CANCELLED: 2020 Lake Moomaw 1-Mile Open Water Swim

Lake Moomaw Open Water

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Lake Moomaw Open Water

Open Water Registration


Registration Schedule

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This competition is closed by the host.  EVENT CANCELLED. REFUNDS PENDING.
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Swimmer Registration Mon, Jun 1, 2020
12:00 AM
Tue, Jul 21, 2020
11:59 AM

This competition is limited to the first 75 entrants.
Currently there are 57 entrants.

July 22, 2020: This event has been cancelled. Prompted by a recent USMS directive to issue a moratorium on issuing open water sanctions through Aug 31, the LMSC of Virginia held an emergency meeting on July 22 and voted to rescind the sanction and cancel the event. This event cannot be re-scheduled for this year. Full refunds for all 57 who entered will be processed by Club Assistant by July 31, 2020. 

Alleghany County, Virginia

Sponsored by: The Virginia Masters Swim Team, The Alleghany Highlands YMCA, The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and The Alleghany Foundation.

Sanctioned by: LMSC of Virginia for USMS Inc., Sanction Number 120-W002.

Welcome to the online entry. Your credit card will show a charge from “ Event Billing”.

EVENT:  There will be a one-mile race at 9:00am. The start and finish is on the beach at Cole’s Point, clearly visible to the spectators and race personnel.  The course runs along the shore, approximately 500 yards to the south, and then turns east and north into a protected inlet, around buoys that will be clearly visible.  The swimmers will reach the turn-around point inside the “no wake zone” in the inlet, turn counter-clockwise around a buoy, and swim back to the beach via the same route.  All buoys will remain to the swimmer’s left, except the final one, which will be on the right.  A 2x3 foot poster of the course diagram will be posted at the lake, and the current water and air temperature will be posted at 8am. Due to social distancing guidelines, swimmers will depart from the beach in waves of 4 people or fewer, 30 seconds apart.

Warm-up begins at: 7:45am     Check-in Closes at: 8:45am    Race begins at:  9:00am

Eligibility: Open to all swimmers 18 years & older. Paper entries must include a copy of your 2020 USMS card.  Your USMS membership status will be verified automatically when you enter online, but “One Event” is also available to non-USMS members for an additional fee of $26.50.  To renew or join USMS online, visit

Rules:  Current 2020 USMS rules will govern the race.

Entries:  All snail mail entries must be postmarked by July 27, 2020. Online entries will close at noon Eastern Daylight Time on July 30, 2020, or when the event reaches its capacity of 75 participants. Late or race day entries will NOT be accepted. Online entry is strongly encouraged. Entry fee is $42.00.  To be guaranteed a free t-shirt, enter online by 5:00pm on July 11, 2020.

Safety:  For safety reasons, swimmers who cannot complete 1 mile in one hour should NOT enter. Swimmers still on the course after the time limit will be stopped and listed DNF in the results. In the event of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and thereby prevent swimmers from completing the race. The WestRock water rescue team will be on site with boats, rescue boards, and rescue squads.

Seeding:  Swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest according to 1650 seed time and will be started in waves of 4 swimmers, staggered at 30-second intervals. “No Time” entries will be seeded in the final wave. Seeding changes and additions will not be allowed on race day.

Age Groups:  18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc. in five-year increments, for both men/women.

Awards/ Social:  Awards will be given to the top 3 men & women finishers in each age group. The awards ceremony will take place on the beach following the race.

Accommodations: Please call Josh Taylor at the Alleghany-Highlands Chamber of Commerce at 540-962-2178 for information.

Directions: Google Map “Coles Point Drive, Hot Springs, VA 24445”.

Race Directors Contact:  Dave Holland 804-467-2425 (VMST); Josh Taylor 540-962-2178 (Chamber)

Warm-ups start at 7:45 AM
Meet starts at 9:00 AM
# Sex Event
1 Mixed (for seeding open water race) 1650 Y Free

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

Online Registration closed on 7/21/2020.
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