Foster Lake Cable Swims One & Two-Mile Cable Swims & Dog Tandem Challenge

USMS 1 Mile OW

Saturday, July 2, 2011

USMS Sanction : 371-OW3

USMS 1 Mile Open Water/Cable National Championships

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Featuring the USMS One-Mile Open Water National Championships
July 2, 2011
One & Two-Mile Cable Swims & Dog Tandem Challenge!
Hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics
Sanctioned by Oregon Masters Swimming for U.S. Masters Swimming #371-OW3
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.


  • Two-Mile non-championship swim;
  • Two heats of the USMS One-Mile Open Water Championship;
  • Dog Tandem Challenge

ELIGIBILITY:  This event is open ONLY to 2011 USMS members or foreign equivalents.  Eligibility will be automatically verified for online entries.  A legible photocopy of 2011 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 One-Mile swim, only Category I swimwear is allowed.  In the Two-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, 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!

STARTS:  In the 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 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 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):
7:30am   Lewis Creek Park opens
8:00am   Check-in opens for all events
8:45am   Check-in closes for 2-mile
9:05am   Pre-race meeting & marshaling for 2-mile
9:30am   Start of 2-mile
11:00am  Check-in closes for 1-mile
11:20pm     Pre-race meeting for 1-mile
11:30pm     Pre-race marshaling for heat #1 of 1-mile
11:45am     Start of heat #1 of 1-mile
12:00pm  Pre-race marshalling for heat #2 of 1-mile
12:15pm     Start of heat #2 of 1-mile
12:30pm     Check-in closes for Dog Challenge
12:45pm     Lunch
1:00pm     Start of Dog Challenge
1:30pm     Relay entries close
1:45pm     Awards for 1-mile Championships

REGISTRATION:   Save time, paper, & errors by registering online.  Online entries close at midnight pacific time on June 20.  Paper entries MUST be received by June 20.  Due to organization and 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 One-Mile Championship swim is limited to the first 288 registrants.  The Two-Mile swim is limited to the first 144 registrants.  We will maintain a waiting list in case early registrants drop out.  No limits for the Dog Tandem Challenge.

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 One-Mile swim, cumulative relays will be accepted for National Championship places, All-American honors, and USMS records.  In the Two-Mile swim, relays will be accepted for records.  Enter relays & pay fees on race day only.  Bring club mates for relays!

RESULTS:  Results will be posted at Foster Lake promptly after each heat & race, and at,, and after the event.  You may purchase hard-copy results.

RECORDS:  Courses for both race distances are surveyed & certified, and qualify for National & Oregon cable swim records if they occur.


  • One-Mile: USMS championship medals to top eight finishers, and USMS championship patch to the winner, in each age group. 
  • Two-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 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 fee on site. 

LODGING & CAMPING:  See website for options.


EVENT DIRECTOR:  Bob Bruce    541-317-4851

# Sex Event
1 Mixed (for seeding the 1-mile swim) 1650 Y Free
2 Mixed (for seeding the 2-mile swim) 1650 Y Free

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Online Registration closed on 6/20/2011.
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