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Top 10 things you need to know if you're coming to the All-City Swim Meet
Top 10 things you need to know if you're coming to the All-City Swim Meet

Here's the top 10 things you need to know if you're coming to the All-City Swim Meet at Hawks Landing starting Thursday.

1. How many swimmers will be participating in the event?

More than 1800 swimmers from around Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg and Monona will be swimming over the three day event.

2. When do the races happen?

Individual prelims for ages 11-18 occur on Thursday. Prelims for children 10 and under are on Friday, along with relays for children 8 and under. Finals for all ages and relay finals for children 9-18 are on Saturday.

3. How do you fit all of them and their parents in a neighborhood pool?

Hawks Landing has been planning for more than a year and a half for the event. They have built bleacher seats for 960 people to watch the event at one time. However, most parents will come and go often while their children are racing, allowing everyone to see key events.

4. Where does everyone park?

People are asked to park in neighborhoods around Hawks Landing, which is on Madison's far southwest side. The best places to park are just east and just south of the pool. But you will need to walk a couple of blocks to get to the pool.

5. Where do the swimmers stay when they are not swimming?

There is a "tent city" located just east of the pool where swimmers are expected to hang out in-between races. There will be a paved walkway to allow kids to get up to the pool when they're event comes.

6.How many people does it take to put on this event?

Hawks Landing estimates there will be more than 860 people volunteering to make the event a success. This includes more than 29 timers for each session.

7. Do I have to bring food if my children will be there all day?

There will be an extensive concession area that will offer Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, hot dogs, brats, pizza and other items to eat. Swimmers can also bring food themselves to eat in the "tent city."

8.Is there any charge to attend?

No. However, there will be a food drive in connection with the meet that will generate items for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. They hope to generate 180,000 meals from the drive.

9.How long has the meet been going on?

The meet was started back in 1962 by Tom Knoche, the pool director at Hill Farm. It has now grown into one of the largest outdoor amateur athletic events in the country. This will be the 51st annual event.

10. Who is expected to win the event?

Ridgewood, Shorewood and Middleton are expected to battle for the All-City title. However, the excitement and energy generated by the event, along all the individual awards, has the potential to make a lot of children winners this weekend.

For more information, go the website for the event: http://hawksfly.com/allcity/.

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