Event: There will be two races: a 1-mile cable swim at 8:30 am and a 2-mile cable swim beginning at 10:00 am. The 1-mile swim will consist of 2 laps in a counter-clockwise direction around a ¼-mile straightaway cable, with start and finish in the water. The 2-mile race will consist of 4 laps around the ¼-mile cable in a clockwise direction. Both the 1- and 2-mile distances are certified and qualify for national records. No splits or premature finishes will be eligible for records. The lake opens at 7am and warm-up on the cable course will be available 7:15-8:00am.
NOTE: Holding on to water craft or the cable will not be allowed. All swimmers must be able to complete the swim on their own without assistance. If you have questions, please contact the race director.
Anticipated water temp: 78° to 82°
NO WETSUITS ALLOWED
Check-in Closes at: 1-Mile: 8:00 AM 2-Mile: 9:15 AM
Eligibility: The Cable swim is open to all swimmers 18 years & older as of June 3, 2023 who are members of USMS. Paper entries must include a copy of your 2023 USMS card. Online entries will be verified automatically. “One Event” is available through online registration for an additional fee of $20.00. To renew or join USMS online, visit www.usms.org/reg
Rules: Current 2023 USMS rules will govern both races. Per the race director’s discretion, we will NOT allow participants to hold onto any watercraft during the swim. All swims must be unassisted. Please contact the race director with questions.
Entries: All snail mail entries must be postmarked by May 19th, 2023. Online entries will close at 11:59pm Eastern Time on May 27th, 2023. Late or race-day entries will NOT be accepted. You may enter both events. Online entry is strongly encouraged. Entry fee is $85 for either the 1- or 2-mile swim. The entry fee for those who enter both the 1- and 2-mile events is $135. Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events" or "Virginia Masters."
Safety: For safety reasons, swimmers who cannot complete 1 mile in 1 hour or 2 miles in 2 hours should NOT enter. Swimmers still on the course after the time limit will be stopped and listed as DNF in the results. In the event of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and thereby prevent swimmers from completing the race. The Charlottesville-Albemarle rescue/dive team will be on site with boats, scuba divers, and a rescue squad.
Seeding: Swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest according to 1650 seed time and will be started in waves of 10 swimmers, staggered at 30-second intervals. “No Time” entries will be seeded in the final wave. Seeding changes will not be allowed on race day.
Age Groups: 18-24, 25-29, etc. in 5-year increments, for both men/women. Your age as of 12/31/2023 will be used except for 18-year-olds who must be 18 on the day of competition.
Awards/ Social: For both races, awards will be given to the top 3 men & women finishers in each age group. The awards ceremony will take place on the beach following the 2-mile race. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Directions: (Google Maps - “Chris Greene Lake Park”)
from Washington, D.C: (Distance: 115 miles, Drive Time: ~ 2 to 2.5 hours) Take Rt. 29 toward Charlottesville, VA. In Earlysville, turn right onto Airport Rd. (Rt. 649). Travel 7/10 mile toward airport. At roundabout, bear right onto 606. Go 1.2 miles and turn left onto Chris Greene Lake Rd. Proceed past guardhouse and follow the road downhill and around the lake to the parking lot at the end of the road.
from Richmond, VA: (Distance: 75 miles, Drive Time: ~ 90 minutes) Take I-64 West to exit 124, Charlottesville/Shadwell, (U.S. 250 West), to U.S. 29 North. Follow U.S. 29 North approximately 6 miles to Airport Rd. (Rt. 649). Turn left onto Airport Rd., go 7/10 mile toward airport and follow the underlined directions above.
from Waynesboro, VA: (Distance: 34 miles, Drive Time: ~ 45 minutes) Take l-64 East to exit 118B, Charlottesville/Culpeper, (U.S. 29 North Bypass), to U.S. 29 North. Follow U.S. 29 North approximately 6 miles to Airport Rd. (Rt. 649). Turn left onto Airport Rd., go 7/10 mile toward airport and follow the underlined directions above.