2016 USMS 10K Open Water National Championship and Oregon Association 1500 Meter Championship

Rogue Valley Masters

Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17, 2016

USMS Sanction : 376-W004

Rogue Valley Masters

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USMS 10K Open Water National Championship
Also featuring 5K, 2.5K, Oregon Assn. 1500M Open Water Championship
and the popular & fun 3 x 500M Pursuit Sprint Relay

At Applegate Lake on July 16 & 17, 2016

Hosted by Rogue Valley Masters
Sanctioned by Oregon Masters Swimming for U.S. Masters Swimming
Operating under special use authorization from the Rogue River Nat’l Forest

LOCATION & COURSE: Applegate Lake is located in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon.  The course for the longer races will consist of multiple 2.5K loops, while the 1500m Oregon Association Championship course will be a single loop.  Water temperature on race day has varied from 71-77 degrees Fahrenheit and will be posted.


Saturday: 10K, 5K, and 2.5K swims (swum simultaneously)
Sunday: 1500M Oregon Assn Championships and 3 x 500M Pursuit Relay

ELIGIBILITY:  This event is open ONLY to 2016 USMS members or foreign equivalents.  Eligibility will be automatically verified for online entries.  USMS “One-Event” membership will be available for adults 18+ for all swims with entry for $21, except the 10K national championship where swimmers need to be full members of USMS.

RULES:  Current USMS rules will govern this event.  In all swims, Category II suits—including wetsuits—are allowed but will be scored in a separate category.  To be eligible for 10K national championship placement and award, swimmers must wear Category I swimwear. 

START/FINISH:  All swims will start in the water and finish on the beach near the water’s edge.  Each loop roughly follows the shoreline of the lake on the way out and follows a straight line back to the start/finish area.

SAFETY—OUR PRIMARY CONCERN:  Safety boats will monitor the entire course and medical personnel will be on-site.  Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided, must have their race number on their arms, and must follow all announced safety rules without exception. 10K & 5K swimmers may provide their own feedings which may be placed on a table in 4-foot deep water near the starting line.

Time Limit:  Swimmers who cannot complete the 10K in 4.5 hours or the 5K in 2.5 hours should NOT enter; swimmers on the course after these time limits may be stopped and listed as DNF in the results.

RACE SCHEDULE (subject to change if conditions warrant):
Saturday, July 16:
6:45am  Check-in/Registration opens for 10K, 5K, & 2.5K
7:45am  Check-in/Registration closes
7:45am  Pre-race instructions for all three races
8:15am  Start of 10K
8:25am  Start of 5K & 2.5K

Sunday, July 17:
7:30am  Check-in/Registration opens for 1500M
8:30am  Check-in/Registration closes
8:30am   Pre-race instructions for 1500M
9:00am   Start of 1500M
10:30am Pre-race instructions for Pursuit Relay
10:50am Start of 3 x 500M Pursuit Relay

RACE DIRECTOR:  Andy Gramley, agramley@microsoft.com
Phone: 206-660-6322

REGISTRATION:   Online Registration ONLY.  Please register at: https://www.ClubAssistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=2128&smid=7930
All entries for all events MUST be received by 11:59pm PDT, July 8.   Submit your entry on time!

ENTRY FEES:  The 10K Open Water National Championship swim is $40.  The 5K, 2.5K & 1500M swims are $30 each.  Race-day entries (for individual swims) are an additional $20. The Pursuit Relay is free.  Entry fee includes swims, a souvenir swim cap, and a post-swim lunch for the entrant. NO REFUNDS after the entry deadline.

RESULTS:  Results will be posted at the check-in area promptly after each race, and at www.swimoregon.org after the weekend.


  • 10K: USMS championship medal to the top six finishers in each male/female age group (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.) and USMS championship patches to the first USMS male/female finishers in each age group.
  • 5K/2.5K/1500M: Medals to the top three in each male/female age group, including both wetsuit & non-wetsuit categories.
  • Pursuit Relay: Bragging rights.
OREGON OPEN WATER SERIES:  All swims count towards the cumulative season series.  The 10K and the 1500M are featured swims (22-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 points)  The 5K and the 2.5K swims are qualifying swims (11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points) The relay is a participation swim (7 points).

T-SHIRTS:  Swimmers may pre-order commemorative t-shirts for $15. A limited number of shirts will be for sale at the event.

DIRECTIONS (Mapping Apps Search: Applegate Lake, Jacksonville, OR) From either north or south on I-5, take exit #30 in Medford and go west, following the signs to Hwy 238 west to Medford and Jacksonville. After passing through Jacksonville, Hwy 238 continues to Ruch.  Turn left onto Applegate Road and follow the signs to Applegate Lake (18 miles from Ruch).  Proceed past the Applegate dam for another .7 miles until you reach Hart-Tish Park, and turn left into the park.  Driving time from the I-5 exit to Hart-Tish Park is approximately 45 minutes. NO DOGS ALLOWED AT RACE SITE.  Please note that there is no cell coverage at Applegate Lake.

PARKING:  Cost is $5 per car/per day & will be collected at the entrance to Hart-Tish Park on race morning or at Hart-Tish Park Store near the boat ramp. 

LODGING/CAMPING/PLACES OF INTEREST: To camp at Hart-Tish (race site), you MUST contact Jocelyn Sanford:  jocelynjune23@gmail.com or 541-210-0088 or.  For additional local information visit:

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ROGUE VALLEY MASTERS."

Online Registration closed on 7/8/2016.
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