2012 USMS 5K Open Water National Championship Morse Reservoir, Noblesville, Indiana

USMS >3 / <6 Mile Open Water National Championship

Saturday, June 23, 2012

USMS Sanction : 162-OW05

USMS >3 / <6 Mile Open Water National Championship

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Wed, Feb 1, 2012
12:00 AM
Sat, Jun 9, 2012
11:59 PM

EVENTS: 2012 USMS 5K OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND PASS 5K: The course is a 5K loop marked with buoys. Swimmers will swim one lap. Click here to view the course.

LOCATION/FACILITY: South Harbour Clubhouse & Beach, 1156 South Harbour Drive, Noblesville, IN 46062. Lake temperature in late June is near 78 F, but may vary +/- 5 degrees.  Link to Morse Lake Weather.

TIME LIMIT: ~2¼ hours. Those not finished within the time limit will be asked to exit the water.

CHECK-IN: Race Day CHECK-IN: 6:00-7:30 AM; Race Day Meeting 7:30 AM.  Start: 8 AM. Championship heats will be seeded at the discretion of the Event Director based on entries.

ELIGIBILITY: This is a USMS sanctioned event. All participants must be 18 years or older and registered for 2012 with USMS or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers.  Foreign swimmers are not eligible for All American status. “One-Event” registration is available only for the non-championship Planet Adventure Swim Series 5K (‘PASS 5K’). Please use separate registration for PASS 5K.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event.


  • Online Entry is preferred. 
  • Early Registration is $60 and must be completed online by midnight central time on May 19, 2012 or received by mail by May 19, 2012.
  • Late Registration is $70 and must be completed online by midnight central time or received by mail by June 9, 2012. 
  • Online registration is charged to your credit card by "ClubAssistant.com Events."
  • No race-day entries.
  • Event registration will close when 300 entries have been received. 
  • Fee includes: T-shirts, swim caps, goody bags and snacks.
  • Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit, Friends of Central Pool, Inc. (FOCP).
  • There will be no refunds.

TIMING: Electronic chip timing will be used. Each swimmer will wear an electronic ankle or wrist band. The timing chip must be returned or a $30 fee will be assessed. Manual backup timing will also be conducted.

SAFETY: Our Primary Concern:  Safety boats and life guards will monitor the entire course. A water stop will be available on the course at the halfway mark (2.5K).  Swimmers must wear race cap and numbers on arms and back for identification. Medical personnel will be on-site. Athletes will enter the water only after being identified and recorded by race number by a race official.  In case of severe weather or other safety issue, the race may be postponed, cancelled or abandoned.

SEEDING: Swimmers in the national championship event may be seeded by time. Those wishing to swim in the first “Elite” heat, must provide a verifiable time to qualify for Elite seeding.  Qualifying time for the Elite heat will be determined by the ~40 fastest seed times. All swimmers must provide a real or estimated seed time.  The non-championship event will follow the championship heats. The Event Director reserves the right to change seeding.

AWARDS: USMS National Championship medals will be awarded to the top 8 finishers by age group and gender. Standard USMS age groups will apply. USMS Long Distance Championship patches will be awarded to gold medalists in each age group. Merchandise may be awarded to age group medalists.

LODGING: Several Noblesville hotels are within 6 mi. of the venue: Fairfield Inn, 17960 Foundation Dr., Noblesville (317) 776-9900; Super 8, 17070 Dragonfly Lane, Noblesville, (317) 776-7088; Quality Inn and Suites, 16025 Prosperity Drive, Noblesville (317) 770-6772. Many other choices are available in the surrounding area. Click here for lodging suggestions.  “Home-stays” with local USMS families may be available. Contact Event Director.

AIRPORT: Indianapolis, approx. 60 min. by car from venue.

If you arrive days early, swimming opportunities at FPAC pool and in Morse reservoir are available. Contact Event Director.

SATURDAY (6/23/2012): RACE DAY
6:00 – 7:30 AM    All Swimmers Check-In and numbered
7: 00-7:30   Warm-up
7:30 AM   Mandatory pre-race instructions
7:50AM    Elite heat staging; 7:55 other heats staged
8:00 AM   Start Elite heat
8:05, 8:10, 8:15 etc    Subsequent heats start; PASS 5K start
10:15 to 10:30 AM   Course closes; Awards ASAP

SUNDAY (6/24/2012): 8:30 AM - Noon. For those staying overnight after the race, we will have a complimentary swim practice, recreation and brunch at The Forest Park Aquatic Center, provided by NASTi & FOCP for swimmers and their families. Please RSVP when you check in for the race.

Dick Sidner, 1510 Persimmon Pl, Noblesville, IN 46062. dsidner@gmail.com Ph (317) 695-9885.

a history buff’s haven delights with an historic courthouse and quaint brick-lined streets. The Courthouse and business district are on the National Register of Historic Places. In Forest Park visit the Train Museum, the 1871 Covered Bridge, a carousel and the Forest Park Aquatic Center operated by the not-for-profit, Friends of Central Pool, Inc. For tourist information, call the Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau (317) 848-3181 or visit their website.

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events."

Online Registration closed on 6/9/2012.
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