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2017 Tallchief Open Water Challenge

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tulsa Masters Open Water Events

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EVENT: 10th 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)   
                                                                     
DATE/TIME: Sunday September 10, 2017, 9 am CDT        

LOCATION: Tallchief Lake, Zink Ranch, northwest of 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, 918-856-0273 (evenings)

SAFETY OFFICER: Katherine Moore

SCHEDULE:
7:15 - 8:15 am: Packet Pickup/Check in. ALL swimmers are required to check in at the registration table.
8:15 - 8:45 am: Warm up 8:15 to 8:45 am. Lifeguards must be present in boats before swimmers can enter the water.
8:50 amMandatory pre-race safety 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 - 12:30 pm: post race pancake breakfast and awards ceremony - Tallchief Lodge
(1/4 mile and 1/2 mile awards will be presented at the finish area at the conclusion of each respective race)

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.
                                                                                                                                                                                 
ELIGIBILITY: Open to swimmers age 9 and above as of September 10, 2017.
PARTICIPANTS OF ALL AGES SHOULD BE PROFICIENT SWIMMERS and CAPABLE OF SWIMMING IN A DEEP, OPEN WATER, LAKE.  

REGISTRATION INFORMATIONONLINE ENTRIES ONLY. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES ACCEPTED
Entries will close at 11:59 pm CST Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Enter by August 13th to guarantee your t-shirt size.

Event is limited to 150 swimmers. Enter early!                                                                                                                

ENTRY FEE: $38 ($35 entry fee + Club Assistant fee)
Entry fee includes a swim cap, t-shirt, finisher medal, and the post event pancake breakfast.
A portion of event proceeds benefits the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Scholarship Fund and Tulsa Masters Swim Club
Please note: credit cards will be charged by “ClubAssistant.com Event Billing"

                                                                      -- NO REFUNDS -- NON TRANSFERABLE --

About 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. There is no rain date.

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 and allow yourself plenty of time!

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 are required to attend the pre-race safety briefing at 8:50 am at the water front.
  • Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided in the color that designates the event entered. Please notify the event director prior to race day if you have a latex allergy that prevents you from wearing the provided cap.
  • 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.
SWIMMERS WHO DROP OUT OF THE RACE AFTER A POSITIVE CHECK IN ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY AN OFFICIAL AT THE FINISH LINE!!
You will also need to turn in your timing chip and ankle strap to that official. 
  • The 3 mile swimmers must complete the 2 mile course in 1 hr 10 mins or less before starting their 3rd lap.
  • A First Aid tent will be located at the water front.
  • Water and gatorade will be available to participants near the finish line. This also serves as an aid station for swimmers doing multiple laps.

WET SUITS:  Wetsuits are not allowed 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.

OTHER EQUIPMENT: While this event is not sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming, USA Swimming, or USA Triathlon, it is a swim competition. Swim aids, including, but not limited to, fins, paddles, pull buoys, snorkels, kick boards, etc. are not allowed. A swimmer may tow a personal safety float, such as the ISHOF or Kiefer SaferSwimmer, or New Wave swim buoy.

T-SHIRTS: One-of-a-kind t-shirts designed by Tulsa Masters member, Jocelyn Wood, included with your entry fee. Additional t-shirts may be available for purchase at the event for $10. Enter by August 13th to guarantee your shirt size.

DONATIONS: A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Scholarship Fund. You may designate an additional donation during the registration process. Thank You!!

AWARDS:  All participants will receive a finisher medal at the completion of their swim.
Awards will be given to top swimmers in each event.      
Note: awards for the 1/4 mile swim will only be given to those swimmers ages 10 and under. Swimmers over 10 yrs old may enter the 1/4 mile but are not eligible for an award.  AWARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED!

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

SOCIALPOST RACE PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS
  • Spectators/ friends/ family can partake of the post race food for $5/ person.
  • Additional wrist bands available for purchase during the online registration  process or at the registration table on race day.
We will celebrate the 10th year of the Tallchief Open Water Challenge at the Awards Ceremony by honoring our 10 year participants and volunteers.
Please stay to enjoy the awards ceremony and the camaraderie of your fellow swimmers!
                                                                                                                                                                                  
REMINDERS and OTHER NOTES:
  • Participants/spectators/volunteers are only authorized to use the facilities and property within the Tallchief Lake/Facility boundaries.
PLEASE... NO RUNNING, JOGGING, RIDING BIKES, WALKING, HIKING, etc on the roads or trails on the ZINK RANCH PROPERTY 
  • PLEASE... OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS WHILE ON THE ZINK RANCH ROADS. STRICTLY ENFORCED BY THE RANCH FOREMAN!!! You cannot drive 50 mph on this road!! 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.
  • There is limited spectator space on the pennisula near the start/finish line. Roped off areas are for participatants and are part of the race course.
  • Participants will have an area near the start/finish line to leave their personal belongings while they swim.
  • 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, hats, sunscreen & bug spray.
  • Showers will be available following the event in the Tallchief Lodge.
  • Please make arrangements to have your childern supervised while you are swimming
  • ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING! NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES! NO PETS (Facility rules)

DIRECTIONS to Zink Ranch and Tallchief Lake

Zink Ranch is located approximately 9.7 miles northwest of Sand Springs at the termination of Hwy. 97 & the intersection of Rock School Road.  
Tallchief Lake is located another 4.5 miles from the entrance of Zink Ranch

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From Tulsa or points east of Tulsa using I-244 West: (you do not have to go all the way to Sand Springs)
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
  You will cross a cattle guard at entrance and see the Rock Fire Dept on your left
Continue on to the electronic gate entrance to Zink Ranch.
Volunteers will direct you through the gate toward the site of the swim. Follow the "Tallchief" signs.
Tallchief Lake is located approximately 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.
             
From south Tulsa using Hwy 75 North:
Exit 5c LL Tisdale, (exit will be on the left as you merge with I-244 East)
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
    You will cross a cattle guard at the entrance and see the Rock Fire Dept on your left
Continue on to the electronic gate entrance to Zink Ranch.
Volunteers will direct you through the gate toward the site of the swim. Follow the "Tallchief" signs.
Tallchief Lake is located approximately 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.

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.
Continue North on Hwy 97, approximately 9.7 miles to the entrance of Zink Ranch.
   (The road dead ends at the intersection of Hwy. 97 & Rock School Road)
Continue driving straight ahead 
    You will cross a cattle guard at the entrance and see the Rock Fire Dept on your left.
Continue on to the electronic gate entrance to Zink Ranch.
Volunteers will direct you through the gate toward the site of the swim. Follow the "Tallchief" signs.
Tallchief Lakeis located approximately 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.

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.
  (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)
Continue driving straight ahead 
  You will cross a cattle guard at the entrance and see the Rock Fire Dept on your left.
Continue on to the electronic gate entrance to Zink Ranch.
Volunteers will direct you through the gate toward the site of the swim. Follow the "Tallchief" signs.
Tallchief Lake is located approximately 4.5 miles from the entrance of the ranch.

**Do not go through Sand Springs (Adams Rd exit) 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 for a map of the back roads.

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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRY!! 

HAVE FUN!!
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Online Registration closed on 9/6/2017.