One & Two-Mile Cable Swims & Dog Tandem Challenge!
Hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics
Sanctioned by Oregon Masters Swimming for U.S. Masters Swimming #372-W005
Operating under Special Use Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
LOCATION & COURSE: Foster Lake is a scenic reservoir located just off U.S. Route 20 near Sweet Home, OR. The course is a ¼-mile cable certified accurate to USMS standards. Water temperature on race day has varied from 66-72 degrees Fahrenheit and will be posted.
USMS Two-Mile Cable Swim National Championships
One-Mile non-championship swim
Dog Tandem Challenge
ELIGIBILITY: This event is open ONLY to 2012 USMS members or foreign equivalents. Eligibility will be automatically verified for online entries. A legible photocopy of 2012 USMS card or foreign equivalent MUST accompany mailed entries. USMS “One-Event” membership is NOT available for this event.
RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event. In the Two-Mile swim, only Category I swimwear is allowed. In the One-Mile swim, Category II suits—including wetsuits—are allowed but scored in a separate category. See event website for swimwear details.
SEEDING: In both One & Two-Mile swims, all swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest by 1650-yard or 1500-meter time. ‘No Time’ entries will not be accepted. Seeding changes will not be allowed after the heat sheet is posted. Enter accurate times with no adjustments!
STARTS: In both One & Two-Mile swims, each heat will consist of seeded waves (8-12 swimmers each) starting 20-30 seconds apart. The Two-Mile & One-Mile swims will be contested in opposite directions, which will be decided by a coin toss at the Two-Mile pre-race meeting.
SAFETY—OUR PRIMARY CONCERN: Safety boats will monitor the entire course and medical personnel will be on-site. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided, must have their race number on their arms, and must follow all announced safety rules without exception. Time Limit: Swimmers who cannot complete one mile in 50 minutes or two miles in 1:45 should NOT enter; swimmers on the course after these time limits may be stopped and listed as DNF in the results.
DOGS SWIM TOO! 50-meter (or so) Tandem Challenge for dogs and their significant human! Unsanctioned—after all, dogs are not eligible for USMS membership. Open Age Group—whose age would we use anyway? Individual tandem starts. Start & finish—all paws dry. No entry fee. Woof! Dogs must be on leash at all times except when swimming, and owners must pick up after them.
RACE SCHEDULE (subject to change if conditions warrant):
7:30 am Lewis Creek Park opens for swimmers
8:00 am Check-in opens for all swims
8:45 am Check-in closes for Two-Mile
8:50 am Pre-race meeting & marshaling for Two-Mile
9:15 am Start of Two-Mile National Championships
11:00 am Check-in closes for One-Mile
Awards for Two-Mile National Championships
11:20 pm Pre-race meeting & marshaling for One-Mile
11:45 am Start of One-Mile
12:15 pm Lunch opens
12:30 pm Check-in closes for Dog Tandem Challenge
12:45 pm Start of Dog Tandem Challenge
1:15 pm Awards for One-Mile
1:30 pm Relay entries close
REGISTRATION: Save time, paper, & errors by registering online. Online registration closes 11:59 PM Pacific Time on June 20, 2012. All entries MUST be received by June 20. Due to organization & seeding needs, late or day-of-race entries will NOT be accepted (except for relays, see below)—please don’t even ask. Submit your entry on time!
ENTRY LIMITS: The entire event—including all swims—is limited to the first 180 registrants. We will maintain a waiting list in case early registrants drop out early enough to notify others.
ENTRY FEES: One swim is $40. Two swims are $50. Dog Tandem Challenge is free. Entry fee includes swims, a souvenir swim cap, and a post-swim meal. No refunds after the June 20 entry deadline.
RELAYS: In the Two-Mile swim, cumulative relays will be accepted for National Championship places, All-American honors, and USMS records. In the One-Mile swim, relays will be accepted for records. Enter relays & pay fees on race day only. Bring club mates for relays!
RECORDS: Courses for both race distances are surveyed & certified, and qualify for National & Oregon cable swim records if they are set.
AWARDS: Age groups are standard USMS age groups.
Two-Mile: USMS championship medals to top 8 finishers, and USMS championship patch to USMS winner, in each age group.
One-Mile: Ribbons to the top three in each age group.
Dog Tandem Challenge: Dog treats for all.
OREGON OPEN WATER SERIES: All swims count towards the cumulative season series. The One-Mile & Two-Mile swims are featured swims (22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 points), while the Dog Tandem Challenge is a participation swim (7 points).
T-SHIRTS: Each swimmer may pre-order & purchase one high-quality commemorative t-shirt for $12, and additional ones for $16. Not on sale at the event. See the website below for the t-shirt design.
DIRECTIONS (Mapquest: Lewis Creek Park):
From the North: Take I-5 south to exit 228. Drive east on Oregon 34 to Lebanon, then south & east on US 20 through Sweet Home. 2.2 miles past the Weyerhauser mill, turn north on Quartzville Rd.
From the South: Take I-5 north to exit 216. Drive east on Oregon 228 to Sweet Home, then continue east on US 20. 2.2 miles past the Weyerhauser mill, turn north on Quartzville Rd.
From the East: Take US Route 20 west over the Cascades towards Sweet Home, then turn north on Quartzville Rd.
Final Approach: Drive 1.2 miles north on Quartzville Rd., turn left on N. River Rd, and drive .8 miles to Lewis Creek Park. Turn left into the entrance, turn right, and park in the lower lot.
PARKING: Day parking costs $5 per car; please pay at park entrance.