritage Days 2020 is The ’70s: 200 Years of Freedom and the corporate sponsor is Duke Energy.