2016 CABLE SWIMS CANCELLED
Due to insufficient swimmer entries, the 2016 Foster Lake Cable Swims scheduled for June 25, 2016 have been cancelled. Registered swimmers will receive refunds to their credit cards.
Please join us next year for the 2017 Foster Lake Cable Swims on June 24, 2017 which will include the USMS Two-Mile Cable Swim National Championships!
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
LOCATION & COURSE: Foster Lake is a scenic reservoir located just off U.S. Route 20 east of Sweet Home, Oregon. The course is a ¼-mile length of cable certified accurate to USMS standards. Water temperature on this weekend in June has varied from 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit and will be posted at the event.
Two-Mile Cable Swim
One-Mile Cable Swim
RACE SCHEDULE (subject to change due to conditions):
7:30am Lewis Creek Park opens for swimmers
8:00am Check-in opens for all swims
8:45am Check-in closes for Two-Mile
8:50am Pre-race meeting & marshaling for Two-Mile
9:15am Start of Two-Mile Cable Swim
11:00am Check-in closes for One-Mile
Awards for Two-Mile
11:20am Pre-race meeting & marshaling for One-Mile
11:45am Start of One-Mile Cable Swim
1:00pm Awards for One-Mile
1:15pm Relay entries close
ELIGIBILITY: Open ONLY to adults (18 years of age or older on the day of the event) who are 2016 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 $21.
RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event.
SWIMWEAR: Current USMS rules will govern this event. In both swims, Category II suits—including wetsuits—are welcomed but scored in separate categories. See event website for swimwear details.
SEEDING: In both swims, all swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest by 1650-yard or 1500-meter time. ‘No Time’ entries will not be accepted. Seeding changes will not be allowed after the heat sheet is posted. Enter accurate pool times with no adjustments for the fact that this event will be held in open water!
TIME LIMIT: Swimmers who cannot swim one mile in 45 minutes or two miles in 1:40 should NOT enter; swimmers on the course after these time limits may be stopped and listed as DNF in the results.
STARTS: In both cable swims, each heat will consist of seeded waves (8-12 swimmers each) starting 20 seconds apart. This year, the Two-Mile swim will be contested clockwise and the One-Mile swim will be conducted counterclockwise; these directions will be alternated annually.
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 (one will be provided), have their race number on their arms (or hands when wearing sleeved wetsuits), and follow all announced safety rules without exception.
REGISTRATION—ONLINE ONLY: All entries MUST be received by June 16. Due to organization & seeding needs, 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 in case early registrants drop out early enough to notify others.
ENTRY FEE: One swim is $40. Two swims are $55.
RELAYS: In both swims, relays will be accepted for place and records. Enter relays & pay fees on race day only. Bring club mates for relays! Category I suits are required to be eligible for relays.
RESULTS: Will be posted promptly after each heat & race, and at www.comaswim.org and www.swimoregon.org after the event.
RECORDS: Courses for both race distances are surveyed & certified, and qualify for National & Oregon cable swim records. See the event website for current records. Category I suits are required to be eligible for records.
AWARDS: Awards to individual swimmers in the standard USMS age groups. Custom ribbons to three places in each age group in both Category I & II suit divisions in the both swims.
OREGON OPEN WATER SERIES: Both swims are featured swims, scored 22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 in each age group.
HOT DRINKS & SNACKS: We’ll have hot water/drinks available to help keep you warm before & after swims. We will also offer cold drinks and modest snacks for our volunteers, many of whom are on duty long before swimmers arrive. Swimmers may snack too, but these snacks are limited and NOT intended to serve as your breakfast or lunch.
MEALS: Swimmers will receive a post-swim meal. Swimmers may pre-order specatator meals for $10 with entry.
DIRECTIONS (Mapquest: Lewis Creek Park):
- 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 $5 per car; please pay at park entrance. If no attendent is at the gate, please pay at the Registration table. Exact change is welcome.
CAMPING: Camping at Lewis Creek Park is reserved on Friday evening, in advance, by registration with swimmer entry. Tents only—sorry, no RVs. Camping fee is $10 per tent. There is NO drop-in camping on site!
LODGING & OTHER CAMPING: See Event Website for options.
EVENT WEBSITE: www.comaswim.org
EVENT DIRECTOR: Bob Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org 541-317-4851