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2017 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim (3.2 miles) - NW Zone OW Champs

Saturday, July 15, 2017

USMS Sanction : 367-W003

Fat Salmon Open Water Swim

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Registration Schedule

It is now 10:45 AM PT on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
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Swimmer Registration Mon, May 1, 2017 06:00 AM PT Tue, July 11, 2017 11:59 PM PT

Registration for the
18th Fat Salmon Open Water Swim
NW Zone Open Water Championship
Event hosted by: Orca Swim Team


Saturday, July 15, 2017

  • 6:15 - 7:15 AM: Check-in
  • 7:20 AM: Pre-Race Meeting - MANDATORY for all swimmers
  • 7:35 AM: Carpool to 3.2-mile start (at Day Street Boat Ramp)


  • 8:15 AM: Start 1st wave, 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. Lake temperature can vary: be prepared for cold water.

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 will be pulled. Additionally, if you are not on target to finish the 3.2 mile event in 2 hours or less, you will be pulled.

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.

LOCATION: The event runs between the I-90 and 520 floating bridges along Seattle’s Lake Washington waterfront. The 3.2 Mile Race starts at Day Street Boat Ramp at the west end of the I-90 Bridge span, and ends at Madison Park in Seattle (E. Madison St. & E. Howe St). Pre-race check-in is at Madison Park where the race ends. Swimmers are responsible for transportation from the registration area to the race starts.   Parking at the start area is extremely limited; carpooling is encouraged. See RACE MAP.

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. Ribbons 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, 2017 determines your age group for awards.

MERCHANDISE: Fat Salmon 2017 sweatshirts are available to order during the registration process for $35 through June 26th only.  A very limited number if any may be available on the day of the event so best to order with your registration to guarantee getting your size. 

New this year we are offering Fat Salmon swim suits (only available for ordering by May 31st).  Mens jammers are $40.  Womens open back suits are $60. These suits are  dependent upon a minimum number of suits being sold.  Should the minimum number of suits not be met, you will be refunded for the full value of the suit prior to race day.  Given the custom nature of this order, there will be no refunds or exchanges on this item other than the scenario described above. 

View what the suits will look like on our Fat Salmon web page.

View more information about the suit construction and sizing from BlueSeventy. (Do not try to order our suit on the BlueSeventy page. Order it during the Fat Salmon registration process within Club Assistant):

All merchandise must be picked up at the event. 

Already registered and want to purchase merchandise?  Use this link: https://www.clubassistant.com/club/shopping_cart/merchandise.cfm?c=1726


  • Swimmers must be 18 years of age as of July 15, 2017 and:
  • Currently registered with USMS or FINA or Canadian Masters, or…
  • Pay an additional $22 “One-Event USMS Registration” fee.

Entry fees (pre-registration only available online):

$70.00 – Early entry in May
$80.00 – June 1 thru June 30
$90.00 - July 1 and later
$22.00 – "One-Event" USMS registration (as needed, see eligibility)
Online Entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events."
(Day of Race Entries will be allowed this year however late registrants must arrive and register by 6:30am the day of the event.  Bring proof of USMS membership if a USMS member)

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 or jetski 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.

REGISTRATION CLOSES on July 11th at 11:59 pm PDT or sooner if full to capacity.
A note about that USMS "One-Event" Fee… Your $22 lets you participate in this USMS-sanctioned event. For $30 more, enjoy a full-year USMS membership including access to pool meets, clinics, coaches, open water swims and magazine subscription. Contact PNARegistrar@usms.org for more info or to join.

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

Kayakers 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 or need to make changes to your registration (such as changing from wetsuit to non-wetsuit division and vice versa), contact Jim Lasersohn, Fat Salmon Registration Coordinator via email at registration@fatsalmonswim.com prior to July 11th.  You may also change your wetsuit/non-wetsuit division the morning of the event but if you know you want to change prior to July 11th, please email us so we have it done for you before you arrive.

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

Please note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events."
Online Registration closed on 7/11/2017.
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