Kingdom Games hosts over 30 days of running, biking, and swimming events in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Kingdom Swim is the venue for the 10 Mile USMS Championship swim. Now in its twelfth year, it also offers 1 mile, 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km swims which are not sanctioned by USMS. Registration for these events is available separately on the Kingdom Games and Kingdom Swim website.
The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is one of the very first Geotourism Areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic. It has long been a mecca for a wide variety of outdoor recreation from hunting and fishing to skiing and hiking. But it also offers a world class venue for all types of endurance sports such as running, biking, swimming, kayaking, and skating.
Our legendary lake region consists of a 25 mile international lake between Newport, VT and Magog, QC and numerous pristine, glacially carved lakes with little to no boat traffic. Many of our paved roads are lightly traveled, “traffic poor” and generally well-maintained. We have hundreds of miles of “vista riddled” dirt roads that beg for a run or a bike, just for the fun of it. We have an agricultural landscape with working farms, forests, and mountains. In the winter our ice is thick and relatively consistent.
A series of running, biking and swimming events was started in 2007 in an effort to support IROC, our community’s indoor pool, multi-purpose sports arena, and recreation center. When that effort failed and the facility closed in 2013, Kingdom Games was formed to continue and expand these outdoor events.
Kingdom Games now offers over 30 days of running, biking, swimming, kayaking, speed skating, Nordic skating, and winter swimming events in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Steve Munatones, Publisher of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming, had this to say about our development of open water swimming in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec:
“Far, far away from the most renowned hotbeds of open water swimming, Phil White has created an unlikely mecca of marathon swimming in Vermont. White has enabled people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to realize some of their greatest athletic accomplishments. He is a dream maker with an endearing smile and a strategic, long-term vision that he has painstakingly executed day by day and mile by mile. His efforts have not only lifted up all the boats in the global open water swimming community, but will provide future generations of swimmers from around the world a unique challenge and enjoyment of swimming in the Northeast Kingdom.”