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2012 Tallchief Open Water Challenge

Tulsa Masters Open Water Events

Sunday, September 9, 2012

USMS Sanction : 27-12-193

Tulsa Masters Open Water Events

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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EVENT: The 5th Annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge consists of a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile swim. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Camp Tallchief Scholarship Fund and Tulsa Masters Swim Club. NEW FOR 2012: Optional 3 mile swim (swim an extra loop) for those who complete the 2 mile course in 1hr 10 mins or faster.
DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:00 AM CST
LOCATION: Tallchief Lake, Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
SANCTIONED BY:  Oklahoma Masters Swimming for USMS, Inc. Sanction # 27-12-193
EVENT HOST: Tulsa Masters Swim Club (TMSC)
EVENT DIRECTOR: Denise Smart,, 918-749-2253 (evenings)
     7:30 AM: Registration open 7:30 to 8:30 AM. All swimmers are required to check in at the registration table.
     8:15 AM: Warm up 8:15 to 8:50 AM. Lifeguards must be present in boats before swimmers can enter the water.
     9:00 AM: Mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:00 AM, on the beach, just prior to the start of the first wave.
     9:05 AM: Start of 1 mile & 2 mile swims.
     9:15 AM: Start of 1/2 mile swim 
   10:00 AM: Post race feast begins at the Tallchief Lodge
~ 10:30 AM: 1/2 mile awards ceremony at the Tallchief Lodge
~ 11:00 AM: 1 mile & 2 mile awards ceremony at the Tallchief Lodge
VENUE: Tallchief Lake is a private lake on the Zink Ranch property. There is no outside boat traffic. Expected water temperature ~ 80 degrees. This lake is NOT connected to nearby Skiatook Lake.
PARKING: Plenty of parking available at the Tallchief Lodge, no charge. Please note, you will walk approximately 1/4 mile downhill to the water front. Wear sturdy shoes!
COURSE: The swim course is an out and back course marked by large regatta buoys.
The 1/2 mile swimmers will swim out 1/4 mile & return to the finish.
The 1 mile swimmers will swim one full lap of the entire course.
The 2 mile swimmers will swim 2 laps of the entire course. 
An optional 3rd lap is available to swimmers who complete the 2 mile swim in 1hr 10 mins or less.
SAFETY: Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided in the color that designates the event entered. Please notify the event director if you have a latex allergy.
Swimmers are required to attend the pre-race briefing at 9:00 AM at the water front.
The swim course will be monitored by persons in kayaks, and canoes. A rescuer will be stationed in a power boat monitoring the course in the event an evacuation is necessary. 
1 and 2 mile swimmers will be required to announce their race number to an official stationed at the turn around. The 2 mile swimmers will also be required to announce their race number to the official standing on the boat dock prior to starting their 2nd lap.
Those opting for the 3rd lap must complete the 2 mile course and declare their intention to re-enter the water to the finish line official. 
ELIGIBILITY:  Swimmers 18 years old and older as of September 9, 2012. Swimmers must be 2012 United States Masters Swimming (USMS) members or purchase a one event membership (OEVT). USMS ONE DAY EVENT MEMBERSHIP FEE is $15. You may obtain a USMS membership online,, or join race day. There are no qualifying times for this USMS sanctioned event. 
WET SUITS: Wet suits are allowed, but those wearing wet suits will not be included in the awards. Anticipated water temperature is 80 degrees. Swimmers who will swim in a wet suit must declare this when they check in.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Online entries are highly encouraged! NO REFUNDS!
Online registration closes at 11:00 PM CST Thursday, September 6, 2012.
Please note: credit cards will be charged by “ Events." 
ENTRY FEE: $30 for USMS members. For non-USMS-members there is a $15 additional fee for USMS One Event membership. Add $10 for race day entries. All participants receive a swim cap, t-shirt, finisher award and a post race meal. Enter by Thursday, August 23, to reserve a t-shirt.  
RACE DAY ENTRIES: Race day entries are accepted. $40 for USMS members. $55 for non-members. Registration closes at 8:30 AM sharp on race day! Checks payable to Tulsa Masters Swim Club (TMSC).
T-SHIRTS: One-of-a-kind race t-shirts designed by Tulsa Masters member, Jocelyn Wood, are guaranteed for all entries received by August 23, 2012. Additional t-shirts can be pre-ordered for $10 each. Left over shirts may be available for sale at the post race party.
DONATIONS: A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Camp Tallchief Scholarship Fund. You can designate an additional donation during the registration process.
AWARDS: Awards will be given to the overall male & female swimmers in the 1/2 mile event and top 3 male & female swimmers in the 1 & 2 mile events. Please stay to enjoy the cookout and camaraderie of your fellow swimmers. Swimmers who have participated in all 5 Tallchief Open Water events will be recognized. 
RESULTS: A link to the final results will be posted on the TMSC blog as soon as possible.
Spectators/ friends/ family can partake of the post race food for $5/ person. Wrist bands available at the registration table.
  • Sturdy shoes for walking approximately 1/4 mile down hill on a gravel road to the waterfront. This will be an up hill walk on the way back! 
  • Bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen & bug spray.
  • Showers will be available following the event.
  • Please make arrangements to have your children supervised while you are swimming.
DIRECTIONS: Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK
  • Sand Springs, OK is located approximately 10 miles west of downtown Tulsa.
  • Zink Ranch is located approximately 9.7 miles north of Sand Springs at the termination of Hwy. 97 & the intersection of Rock School Road.
  • The site of the Tallchief Open Water Challenge is located another 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.

 to Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK:
From Tulsa or points east of Tulsa:
Hwy. 64/ 412 (Keystone Expressway) WEST to 129th West Ave. exit. (You will see a green ZINK RANCH sign just before the exit.) At the top of the exit, turn left, then right (North) onto Hwy. 97 (The arrow on the sign at the intersection points north to Skiatook, no mention of Zink Ranch). Drive approximately 9.7 miles north on Hwy. 97 to entrance of Zink Ranch. (The road dead ends at the intersection of Hwy. 97 & Rock School Road)
From Enid/ Stillwater (points west of Tulsa):
Hwy. 64/ 412 (Cimmaron Turnpike) EAST to 129th West Ave. exit. Turn Left at the top of the exit to cross over HWY 64/412. Follow the directions above.
From OKC via Turner Turnpike, I-44:
Exit 215, Hwy. 97N Sand Springs, go north on HWY 97 approximately 8 miles. Go WEST on HWY. 64/412 (Keystone Expressway) toward Stillwater/ Enid. Exit on 129th West Ave. Follow the directions above. Do not go through Sand Springs on Hwy. 97, you will be very confused!
From points north of Tulsa:
Contact Denise, & I will send you a map!
At the Ranch Entrance:
Once you reach the entrance of the Ranch, volunteers will direct you through the electronic gate and to the site of the lake swim. Follow the Tallchief signs. The camp is located approximately 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.

CHECK-IN WILL CLOSE AT 8:30 AM. A required race briefing will occur at 9:00 AM, just prior to the first wave of swimmers.

Please allow PLENTY of time to arrive, check in, & get to the swim start. There is some walking involved from the parking lot to the water front. It takes longer than you think it will to drive the 4.5 miles to the site of the swim. You cannot drive 50 mph on this road!

 The closest hotels to Zink Ranch are located in Sand Springs just off HWY 64/412 ( Keystone Expressway) at the 81st Street W. Ave exit. Google ‘hotels in Sand Springs’ or call Hampton Inn/ Sand Springs, 918-245-8500 or Best Western Sand Springs Inn & Suites, 918-245-4999.


Please note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from " Events."

Online Registration closed on 9/6/2012.

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