Fontana Lake 5K, 10K, 15K SOLO Open Water Races

Swim Without Limits

Saturday, July 20, 2019

USMS Sanction : 139-W001

Swim Without Limits, Inc.

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1st Annual Fontana Lake
Solo Open Water Race
5K, 10K, 15K
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Almond, NC (near Byrson City)

Hosted by: Swim Without Limits, Inc.

For complete race details please see our website here.

Event Director: David Miner 941-545-9709
Safety Director: Steve Butler 941-376-3524

North Carolina LMSC for USMS sanction #139-W001
USA Swimming Official Approval #pending

About the Race
The beautiful Fontana Lake offers an amazing venue for a 5K, 10K, and 15K open water race. The 5K loop swim course starts where the lake meets the Tsali Mountain Biking Trail Head parking lot and beach area. From the beach, swimmers will make their way out one of the lake’s fingers, around a point, across an open stretch of water to an island. With the island on the swimmers’ left shoulder, they will make there way around the island, back across the open stretch of water and into the finger leading back to the beach and start area. Swimmers doing the 5K will complete one lap. Swimmers doing the 10K will complete two laps and 15K swimmers will complete three laps turning for another lap around a special turn buoy near the beach.

About the Area and Our Main Sponsor Nantahala Outdoor Center (

Awesome Adventures Await!
Don’t just come for the swim but stay and enjoy all of the adventures that await you in this beautiful part of the country!

Being a destination location only minutes from Bryson City, North Carolina, the Smokey Mountain National Park, beautiful rivers and other National Forests, this area offers adventures ranging from whitewater rafting and kayaking to mountain biking, hiking, flat water paddling, mountain zip lining, and open water swimming. The Fontana Lake surrounding towns provide a mecca for outdoor adventure all through our sponsor the NOC. 

Get Your NOC 15% discount on rafting, zip lining, and flat water kayaking
All participants can get 15% off on rafting, zip lining, and flat water kayaking. Just book your adventure at using discount code SWIM. Extend your trip for some epic adventures.

About Fontana Lake
In western North Carolina, in the mountains of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, lies the beautiful 17-mile long Fontana Lake. Created by the Fontana Dam located on the Little Tennessee River, Fontana Lake has many coves and many islands formed from former mountain peaks. Depending on water levels, the average depth is 135 feet with a maximum depth of 440 feet, making it the deepest lake in North Carolina.

Eligibility and Registration
The race is open to all members of U.S. Masters Swimming and all ATHLETE members of USA Swimming.  Adults who are not current members of U.S. Masters Swimming may pay for a one-day membership during the online entry process; the one-day membership fee is $20 (in addition to the event entry fee). One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.

Entry fees:
  • 5K Solo Swim: $75
  • 10K Solo Swim: $125
  • 15K Solo Swim: $175
Entry fee provides the following:
  • Safety boats and kayakers for course monitoring
  • Feeding/drink stations on the course (two)
  • Excellent meal and beer at the post race social and awards ceremony at the NOC outpost in Wesser, NC along the Nantahala River
  • Live band at the post race social
  • Fontana Lake official race T-shirt
  • Finishers medal for all swimmers finishing the swim
  • Goodie bag with cool stuff from our sponsors
Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Online entries are paid by credit card to " Events."

NO REFUNDS: If you can’t participate in the race for any reason or there are dangerous weather conditions and we have to cancel the race, there are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals for any reason. The cost of the event is fixed and the money has been spent come race day.

Swimwear/Wetsuit Rules
Water temperatures are expected to be 70-76F on race day. 
  • Solo swimmers have the option to enter either the non-wetsuit division or the wetsuit division.
  • Non-wetsuit division: The race will follow USMS swimming rules for Category 1 swimwear, meaning no wetsuits.
  • Wetsuit division: The race will follow USMS swimming rules for Category 2 swimwear, meaning wetsuits are allowed.
For complete race details, rules, local accomodations, etc.
please see our website here.

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

Online Registration closed on 7/16/2019.
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