2018 Finger Lakes Open Water Swim Festival
September 22-23, 2018
10 Mile on September 22 (max of 25 swimmers)
2 Mile, 1 Mile and .5 Mile on Sunday, September 23
RACE FORMAT FOR 2018
Date/Time: 10 Mile Swim on September 22, 2018 (max of 25 swimmers). September 23, 2018 at 8am (2 mile), 9:15am (1 Mile), and 10am (.5 Mile). Swimmers may enter multiple distances.
10 Mile Swim registration is Friday, September 21st at 5pm followed by a course review and dinner as a group to meet support crew and volunteers. The 10 mile check-in on Saturday, September 22nd is 7am with loading to start soon after for a swim start time at approximately 8a.m. The swim concludes at 3pm. September 23, 2018 events – registration and warm-ups from 7:15–7:45am (2 mile), 7:15-9am (1 mile), 7:15-9:45am (.5 Mile). Mandatory meeting and line-up for all swimmers starting 15 minutes before each race. Awards table open at the completion of each distance to pick up awards. To accommodate the multiple event format and to allow swimmers to swim multiple distances, there will only be an awards table for pick up versus a formal awards presentation. Swimmers may enter multiple events.
Location/Directions: Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY. Registration and Event held at Clute Park, 155 S Clute Park Dr, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Eligibility: We are a member of the Global Swim Series(GSS), but any swimmer is eligible to enter the event. You do not need to be a member of GSS. It is up to each swimmer to understand their limitations, properly train and only enter distances you feel you are capable of swimming. An entry fee discount is offered for swimmers participating in 2 or more events. Swimmers 12 and under must provide proof of a timed 1 mile swim, supported by a coach sign off, or they may enter the .5 Mile or 12 & Under 100m swim with parent’s consent.
Rules: The event is Global Swim Series and GSS rules and regulations. Please see https://globalswimseries.com/rules for details.
Conditions: The course for the 10 mile swim on 9/22/2018 is an out and back course on the open lake where you will stay close to the western shore line. Course for 9/23/2018 is an out and back course starting at Clute Park. The course is 1 miles on the eastern shore line with navigation and turn buoy indicator for the .5 mile distance. The 2 mile is 2 loops of the 1 mile course. In water start. The safety of swimmers is our prime concern; therefore, the swimming event may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather. The Meet Director, US Coast Guard and Marine Police will make this decision. There will be no refunds once the swimmer has entered the race.
Entry Fees: For events on 9/23/2018 – $50 pre-registration by June 30, 2018, $60 by July 31, 2018 and $75 by September 14, 2018. On-line registration closes September 14, 2018 at 11pm EST. Swimmers may enter multiple events on Sunday, and each additional event is $20. Race day registration is available for $85 entry fee for 1st event, $15 for each additional event. Fees include t-shirts for registrations received by August 15, 2018, refreshments, permits, insurance, timing, caps, placement awards, t-shirt and race bags. After August 15, race shirts are available as supply lasts. 10 Mile Swim – $300, which includes your own kayak escort provided by the event, 2 meals (Friday night, Saturday post swim), all Sunday distances (if desired), permits, insurance, timing, caps, placement awards, t-shirt and race bag.
Clock Timing: Clock timing is only used for all events. Results and awards will be available soon after the last swimmer is done in each race; awards will then be available for pick up at the awards table. Awards will not be mailed.
Awards: Awards are in compliance with GSS age groups for both wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. Age groups are: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & over. Awards will be available at the awards table for pick-up at the completion of each event. Results will be posted at www.fingerlakesopenwaterswimming.com.
Safety – Our Primary Concern: For safety reasons, swimmers unable to complete a mile in 45 minutes are advised not to enter multiple events because we’ll start each event timely. Swimmers still on the course at 10:45am will be stopped and listed as DNF in the results. In case of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Entry fee includes a highly visible swim cap that must be worn as the top cap during the swim and all swimmers must have their race number on the provided cap. Since swimmers can enter multiple events, we will not do body marking. Therefore, it is critical swimmers wear the assigned cap for each distance. Lifeguards, safety boats, and kayaks will monitor the entire race course. Medical cards are available at day of registration for you to complete if you would like to alert us to potential issues (i.e. diabetes, allergies). For the 10 Mile Swim each swimmer must have a kayak escort. Patrol boats will also be on the course for monitoring and safety. The course will stay close to shore line.
Water Temperature: 60 to 74°F
Accommodations: Please see www.fingerlakesopenwaterswimming.com for a list of local hotels and area attractions.
Any questions, please contact event director Bridgette Hobart at 973-663-3663 or 862-432-0357 (mobile).
Course maps, T-shirts and goodie bags are available at check-in.
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