The race begins with a beach start at the east end of Donner Lake within Donner Memorial State Park. The course is a straight 2.7 miles to the west end and a beach finish at West End Beach.
Water temp.: 65-68°
Altitude: 5933 ft.
Straight, point-to-point, 2.7 miles. A 2 hour 30 minute time limit will be STRICTLY enforced. If you fail to finish the race within the time limit, you will be disqualified and removed from the water. There are NO EXCEPTIONS; you will be removed from the water after 2 hours and 30 minutes after you start.
Donner Lake, Truckee, CA. Located 35 miles west of Reno, NV and 100 miles east of Sacramento, CA. via Interstate 80. The start is at the east end of the lake by Donner Memorial State Park; the finish is at West End Beach.
ALL ENTRANTS MUST HAVE A 2013 UNITED STATES MASTERS SWIMMING MEMBERSHIP AND ENTER THEIR USMS# UPON REGISTRATION. A United States Masters Swimming Membership application can be found at www.usms.org.
Check-in and race day registration will begin at 6:30 AM and close at 8:00 AM. Remember to either bring a photocopy of your 2013 USMS registration or the actual card for verification of membership. Should you forget to bring your current USMS registration, you will be charged a lookup fee of $3. Pre-race instructions will take place at 8:15 AM.
NEW RULE FOR PERSONAL ESCORTS:
Pacific Masters Swimming is partially implementing a United States Masters Swimming rule this year, rule 303.3.1. Pacific Masters Swimming will allow the use of non-motorized personal escorts for the Donner Lake Open Water Swim, but it has been determined that swimmers with non-motorized personal escorts will not be eligible for Pacific Masters Swimming Open Water points or prizes.
PERSONAL ESCORTS SWIM PROCEDURES:
Swimmers with personal escort will start the race in wave #2 at 8:40am. You and your personal escort will receive the same race number. The race number must be worn on your personal escort’s upper back. Personal escorts will be positioned on the beach to prevent obstruction of the wave #1 start. Personal escorts will be notified when to enter the water after the start of wave #1. Personal escorts must be non-motorized. Life jackets and “man in water” flags are required on all craft.
Pre-race instructions at 8:15 AM followed by a beach start. Wave #1 will start at 8:30 for swimmers without personal escorts and Wave #2 will start at 8:40 for swimmers with personal escorts. A 2 hour 30 minute time limit will be STRICTLY enforced. If you fail to finish the race within the time limit, you will be disqualified and removed from the water. There are NO EXCEPTIONS; you will be removed from the water 2 hours and 30 minutes after your wave starts.
A designated warm-up area will be provided. All swimmers wishing to warm-up prior to the race must do so in the designated warm-up area. All swimmers must be cleared from the water by 8:15 for race instructions and the start.
Participants should be adequately trained for this competition, which combines high altitude, cool water temperatures, and a lengthy swim. Previous experience in similar conditions is highly recommended.
Bright colored caps will be provided and must be worn during the swim. The course will be patrolled by safety craft.
The use of fins, pull buoys or other swimming devices shall not be permitted except that soft hand paddles may be used as a prosthesis, provided that, they do not present a safety hazard to the other swimmers.
Race results will be in 3 categories. Category 1 suits (suits made from textile materials), Category 2 suits (wetsuits or technical suites - Speedo Lazer, Blue 70, etc.) and Personal Escort (those swimmers with personal escorts). Race results will be posted at www.sierranevadamasters.com and www.pacificmasters.org within 48 hours of completion of the race.
Masters divisions 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.; male and female. No entrants under 18 years of age are permitted.
Special awards will be presented to the first Category 1 woman and man to finish (18+ and 40+) and the top three finishers in each Category 1 age group. All entrants will receive an official race cap and post-race refreshments and lunch.
This is a point-to-point swim with parking available in designated parking areas at the start and at the finish. At the start, you may park at the Donner Museum parking lot for a fee or on the south side of Donner Pass Road (absolutely NO parking on the north side of Donner Pass Road). You may also park in the West End Beach parking lot where the race will finish. A shuttle will operate between the start and finish from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Spectators must pay the West End Beach admission fee.
Shirts and sweatshirts may be pre-ordered with registration prior to August 2nd. Limited numbers will be available for purchase on race day.
SNM will provide post race recovery refreshments and lunch catered by Men Wielding Fire for all participants. Delicious BBQ chicken and salad will be served. You may purchase additional lunches for friends and family for $10. These must be pre-ordered. There will be no race day purchase of meals.
If you want to kayak for the race (wave #1), contact Stephanie Lerude at email@example.com.
Pacific Masters Swimming for USMS, Inc. # 383-W005
Hotel accomodations are available at Hotel Truckee-Tahoe (formerly Larkspur Hotel in Truckee). A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate ($99 plus tax) for the nights of August 16th and 17th. Please call (530) 587-4525 or 1-888-932-3606 and use the group name "Donner LakeSwim 2013 Group" and group code GSSPO44. Reservations link (copy and paste): https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=51601&Chain=15068&template=GCF&shell=GCF&group=GSSPO44
Campers should call 800-444-PARK for reservations for Donner Memorial State Park (located at the start of the race).
ADDITIONAL RACE INFORMATION
You must have a current 2013 United States Masters Swimming (USMS) membership to participate in the Donner Lake Open Water Swim. Please visit www.pacificmasters.org to register. A processing fee paid to active.com for online registration will be added to your entry fee upon check-out. Participants should be adequately trained for this competition, which combines high altitude, cool water temperatures, and a lengthy swim. Previous experience in similar conditions is highly recommended. A 2 hour 30 minute time limit will be STRICTLY enforced. If you fail to finish the race within the time limit, you will be disqualified and removed from the water.