NOTE: For complete and the most up-to-date race details please see our website here.
Event Director: David Miner 941-545-9709 Safety Director: Steve Butler 941-376-3524
Sanctions: North Carolina LMSC for USMS sanction #130-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 (NOC.com)
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 NOC.com using discount code NOLIMITS. Extend your trip for some epic adventures. j
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. j
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 $15 (in addition to the event entry fee). One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.
5K Solo Swim: $75
10K Solo Swim: $125
15K Solo Swim: $200
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, June 9, 2020. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com 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/Tow Buoy Rules Water temperatures are expected to be 70-80F on race day.
There are two registration options; the non-wetsuit division (Cat 1) or the wetsuit/tow buoy division (Cat 2).
Category 1 non-wetsuit division: The race will follow USMS swimming rules for Category 1 swimwear, meaning no wetsuits or any other swimming aids.
Category 2 division: The race will follow USMS swimming rules for Category 2 swimwear, meaning wetsuits are allowed as well as the swim-safe tow buoys.
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 "ClubAssistant.com Events."