2021 Foster Lake Cable Swims (Featuring the USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championship)

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

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This competition is limited to the first 180 entrants.
Currently there are 97 entrants.

Featuring the USMS 2-Mile Cable Swim National Championship
One & Two-Mile Cable Swims in Sweet Home, Oregon, on Saturday, June 26, 2021
  Hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics
  Sanctioned by Oregon LMSC for U.S. Masters Swimming, Inc.
Operating under Special Use Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
& the Linn County Parks & Recreation District
  • Swimmers MUST follow all announced safety rules without exception, under penalty of possible disqualification.
  • Swim Safety:  All swims will be unescorted.  Spotters in safety boats will monitor the entire course in zone coverage and medical personnel will be on-site.  Swimmers must wear the brightly-colored swim cap provided, have their race number on their arms (or hands when wearing sleeved wetsuits), and provide their emergency contact information with entry.
  • COVID-19 Safety:  We cannot foretell the status of the pandemic on the event date.  As we get closer, we will post and distribute requirements for event pandemic protocols.  Anticipate masks, hand cleaning, and social distancing on land.  As vaccination becomes available to you, get your shots!
LOCATION & COURSE:  Foster Lake is a scenic reservoir located just off U.S. Route 20 east of Sweet Home, OR.  Lewis Creek Park, located on the northeast corner of the lake, will be the event venue.  The course is a ¼-mile length of cable surveyed & certified accurate to national cable swim standards.  Water temperature on this date has varied from 66-71º Fahrenheit and will be posted at the event.
SWIMS (in order): 
  • 2-Mile Cable Swim (featuring the USMS Open Water Swim National Championship)
  • 1-Mile Cable Swim
SWIM SCHEDULE (subject to change due to conditions):
6:45am          Lewis Creek Park opens for swimmers
7:15am          Check-in & warm-up opens for all swims
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8:00am          Check-in CLOSES for 2-Mile Swim
8:05am          Warm-up ends & Mandatory Pre-race meeting & marshaling for 2-Mile Swim begins
8:30am          Start of 2-Mile Cable Swim (featuring USMS National Championship)
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10:00am        Check-in CLOSES for 1-Mile Swim
10:20am        Warm-up ends & Mandatory Pre-race meeting & marshaling for 1-Mile Swim begins
10:45am        Start of 1-Mile Cable Swim
10:45am        Early lunch opens
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11:40pm        Award Ceremony for both swims
12:15pm        Relay entries close

ELIGIBILITY:  Open ONLY to adults (18 years of age or older on the day of the event) who are current USMS members or foreign equivalents.  Eligibility will be automatically verified through the online entry system.  For swimmers who are not USMS members, USMS “One-Event” membership is available with entry for $15.  One-Event members are not eligible for the 2-Mile National Championship but may swim in a separate non-championship category. 
Age Determining Date:  The swimmer’s age as of December 31, 2021, will determine the age group according to USMS rule 301.4: "In open water and postal swims, the eligibility of a swimmer shall be determined by the age of the swimmer on December 31 of the year of competition, except for 18-year-olds, who must be 18 on the day that they swim."
RULES:  Current USMS rules will govern this event.  Under penalty of disqualification, swimmers may not make deliberate contact with craft, craft operators, and/or any physical features on or near the course during the swim
SWIMWEAR:  Current USMS swimwear rules will govern this event.
  • Category I suits are required to be eligible for the 2-Mile National Championship, relays, and records
  • Category II suits—including wetsuits—are welcomed in both swims but tabulated separately from Category I suits.  Swimmers wearing Category II suits are not eligible for records and national championship awards.
  • See event website for swimwear details.
CONSOLIDATED EVENT:  Each swim will be seeded as a single swim, without regard to swimmers’ ages or gender, in the order of submitted entry times.  Places, awards, and published results for these events shall be separate for each age group, gender, and swimwear category.
SEEDING:  In both swims, all swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest by 1650-yard (or 1500-meter) pool time.  ‘No Time’ entries will not be accepted.  It is to your great advantage to enter a current & accurate pool time with no adjustments!  Seeding changes will not be allowed after the heat sheet is posted. 
QUALIFYING TIME & TIME LIMIT:  Swimmers who cannot swim 1650-yards (1500-meters) in 40 minutes MUST NOT ENTER these events.  It’s for your safety!  Swimmers on the 2-mile course longer than 1:30 may be stopped and listed as DNF/DQ in the results.
  • There will be a practice cable set up in the enclosed swimming area and spotters provided there for supervised warm-up & warm-down.  Choosing to swim on the course or elsewhere is at the swimmer’s own risk.  
  • Warm up before the pre-race meeting, as swimmers go directly from this meeting to marshaling to racing!
STARTS:  In both cable swims, each heat will consist of seeded waves (8-12 swimmers each) starting 20 seconds apart.  The 2-Mile swim will be contested clockwise, and the 1-Mile swim will be contested counterclockwise (these directions are reversed annually).

All entries MUST BE RECEIVED by Thursday, June 17.  LATE OR DAY-OF-RACE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED (except for relays, see below).  Please don't even ask.
ENTRY LIMITS:  The entire event—including both swims—is limited to the first 180 registrants.  We will maintain a waiting list if early registrants drop out early enough to notify others.

ENTRY FEE:  One swim: $40.  Both swims: $55.  Entry fee includes a commemorative swim cap and post-swim lunch.
OMS SANCTION SURCHARGE:  There is a required $5 per swimmer surcharge to cover the cost of USMS-mandated sanction insurance.
RELAYS:  In the 2-Mile swim, cumulative relays will be accepted for National Championship places, All-American honors, and USMS records.  In the 1-Mile swim, cumulative relays will be accepted for records.  Enter relays & pay fees on race day only.  Bring club teammates for relays!
RESULTS:  Will be posted promptly after each swim, and at www.comaswim.org and www.swimoregon.org after the event.  National Championship results will be posted at www.usms.org.
RECORDS:  Courses for both race distances are surveyed & certified, and qualify for National, Oregon, & Foster Lake Course cable swim records.  See the event website for current records.  Category I suits are required to be eligible for records.  See the event website for current records.
AWARDS:  Awards to individual swimmers in the standard USMS age groups:
  • Medals to eight places in each age group in the USMS Two-Mile National Championships.  Championship patches to the USMS winners, who must be full USMS members.
  • Custom ribbons to three places in each age group in both Category I & II suit divisions in the One-Mile swim and the Category I & II suit divisions in the non-championship Two-Mile swim.
OREGON OPEN WATER SERIES:  Both swims are featured swims, scored 22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2.  See https://swimoregon.org/21-OMS-OW-Series-Description.pdf for details of the Oregon Open Water Series.
SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS:  With their entry, swimmers may pre-order & purchase commemorative t-shirts for $18.  They will be distributed but not be on sale at the event.  See the Event Website (linked below) for design.
HOT DRINKSWe’ll have hot water for drinks to help keep you warm before & after swims.
MEALS:  Swimmers will receive a post-swim meal; order vegetarian or meat with entry.  Swimmers may pre-order specatator meals (vegetarian or meat) for $12 each, in advance with entry.
CAMPING:  By special permission only (since Lewis Creek Park in not usually a campground), camping at Lewis Creek Park is reserved on Friday night for participants and their families by registration with your entry.  Tents only—sorry, no RVs, tear-drops, or pop-up trailer tents.  Camping fee is $17 per tent, with Saturday parking included.  There is NO drop-in camping on site!  There are nearby public campgrounds.
LODGING & OTHER CAMPING:  See Event Website for options.
DIRECTIONS (Google: Lewis Creek Park) ):  https://linnparks.com/parks/lewis-creek/
  • 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 $7 per car; please pay at park entrance.  Exact change is welcome.
EVENT DIRECTOR:  Bob Bruce   coachbobbruce@gmail.com    541-317-4851

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "WWW.COMASWIM.ORG."

Online Registration closed on 6/17/2021.
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