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11th Annual Lake Padden 2.5K and 5K Open Water Swim

Saturday, July 16, 2011

USMS Sanction : 361OW-01

Bellingham Masters Swim Club

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Swimmer Registration Thu, May 12, 2011 12:00 AM PT Thu, July 14, 2011 11:59 PM PT

Sanctioned by Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers for USMS, Inc.
Sanction No. 361OW-01
EVENT: The 11th Annual Lake Padden Open Water Swim
2.5K & 5K open water swims will be conducted on a triangular course in freshwater Lake Padden. Both events start in the water and finish on the beach. Race proceeds benefit the Bellingham Food Bank.
LOCATION: Lake Padden Park, Bellingham, WA.
Restrooms, showers, and changing facilities are located at the start/finish area. Hiking, biking, running trails, a large barbecue, and a play area for the family are available. The park includes a first-rate municipal golf course (www.lakepadden.com). See the race map at: www.b-m-s-c.org 
RACE-DAY SCHEDULE:  Saturday, July 16, 2011
7:30 – 8:30 AM    Check-in for all events
8:45 AM                MANDATORY Pre-race briefing – All swimmers will exit the water prior to the start for the briefing.
9:00 AM                Joint Start (2.5K & 5K)
Southbound: I-5 exit 254, left at light onto Samish Way. Cross freeway, right at light (S. Samish Way), main entrance to park (not golf course) is 2.4 miles on right.
Northbound: I-5 exit 246, left at stop sign (S. Samish Way), main entrance to the park is beyond the golf course entrance, 2.5 miles on left.
Race start & finish is near the bathhouse adjacent to the main parking lot.
SAFETY: The course will be marked with large buoys at each turn and at the finish; an intermediate buoy will also be located approximately halfway down the second length of the triangle. Kayaks and lifeguards will be located along the course. Swimmers must wear the swim caps furnished 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.  We must maintain a certain swimmer to boat ratio to keep you safe.  Be prepared for cold water.
Swimmers registered in the 5K race must complete the first 2.5K in 1-hour or you will be stopped.
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.
Day-of-race registration is permitted. Swimmers who have not checked in on-time and who have not attended the pre-race safety meeting will not be allowed to swim.
AWARDS: Men and Women overall first through third place for 2.5K and 5K Wetsuit and Non-Wetsuit Divisions.
ELIGIBILITY: Swimmers must be 18 years of age as of July 16, 2011 and:
  -  Currently registered with USMS or Canadian Masters, or…
  -  Pay an additional $20 “One-Event USMS Registration” fee.
Online Entry Only - FEES*: 
$36.50 – Early entry completed by midnight pacific time on July 11
$41.50 – July 12 thru midnight pacific time on July 14
$20.00 – "One-Event" USMS registration (as needed, see eligibility)
A note about that USMS "One-Event" Fee… Your $20 lets you participate in this USMS-sanctioned event. For $22 more, enjoy a full-year USMS membership including access to pool meets, clinics, coaches, open water swims and magazine subscription. Contact PNA registrar Arni Litt PNARegistrar@usms.org for more info or to join.
*Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "Club Assistant.com Event Billing."
Volunteers, Kayakers, Stand-Up Paddlers Are Needed! Please contact Lisa Kaufman to help!
Still have questions?  Contact Lisa Kaufman, Race Director via email: lbkauf@clearwire.net  or phone: 360-393-6948 (between 5-8 pm, please)


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Online Registration closed on 7/14/2011.