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05/07/2017 @ 8:00 am
Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge
Open Swim
Pittsboro, NC
Gold Sponsor
Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge
                 
Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge – Race information
Sunday, May 07, 2017
Vista Point Family Campground, Jordan Lake
3199 North Pea Ridge Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
8:00AM start time!
 
LAKE UPDATE 5-03-17.  Vista Point has been cleaned up and the swim is officially on and taking place on Sunday, May 07 as originally scheduled! Online registration closes on Friday, May 05 and we do not take race day sign ups. See you at the swim start!

LAKE UPDATE 5-02-17: The lake staff is clearing out the parking lot at Vista Point. Most flood debris has blown into the corners of the lake. We will most likely have the swim on Sunday, May 07 as planned but the final decision will be made Wednesday, 5-03 around 2pm. The potential reschedule date is May 14.

LAKE UPDATE 4-30-17: The water level is dropping by 1-1.5 foot per day.  At this rate our venue should be clear, but we will need to confirm this with the park staff in the early part of next week.

LAKE UPDATE:  4-28-17. Please note that Vista Point is currently flooded due to the large amount of rainfall from the recent storm.  The water will need to recede several feet for us to have parking spaces & boat ramp access to run the event.  We will have to keep watch and see what the lake does over the next few days. Our goal is to run the swim as planned, but we are looking into potential alternate sites or makeup dates. Thank you for understanding.


Thank you for joining us for the 9th annual Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge.  Please read this for all the details on the race.
 
Location and directions:
The race site 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 sign up is May 05. No race day/onsite registration is available.
 
Parking:
Park in the large lot near the start area or the adjacent shelter lot.  We will have volunteer parking attendants directing you.  Your parking fee was included with your entry fee.  However, if you or your friends and family arrive after 730AM you will have to pay a $6 park entry fee (it is cash only at Vista Point).  If you’re competing, please arrive no later than 715 to get your stuff and get situated.

Please do not park on the side of the road anywhere within the park boundaries.  You could block emergency vehicles and will be towed.
 
Packet pick up:
We will have the packet pick up area adjacent to the parking lot in the grassy field near the beach/sailboat launching area (not at the shelter as in years past).  We will start at ~645AM.
 
T-shirts:
Event t-shirts are guaranteed to swimmers who sign up by Sunday, May 1.  You must be present to pick up your t-shirt.

Course and Map:
Here is the course map: www.triangleopenwater.com/2016/may8swim.png . We will start at the boat docks this season, with an in water start.  All right-shoulder turns.  You only need to swim on the left side of the turn buoys (so that you can make a right turn).  The interim buoys are for sighting purposes only and you may swim on either side of these.
 
1.2 milers: swim 1 loop and get out then cross the timing mat.
2.4 milers: swim 2 loops.  You don’t get out of the water at any point.  At the buoy nearest the finish area you do a right shoulder turn and then head back out onto the course for loop #2.  At the end, get out and run/walk up the boat ramp cross the timing mat. We will have drinks available at the dock if you need a drink.
 
Start/finish description:
We will start in overhead depth water lined up with the boat dock.  To finish you will need to exit the water and run/walk up the boat ramp to cross the timing mat.
 
Safety:
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. We also have two professional emergency water rescue crews on the water in case you need to leave the water, and First Health EMS on land.

Weather Policy:
In the case of inclement weather, we will delay the swim start up to 45 minutes. We will only cancel the swim if absolutely necessary for the safety of the swimmers.  No refunds or transfers will be issued in case of cancellation due to weather.
 
Timing chips:
We are using reusable timing chips. Please return the timing chip to event staff after you cross the finish line.
 
Wetsuits & water temps:
The usual May water temperature is usually ~70 degrees. Wetsuits are optional & permitted for competition.  You can keep track of Jordan Lake water temps here: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/bejrept.txt

Tranfer and refund policy:
No refunds or transfers for this event.

Warming up: 
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.
 

Age limits

You must be 12 or older to compete in the 1 mile swims and 14 or older to compete in the 2 mile swims.


Start waves:
As close as we can get to:
8:00 ALL 2.4 milers
8:04 1.2 mile all men
8:08 1.2 mile all women
 
Awards:
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 1.2 awards a bit before the 2.4 awards, but don’t make any promises on the exact time other than to say, as soon as we can.  You must be present to receive your award. We don't mail them out. 
 
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.
 
If you have never swum in a wetsuit before and plan to at the race, we even more strongly suggest you take it to your local pool as soon as possible and swim a few laps in it.  Wetsuits take some getting used to and your first time should not be in a race situation.
 
Race briefing:
We will hold the race briefing and course description meeting at 745 AM at the boat docks at the start/ finish line area.  After this meeting you will have a few more minutes to warm up should you choose.
 
Post-race food:
We will have bread from Great Harvest Bread, PB and J, bananas, assorted cookies, and drinks. 
 
Next events:
Our next Triangle Swim Series events are on July 22 and October 15.   
 
Thank you and we will see you on the beach!
- The teams at FS Series and One Step Beyond