Date/Time: September 8, 2013 at 7:45am (2 mile) and 9:30am (1 mile)
Registration, Body Marking, Warm-ups from 7:00 – 7:30 am (2 mile/1mile) and 8:45-9:15am(1 mile) Mandatory meeting and line-up for all swimmers starting 15 minutes before each race. Awards table open at the completion of each distance to pick up awards. To accommodate the new format to allow swimmers to swim multiple distances, there will only be an awards table for pick up versus a formal awards presentation.
Location/Directions: Northern tip of Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Registration and Event held at Flash Marina, 155 Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849. From Rt 80, Rt 15 North to 181 North/Lake Forest/Woodport exit (approx. 6 miles), follow to Rt 181 (first available right after you exit and cross over Rt 15), then approx 1.4 miles on Rt 181 and Flash Marina is on your left before you cross over water. Parking available.
Eligibility: For the USMS Divisions this is a USMS sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2013 with USMS, or complete a one day event registration (additional $15). For the USAS Division this is a sanctioned event and all participants must be registered for 2013 with USAS. You must submit a copy of your 2013 USMS/USAS card with mail in entries and bring a copy of your current registration to day of registration with on-line entries. The 1 Mile Tom Wear Memorial Swim will allow wetsuits and separate awards will be given for wetsuit entries. All swimmers are eligible for the 1 Mile Tom Wear Memorial Swim. An entry fee discount is offered for swimmers participating in both the 2 and 1 mile events. Swimmers 10 and under must provide proof of a timed 1 mile swim, supported by a coach sign off.
Rules: Current 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern this event.
Conditions: Course is one mile loop starting at Flash Marina. In water start. The safety of swimmers is of prime concern; therefore, the swimming event may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather. The Meet Director, US Coast Guard and Lake Hopatcong Marine Police will make this decision. There will be no refund.
Entry Fee: $55 pre-registration by May 31, 2013, $65 by July 15, 2013, $75 by August 22, 2013, and $85 between August 23 and August 31, 2013 for all races. For 2 Mile swimmers entering the 1 Mile Tom Wear Memorial Swim, the additional fee is only $25. On-line registration closes August 31, 2013 11pm EST. Race day registration is available for $100 entry fee. Fee includes T-shirts for registrations received by August 1, 2013, refreshments, permits, electronic timing, caps and race bags. After August, 1st T-shirts are on as available basis.
Chip Timing: Each swimmer will be given a timing chip to wear on the ankle during the race to provide accurate times and finish places. Results and awards will be available soon after the last swimmer is done in each race; awards will then be available for pick up at the awards table. Timing provided by Prestige. Awards will not be mailed.
Awards: In the USMS Division, medals are awards for the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are: 18-24, 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 and 90+. In the USA Swimming Division, medals are awarded for the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are: 11-12, 13-14, 15-18. In the 1 Mile Tom Wear Memorial Swim awards for top 3 Overall Male & Female and top 3 finishers in each age group: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+. Awards in the wetsuit divisions will be for the top 3 Overall Male & Female. Awards will be available at the awards table for pick-up at the completion of each event. Results will be posted at www.swimlakehopatcong.com.
Safety – Our Primary Concern: For safety reasons, swimmers unable to complete 1 mile in 45 minutes and 2 miles in 1.5 hours are advised not to enter. Swimmers still on the course after that time limit will be stopped and listed as DNF in the results. In case of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Entry fee includes a highly visible swim cap that must be worn as the top cap during the swim and all swimmers must have their race number on their arm and shoulder. Lifeguards, safety boats, and kayaks will monitor the entire race course and local EMTs and medical personnel will be present. Medical cards are available at day of registration for you to complete and submit to EMTs if you would like to alert them to potential issues (i.e. diabetes, allergies).
Water Temperature: 68 to 77°F (based on prior 4 years in early September)