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This event will take place in the southern portion of Lake Moomaw, nestled in the Alleghany mountains of Virginia. The course will be from Cole’s point toward Gathright Dam and back.

Alleghany County, Virginia – Open Water Registeration 

Sponsored by: The Virginia Masters Swim Team, The Alleghany Highlands YMCA, The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and The Alleghany Foundation.

Sanctioned by: LMSC of Virginia for USMS Inc.

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EVENT:  There will be a one-mile race at 9:00am. The start and finish are on the beach at Cole’s Point, clearly visible to the spectators and race personnel.  The course runs along the shore, approximately 500 yards to the south, and then turns east and north into a protected inlet, around buoys that will be clearly visible.  The swimmers will reach the turn-around point inside the “no wake zone” in the inlet, turn counter-clockwise around a buoy, and swim back to the beach via the same route.  All buoys will remain to the swimmer’s left, except the final one, which will be on the right.  A 2×3 foot poster of the course diagram will be posted at the lake, and the current water and air temperature will be posted at 8am. Due to social distancing guidelines of 6 feet of separation, swimmers will depart from the beach in waves of 4 people or fewer, 30 seconds apart.

Warm-up begins at: 7:45am     Check-in Closes at: 8:45am    Race begins at:  9:00am

Eligibility: Open to all swimmers 18 years & older. Paper entries must include a copy of your 2021 USMS card.  Your USMS membership status will be verified automatically when you enter online, but “One Event” is also available to non-USMS members for an additional fee of $15.75 through the Club Assistant event entry process.  You may also renew or join US Masters Swimming, which provides you with an annual membership and the ability to enter other USMS-sanctioned events.

Rules:  Current 2021 USMS rules will govern the race.

Entries:  All snail mail entries must be postmarked by August 2, 2021. Online entries will close at noon Eastern Daylight Time on August 5, 2021, or when the event reaches its capacity of 75 participants. Late or race day entries will NOT be accepted. Online entry is strongly encouraged. Entry fee is $42.00.  To be guaranteed a free t-shirt, enter online by 5:00pm on July 17, 2021.

Safety:  For safety reasons, swimmers who cannot complete 1 mile in one hour should NOT enter. Swimmers still on the course after the time limit will be stopped and listed DNF in the results. In the event of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and thereby prevent swimmers from completing the race. The WestRock water rescue team will be on site with boats, kayaks, and rescue squads.

Seeding:  Swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest according to 1650 seed time and will be started in waves of 4 swimmers, staggered at 30-second intervals. “No Time” entries will be seeded in the final wave. Seeding changes and additions will not be allowed on race day.

Age Groups:  18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc. in five-year increments, for both men/women.

Awards/ Social:  Awards will be given to the top 3 men & women finishers in each age group. The awards ceremony will take place on the beach following the race.

Accommodations: Please call Josh Taylor at the Alleghany-Highlands Chamber of Commerce at 540-962-2178 for information.

Directions: Google Map “Coles Point Drive, Hot Springs, VA 24445”.

Race Directors Contact:  Dave Holland 804-467-2425 (VMST); Josh Taylor 540-962-2178 (Chamber)


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