2012 USMS >9 Mile Open Water National Championship at Lake Minnetonka

USMS > 9 Mile Open Water Championship

Saturday, July 28, 2012

USMS Sanction : 302-W001

USMS > 9 Mile Open Water National Championship

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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Fri, Jul 27, 2012
05:00 PM

Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior/Wayzata, MN

Hosted by: Hopkins Masters/Genesis Aquatics

Sanction # 302-W001


The course is a straight swim across the lake and back (“two lengths”). The straight-line distance between two beaches on Lake Minnetonka (Excelsior Beach & Wayzata Beach) is 5-miles. Individual swimmers will swim “one length” from Excelsior Beach to Wayzata Beach, and back to Excelsior Beach. Relays of two swimmers will have each relay member swim “one length” (5-miles). To view the course, visit: sites.google.com/site/minnetonkachallenge/

LOCATION/FACILITY: Excelsior Beach, corner of West Lake Street and 1st Street, Excelsior, MN 55331. Lake temperature in late July is usually between 75-80 F.

TIME LIMIT: Must be at the 5-mile (half-way/turn-around) by 10:30AM or you will be disqualified and asked to stop.


  • Mandatory Technical Meeting: Friday, July 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM, at Excelsior Beach.
  • Race Day CHECK-IN: 5:30-6:00 AM
  • Race Day Meeting: 6:05 AM
  • First wave start (6 hr+ seed times): 6:30 AM
  • Second wave start (5.5 - 6 hr seed times): 6:40 AM
  • Third wave start (5 - 5.5 hr seed times): 6:50 AM
  • Fourth/Final wave start (< 5 hr seed times): 7:00 AM


  • This is a USMS-sanctioned event. All participants must be 18-years or older as of July 28, 2012 and be a 2012 registered member of USMS or equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers.
  • Foreign swimmers are not eligible for USMS All-American status.
  • USMS “One-Event” registration is NOT allowed for USMS Open Water National Championship events, but is available for USMS Open Water Non-Championship events or races.
  • Swimmers who cannot complete the 5-Miles or 10-Miles within the established TIME LIMIT are recommended not to enter the open water event.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event.  Only Category 1 swimwear is allowed in the national championship swim.

ENTRY FEES (Online Entry is preferred):
Event registration will close when 100 entries have been received.
Fee includes T-shirts, swim caps, goody bags & snacks.
Four registration deadlines and fees:

  • $45; received by May 31, 2012
  • $55; received by June 30, 2012
  • $65; received by July 15, 2012
  • $75; up to day of race

All swims start and finish on Excelsior Beach (water’s edge) with finish about 5-10 feet from water’s edge.

TIMING: Manual timing with three back-ups. All finish times recorded and matched to finish order (by race number).

Results will be posted when available at www.USMS.org and sites.google.com/site/minnetonkachallenge/

SAFETY: There are boats on this lake (boaters, skiers, fishers, etc.). Every swimmer must have an escort (canoe/kayak and paddler). Those coming from outside of MN may rent a canoe/kayak and request a paddler. Contact the race director for more information (minnetonkachallenge@gmail.com). Safety boats and lifeguards will monitor the entire course. A water stop will be available on the course at the halfway mark (5-miles). Swimmers must wear race cap and numbers on arms and back for identification. Medical personnel will be at start and 5-mi. Athletes will enter the water only after being identified and recorded by race number by a race official. In case of severe weather or other safety issue, the race may be postponed, cancelled or abandoned without refund. Safety info: sites.google.com/site/minnetonkachallenge/safety.

Swimmers will self-seed in heats according to estimated time. All swimmers must provide a real or estimated seed time. The Event Director reserves the right to change seeding.

USMS National Championship medals will be awarded to the top six finishers by age group and gender. Standard USMS age groups will apply. USMS Long Distance Championship patches will be awarded to gold medalists in each age group. Merchandise may be awarded to age group medalists.


  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 952.401.8850
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 952.937.2424
  • AmericInn of Chanhassen, 800.396.5007
  • Chanhassen Inn, 952.934.7373
  • “Home-stays” with local USMS families may be available. Contact Event Director.

Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), about 30-min. by car from venue.

DIRECTIONS: (Google Map: Excelsior Beach, Excelsior, MN)
From MSP Airport: Follow 5W/494 south to 494 West. Follow 15 miles to Exit 16B (Hwy 7 west). Follow 5.5 miles to 2nd Street exit. Follow to Lake Street and turn right. Follow along lake to West Lake Street. Turn left on West Lake Street and right on 1st Street. Driving time from MSP Airport is about 30-minutes.

PARKING: Off-street in residential area; or meters.

Contact Event Director or go to sites.google.com/site/minnetonkachallenge/.

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Online Registration closed on 7/27/2012.

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