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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 20th Annual Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival 2014




19th Annual Cascade Lakes Swim Series & Festival

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4, 2013

USMS Sanction: 373-W002

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500, 1000, 1500, 3000 & 5000-meter swims
5 Swims in 3 Days!

Hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics and Bend Park & Recreation District

Sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming #373-W002
No USA-Swimming Sanction

Operating under Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service
 

LOCATION: Elk Lake, a beautiful, clear mountain lake nestled in the sunny Oregon Cascades 33 miles from Bend. Water temperature is expected to be 66-72 degrees F and will be posted on race days.

RACES: The Cascade Lakes Swim Series features five open water swims over three days. Adult participants may enter any or all of the five swims.

  • Friday’s swim is a 3000-meter swim on a triangular course.
  • Saturday’s swims are an individual 500-meter time trial on an out-and-back continuous floating line course and a 1500-meter swim around a triangular course.
  • Sunday’s swims will include a 5000-meter swim consisting of three loops of a diamond & triangular course and a 1000-meter swim on an irregular course following the shoreline.
     

RACE SCHEDULE
(subject to change due to conditions)

Friday, August 2, 2013
4:30-5:30pm Registration/Check-In for 3000-meter race
6:00pm Start of 3000-meter race

Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:45-8:45am Registration/Check-In for 500 & 1500-meter races
9:30am Start of 500-meter race
10:15-11:00am Registration/Check-in for the 1500-meter
11:45am Start of 1500-meter race

Sunday, August 4, 2013
7:15 am-8:15am Registration/Check-In for 5000 & 1000-meter races
8:45 am Start of 5000-meter race
10:00-11:00am Registration/Check-In for the 1000-meter race
11:45 am Start of 1000-meter race

Pre-race instructions 15 minutes before each start time. A picnic lunch or dinner will follow the finish of races each day.

SERIES: The Cascade Lakes Swim Series includes a Short Series (500, 1000, & 1500-meter swims) and a Long Series (1500, 3000, & 5000-meter swims). Each swimmer may enter one distance series only and must complete all three series swims to be eligible for series awards. For series awards, points will be based on finish order in each race, with a Category II suit deduction (see below). Swimmers who complete all FIVE swims will be eligible for special Survivor awards.

FESTIVAL: Elk Lake is a great place to bring your family for an outdoors experience and extravaganza. We plan fun events for children on Saturday morning, and fun events for adults all the time!

ELIGIBILITY: Open ONLY to 2013 USMS members or foreign equivalents, who must be adults 18+ on Friday, August 2, 2013. A legible photocopy of your USMS card (or foreign equivalent) MUST accompany mailed entries. USMS “One-Event” membership—covering all of these races—is available for adults 18+ only for $18.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event. Category II suits—including wetsuits—are welcomed in all swims, but scored in a separate category. 10% of final time will be added to Category II suit swims for integration into our Series scoring. See event website for swimwear details.

STARTS & SEEDING: The 1500, 3000 & 5000-meter swims will use a mass start. The 500-meter swim will use an individual start and the 1000-meter swim will start in small heats; both of these swims will be seeded fastest-to-slowest based on entered 500-yard time. Day-of-Race entries and those not submitting a seed time will not be seeded in advance and will swim last. No changes allowed in seeding times at the race, so enter accurate times.

SAFETY—OUR PRIMARY CONCERN: Safety boats will monitor the entire course and medical personnel will be on-site. Swimmers must wear a brightly colored swim cap, have their race number on their arms or hands, and follow all announced safety rules without exception.

REGISTRATION: Save time, paper, & errors by registering online or register by mail using the attached entry form. Online entries should be completed and paper entries postmarked by July 22. Online entries completed or paper entries postmarked July 23-27 must pay an additional $10 late fee. Online registration closes 11:59pm Saturday July 27th. DO NOT MAIL AFTER July 27! Entries after this date will be considered Day-of-Race entries and must pay an additional $20. Submit your entries on time—it really helps our planning for a great event!

ENTRY FEES: One race is $35, and each additional race is $5 more. Entry fee includes a swim cap and post-swim meals on your race days.

INSURANCE SURCHARGE: OMS requires a $6 per swimmer surcharge to help cover the cost of USMS-mandated event insurance.

RESULTS: Will be posted at Elk Lake promptly after each race, and at www.comaswim.org and www.swimoregon.org after the event.

AWARDS: Age groups are standard USMS age groups.
Awards to individual swimmers by age group:

  • Ribbons to the top three finishers in each age group in each race in both suit categories.
  • Ceramic coasters to the top 3 Series finishers in each age group.

Awards to individual swimmers regardless of age group:

  • Ceramic mug to the top masters male & female in each Series.
  • Special Survivor glass mug to everyone completing all five swims.
     

OREGON OPEN WATER SERIES: All swims count towards the cumulative season series. The 1500 & 5000 are featured swims, while the 500, 1000, & 3000-meter swims are qualifying swims.

DIRECTIONS (Mapquest: Elk Lake): From Century Drive in Bend, take the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway approximately 33 miles to Elk Lake. The start & finish for all swims is the Beach Day Use Area, the southernmost and last Elk Lake exit if coming from Bend.

PARKING: Parking is limited to two large pullouts off the Cascades Lakes Highway, the Six-Lakes Trailhead, and the Little Lava Lake Group Campground. A shuttle bus will run Saturday & Sunday between the campground, trailhead, and the race site before & during registration and after races are completed. There will be no general parking at the race site until after event activities have concluded. Your car must display a 2013 NW Forest Pass to park anywhere other than the highway pullouts, trailhead, or campground.

CAMPING: Alas, we do NOT have the Little Fawn Group Campground this year. However, by pre-registration only, we have reserved Little Lava Lake Group Campground (5 miles from Elk Lake) for swimmers & spectators Thursday through Sunday. Only tents or small motor homes are permitted. Camping fee is $8 per day per camper 12 years or older—include fee with your entry form to secure your spot. Limited parking at the campgrounds! NO drop-in camping!

DOGS: NO DOGS at Elk Lake (USFS Rule), but they may be in the campground on a leash. Never leave your dog unattended in a car!

WEBSITE FOR COMPLETE INFO: www.comaswim.org 

EVENT DIRECTOR: Bob Bruce – coachbob@bendbroadband.com – (541) 317-4851

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Online Registration closed on 7/27/2013.
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