Open Water Swim Competition

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012.  The Gregorian calendar indicates that this will be the first day of autumn; Weather predictions proclaim that it will be yet another splendid spring like morning and according to the Blue Wave Aquatics web site this day is recognized as the official “Last Gasp of Summer!” 
The 2012 Last Gasp of Summer is an open water swimming event hosted by Blue Wave Aquatics and Valley Aquatics Swim Team and sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Association of Master Swimmers, Inc for USMS (Sanction No. 362-W002). For those like me who may not be all that familiar with the sport of open water swimming, this all means that it’s going to be a pretty big darn deal!

Angle Lake has been chosen as the location for this event. The course will run nearly the entire length of the east-west leg and will be marked with large buoys. Motor boats, kayaks and lifeguards will be strategically located around the course to monitor race operations and lend assistance if necessary. Nearly 150 Master Swimmers are expected to compete in one of four events: 1 mile wetsuit, 1 mile non-wetsuit, 2 mile wetsuit, 2 mile non-wetsuit.  There will also be an additional 3 events offered for youth swimmers to compete in: 1 mile, 2 mile, and 500 meters for 9 - 12 year old swimmers. 

Race Day Schedule
7:30 AM           Registration Set Up, Course Set Up.
8:00 AM           Picnic Set Up / Volunteer Check In ***
8:30 – 9:30      Athlete Check In
8:45 AM           Officials Briefing – Officials, Kayaks, Lifeguards
9:30 AM           Athletes Mandatory Safety Briefing
10:00 AM          Start of 2 Mile Race
10:15 AM          Start of 1 Mile Race
10:45 AM          Start of 500 Meter Race (USA Swimming)
11:45 AM          Awards / Picnic Lunch

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of volunteer effort to pull off an event of this magnitude and the organizers could always use additional help.  ***If interested lending a hand simply show up no later than 8:30 AM and ask Wendy Neely for assignment otherwise ask for Jennifer Mesler if you’d like to help patrol the course from your kayak. All volunteers will be welcome to join the athletes enjoying a free picnic lunch.

The course will be cleared by noon and the event is expected to conclude no later than 1:00 PM.

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