2024 Central Illinois Open Water Swim 1.2-Miles & 2.4-Miles


Saturday, June 8, 2024

USMS Sanction : 214-W002

Central Illinois Masters Swim Team Meets

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Thu, May 2, 2024
08:00 AM
Fri, Jun 7, 2024
11:59 AM

Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 9:00 A.M. CT
Evergreen Lake • Comlara Park • Hudson, Illinois • 1.2 Miles & 2.4 Miles

Sanctioned by Illinois Masters Swimming Association (ILMSA) for United States Masters Swimming (USMS)

CIOWS 2024 Event Information

SCHEDULE: Saturday, June 8, 2024*
7:00 A.M. Start Registration Check-In and Body Marking 
8:00 A.M. Warmup Start
8:30 A.M. Close Warmup, Registration Check-In and Body Marking
8:35 A.M. Required Pre-Race Course Briefing [at swim start/beach area]
9:00 A.M. Wave 1: 2.4-Miles [In-Water Start]
9:10 A.M. Wave 2: 1.2-Miles [In-Water Start]
11:15 A.M. Recognition

* All times are Central Time (CT)

EVENT HOST: Central Illinois Masters Swim Team, Inc. (CIMST) http://cimst.org

FACILITY/VENUE HOST: McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation www.mcleancountyil.gov

VENUE LOCATION: Evergreen Lake at Comlara Park 
13001 Recreation Area Drive, Hudson, Illinois 61748


North 8-miles on Interstate 39 (from Bloomington/Normal, IL and Interstates I-74 & I-55)
Exit I-39 at Exit 8
1.3-miles West on McLean County Hwy 8 (E 2500N) to McLean County Highway 33 (N 1275E)
0.5-mile South on McLean County Hwy 33 (N 1275E) to Recreation Area Drive
West onto Recreation Area Drive 0.5-mile to PARKING and REGISTRATION CHECK-IN

Event Director: Miranda Henson 
Referees: Todd Schmidt & Scott Penland
Lifeguard & Kayak Supervisor: Paul Miller

RULES & SAFETY: Current USMS Open Water rules will apply. Under USMS Open Water rules, your age is determined as of December 31, 2024, except that you must be at least age 18-years old on June 8, 2024. USMS registration is required of all participants. All participants are required to wear the event supplied brightly colored swim cap and have their body marked with registration number for safety reasons. For non-wetsuit competitions, swimmers shall wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces.  All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials and not contain clasps or zippers.  For both men and women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulder nor below the ankles. View USMS Open Water rules here.

CHECK-IN: Starts at 7:00 A.M. and closes at 8:30 A.M. CT.  For safety reasons no one will be allowed to swim without positive check-in before 8:30 A.M. CT - no exceptions.  Your 2024 USMS Membership Card and photo identification are required at check-in - registrations are not transferable.

COURSE BRIEFING: 8:35 A.M. CT REQUIRED for ALL participants.

COURSE: Triangular 1.2 Mile loop course marked by buoys, lifeguards on rescue boards, rowboats, kayaks, officials, and other safety resources. In-water start, swim counter-clockwise around three orange 8-foot tetrahedron turn buoys (with red guide buoys on straight-aways), exit water with brief run on beach sand, and through finish chute. Course is subject to change if event day conditions warrant.  Please note that a cool down swim in the lake is not available following completion of swimming.   

Anticipated water temperature range: 73 to 83°F.
Anticipated air temperature range: 75 to 80°F. 
Water and air temperature updates will be e-mailed to registrants periodically during the weeks/days leading to the event.

WETSUITS: Based on conditions at race time and the descretion of the CIOWS Director, wetsuits may be allowed when the Evergreen Lake water temperature is below 78°F.  If 78°F or higher - no wetsuits - no exceptions.

USMS/ILMSA MEMBER ONLINE REGISTRATION: Online CIOWS entry registration begins with USMS membership verification and purchase availability. You must bring your 2024 USMS Registration Card. The $70.00 cost for USMS/ILMSA membership is in addition to your event entry fee. One Event (OEVT) membership to USMS is available for $20. The OEVT fee is in addition to your entry fee.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Online registration entry provides immediate entry confirmation and e-mail receipt.  Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "CENT IL MASTERS SWIM"

Early Entry $50.00: Received by 11:59 P.M. CT Saturday, May 25, 2024.
Late Entry $60.00: Received by 11:59 A.M. (noon) CT Friday, June 7, 2024.
* CIOWS entry fee does not include USMS/ILMSA Member or OEVT registration fee.



NO TRANSFERS. NO DEFERRALS. NO REFUNDS. Event may be delayed or cancelled due to water temperature below 66°F or above 87.8°F, extreme weather, other emergency, or as determined by the CIOWS Director, Venue Host, Safety Officials, or CIOWS Referee.

T-Shirts: 2024 CIOWS shirts are available for $15.00 (100% cotton) or $20.00 (Dry-Fit fabric) at the time of registration.  See pictures below.  Shirts ordered by 11:59 p.m. CT on May 22, 2024, will be available for pick up at check-in.  If ordered after that date, they may not be available at check-in and may require mailing with a small shipping charge added.  Depending on quantities, T-Shirts may be sold on the day of the event for $20-$25.

Cotton T-Shirt $15.00 Dry-Fit T-Shirt $20.00

RESULTS: Provided by It's Race Time.  Results will be posted at www.Itsracetime.com and at http://cimst.org.  There is a $25 fee for failing to return the timing chip.

AWARDS: Non-wetsuit competitions - Overall top 3 Men and top 3 Women place finishers. 
Non-wetsuit competitions - First place finisher in each Men's and Women's age group division.
No awards are provided for wetsuit competitions.
There will be an awards table under the registration tent to pick up awards. 

PARKING: Free parking is available in the gravel lots located next to the registration tent.

ONSITE FACILITIES: Restrooms, showers, changing areas are available at the Comlara Park Glasener Beach House.

FOOD: Post-race snacks will be available for participants.  Bottles of water will be available for race participants and volunteers.  No alcohol allowed.

SPONSORS: Please visit and support our CIOWS 2024 sponsors at http://cimst.org and https://www.facebook.com/ilmasters.

CAMPING: Campsites are available in the Main Recreation Area of Comlara Park.  Call 309-434-6770 for reservations and fee information. Please indicate that you are with the CIOWS Event.

QUESTIONS: See http://cimst.org or e-mail miranda@cimst.org

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "CENT IL MASTERS SWIM."

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