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10th Annual Madison Open Water Swim (MOWS) 1.2 and 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 18, 2012

USMS Sanction : 202-W001

Madison Open Water Swim

Open Water Registration

Registration Schedule

It is now 8:02 AM CT on Monday, January 22, 2018.
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Swimmer Registration Tue, April 10, 2012 08:00 AM CT Mon, August 13, 2012 08:00 AM CT

Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:30 am at Lake Monona, Law Park, Madison, Wisconsin

Sponsored by Wisconsin Masters Aquatic Club - Madison Area Masters


Race results are posted on http://www.performancetiming.com

Race pictures are posted on MOWS Photo Gallery

Madison Open Water Swim

Wave 1 - 2.4 mile Madison Open Water Swim race (no wetsuits)

Wave 2 - 2.4 mile Madison Open Water Swim race (wetsuits allowed)

Wave 3a - 1.2 mile Madison Open Water Swim race (no wetsuits)

Wave 3b - 1.2 mile Madison Open Water Swim race (wetsuits allowed)

All swimmers will start in the water and finish on the beach utilizing electronic timing chips. There will be three starting waves as described in the Event PDF file.

This is a 1.2 mile rectangular course in the same location as Ironman Wisconsin which is scheduled for the following month. View the course and event layout in the Event PDF file. The course is well marked with eighteen orange buoys, patrolled by lifeguards and volunteers in a variety of watercraft. The past water temperatures for this event have been 72 to 77 degrees F. For swimmer safety, wet suits are not allowed if the water temperature exceeds 78 degrees F.  See last years times and pictures.


Saturday, August 18, 2012. Event check-in begins at 7:00 am. The mandatory pre-swim briefing starts at 8:15 am. You must exit the water after warming up and attend the pre-swim briefing. The swim events start at 8:30 am. Detailed safety instructions will be given at this time.


Law Park on Lake Monona,100 E John Nolen Dr, Madison, Wisconsin. Parking and hotels are available in several nearby locations as marked in the Location PDF file. More lodging may found at: http://www.visitmadison.com/visitors/stay/hotels/.


Open to all swimmers 18 years and over as of August 18, 2012. Please judge your own ability level prior to registering for this race. In order to complete the swim within the prescribed time limits, you should to be able to swim 500 yards in 13 minutes.

Because this is a USMS sanctioned event, 2012 USMS or FINA membership is required. There are two membership options:

  1. Annual USMS membership ($44.00 for WI good through 12/31/2012).
  2. One Event membership ($18.00). Please note, this can only be used once in a year.

Foreign swimmers with FINA memberships are not eligible for USMS records or All-American status.

How to Enter/Register

Registration online is required. The entry fee is $30.00 if received before 5:00 pm CST on Wednesday, August 8 or $50.00 if received before registration closes at 5:00 pm CST on Tuesday, August 14. There will be no registration (including race day) after 5:00 pm CST on August 14.

Registration is limited to 500 swimmers. A photo ID (driver's license), USMS membership and event registration verification may be required at check-in. You will be required to sign a liability waiver at check-in.

Click to see the current number of entries

A MOWS 2012 t-shirt is available for purchase for an additional $12.00. The shirt is 100% cotton and is printed on the front with the MOWS 2012 logo. Shirts must be ordered during registration no later than August 8, 2012 and must be picked up during check-in.

Event Details

Schedule: The detailed schedule and event map can be found in the Event PDF file.

Safety/Rules: The race course will be patrolled by a variety of water craft and certified lifeguards. Current 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern this event and a USMS judge will serve as starter. If the water temperature is above 78 degrees F, no wetsuits will be allowed. Detailed safety instructions and USMS rules are included in the Safety PDF file. Detailed safety instructions will be given at the pre-race briefing.

Timing: Electronic timing will be used. Each swimmer will wear an electronic timing chip on an ankle bracelet to automatically record their time. Timing chips must be returned after crossing the finish line or a $30 charge will be assessed to the swimmer.

Food: Bagels, fruit, water and other refreshments will be available after the swim.

Awards and Results: Awards will be given for each age group only after the event is over. Age groups will be 18-24, 25-29, 30-34 . . . (continuing in 5 year increments). Awards will also be separated into wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories for each age group. Race day results will be posted only after each event is over. Results will also be posted later on http://www.performancetiming.com. Must be present to receive your award.  Awards will not be mailed.

For questions or more information on MOWS, please email swim.mows@gmail.com


If you would like to be a MOWS volunteer, please email volunteer.mows@gmail.com. Some areas needing volunteers:

  • Swimmer check-in stations.
  • Pre-event set up.
  • Post-event clean up.
  • Kayak swimmer watcher support (need to have own kayak).
  • Boat evacuation/rescue support (need to have own boat).


Great Lakes Open Water Swim Series (GLOWS)

MOWS 2012 is a part of the Great Lakes Open Water Swim Series (GLOWS). The GLOW Series is organized by USMS and includes open water swims in 7 cities throughout the Great Lakes region. More information about the events can be found at: http://www.greatlakeszone.com.

Please note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events."
Online Registration closed on 8/13/2012.
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