Little Uno and Big Deuce 1 and 2 mile swims
Location and directions:
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Vista Point Family Campground
3199 N Pea Ridge Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
The race site for 2017 is at Vista Point Family Campground on Jordan Lake. The address is 3199 North Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. If you use mapping software please enter “Vista Point Family Campground, 3199 North Pea Ridge Road, Pittsboro NC 27312.”
Coming from Raleigh area – take US64 West over the lake. Turn left (south) on Seaforth. After 2 miles you will intersect North Pea Ridge Road. Turn left (south) and enter the park and then drive all the way down to the large parking lot/boat launch area.
Coming from Chapel Hill area – Take 15/501 south to Mt Gilead Church Road and turn left (south). At US64 continue straight, as Mt Gilead Church road turns into N Pea Ridge Rd. Drive into the park and all the way to the large parking lot.
Please note: There is another Pea Ridge road on the south side of the lake and a few people always get lost over that way. We won’t be there!
The last day to register is Thursday, July 20. No race day/onsite registration is available.
Park in the large parking lots near the docks. You're parking enty fee is included with the race fee, but if you arrive much after 730AM you may need to pay a separate $6 parking fee. Please do not park on the side of the road anywhere within the park.
Packet pick up:
We will have the packet pick up area in the parking lot near the docks launching area. We will start at 645AM.
Please sign up not later than Sunday, July 16 to guarantee a t-shirt. We will hand out extras after the swim is complete.
Course and Map:
This is a triangular course and we swim clockwise.
1 milers: swim 1 loop and get out then cross the timing mat at the boat launch's edge.
2 milers: swim 2 loops. You don’t get out of the water at any point. At the buoy nearest the start-finish area (the docks) you do a right shoulder turn and then head back out onto the course for loop #2. At the end, get out and cross the timing mat.
Interim buoys are for sighting purposes only - you may swim on either side. You do need to go around and make a right-shoulder turn on all the corner/turn buoys.
We will start in overhead depth water in line with the dock. To finish you will need to round the first dock (the first dock will be on your right as you swim in) and then exit the water and cross the timing chip mat at the water’s edge.
We will have a number of kayakers, paddleboarders, and lifeguards out on the course. You may stop and take a break at a kayak/board as needed. Please give these folks a shout or wave if you are having any problems at any point. They are there to help you.
The kayakers will have jugs of cold drinks on their craft with paper cups. You can stop at a kayak for a drink as need be. There will also be drinks at the docks available for 2 milers before starting the 2nd loop. Paddleboarders will not have drinks.
Wetsuits & water temps:
Wetsuits are not allowed for any reason when it is over 78 degrees for our events. The current water temperature measured at the dam is 87 degrees. Our site is in the main body of the lake and is usually 2-3 degrees cooler. We will measure the water temp the morning of the race. If the temperature is below 87, we will run the swims as planned. If the temp is 87.0-88 we will have everyone swim the 1 mile. If the water temp is 88 or higher at our site we reserve the right to cancel or shorten the event for the safety of everyone.
If you would like to switch from the 2 mile to the 1 mile, please let us know now (preferable) or at the race site. If you start the 2 mile then opt to stop after 1 lap, please let our timing & finish line staff know.
Swimming in warm water (from Coach Marty Gaal, CSCS):
Swimming in warm water is much like running in the heat and humidity. You want to slow down your effort and stay hydrated. Please be sure to drink enough water and sports drink during Friday and on Saturday morning. During the race, stop and get some drinks from the kayaks if you need to. Adjust your goal pacing downward a notch or two - your relative effort and heart rate will be higher because of the warmer conditions. We appreciate you and want everyone to have a good (fun and safe) time.
You can keep track of Jordan Lake water temps measured at the dam here: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/bejrept.txt
Repeat of info: The kayaks will have drinks available on course, and there will be drinks at the dock available before starting your 2nd loop (2 milers).
We use reusable chips. Please return the chips on completion of the swim. Thank you.
You may use snorkels. You may not use wetsuits, neoprene speedsuits or shorts, paddles, pull buoys, fins, or floatation devices of any sort.
You may warm up as much as you’d like, but please keep it near the start/finish area. We will have a couple kayakers out by 745AM to watch out for you, but the main fleet doesn’t launch ‘till the race gets going.
Weather & cancellation policy:
In the case of inclement weather, we will delay the swim start up to 45 minutes. We will only cancel the event if necessary for the safety of participants. No refunds or transfers in the case of cancellation due to weather.
No refunds or transfers for this event.
You must be 12 or older to compete in the 1 mile, and 14 or older to compete in the 2 mile.
We will break into 2 waves:
As close as we can get to:
8:00 ALL 2 milers
8:04 ALL 1 milers
For each race: Top 3 overall men / women, top male/female master (over 40), and top 3 in each 5 year age group (15-19, 20-24, etc). No duplication of awards. We will run the 1 mile awards a bit before the 2 mile awards, but don’t make any promises on the exact time other than to say, as soon as we can.
New to open water/wetsuits?
If you are new / first timer in an open water event, we suggest you check out the open water training clinics
hosted by event sponsor One Step Beyond.
We will hold the race briefing and course description meeting at 745 AM at the water’s edge near the dock start/finish line area. After this meeting you will have a few more minutes to warm up should you choose.
We will have bread from Great Harvest Bread, PB and J, bananas and oranges, assorted cookies, and drinks.
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