The MySwimPro Team recently competed in the 19th Annual Motor City Mile open water swim race!

2018 Highlight Video

The Motor City Mile is an annual open water swim and charity event hosted by Different Strokes Swim Shop. It continues to be one of the largest open water swim events in the Midwest. We are excited to see this race grow, as next year it will be an official Swim Across America event!

Adam’s map after he swam the 1 mile swim with the MySwimPro app on his Apple Watch.

Giving Back to The Community

In Michigan, there are very few ways for swimmers to give back to the community while showcasing their swimmer identity. The idea behind the Motor City Mile was to provide swimmers the opportunity to give back while having fun doing what they love! The 2018 Motor City Mile partnered with To Detroit, With Love and benefited the ALS Association.

The Race offers a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 5K swim, and hundreds of swimmers participate every year! There is a course set up by buoys in the Detroit River for the events and the Belle Isle Beach serves as a start and finish for all races.

MySwimPro is proudly represented at this race every year and enjoys competing and spending some time with MySwimPro Community Members. Check out our photos below!
Related: 2017 Motor City Mile & Rowdy Gaines Swim Clinic

MySwimPro Community Members Brian Young & Matt Neely

Race Recap

This year was the first year in the history of the race that we experienced some weather issues. We had a short rain delay, but that meant we had some time to hang out on the beach with the other swimmers!

MySwimPro Marketing Director Paige Walters enjoying some fun during the rain delay

iOS Developer & Co-Founder Adam Oxner getting ready to race!

Adam Oxner, our iOS Developer and Co-Founder had a great performance competing in the Masters division.

Kids from our local swim club “warming up” for their race!

The water was warm, and the wind was very calm which made for a great open water course!

Mike, Paige and Adam all competed in the Masters division for the 1 mile swim.

Michael Allon, our Android Developer & Co-Founder did an amazing job at his first open water swim race! Mike has been swimming consistently 4-5 days a week, and has dropped so much time in his freestyle–he is killin’ it!

Mike Allon completing the 1 mile swim.

Mike Allon coming in with a strong finish.

Our Marketing Director, Paige Walters enjoyed spending time outdoors and swimming in the Detroit River! She placed 3rd in the Women’s Masters Division.

Paige Walters finishing the 1 mile swim.

#AskASwimPro Show – Live from the Beach!

We also had a chance to catch up with CEO of Swim Across America, Rob Butcher and interview him for our weekly #AskASwimPro Series!
Rob became the President and CEO of Swim Across America on January 1, 2016. Before leading SAA, Rob was the Executive Director of U.S. Masters Swimming and swam four years for Georgia Southern University, earning both his undergraduate and Masters degrees from GSU. He competed in the 2000 USA Olympic Trials and he is an industry leader widely respected in the swimming and business community.

MySwimPro CEO & Co-Founder Fares Ksebati & CEO of Swim Across America, Rob Butcher

Swim Across America hosts benefit swims that raise money to fund life saving cancer research and clinical trials. Since 1987, SAA has raised over $75 million through experiential open water swimming fundraising events and over 100 pool swim fundraisers.


Interview with Rob Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America:

Watch our 8-min interview on what Swim Across America is doing to help raise money for cancer research:

  • About Swim Across America
  • Impact of the organization
  • 2019 SAA Motor City Mile

Or, listen to it on Soundcloud! (8 mins) For more on this #AskASwimPro show, click here!

Thank you, Motor City Mile!

We want to thank Difference Strokes Swim Shop for putting on another great event! We look forward to many more years of the Motor City Mile.
Watch last year’s 2017 Motor City Mile and Rowdy Gaines Clinic:

Happy swimming!



  1. When is/was the 2019 Detroit river open water seem?
    How do I sign up for the next swim.
    Someday I want to swim across the river. Anything being organized in that regard?

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