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$38,000 Raised for MAC!

September 12th, 2017

Guest Blog by Mercy for America’s Children Board Officer, Traci O’Rourke

5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon Fundraiser Brings In Over $38,000 In Donations.

Mercy for America’s Children raised just over 38K at the 5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon fundraiser held August 12th at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club in Rolesville, NC. With teams riding stationary bikes for 8 straight hours to raise awareness for children and families in local foster care, the event is the largest fundraiser to date benefiting the organization.

Proceeds from the event go to sustaining support services, including groups addressing behavioral, academic, and kids’ needs. In addition, money raised helps the organization focus on its main goal of connecting children in foster care with adoptive families.

Sponsors for this year’s event included: Timothy Creech, DDS, Family Dentistry, Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, Spoke Cycles, Fisher Hardwood Flooring, Intrinsic Motion, Run-N-Tri Outfitters, Walker Napa Auto & Truck, and Mighty Oak Massage.

About Mercy for America’s Children: We are a North Carolina based non-profit organization advocating on behalf of children awaiting adoption in the US Foster Care System by educating the public about the benefits of foster care adoption, reforming the adoption process, connecting waiting children to potential adoptive families and supporting them through their adoption journey.

Contact:

Mercy for America’s Children
231 Kinvara Court
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Telephone: 919.610.2521
E-mail: info@mac-cares.org

Outdoor Pool Open ‘Til October 1st!

August 28th, 2017

Labor Day usually marks the end of the outdoor pool season. One last day to enjoy the pool before the season picks up again next May.

Well, here at Granite Falls, we like to do things a little differently. You see, we live in North Carolina and as anyone who lives here can attest to, you never know what the weather has in store. It could be the first day of Fall and based on historical data, it could be anywhere between 42 and 98 degrees. So, along with opening early in May, we stay open until the first weekend in October (this year that falls on Sunday, October 1st.) Our Outdoor Pool hours for the season can be found HERE (please note changes after Sept. 4th).

So, don’t pack the beach towels away just yet- your favorite summer spot will be open for business for quite a bit longer! And, once the outdoor pool closes, it’s time to switch gears. If you haven’t started already, now is the time to get back to your fitness goals by utilizing any of our awesome indoor amenities, including our 8-lane indoor pool, 40+ fitness class schedule (for kids and adults), and fitness floor.

Whether you’re donning a swimsuit or gym shorts, you’re bound to have an amazing year at Granite Falls!

Meet Y’all at the Watering Hole

July 11th, 2017

In 2010, Jacky Wilson and Mike Tucker had a great idea:  open the first pool-side bar in Rolesville . 7 years later, The Watering Hole is a hugely popular feature of our outdoor pool amenities.

The Watering Hole has a ton of options including 10 total beers on tap (6 more than 2016) including 8 craft beers and 2 domestics.

If you’re not a beer fan, we have a bunch of mixed drink options with tonic, soda, cranberry juice, orange juice, and bloody mary mixers (plus lime and salt for your margaritas!) If you want to upgrade with a top shelf liquor, check out Patron Silver Tequila, Hornitos Lime Tequila, Crown Royal Whiskey, and Goose Vodka.

In addition, we have 4 frozen drink options: strawberry daiquiri, lime margarita, pina coloda, and sangria (BONUS- these are not pre-mixed with alcohol, so you get to pick your mixer or we can serve it as a non-alcoholic smoothie for adults and kids.)

Watching your carbs? Check out Simply Seltzer- available in 2 flavors, light on calories and even lighter on carbs.

To top it all off, we will have a total of 9 Sunday afternoon beer tastings. Come sample a wide array of craft beer options and then buy a cup of your favorite brew.

Your friendly neighborhood bartenders, Angie, Matt, and Michelle, look forward to serving you Friday-Sunday, so come join us at the best (and still only!) pool-side bar in Rolesville!

Swim Across America 2017

June 26th, 2017

Guest Blog by Granite Falls Swim Instructor and Mudpuppies Event Director, Mary DeMilia

On June 11 at the Triangle Aquatic Center, I had the honor of being the event director for the Mudpuppies Swim Across America Event in memory of Dr Brian Goldman.

Dr Brian Goldman and I swam in the same lane for many years, and had cancer at the same time, and didn’t realize it.  Despite the fact that Dr Brian Goldman passed away from colon cancer 2 years ago, his Mudpuppies team is continuing the fight to help find a cure through Swim Across America.  Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease.  You can read more about Swim Across America here.

Granite Falls sent a team to this event held at the Triangle Aquatic Center.  Joseph Harrison, Tim Payne, Reagan Kaufmann, Enzo Vergnano, Mary DeMilia, Ryan DeMilia, and Michelle DeMilia all participated.

The honorary team captain was Tim Payne.  Tim Payne won the 2016 Invictus Gold Medal.  And despite losing both legs, he swam 1 mile. You can view his ESPN special here: https://vimeo.com/166823531.

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what was to occur.  2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held decided to swim in the first honorary wave with Tim Payne.  WRAL, CBS Carolina, News and Observer, and Spectrum news was there to report it.

You can watch the WRAL interview here.

Read the News and Observer interview here.

For the Olympic Clinic, Ryan Held (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist), Elaine Breeden (2008 Olympic Silver Medalist), Alex Rousseau (1992 & 1996 Olympics) and Erica Braun (world masters champion) ran the clinics for both water polo and swimming.

We are still accepting donations here:

www.swimacrossamerica.org/mudpuppies

Come out to our Poolside Benefit Bash this Friday!

June 20th, 2017

 

This Friday, June 23rd, we will be hosting a charity event from 5-8 pm benefiting head camp counselor Gabe Gonzalez’s fundraising goal for Camp Kesem. At the event, we will have a poolside DJ, Jam ice cream truck, and hot dogs and burger plates for sale with all proceeds benefiting Camp Kesem.  Additionally, camp counselors and other staff will be leading games, crafts, and activities to make it a fun-filled evening for all. We will also be selling raffle tickets, $5 for one or 6 for $25 for a host of amazing prizes such as a FREE week of camp, night of PNO, private swim lesson, birthday party, personal training with our fitness director, and much more!

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that gives kids whose parents have or have had cancer a chance to attend a week long overnight camp and get a break from their oftentimes very tough home-life situations. At camp, the campers engage in a host of classic camp activities such as archery, boating, rock climbing, and of course s’mores and campfires. Camp Kesem gives these kids a chance to be linked with others going through a similar situation to form a community of love and support.

Camp Kesem is run entirely by student volunteers and as a counselor, it is their responsibility to raise at least $500, which keeps the cost of the campers to attend camp free. This will be Gabe’s second summer volunteering as a counselor with Camp Kesem UNC-Chapel Hill. Please come out for a fun-filled evening this Friday, June 23rd from 5 – 8 pm and support Gabe.  Raffle tickets can be bought at the event or at the front desk or you can donate directly to his fundraising page.

 Thank you for all your support!

 

Get a BITE at The Shark Shack!

June 7th, 2017

Picture this- you’re at the pool and you’re hungry. Do you start nibbling on your child’s Goldfish crackers OR, wouldn’t you much rather munch on a large pretzel covered in cinnamon and sugar?

Pretzels not your thing? How about a salad covered in your favorite veggies and meat from Marco’s? Or wouldn’t a delicious ice cream sandwich be the highlight of the night after 5 hours of fun in the sun?

Our pool-side bar, The Watering Hole, is open during the weekend, but it’s Thursday and you would love a cup of wine or a cold beer. Don’t worry, The Shark Shack has you covered!

And, have you see those 30oz blue tumblers around the club? The one featuring our Granite Falls logo? A new edition to our Shark Shack line-up, the Granite Falls tumbler looks awesome, keeps your drinks cold, and saves you money on fountain drink refills!

There’s so much The Shark Shack has to offer and it’s steps away from your favorite chair at the Granite Falls pool. Come check us out and let us make your day even better!

Our full menu can be found HERE!

Outdoor Pools open for the Summer, Saturday, May 20th!

May 17th, 2017

Please come join us for the first official opening day of the outdoor pools on Saturday, May 20th starting at 10:00 am.  The outdoor pools will be open until October 1st.

Outdoor pool hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Enjoy your summer with family and friends at the Granite Falls outdoor pools!

Pool Season is Sneaking UP!

May 3rd, 2017

It’s almost here- the time of year that we all look forward to: Pool Time!! Our official season starts Saturday, May 20th at 10am, but we hate to make you wait that long, so we’re giving you an exclusive Sneak Peek on Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 14th from 1-5pm!

I was hired for the 2014 summer season. I had been a member at Granite Falls for some years, so I knew things picked up during the summer, but I had no idea how awesome it would be to see the behind-the-scenes contrast of working here during the colder months and then once the outdoor pool opened. There’s always lots of social interaction around class time, in the indoor pool, and on the fitness floor, but now it continued well after the fitness activities were finished. I love seeing families hanging out with their kids and friends well into the evening- finally, exiting the back gate with happy (and tired) kids trailing behind. I love seeing grandparents taking a break by the pool with a good book. I love seeing members spend an hour just floating around the lazy river. It’s a time of fun, excitement, and relaxation.

Come join us for what is sure to be the start of a great season!

Jenny
Membership Director

Why did YOU join?

April 5th, 2017

“Julia” came in to the club the other day on a whim. She hadn’t been here before, but has some friends that are members and had heard great things. She is a former sports enthusiast and has gone from rocking Bootcamp classes to having trouble maneuvering stairs. “Julia” is looking for a restart and she knows that this is the place that will get her there.

“John and Nancy” are a younger couple with two kids- a 3 year old and a 6 month old. They love swimming year-round and know that the kids are going to love the outdoor pool once that opens on May 20th. They are friends with a long-time Granite Falls employee and had only heard great things about the club. They toured the club and came back in the next night to sign-up!

“Sam” is a former member and now retired. He wants to get back into a fitness routine and wants to include his wife in the process. He was thrilled to be getting back told his old Granite Falls stomping ground.

Everyone walks through our doors for different reasons- the thing that I LOVE though, is that everyone leaves with a smile on their face. They know that they’ve made a decision that will benefit themselves and their family. They know that they will see old friends and make new ones. They know, if they go forward with the right mindset, they will see results…they will hit their goals (mini ones and the BIG ones!)

Thank you to everyone who given us a chance to prove that we can help you become a better you. I’ve experienced this for myself and, if you haven’t experienced it yet, I would like to personally invite you to walk through our doors…

Fun at the Falls Makeover Time!

March 7th, 2017

So, a few months ago we had a vision. Our quarterly catalogue was tired and needed a little love. It served its purpose, but no longer filled me with excitement when it was time to put it together. And, one thing that I’ve always loved about this job is how, pretty much every day, I get excited about something I do. After putting our heads together (and our amazing photographer, Victoria Walcott, putting her camera talents to great use), we came up with something wonderful.

To say that we’re thrilled with the result is an understatement. We’re still tweaking some stuff, but I truly feel like now we are showcasing the amazing facility we have outside of the gym just as well as we do once you come through the doors. Please send me feedback  and I can’t wait to see who makes the cover of our April issue (March features long-time member, Tammy Alexander, taking a well-deserved pause in Masters Swim.)