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2014 Tallchief Open Water Challenge

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tulsa Masters Swim Club

Open Water Registration

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EVENT: 7th Annual Tallchief Open Water Challenge

DISTANCES: 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile swim 
(3 mile entrants must complete the 2 mile course in 1 hr 10 mins or faster.)

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Camp Tallchief Scholarship Fund and Tulsa Masters Swim Club

The event is limited to 150 entrants. Swimmers are encouraged to enter early!

DATE/TIME: Sunday September 7, 2014, 9 am CDT

LOCATION:
Tallchief Lake, Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, Oklahoma

SPONSORED BY:  Jenks Community Education and Tulsa Masters Swim Club

EVENT HOST: Tulsa Masters Swim Club (TMSC)

EVENT DIRECTOR: Denise Smart, denises@webzone.net, 918-749-2253 (evenings)

SAFETY OFFICER: Dewey Smith

SCHEDULE:
7:15 am: Registration/ Check in 7:15 to 8:15 am. ALL swimmers are required to check in at the registration table.
8:15 am: Warm up 8:15 to 8:45 am. Lifeguards must be present in boats before swimmers can enter the water.
8:50 am: Mandatory pre-race briefing on the beach, just prior to the start of the first wave of swimmers.
9:00 am: Start of the 1/4 mile swim 
~ 9:10 am: Start of 1 mile, 2 mile & 3 mile swims. (will start as soon as the 1/4 mile swim is complete.)
~ 9:15 am: Start of 1/2 mile swim
9:30 - 12:00 pm: post race pancake breakfast and Awards ceremony -Tallchief Lodge
~ 10:00 am: 1/4 mile awards ceremony at the Tallchief Lodge
~ 10:30 am: 1/2 mile awards ceremony at the Tallchief Lodge
~ 11:00 am: 1 mile / 2 mile / 3 mile awards ceremony at the Tallchief Lodge

VENUE: Tallchief Lake is a private lake on the Zink Ranch property. There will be no outside boat traffic. Expected water temperature greater than 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, clock- wise course (buoys on your right) marked by large regatta buoys.

  • The 1/4 mile swimmers will swim out 1/8 mile & return to the finish.
  • 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.
  • The 3 mile swimmers will swim 3 laps of the entire course.

                                         This is a "chip- timed" event provided by Tatur Racing, Inc.

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 8:50 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.

A head count by race number of all swimmers entering the water will occur at the start of each wave of swimmers.

1,2, and 3 mile swimmers will be required to announce their race number to an official stationed at the turn around. The 2 and 3 mile swimmers will also be required to announce their race number to the official standing on the boat dock prior to starting their next lap.

The 3 mile swimmers must complete the 2 mile course in 1 hr 10 mins or less before starting their 3rd lap. 

WET SUITS: Wet suits may be worn AT YOUR OWN RISK! Wetsuits are discouraged due to the anticipated water temperature well above 80 degrees. Swimmers wearing wetsuits are at risk of overheating and excessive dehyration. Please do not enter this event if you do not think you can complete the swim without a wetsuit. Swimmers wearing wetsuits will not be eligible for awards. Swimmers who will swim in a wetsuit must declare this when they check in.

OTHER EQUIPMENT: While this event is not sanctioned by USMS or USA Swimming, it is a swim competition. Swim aids, including fins, paddles, pull buoys, snorkels, kick boards, etc. are not allowed. A swimmer may tow a personal safety float, such as the ISHOF SaferSwimmer Float  http://www.ishof.org/safety/ssd.htm

SWIMMERS WHO DROP OUT OF THE RACE AFTER A POSITIVE CHECK IN ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY AN OFFICIAL AT THE FINISH LINE!!!

ELIGIBILITY: Open to swimmers age 9 and above as of September 7, 2014, COMFORTABLE SWIMMING IN DEEP, OPEN WATER OF A LAKE.  

Event is limited to 150 swimmers. Enter early!


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Online entries only through 11:00 pm CST Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The event is limited to 150 swimmers. IF race day entries are accepted, the fee increases to $50.

                                   Please note: credit cards will be charged by “ClubAssistant.com Event Billing"

Entry Fee: $38 ( $35 entry fee + Club Assistant fee) if entering on line by September 3, 2014.

Race Day fee:  No guarantee that race day entries will be accepted. IF race day entries are accepted the fee increases to $50. Swimmers should enter early to secure their entry into the event.  

All participants receive a swim cap, t-shirt, finisher medal, and a ticket for the pancake breakfast.

Event is limited to 150 swimmers! Enter early!

                                                                      -- NO REFUNDS --

Refunds:
Due to the associated cost and effort required to stage this event, no refunds will be issued. This includes, but is not limited to, life situations precluding a pre-paid entrant from starting the event; unforeseeable acts of nature such as thunderstorms; or an unsafe environment resulting in the cancellation of the event.

Registration/ Check in closes at 8:15 am sharp on race day!

T-SHIRTS: One-of-a-kind race t-shirts designed by Tulsa Masters member, Jocelyn Wood. Additional t-shirts can be pre-orderd for $15 each,
                  Enter by August 16th to guarantee t-shirt size. 

DONATIONS: A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Camp Tallchief Scholarship Fund. You may designate an additional donation during the registration process. 

AWARDS: Awards will be given in each event.
            1/4 mile:  Overall male and female age 10 and under only
            1/2 mile: Overall male and female age 12 and under and 18 and over
             1 mile: Overall male and female age 17 and under and 1st - 3rd male and female 18 and over
             2 mile: Overall male and female age 17 and under and 1st - 3rd male and female 18 and over
             3 mile: Overall male and female age 17 and under and 18 and over
AWARDS will not be mailed!

RESULTS: A link to the final results will be posted on www.okswim.org as soon as possible.

SOCIAL: POST RACE PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS

Spectators/ friends/ family can partake of the post race food for $5/ person.
Wrist bands available at the registration table.
Please stay to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow swimmers. 

WHAT ELSE? 
       NO RUNNING, JOGGING, RIDING BIKES, WALKING, HIKING on the ZINK RANCH PROPERTY OUTSIDE OF THE CAMP TALLCHIEF BOUNDARIES!!!!!

PLEASE OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS WHILE ON THE ZINK RANCH ROADS, STRICTLY ENFORCED BY THE RANCH FOREMAN!!!

AND...
Bring 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 for the post race party, sunscreen & bug spray.
Showers will be available following the event.
Please make arrangements to have your childern supervised while you are swimming.


                               ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING! NO ALCOHOLIC BEVAERAGES! NO PETS (Facility rules)

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.

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN at THE REGISTRATION TABLE NO LATER THAN 8:15 AM. This includes pre-registered swimmers and race day entrants. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Zink Ranch, Sand Springs, OK:

From Tulsa or points east of Tulsa using I-244 West:
             Exit 5c LL Tisdale,
             North ~ 2.6 mi to Gilcrease Expressway (1st stop light), turn left (west)
             West ~ 2.3 mi to stop sign at 41st W. Ave, turn right (north)
             North ~ 5.4 mi to ROCK SCHOOL Rd, turn left (west),
               (you will see a blue 'Zink Ranch' sign just before this intersection.
             West ~ 4.1 miles to intersection of Hwy 97 and entrance to Zink Ranch
             Turn right into Zink Ranch (cattle guard at entrance). (You will pass the Rock Fire Dept on your left first)
             A volunteer will direct you through the electronic gate. 
             See further directions at the bottom for inside the ranch.

From south Tulsa using Hwy 75 North:
Take Hwy. 64/ 412 (Keystone Expressway) WEST to 129th West Ave. exit ( ~8.2 mi)
   (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 via Hwy 64/ 412):
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 immediately 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 ( you may not need to come all the way into Tulsa):
Contact Denise, denises@webzone.net & I will send you a map of the back roads.
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.

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. Please obey the speed limit signs inside the ranch. You cannot drive 50 mph on this road!!

HOTELS: 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. Hampton Inn, Best Western, and Comfort Inn are located near this exit. 

                        HAVE FUN!!

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Online Registration closed on 9/3/2014.