Dates: Saturday September 23 - Sunday September 24, 2017
Race Location: Lake Travis * Austin TX
Got2Swim Swim Details:
Distance: 10K (~6.2 miles)
Start/Finish: The course is an out and back at Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis. (Route:TBD)
Three participation options:
Solo Swimmer (must have Kayak Water Guardian)
3-person relay. Tandem kayak required.*
*In relays, swimmers "water guardian" for each other in kayaks. One swimmer in the water, while the non-swimmers are in a kayak paddling alongside the swimmer. There are not set relay switch points. The team decides when and how often to switch. Each swimmer does NOT have to swim equal distance.
Schedule: 7:30A Opening Ceremony and Safety Briefing, 7:45A Start
*Pledge raising for Colin's Hope: All swimmers must raise a minimum $500 (PER SWIMMER) for Colin's Hope. All funds raised will go directly to Colin's Hope to help them work year round to raise water safety awareness to prevent drowning. You can see Colin's Story here
*Register for Athlete Ambassador Pledge Page - Athletes can set up an individual pledge page or a Team Pledge Page to help them collect their pledges. The total pledges raised must be equal to or greater than $500 X number of swimmers. Example: Solo=$500, 2-person relay= $1000, 3-person relay=$1500). Link to set up the pledge page: http://www.tinych.org/AARegistration
SWIM TO HONOR CHILD WHO HAVE DROWNED:
Each Swimmer/Relay Team will be given the name and story of child to swim in honor/celebration of as well as a flag bearing the child's name to carry on their kayak. These children have either lost their lives to a fatal drowning (as Colin did) or have survived a non-fatal drowning. In most cases, the swimmers will be connected via email to the child's family so that they can share their Got2Swim journey with the family. In some cases, the family is able to come to the Got2Swim and cheer the swimmers on. This is a very powerful part of the Colin's Hope Got2Swim 10K.
Info about Colin's Hope: Colin's Hope is an Austin, Texas based water safety and drowning prevention organization. The organization was formed in 2008 after 4 year old, Colin Holst fatally drowned in a public lifeguarded pool in South Austin. Colin's parents learned that drowning is the NUMBER 1 cause of accidental death for children under 5 and a leading cause for ages 1-14, yet drowning is preventable. Colin's Hope has quickly become the trusted water safety resource in Texas, across the nation and is recognized as a global leader in drowning prevention. Colin's Hope has the mission to raise water safety awareness to prevent drowning and the vision of a world where no child drowns.
Best Day Ever
Course descriptions coming soon
COURSE MAP (Official Course Map coming soon)
Course maps are tentative and subject to change due to weather, boat traffic, better or safer routes or any number of reasons.
Permissible Strokes. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water and may tread water or float.
Bottom Contact and Resting. A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his/her sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment.
Emergencies. A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.
Wet suits. Participants shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.
Measuring Water Temperature. It is recommended, but not required that the water temperature for a race be finally determined by a measurement made within 2 hours of the race start. A water temperature measurement should also be taken prior to any pre-race meetings in order to forecast to the athletes as early as possible the likely water temperature on race day and the likelihood of whether wet suits will be allowed on race day.
Official Equipment. If provided by race management, a swimmer shall wear the proper official swim cap corresponding to his wave. The penalty for an infraction of this rule is a variable time penalty. For safety reasons if no official cap is provided, all swimmers should wear their own brightly colored swim cap.
Goggles. Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks.
Illegal Equipment. Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified. Safe Swimmers are allowed.