What is the expected water temperature for the swims?
The temperature for the 2013 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 (non-wetsuit) and Category 2 (wetsuit) divisions for the 2.5k, 5k, 10k. We will follow the USMS policies for wetsuits and non-wetsuit attire. You can see the description for Cat 1 and Cat 2 attire here (PDF), specifically under rules 303.7.2 and 303.7.3. In a nutshell: “swimwear for men shall not extend above the navel nor below the knee, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor shall extend below knee. All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials.” Here is the list of FINA-approved swimwear. USMS follows these rules with the exception that USMS does not allow any suits that go below the knee. Cat 2 swimwear is allowed for the 4-mile swim on Sunday but not eligible for awards.
Is there a charity involved?
We have two charities/groups involved with the swims for 2013: The Hague Food Pantry and the paddling organization Dragons Alive, which raises funds for cancer. To learn about our efforts to help the food pantry, click here. The Dragons Alive organization provides paddling escorts for our 4 mile swimmers in exchange for a donation. They are experienced paddlers and transport their equipment so swimmers don’t have to worry about this aspect of the event!
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 emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.