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Indy Open Water Challenge

4th ANNUAL INDY OPEN WATER CHALLENGE

The 4th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge presented by the Runners Forum will be held on Saturday, June 17. Taking place at beautiful Eagle Creek Park, this year's race will once again feature both 1-Mile and 2-Mile races. Make your plans now to join us for this great event and race at Eagle Creek!
 

Events Offered

Swimmers will be able to select either the 1-mile or 2-mile event. The 1-mile race is one loop; the 2-mile race completes 2 loops of the circuit. Both races will feature an in-water start and a beach finish.

 

Event Schedule - Saturday, 6/17

6:00a      Eagle Creek Park Opens for Swimmers
6:30a      Registration / Body Markings
7:00a      Safety / Lifeguards / Officials Meeting
7:45a      Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting on the Beach
8:15a      15 Minute Warm-Up
8:40a      Stage Elite Wave
8:45a      Start Elite Waves 1-Mile & 2-Mile (<25 minute miles)
8:50a      Start General Waves 1-Mile & 2-Mile (>25 minute miles)
10:30a     Course Cleared / Awards
11:00a     End of Event

Note: Race schedule is subject to change due to conditions. Pre-race meeting and race start times are approximate and may be adjusted based on the total number of entries received.


Registration Information

Entries for the 4th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge will open in March. Online entries will be accepted until Tuesday, June 13 at 11:59pm EDT, or until event limit is reached. There will be NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Only the first 100 entries are guaranteed a race T-shirt, unless received prior to the early registration deadline. Early registration entry deadline is Tuesday, April 11, at 11:59pm EDT.

REGISTRATION WEBSITE: Online Registration


ADDITIONAL InformatioN

LOCATION: (Google Maps: Eagle Creek Park, West 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN): Eagle Creek Park is located on the west side of Indianapolis on I-465. When heading to the race, take the 56th Street West Exit off of I-465. Travel approximately ½ mile west and the park entrance will be on your right.

WATER TEMPERATURE:  Expected to be 70-80 degrees.

SAFETY – OUR PRIMARY CONCERN:   Safety boats will monitor the entire course and medical personnel will be on –site. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided; have their race number of their arms, backs, and legs; wear the timing chips provided for both wrists; and follow all announced safety rules and procedures without exception. In case of inclement weather, or any other factors that may arise, an event committee composed of the event directors, referee, and a senior member of the Local Organizing Committee may modify starting times or cancel events. There will be NO REFUNDS for cancellation of the event due to weather or water quality issues that are out of our control.

PRE-RACE: A pre-race meeting will take place on the beach at approximately 7:45 a.m.  All participants must attend. Please refer to course map.

EQUIPMENT:  All participants will be provided with a swim cap, which must be worn during the race. Wetsuits are permitted but will not be included in award determination. Support craft other than designated event craft are not permitted. Persons allergic to latex should plan to wear a silicone cap beneath their race cap.

CHECK-IN:  Check-in will take place at the Eagle Creek Shelter prior to the pre-race meeting. Racing chips will be issued to all competitors. Please note that racing chips must be worn on your ankle when crossing the finish line in order for your time to be properly recorded. If you carry your chip in your hand, or any place other than your ankle, the equipment will not detect your finish time, and as a result, you will not receive a time or place.

ELIGIBILITY:  The meet is open to anyone 18 and older. All entrants must be registered with U.S. Masters Swimming or a member of a FINA-recognized National governing body.  One-event forms must be completed by anyone not currently registered with U.S. Masters Swimming and the waiver release signed.

RULES:  Current 2017 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern the conduct of this meet.

TIME LIMIT:  Maximum time permitted to complete the race is 2 hours. Swimmers still in the water after 2 hours will be notified that the race is over and asked to leave the water. Results will show their time as DNF (did not finish).

AGE GROUPS:  The age of the swimmer on the day of the swim will determine the age group. Age categories are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.

ENTRY LIMITS:  The event is limited to the first 500 registrants. We will maintain a waiting list in case early registrants drop out early enough to notify others. Only the first 100 entries are guaranteed a race T-shirt, unless entries are received prior to the early registration deadline. The early registration deadline is Tuesday, April 11, at 11:59 PM EDT.

ENTRIES:  Online registration through Club Assistant. Online entries will be accepted until Tuesday, June 13 at 11:59pm EDT, or until event limit is reached. There will be NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Only the first 100 entries are guaranteed a race T-shirt, unless received prior to the early registration deadline. Early registration entry deadline is Tuesday, April 11, at 11:59pm EDT.

Swimmers may also register in person at any Runners Forum location. Entries completed in a Runners Forum store will receive $10 off the entry fee. All entries MUST be received by Tuesday, June 13 at 11:59pm EDT. For assistance completing your online registration, please contact Karen Gernert (317-340-1001/kgernert@indyaquaticmasters.com).

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Online Registration

ENTRY FEES:

  • Early Pricing (received by 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday, April 11): $50
  • Late Pricing (Wednesday, April 12 to 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday, June 13): $65

Swimmers may also register in person at any Runners Forum location. Entries completed in a Runners Forum store will receive $10 off the entry fee.

SEEDING:   Swimmers will be staged in waves fastest to slowest by 1650-yard or 1500-meter seed times. “No Time” entries will not be accepted. Once seeding has been completed, there can be NO CHANGES. Please enter accurate times with no adjustments. 

RESULTS:  Results will be posted at the Eagle Creek Shelter / Awards area immediately following the completion and on the Indy Aquatic Masters website.

SCORING:  No team scores will be kept.  

AWARDS: Awards will be given to the 3 places, male and female, for each distance. All participants who finish will be awarded a finisher medal.

AWARDS PRESENTATION:  Awards will take place at the Eagle Creek gazebo located near the wooded picnic area. Post-race food and beverages provided by Indy Aquatic Masters.

T-SHIRTS:  Complimentary commemorative t-shirts will be given to the first 100 entrants. After 100 registrations are received, swimmers may pre-order & purchase their commemorative t-shirts. A limited quantity will also be on sale at the event.

HOT DRINKS & SNACKSHot coffee will be available before and after the swim to help keep you warm.  We will also offer modest snacks for our volunteers, many of whom are on duty long before swimmers arrive.  Swimmers may snack too, but these snacks are limited and NOT intended to serve as your breakfast or lunch. 

DIRECTIONS: (Google Maps: Eagle Creek Park, West 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN): To get to Eagle Creek Park, head to the west side of Indianapolis on I-465. Take the 56th Street West Exit off of I-465. Travel approximately ½ mile west and the park entrance will be on your right.

PARKING:  Parking fees are included in the entry fee. Parking passes will be emailed to participants and volunteers prior to the event.

EVENT DIRECTORS: Mel Goldstein - goldsteinmel@sbcglobal.net  / Dean Hawks -  d23hawks@yahoo.com

EVENT PERSONNEL:
        Race Referee: Lucy Duncan
        Race Marshall: Dean Hawks
        Safety Director: Meg Carlson
        Medical Director: Steve Hartsock 

QUESTIONS:   For questions or additional information, please contact Karen Gernert at kgernert@indyaquaticmasters.com.

EVENT WEBSITE:  www. indyaquaticmasters.com


Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is an urban park inside metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana. It offers hiking, biking, boating and swimming, plus lovely wooded expanses throughout this largest of all the many parks in Indianapolis. Eagle Creek Park is the sixth largest municipal park in the nation.


Volunteer Sign-Up

Volunteers are crucial to making an open water event both safe and memorable for its participants. Please sign up for your preferred position. We'd love to see you at Eagle Creek!
 

Event Partners

The Indy Open Water Challenge proudly partners with the following to bring you this amazing swim:


EVENT RESULTS

2016 - USMS 2-Mile Cable National Championship - Individual, Cumulative Relays
2015 - 1-Mile Challenge, 2-Mile Challenge, 1-Mile Wetsuit Challenge, 2-Mile Wetsuit Challenge
2014 - 1-Mile Challenge, 2-Mile Challenge, 1-Mile Wetsuit Challenge, 2-Mile Wetsuit Challenge