blueseventy racing

Upcoming Races

11/25/2021 Life Time Turkey Trot Chicago 5K & 8K

Past Races

09/11/2021 Big Shoulders, Chicago IL
Race Recap

Helen Wagner

Chicago, Illinois

Primary Discipline(s) Open Water Swimming
Bucket List RaceBig Shoulders swim; eventually a sprint triathalon.
Post-Race DrinkI suspect water!
Off-Day Activitysewing face masks; playing with my dog; walking on campus

I am a 63 year old open water swimmer who lives in Chicago. I swam competitively from about 5th grade on, stopping in college. I discovered open water swimming in Vermont as an adult after years of pool swimming. I now swim in Lake Michigan almost daily. As a cancer survivor, the water is one place where my body feels whole. All my cold water gear is BlueSeventy: thermal cap, gloves, socks, and my brand new Thermal Reaction wetsuit. I routinely swim a mile and just recently did my first two mile swim. I was excited to swim Big Shoulders here in Chicago in September but it was cancelled due to COVID. I am part of an early-AM swimmers group called The Point Swimmers that swim off the point in Chicago.