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Thanks to everyone who took and submitted photos!
Thank you everyone for coming out this weekend to the swims! We hope you had a great time. Results will be up shortly! We are just now getting back into wifi range. We’ll be sending out an email with a link to results, some photos, and more.
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who made for such a safe event: our water safety kayakers, Hague Fire Rescue & EMS, Lake George Coast Guard Auxiliary, motorboat volunteers and the Dragons Alive group. You are all truly appreciated!
If you have photos of the event you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on our Facebook page. We were too busy to take more than a few photos so would be grateful to share yours with everyone else who was there.
Welcome to the 2012 Lake George Open Water Swim, consisting of 2.5k, 5k, 10k and 4 mile distances. We hope you’re been training and are as excited about the weekend as we are. This page (and the email going out) contains important information about the events in Hague this weekend.
73 degrees as of August 20.
Location & Check in
The swims take place at Hague Public Beach at Hague, NY and Rogers Rock Campground, also located in Hague, NY. The address is near the intersection of Route 9N and Route 8 (aka Graphite Mountain Rd) in Hague, NY 12836. Feel free to Google or GPS Hague Market located at 9844 Graphite Mountain Road, Hague, NY 12836 which is right around the corner from the beach.
If you haven’t submitted your qualifying evidence for the 5k and 10k yet you will need to do so before this weekend or you will not be able to swim! Please check http://www.lakegeorgeswim.com/the-swimmers/ to see your status and what the requirements are (basically, proof of having swum 2/3rds your chosen distance). If you have specific questions regarding what may or may not count as evidence, please e-mail us at email@example.com. This requirement is in place for your safety as well as the safety of others on the course.
As of now weather forecast looks nice for this weekend. We will make decisions prior to each morning’s event on what conditions are like and whether we need to delay or cancel anything in the interest of safety.
Please park in the open field across the road from the Hague Beach parking lot or in the municipal lots in the Hague town center. The open field can accomodate 35-45 cars and the municipal lots (200-300 yards up the road) can accomodate everyone else. 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 lot.
- Restrooms are available at the Visitors’ Center near the beach parking lot.
- There is space to change in there but there are no showers on site.
After checking in you may warm up in the enclosed public swimming area on the beach. The mandatory pre-race safety meeting will start at 7:40a for the 2.5k and 10k and 9:25a for the 5k.
Expected Water Conditions
- Water temperature at race time is expected to be between 72-75 and vary throughout the course.
- Winds and boat traffic have occasionally resulted in significant chop on the lake.
- Lake George is open to the public for swimming, boating & other recreational activities.
- In the event of unsafe conditions, we will delay the start of each event up to 1.5 hours, and will consider doubling-up events provided we have the safety resources in place to oversee the events.
- There is no rain date for these events, with the exception of the above possibilities.
- Please note there are no refunds or deferrals as funds are already invested into this year’s race.
- Meeting times are: 2.5k and 10k- 7:40 a.m.; 5k – 9:25 a.m. (4 mile swim meeting is 7:40a Sunday at Hague Beach).
Attendance is mandatory so be sure you have completed your warm-up and other race preparations by that time.
- Come to the pre-race meeting prepared to directly enter the water afterwards.
- Attendance will be taken when swimmers check into the water. Late swimmers will not be able to enter the water.
- The 2.5k will start first. Swimmers will line up in numerical order on the beach starting with lowest number. Non-wetsuit swimmers first, followed by wetsuit swimmers.
- Swimmers will be checked in and then enter the water through the finish chute and proceed to the start chute out on the water (two yellow buoys).
- The start is in-water, waist deep.
- Wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers will start at the same time (8a) but asked to congregate together in their own categories at the start. You are racing separate races!
- 10k swimmers will line up on the beach in the same manner, and then enter the water in the same manner as the 2.5k swimmers. The 10k swim will start at 8:05.
- The course is an ‘out and back’ counter-clockwise 2.5k course.
- Keep all buoys to your left. The out course is all yellow buoys, the back course is all orange buoys.
- There are four large buoys set up around the course with the numbers 1, 2, 3, or 4 printed on them, and possibly some smaller sighting buoys in between. The numbers and sequence will let you know if you’re swimming the actual course!
- The 2.5k is one loop of the course. The 5k is two loops. The 10k is four loops.
- The 5k has a cut-off of 2.5 hours. The 10k cutoff is 4.5 hours. These times have been set to ensure the well-being of not only swimmers, but our volunteers out on the course and the public who may be using the waters.
- A fueling station will be set up for the 5k and 10k swims near the start/lap buoy. It will be stocked with water bottles, gatorade bottles and gels. You may place your own items there as well. Please mark them and keep them contained (please don’t litter).
- You may stand as you fuel as the water will be chest deep. Per USMS rules please don’t push off the ground to begin swimming again after fueling as this is aiding your swim and illegal.
- As you pass the last turn buoy (#4 – lare orange cylindrical buoy), turn left and aim for the finish chute, marked by two orange buoys leading to the shore. There will also be a finish arch.
- The finish is a land finish. You might be winning the swim but could very well lose it in the sprint to shore!
- Cross the line and stay in order as you cross.
- You will be given a popsicle stick with a number that tells your finish place.
- You will be directed to turn in your popsicle stick at our scorer’s table.
- Proceed to the enclosed public beach for cool-down, if you wish, which is right next to the finish chute.
- Cooling-down on the race course is not allowed.
- Lifeguards and kayakers will be on the course with rescue tubes or styrofoam noodles and cell phones or two-way radios.
- If you need assistance during the swim, raise your arm and signal the nearest kayaker.
- If you need to hang on to the kayak, do so at the front or rear, not from the side as this will capsize the kayak.
- An EMT and lifeguards trained in first aid and CPR will be on site if you require medical assistance.
- Race officials/medical personnel reserve the right to remove any participant from the course for the safety of the athlete or other athletes.
- If you withdraw from the race for any reason, report to race officials so we can account for your safety and avoid unnecessary emergency procedures.
- Do not exit the water through the finish chute if you withdraw from the race. Go around the chute and immediately check in with a race official.
- We expect sportsmanlike conduct, which includes taking care when passing other swimmers. Race officials will be on the lookout for unsportsmanlike behavior, which is grounds for disqualification. Please treat volunteers and safety officials with courtesy as well – we are all there to ensure your safety.
- In open water, expect some swimmer-to-swimmer contact to occur.
- At the discretion of the Safety Director, the race may be canceled at any time (e.g., in the event of lightning or thunder).
- Evacuation will be signaled with 3 blasts from an air horn and with whistles from the kayakers and guards.
- All swimmers MUST proceed immediately to the start of the course or other location as indicated by kayakers or lifeguards. If you are far out on the course we will have a boat pick you up.
- Each swimmer must check out of the water with a race official to avoid unnecessary search-and-rescue procedures.
Awards & Results
- Unofficial results will be available at the race site after the swims. Official results will be posted on www.lakegeorgeswim.com within a couple days.
- Awards will take place at the conclusion of each day’s events.
- Awards will be given to top three overall male and female winners in each event and each category (non-wetsuit and wetsuit).
- Awards will be given to top three male and female in each age-group for each event.
If your bringing friends or family members to the event, they’ll have a great view of the swims out on the water as a kayak volunteer! We will have extra kayaks available for this purpose. Our volunteer form is at http://www.lakegeorgeswim.com/volunteer/.
We aim to make this a fun, festive environment. Yes the swims are serious and we are serious about them, but doesn’t mean we can’t have fun too!
We’re grateful to the Town of Hague for their support of these swims, to Silver Bay YMCA for providing us the use of several kayaks, to Hague FD and the Lake George Coast Guard Auxiliary. We are also very grateful to all of our volunteers who are coming out in support of these swims. And of course, to you, our swimmers!
See you this weekend.
4 Mile Swim Info (Swimmers and Kayakers)
Sunday, August 26.
Check in is at Hague Beach at 7 a.m. Swimmers will pick up their swim cap and get body marked. Kayakers will pick up their bib # and put it on over their PFD. All escorts must wear the provided bib number corresponding to their swimmer. Only one escort per swimmer.
Pre-race meeting at 7:40a. Kayakers will then head out onto the water and position themselves in sequential order (1-25), with #1 being furthest north. At 8a the swim will start and swimmers will swim out to their kayaker. Escorts should make sure their bib numbers are visible to swimmers so they can spot you. Please steer clear of swimmers who’ve found their escorts and are trying to get out on the course. The start might be a bit of a jostle but that’s expected!
Kayak Support Rules
A safety kayaker shall escort each swimmer.
All kayakers must wear a USCG approved personal flotation device at all times when on the water. The kayaker must also wear the provided bib to indicate which swimmer he/she is escorting.
If the kayak or kayaker becomes disabled or cannot continue to accompany the swimmer, the swimmer may:
- stay in the water near the disabled escort craft until a replacement arrives;
- join another escort craft that is accompanying only one other swimmer until another escort craft arrives; or
- exit the water via our patrol boat
If a swimmer’s escort becomes disabled an escort for another swimmer may assume responsibility for the swimmer with the disabled escort, subject to the following conditions:
- Any one paddler or craft may escort no more than two swimmers.
- The two swimmers must stay within 3 meters of each other. Failure to stay within 3 meters shall result in immediate disqualification of the second swimmer assigned to the escort and the immediate removal of that person from the water.
Swimmers may receive the following assistance from the escort:
- The escort may assist the swimmer with navigation, including verbal and written communication.
- Food or drink may be passed from escort to swimmer as long as deliberate contact is not made between the two.
Swimmers shall not be assisted by escort craft as follows:
- Swimmers shall not receive flotation or propulsion from any escort craft nor make intentional contact with any craft.
- Drafting (swimmer swimming directly behind the escort) shall not be permitted when other open water is readily available.
Escort boats shall not obstruct other swimmers in the race.
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