Great Salt Lake Marina to Blackrock Beach race - 1 mile

The one mile event is a USMS sanctioned point-to-point swim beginning at the Great Salt Lake Marina and ending at Black Rock Beach. It is perfect for triathletes and those new to open water swimming. Kayak support will be provided, with a kayak stationed at every 1/10th mile increment along the course.

Water Temperature and Weather Conditions

Water temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 60’s, so please be prepared. We have wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions. If you choose to change your division, please let a volunteer know at check-in. Current water temperatures are available on the Utah State Parks website. Local weather forecasts are available here.

In the case of inclement weather, the Safety Directory may cancel the race. In this event, refunds will NOT be given.

Park Entrance Fee and Parking

There is a $2 per car entrance fee for the Great Salt Lake Marina. Please be sure to pay this fee, or have your annual State Parks pass hanging from your rear-view mirror. You will be ticketed if you do not pay.

Race Day Schedule

Required Meeting Times - Saturday, June 7th, 2014
7:15 am to 8:15 am Registration, body marking and packet pick-up at the north end of the marina parking lot.
8:20 am Kayaker/paddler support meeting at the bottom of the boat ramp. This is a mandatory meeting for all support paddlers. Swimmers do not need to attend this meeting.
8:35 am Course preview and safety meeting at the Observation Deck. This is a mandatory meeting for all swimmers.
8:50 am Swimmers should begin making their way to the starting buoy.
9:00 am Race begins

Check-In Procedure

Check-in will take place at the Observation Deck on the north end of the Great Salt Lake Marina Parking Lot 1-2 hours BEFORE race start. Participants will pick-up their race bags and be marked with their race number. Participants must make a final declaration of which division they will be entering (wetsuit or non-wetsuit) at this time.

Course Preview and Safety Meeting

There will be a mandatory course preview and safety meeting 30 minutes before race start at the Observation Deck at the north end of the marina parking lot. Swimmers will be given final instructions at this time and will also be allowed to ask any questions regarding the course and safety procedures.

Drop Bags

Since the swim is point-to-point, participants will be given a “drop bag” for their shoes, clothes, towels, or any other item that they want when they finish. The drop bags will be transported to the finish line for pick-up.

Race Start

Swimmers will line up behind the starting buoy for an in-the-water start. It is a short swim/wade through the water from the beach to the starting buoy. Swimmers should start making their way to the starting buoy 10 minutes before race start to allow for enough time to get to the starting buoy by the time the race is scheduled to begin.

Slower and less experienced swimmers are encouraged to position themselves at the rear or side of the group to avoid being unintentionally bumped or splashed by other swimmers.

During the Race

Have fun and enjoy the experience of swimming in one of the most unique bodies of water on Earth!

There is a small outcropping of rocks 2/3 way to Black Rock. Please keep to the right of the red buoys to ensure that you stay clear of these rocks. Watch for kayaker support boats that will steer swimmers away from these rocks.

During the race, swimmers are required to wear the swim cap provided. This is for safety reasons and allows our support volunteers to keep track of each swimmer.

In the event that your find yourself in trouble, stop where you are and signal one of the support boats by raising your hand in the air. One of our volunteers will paddle to where you are. You will be allowed to hang on to the boat as long as you need. If you, or the support volunteer, feel that you are unable to continue, a boat will be signaled that will take you back to the marina.

Finish

The finish will be at Black Rock Beach. The swimmer's time will not stop until they have cleared the water. Please be aware that the water is shallow near the shore and swimmers may need to run/wade through the shallow water to reach the finish.

Black Rock Beach is approximately 1 mile west of the Great Salt Lake Marina and is only accessible to vehicles via a dirt and gravel road. We will provide ONE shuttle van from Black Rock to the Marina. You are also welcome to park a vehicle at Black Rock to get back to the Marina.

Awards and Post Race Activities

Finisher medals will be awarded at the finish line. For non-wetsuited divisions, first place swimmer male and first place female will win an award. This year's award is a custom hand made knitted swimmer.

Post race food will be available at Black Rock. There is also a hose back at the marina near the boat ramp that swimmers can use to rinse off. Showers are not available at the marina.

Items to Consider Bringing

Shoes, Clothes, Towel, etc - Shoes, clothing, towels and other items can be placed in a "drop bag" that will be transported to the finish line for pick-up.

Body Lubricant - Due to the high salinity of the water, chaffing can be an issue. It is a good idea to apply body lubricants (Vaseline, BodyGlide, TriSlide, etc) to areas prone to chaffing. One of our sponsors, TriSlide, will have a pit-stop set up where you can spray yourself with TriSlide lubricant. Mouthwash - Rinsing with mouthwash right before the race will reduce the amount of shock your mouth goes through when first being exposed to the salt. Your mouth will thank you.

Spectators

We encourage friends, family and other spectators to watch the race and cheer on our amazing swimmers.

Following the start, spectators may walk or drive to the finish line at Black Rock Beach. The finish line is approximately 1 mile west of the marina and is accessible via a dirt and gravel road.

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