FAQs

What is the expected water temperature for the swims?
The temperature for the 2014 swims was 71 degrees. The expected water temperature in the Hague area is usually in the low 70s in late August. We will post specific readings in the days leading into the event. Historic air temperature ranges between 54-77 throughout the day. It may be chilly in the morning so bring warm clothes.

What type of swimwear is acceptable for Wetsuit/Non-Wetsuit?
There will be Category 1 only (non-wetsuit) for the 2.5k and Category 1 (non-wetsuit) and Category 2 (wetsuit) divisions for the 5k and 10k. We will follow the USMS policies for wetsuits and non-wetsuit attire.  See the updated rules here: http://www.usms.org/rules/20150403techsuitfaq.pdf

303.7 Swimwear for Open Water Events
Swimwear allowed for open water events is defined below and is not impacted by decisions of FINA, USA Swimming or Part 1 of USMS rules. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to understand the appropriate swimwear allowed at a particular event.
303.7.1 Rules for All Swimwear for Open Water Events
A Design—Swimsuits shall be nontransparent and conform to the current concept of the appropriate. The referee shall have the authority to bar offenders from competition until they comply with this rule.
B Advertising—Products involving tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceuticals containing substances banned under IOC or FINA rules may not be advertised, but the advertiser’s name only may be used. Offenders may be barred from competition until they comply with this rule.
303.7.2 Rules for Category I Swimwear for Open Water Events
A Swimwear shall include only a swimsuit, cap or caps (including those made of neoprene when the water temperature is not greater than 78 degrees Fahrenheit) and goggles. Swim caps shall be defined as head gear conforming to a traditional swim cap design and shall not extend to protect the neck and shoulders. Nose clips, ear plugs, wristwatches and grease are also allowed.
B The swimmer shall wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials. For both men and women, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulder nor below the ankles.
C Exemptions to the restrictions in articles 303.7.2A-B may be granted to a swimmer, on a case by case basis, by the chair of the Long Distance Committee or designee. Exemptions will be granted only for conflicts due to the swimmer’s verified religious beliefs or verified medical conditions.
(1) Procedures for applying for an exemption will be published by the Long Distance Committee and posted on the U.S. Masters Swimming website.
(2) No exemptions to these restrictions will be granted for swim wear that would give a swimmer a competitive advantage. 303.7 Page 66 2015 U.S. Masters Swimming Rule Book
(3) The decision of the Long Distance Committee chair may be appealed only to the entire Long Distance Committee, whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
D Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any device or substance to help their speed, pace, navigation, buoyancy or endurance during a swim (such as wetsuits, webbed gloves, fins, snorkels, buoyant armbands, audio players, etc.). Medical identification items may be worn. Any kind of tape on the body or flat armband is not permitted unless approved by the referee. Any devices used to maintain body heat are not permitted, except for those listed in article 303.7.2A.
303.7.3 Rules for Category II Swimwear for Open Water Events
A Swimwear that does not meet the requirements for category I swimwear shall be considered category II swimwear. Swimwear may include a swimsuit or wetsuit, cap or caps, goggles, arm bands and rash guards. Nose clips, ear plugs, wristwatches and grease are also allowed.
B Wetsuits, neoprene caps, or any other heat-retaining swimwear may be allowed at the discretion of the event director when the water temperature is not greater than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. C Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any additional device or substance to help their speed, pace, navigation, buoyancy or endurance during a swim (such as webbed gloves, fins, snorkels, audio players, etc.), except in designated events where all swimmers may use similar devices or sub-stances. Medical identification items may be worn. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the referee.

Is there a charity involved?
We contribute money to the safety organizations involved in the event: Hague Volunteer Fire Department and Lake George Coast Guard Auxiliary. In addition, the Dragons Alive organization provides paddling support and use the event as a fundraiser for cancer research.

Where is lodging available?
Please see the lodging page.

Where can we park?
Please park in the open field directly across the road from the Hague beach parking lot. Signs will be posted. Please do not park in the Hague beach parking lot as those spots are reserved for residents and other visitors. Our thanks to Addison Corporation for allowing us the use of this facility.

What sort of evidence is required for the 5k and 10k?
Please submit evidence of having completed a swim of 2/3rds the distance of your chosen event (applies to 5k and 10k, and 4 miler). Evidence may be submitted when you register and should include the date, venue, distance and time it took you to complete your swim. A link to previous race results is fine. These swims should be in open water and they may happen in or out of competition.

What safety plans do you have in place?
Safety is our #1 priority and we are focused on making the Lake George Swims as safe and fun as possible for our swimmers. We will have lifeguards, kayakers and motorcraft around the swim course providing oversight and keeping recreational boaters away from the course. Water safety support is being provided by Hague Fire Department, Lake George Coast Guard Auxiliary, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, contracted maritime consultants and volunteer kayakers and boaters. A Hague ambulance unit will be on shore with EMTs. We are grateful to everyone for their help with providing oversight for this event.

Is anyone interested in carpooling?
We recommend reaching out to others on our Facebook page to see if anyone else would like to carpool. If you don’t have a Facebook page send us a message with the details of your needs.

What kind of swag/awards are there?
All registrants/finishers receive an event shirt, swim cap and a finisher’s item (TBD). Top 3 male and female winners in each event as well as age-groups will receive an award. Those in the 4-mile swim on Sunday will receive a couple additional items. Awards for the 4 mile swim (limited entries) will be issued to the top 3 overall male and female.

What is there to do throughout the weekend?
Hague is a beautiful hamlet located on the northern end of Lake George. Fort Ticonderoga is 10 minutes to the north. Lake George Village is 30 minutes south. Hague Public Beach is a family-friendly venue with bathroom facilities, a playground for the kids and a roped-off swim area for the public (monitored by lifeguards during regular hours). There are hiking trails in town, a general store for goods and a couple restaurants.

What is your cancellation policy?
You may withdraw from the event but we have a no-refund policy as entry fees are invested into the event ahead of time. We also do not allow deferrals to the following year.