2019 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim (3.2 miles)

Fat Salmon Open Water Swim

Saturday, July 13, 2019

USMS Sanction : 369-W002

Fat Salmon Open Water Swim

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Fri, Jul 12, 2019
12:01 AM
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
06:45 AM

Race Information
20th Fat Salmon Open Water Swim (3.2 miles)
Event hosted by: Orca Swim Team
SANCTIONED BY PNA for USMS Inc. # 369-W002

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2019  

WHERE: MADISON PARK BEACH on Lake Washington  (1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle WA) - Pre-race check-in and finish line of the swim

COURSE: Point-to-point course will follow the western shore of the lake from I-90 in a straight line marked with buoys.  In water start immediately offshore from Day Street Boat Ramp, finish across timing mats on shore at Madison Park Beach; participants will need to ascend 4 stairs at the completion of this race.  Water temperatures are typically in the high 60s or low 70s during the summer but can vary significantly; be prepared for a cold swim.  See RACE MAP.

  • 6:00 - 7:00 AM: MANDATORY Check-in
  • 7:05 AM: Pre-Race Meeting - MANDATORY for all swimmers
  • 7:20 AM: Carpool to 3.2-mile start at Day Street Boat Ramp (1402 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle, WA)
  • 8:15 AM: Start 1st wave from Day Street Boat Ramp, swimmers will be sent off in 5 separate waves scheduled every 3 minutes.

SAFETY: Large buoys (approx. every 1/2 mile) will mark the course. Motor boats, kayaks and lifeguards will be located along the perimeter of the course. Swimmers must wear the swim caps provided at check-in. A MANDATORY safety meeting will be held before the event start. Friends and family who are not registered for this event cannot swim along with you. 

MORE ABOUT SAFETY & PULLING SWIMMERS: We must maintain a certain swimmer-to-boat ratio to keep our permit AND, more importantly, to keep everyone safe. Swimmers that fall too far behind the pack or are not on target to finish the 3.2 mile event in 2 hours or less, will be pulled out of the water on the swim course.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event.

  • The use of neoprene wet suits or other nonporous attire IS allowed.
  • Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, MP3 players are NOT allowed.
  • Any questions, refer to USMS guidelines.


  • NO filling of no-show slots.
  • There will be NO refunds or exchange of entries.
  • Someone else cannot swim for you - this jeopardizes our insurance.
  • There will be NO SWIMMING if you have not checked in ON TIME and attended the pre-race safety meeting.
  • If you lose your timing chip, you MUST tell a race official that you got out of the water or we may think that you drowned and call search & rescue. Don't make us do that.
  • Provide an estimated time to complete this open water swim during registration so we may assign you to the proper wave speed.  Do not register for this event if your estimated time to complete this 3.2 mile open water swim is more than 2 hours. 

TRANSPORTATION / PARKING / CARPOOLING:  There is limited parking in the area of the event so carpooling is encouraged as much as possible.  We are guests of the neighborhoods for this event so please observe and respect parking regulations.  Swimmers are responsible for their own transportation from the check-in location at Madison Park Beach to the race start at Day Street Boat Launch (3 miles).  We will encourage the formation of carpools at the conclusion of the pre-race safety meeting.  Offer a ride to a fellow swimmers and fill up your car if driving to the starting point.  If you got a ride to the starting point, please offer a ride back to the starting point after the race to your driver.

AWARDS: A whole salmon will be awarded to the fastest male and female swimmers in both the wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions of the 3.2-Mile Race. Awards will be available for the top three finishers in all 5-yr age groups, in both divisions.  Each registered participant will be given one event t-shirt, size to be selected during the event registration.  Your age as of December 31, 2019 determines your age group for awards.

MERCHANDISE: Fat Salmon 2020 sweatshirts are available to order during the registration process for $35 through June 13th only.  All merchandise must be picked up at the event. 

Didn't order your sweatshirt when you registered, Use this link through June 14th only: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/shopping_cart/merchandise.cfm?c=1726


  • Swimmers must be 18 years of age as of July 13, 2019 AND:
    • Currently registered with USMS or FINA or Canadian Masters Swimming(FINA or Canadian Masters swimmers must email proof of current year masters registration valid on the date of the event to registration@fatsalmonswim.com)OR
    • Pay an additional $27 “One-Event USMS Registration” fee.

Entry fees (pre-registration only available online):

$70.00 – Prior to May 31st
$80.00 – June 1 thru June 30
$90.00 - July 1 thru July 7
$100.00 - Late Registration and Day of Race (if available)
$27.00 – "One-Event" USMS registration (as needed, see eligibility)
Online Entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events."

WANT TO SWIM FOR FREE?: We are offering a free registration in the form of a refund AFTER THE EVENT if you provide two kayak volunteers (each with their own kayaks) OR one motorboat adult volunteer with their one motorcraft on the day of the event.  This refund is only for the Fat Salmon entry fee (excludes one-event USMS registration fee if applicable).  When your boating volunteers register to help (see link below), have them indicate they are volunteering on your behalf.

REGULAR REGISTRATION CLOSES on July 7th at 11:59 pm PDT or sooner if full to capacity.

7/7/19 on Registration:  We have a few spots still available and expect to accommodate late and day of race registrants. Late and day of race registrants are asked to complete online registration which will re-open on Friday, 7/12/19 through Saturday morning until 6:30am.  Late registrants are asked to report directly to the "Change" table to get their wave and chip assignments.   

WET SUIT and NON-WET SUIT DIVISION CHANGES:  If you are already registered and want to change from non-wetsuit to wetsuit division (or vice-versa).  it is easiest for you and for us if you submit this change via email registration@fatsalmonswim.com   by end of day July 7th.  If you are not sure by July 7th, you can do so the morning of the event by requesting this change at the "change" table.

IMPORTANT LINKS: Facebook, FS FAQs, Time Guidelines & Safety Info

Kayakers/SUPs are needed.  Have them send an email to kayaks@fatsalmonswim.com  
Motor Boats, & Jet Skis are also needed! Contact us at boats@fatsalmonswim.com .
Other volunteers may contact us at volunteers@fatsalmonswim.com .

If you have questions about your registration contact Larry Mayer, Fat Salmon Registration Coordinator via email at registration@fatsalmonswim.com.  

Still have questions? Contact Jim Lasersohn, Race Director
via email: racedirector@fatsalmonswim.com

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

Online Registration closed on 7/13/2019.
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