Saturday, April 22, 2017
Swim Without Limits, Inc.
Open Water Registration
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
USMS 2017 Open Water National Championship race (solo division only, seperate wave)
At beautiful Lido Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Hosted by Swim Without Limits, Inc.
For complete race information and updates go to: www.SwimWithoutLimits.com
David Miner 941-545-9709
Steve Butler 941-376-3524
About Lido Key
A gorgeous barrier island adjacent to Sarasota, Lido Key boasts some of Sarasota’s most beautiful beaches. With St. Armands Circle, Lido Key is a hub for excellent shopping and fine dining. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great race and a special weekend exploring Lido Key and all that Sarasota offers. See http://www.visitsarasota.org/ for more information about Sarasota.
About the Race
This is a 7-mile open water swim race around the beautiful island of Lido Key. Each solo swimmer will have a pilot (kayak escort) to provide safety, navigation, and nutrition to the swimmer. Swimmers can enter as a solo swimmer, 2-person relay, or 3-person relay. Relay teams must take turns swimming and paddling, meaning that each person swims a portion of the race and paddles the kayak a portion of the race. Relay swimmers cannot have a dedicated pilot!
The course starts in the Gulf of Mexico on Lido's public beach just north of the Lido Beach Resort Hotel and takes you north along the beautiful beaches to New Pass inlet where you’ll swim by large waterfront homes and Mote Marine Aquarium up to City Island where you’ll turn right heading west, south-west to Coon Key in the Sarasota Bay waters. Popular Bird Key will be to your left as you make your way to Big Pass and the beautiful Lido Park. Exiting Sarasota Bay waters through Big Pass, you’ll turn right and head north in the Gulf along sparkling white sand beaches to the finish line at the Lido Beach Resort Hotel.
Elegibility and Registration
READ THIS BEFORE ENTERING: The solo division this year is a USMS National Championship Race. Because of this, ALL solo swimmers MUST be 2017 members of U.S. Masters Swimming if you want to participate in the championship. Relay teams will NOT be a part of the championship race and will start the race in a separate wave. Relay team members can pay for a one-event membership for race day. Initially, for the solo race, we are only opening the solo division to 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming members. If during that time we don’t fill the event, we may open one-event registration for solo swimmers however, they will not be part of the championship and will start the race in the second wave with the relay teams.
Relay team 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 $22.00 (in addition to the event entry fee). One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.
Lido Beach Resort Hotel (discounted race rates available) - Make your reservations early as the rooms are first-come, first-serve. To receive the discounted rate, you MUST book your room by March 19, 2017.
To book your hotel room:
Online: Book Now!
Call (800) 441-2113. When calling, ask for the "Swim Around Lido" discounted race rate.
About the hotel: Known for its prime location and impeccable service, the Lido Beach Resort is Sarasota’s finest beachfront property. Located on a barrier island just off the coast of Sarasota and featuring 223 luxurious guest rooms and suites, guests can enjoy upgraded amenities in a serene setting along the Gulf of Mexico. Loyal team members await the moment to accommodate your every request. Visit www.lidobeachresort.com for more information about the hotel.
Rules and Details
PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t participate in the race or there are weather issues 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.
Pilots and Kayak Rentals
We STRONGLY encourage solo swimmers to bring their own experienced kayaker to escort them. All pilots MUST register as a pilot whether we provide one for you or you provide your own!
If you're a solo swimmer and need an escort kayaker from us, the cost is $65 and is paid during registration. $60 goes directly to the pilot and $5 is used for processing fees we incur.
NOTE: We can only guarantee 35 pilots. Once we hit 35 requests, we can no longer guarantee we will have a pilot for you. We will recruit as many pilots as possible, so you can always check with us to see if we secured more than 35.
Rental kayaks (Need to rent a kayak for the race?)
Island Style: Call Laurel at 941-587-1009
Siesta Key Bike & Kayak: Call 941-346-0891
Water safety will be provided by the escort pilots on kayaks, powerboats, jet skis, a police boat, and an EMT that will be patrolling the course. Each powerboat will be flying a small orange flag and each jet ski rider will have an orange mark on the back of their life jackets for identification. Pilots will be instructed on how to seek assistance. An EMT will be available on the water and safety personnel will be instructed on how to assist a distressed swimmer and trained medical personnel will be available to assist in emergency situations. The MANDATORY pre-race meeting will review common communication signals for pilots (and swimmers) to use and recognize out on the course.
Finishers medal for each swimmer who completes the swim. Awards will be given to the top 6 in each age group for both male and female solo swimmers. Awards will be given to the overall top six 2-person relay teams and the top six 3-person relay teams. All awards will be presented during the post race social under our tents. Age groups are: 18-25, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99
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