Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, New York
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:30 am
Sponsored by: Adirondack Masters & North Elba Park District
Sanctioned by: ADLMSC for United States Masters Swimming, Sanction #034-W001
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Event: This will be a 2-mile swim, consisting of four laps around a quarter-mile underwater cable marked with buoys. There will be two heats swum in the same direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise), which will be determined by the toss of a coin (national championship medal) on Friday afternoon.
Eligibility: Open to all swimmers 18 years & over as of August 16, 2014. All swimmers must be registered with USMS (or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers). Paper entrants must submit a copy of their 2014 registration card with your entry. One-event membership is not available for this race.
Rules: 2014 USMS rules will govern this race. Only Category I swimwear is allowed (www.usms.org/rules/part 3.pdf, Rules 303.7.1 & 303.7.2). Wetsuits may not be worn in this race. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided, have their race numbers on their arms, and follow all announced safety rules without exception.
Seeding: Swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest using 1650-yard times. ‘No Time’ entries will not be accepted. Seeding changes will not be allowed after the heat sheet is posted. Enter accurate times! Heat sheets will be posted at www.betsyowensswim.com by Tuesday, August 12, 2014. An email notification will be sent to all entrants.
Starts: There will be two heats. Each heat will consist of seeded waves (8-10 swimmers each) starting 30 seconds apart. Faster swimmers will be in the first heat.
Safety—our primary concern: Warm-up: After the course direction has been determined, warm-up MUST be swum in that direction only! Heat 2 will start as soon as possible after Heat 1 has finished. There will no warm-up allowed on the course after the start of Heat 1.
Time Limit: For safety reasons, swimmers who cannot complete 2 miles in 1hr 45mins are advised not to enter; swimmers on the course after 1hr 45mins may 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 swim. Entry fee includes a swim cap that must be worn during the swim. No motorized craft are allowed on the lake. Safety boats and paddlers will monitor the course and medical personnel will be on-site.
Water temperature: 70-80°F.
Schedule (subject to change due to conditions)
8:00 Check-in opens; coin toss to determine course direction; warmup opens
9:00 Check-in closes for Heat 1
9:15 Mandatory pre-race meeting for Heat 1; warmup on course ends
9:30 Start of Heat 1
10:15 Check-in closes for Heat 2
10:15 Mandatory pre-race meeting for Heat 2
10:30 (or immediately following finish of Heat 1) Start of Heat 2
Entries: NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Early registration fee is $45 for entries received by Friday, July 11; $65 for entries received between July 12 and August 6. All paper entries must be received by Friday, August 1. Online entries close at midnight on Wednesday, August 6. Due to organizational and seeding needs, LATE AND RACE DAY ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED (except for relays). Don’t ask! Submit your entry on time. Fee includes a swim cap, post race picnic and a 100% cotton T-shirt available in women’s & unisex styles. Indicate size on entry form. (For T-shirts larger than XL, please add $3.00 and indicate size.)
ENTRY LIMITS: The event is limited to the first 175 registrants. We will maintain a waiting list in case early registrants drop out.
Net proceeds will be donated to women’s breast health services in memory of event founder and former Adirondack Chair Betsy Owens.
Awards: The top 6 individuals in each gender/age group and the top 3 relays in each category will be awarded USMS Long Distance National Championship medals. USMS Long Distance National Championship patches will be awarded to first individual finisher in each age group: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34…100+ and each member of the winning relays in the relay age groups (18+, 25+, 35+…95+). In addition, the first place USMS swimmers in each age group and first USMS relay teams in each age category will be designated Long Distance All American. Relays are cumulative (adding times from individual 2-mi swim) and entered after the event. For more information, go to www.betsyowensswim.com. Results will be posted at www.usms.org and www.adms.org.
Records: The course will be surveyed and certified and qualify for national cable swim records if they occur.
Post-race Picnic & Awards Ceremony: Catered by Chair 6 Restaurant! Free for all entrants and volunteers; guests $12.00 with entry; a limited number of picnic tickets may be sold on race day for $15.00 (but please order in advance to ensure enough food is ordered).
Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, 518-523-2445
Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, 518-891-1990
Quick links to Lake Placid websites at http://www.betsyowensswim.com.
Directions: Approximately 2:45 from Albany Airport. From South: Northway (1-87) to Exit 30. Follow signs to Lake Placid. From North: Northway (1-87) to exit for Keeseville and Ausable Forks, Rt 9N, to Rt 86 in Jay, through Wilmington into Lake Placid. From West: Take routes to Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake to Route 86 into Lake Placid. Village beach on Mirror Lake in town of Lake Placid is located near center of village and Main St. Street parking is available near the venue on day of event. Map: http://bit.ly/9NTVrU
For more information, contact:
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