Swim Clinic & Black Ridge Water Level 2012

The race will go on at Black Ridge & there will be a swim clinic too!

There have been some people concerned about the water level in the Black Ridge Res. We have been working really close with the AMAZING city of Herriman and discovered they have dipped into those water reserves to save homes from the Rosecrest fire last month… “Lives before TRIs” … good policy 🙂  I spoke with Danie Bills from Herriman City today (7/13/12) and she informed me that they are slowly filling the reservoir (should take another two weeks or so)  and it will be good to go for the Escape from Black Ridge! Now with that said we are inviting all Black Ridge TRI athletes to join PRO Heath Thurston at Black Ridge for a swim clinic the week of the race.

Open Water Swim Clinic TUESDAY August, 7th 2012

Heath Thurston at Utah Half Ironman 2011 Just after finishing his trademark butterfly stroke for the final 25 yards.

When: Tuesday August 7th from 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Where: The Herriman Black Ridge Reservoir  Click Here for map
What: Open Water Swim Clinic Hosted by RaceTri & Heath Thurston
Cost: Free for Registered Herriman Tri Participants – to register for triathlon – REGISTER 


Winner of the 2011 Salem Spring Triathlon, Heath Thurston will be hosting an open water Swim Clinic at Black Ridge. Heath is an expert multisport athlete. While he excels in all the disciplines of triathlon he will be the first to admit that “THE SWIM” is his strong point. Almost always the first one out of the water Heath has perfected the discipline of open water competition. On Tuesday night Heath will review the swim course, open water techniques and race day strategies. Bring your wetsuit and goggles, its your chance to have your stroke analyzed by a Pro. you do not want to miss it! Packet pickup will NOT be available at the clinic – for information about getting your packet please visit the Black Ridge race page

When asked what he does Heath responded “I train as a Professional Triathlete myself then I coach other athletes as well, mostly in the swim. My wife and I also have a corporate wellness program that we do for businesses in the [Utah] valley. I love doing Triathlons and coaching other people to see their potential in the sport and get them to have confidence in swimming biking and running to do their first Tri.

To inquire about joining HT TRAINING Contact Mahogani at: m.httraining@gmail.com
 Heath Thurston with a 3 Minute lead out of the water at the Utah Half Ironman 2010
Are you coming to the clinic?
What questions would you like Heath to address?
What would you like to get out of the clinic? Why are you attending?

12 Replies to “Swim Clinic & Black Ridge Water Level 2012”

    1. A new temp reading will be taken on Wed. 25th. However I imagine it will be warm enough that wetsuits will not be required, however they are highly recommended for safety issues. They add increased bouyancy. Unless you are an experienced open water swimmer we recommend wetsuits.

  1. I assume this is canceled today 8/7/12 since the resevoir is closed due to the Eagle Mountain fire? Herriman City city said it was closed…

      Black Ridge res has been temporarily closed. Fire fighters may or may not use the res as a water dip to fight the camp Williams fire. As of right now no decision has been made. They may reopen the res a few hours from now, however, if they do not we will still hold the clinic but it will be located at the Manila Creek Pond in Pleasant Grove. (BTW much closer to get fit where you can get your race packets) The Manila Creek Pond is about 25-30 min south east of Black Ridge.

      Map to Manila Creek Pond in Pleasant Grove Utah

      The swim clinic will happen regardless —– by 3:30pm this afternoon we will make the announcement as to wether it will be at black ridge in herriman or at the Manila Creek Pond, thanks for your understanding an patience

      Some may have the question; What if Black Ridge is closed for Saturday?
      Answer; A request to refill anything that gets depleated has already been issued over to riverton city and would start today, if needed. We are watching this very closely and will keep you updated. The best way to get the most recent and up to date information is through our facebook page;


      We will send another email at 3:30PM with the final decision.

      Best Regards,
      Your Friendly Neighborhood Race Directors

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