USMS Ultramarathon Distance Open Water Nationals

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

USMS > 9 Mile Open Water National Championship

Open Water Registration

USMS > 9 Mile Open Water Championship

Registration Schedule

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Swimmer Registration Fri, Dec 20, 2019
09:00 AM
Wed, Jul 1, 2020
11:59 PM

This competition is limited to the first 150 entrants.
Currently there are 32 entrants.

2020 USMS Ultramarathon Distance Open Water Nationals
At Kingdom Swim, July 25, 2020
On Lake Memphremagog, Prouty Beach
386 Prouty Beach Drive
Newport, Vermont  05855
Hosted by Kingdom Games and Sanctioned by the New England LMSC for USMS, Inc.



Swimming Fees
Prior to February 1, 2020:  10 Mile – $225
February 1 through March 31, 2020:  10 Mile – $250
April 1 through May 31, 2020:  10 Mile – $275
June 1 through July 1, 2020 at noon:  10 Mile – $300
Registration Closes on July 1, 2020 or if and when the Cap of 150 is reached.

Escort Kayaking Fee (If you need us to supply one for you)
All swimmers are required to be accompanied by a kayaker (SUPs are also allowed but no canoes).  We STRONGLY encourage swimmers to bring their own escort “yacker.”  We are willing to provide volunteer yackers for those in need, while available, for the following fee:  $250 for the 10 Milers.  This is done on a first come, first served basis.  If you need a kayaker, we encourage you to register early.

Kayak Rentals
For those with their own kayaker but who need a kayak, we offer rental kayaks delivered to the beach on the morning of the swim with paddle, 2 PFDs, and a whistle for $65.

All fees are non-refundable.  However, we do allow registrants at Kingdom Swim who can’t make it for some reason to exchange their entry fee for another day of swimming in 2020 during our NEK Swim Week.  Or, we are willing to apply 50% of the fee to an event the following year.  However, swimmers must make that election at least four weeks prior to Kingdom Swim. 


All swimmers must be qualified.  They should have completed at least two-thirds the distance for which they register on or before July 1, 2020.  Qualifying swims do not have to be formal events.  They can be informal, with a kayaker and a GPS.  But they must be open water and non-current assisted.  We will conditionally qualify swimmers provided they complete and submit information on a qualifying swim on or before July 1, 2020.

Mandatory Safety Meeting for all swimmers and kayakers is on Friday evening at 5:30 pm.  If you AND your kayaker can’t make the mandatory safety meeting on Friday evening.  DON’T REGISTER.  No excuses.  No exceptions.

Pull Times.   We will be clearing the lake at 4:00 pm for all 10 milers.   And we reserve the right to pull swimmers at any time, if in our discretion, it is unsafe for the swimmer to continue.

All swimmers in the USMS Open Water National Championship must be 2020 USMS Members. 


Thursday, July 23rd
8:00 am at The EastSide – Ceremonial Laying of The Buoys.  Swimmers are welcome to help
Friday, July 24th
Noon – Sign in begins at The EastSide Restaurant, 47 Landing St. Newport, VT
Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm Boat Tours EastSide Docks  $10 donation to MWA
4 pm – Warm Up Welcome – Jaspers
5:30 pm Mandatory Safety Meeting at the EastSide Restaurant
7:00 pm – Swimmers and Yackers Pasta Dinner with Patti Casey at The EastSide (free for swimmers and their kayakers; $20 per person for additional friends and family)
Saturday, July 25th
5:00 am to 5:30 pm – Kingdom Swim – Prouty Beach.
7:30 am -  Safety and Logistical Review  Meeting
7:45 am – 10 mile kayaks deploy
8:00 am – 10 mile swimmers start
11:00 am to 5:00 pm – Picnic Lunch at Prouty Beach
4:00 pm – Awards Ceremony at Prouty Beach
Sunday, July 26th
10:00 am – An unofficial, unsanctioned, cool down swim at South Beach, Lake Willoughby
1:00 pm – Farewell lunch at Mike’s Tiki Bar, East Burke, VT, with 30 beer on tap and a burrito wagon.


Kingdom Games hosts over 20 days of running, biking, and swimming events in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Kingdom Swim is the venue for the 10 Mile USMS Championship swim.   Now in its twelfth year, it also offers 1 mile 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km swims which are not sanctioned by USMS.  Registration for these events is available separately on the Kingdom Games and Kingdom Swim web site.


Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "Kingdom Games."

Online Registration closed on 7/1/2020.
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