9.26.2010

US Open Water Swimming - Virtual Open Water Swim Competition

Open water swimming in Utah is quickly coming to a close as we move into fall with water levels and temperatures dropping.  US Open Water Swimming Connection has come up with a "Virtual Open Water Swim" to help keep us swimming and thinking about open water through the winter months.

The competition goes for six months and starts October 1.  You can enter one of five "goal distances" that are based on actual open water distances.  They are as follows:

1) 50 miles Lake Travis, Texas - 88,000 yards: averaging 3,382 yards per week
2) 100 miles, Lake Powell, Utah -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week
3) 150 miles, Oahu to the Big Island, Hawaii - 264,000 yards: averaging 10,150 yards per week
4) 200 miles, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland/Virginia - 352,000 yards: averaging 13,530 yards per week
5) 250 Miles Lake Huron, Michigan - 410,000 yards: averaging 16,712 yards per week 

After sign up, each swimmer will receive a swim log form to keep track of their yardage.  You can log any distance you swim whether it be in open water or in the pool.  The person that completes the distance and submits their swim log FIRST will receive a $40 gift certificate from Kiefer Swim Shop. Other prizes (lotion, shampoo, caps) will be awarded for 2nd - 5th place in each category. More prizes may be added depending upon participation levels for each category.

The cost to enter varies from $15 to $75 depending on if you add options like a t-shirt or workout plans.
Karen Reeder has informed me that there are currently no swimmers from Utah entered in the competition.  I am planning on entering (and counting Slam the Dam as my first swim).  Let's get some more swimmers signed up to represent the Beehive State!

Details on the event can be found on the US Open Water Swimming Connection site or by clicking here.

1 comment:

The life of a Triathlete said...

Love the idea. Great plan to keep me motivated to keep swimming. I signed up for #2.