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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 was held on Saturday, June 17. Taking place at beautiful Eagle Creek Park, this year's race once again featured both 1-Mile and 2-Mile races. Thank you to all who volunteered to make this year's race a success and to all those who participated. Check out the race results below and we will see you next year!
 

2017 RACE RESULTS

Congratulations to all who competed in this year's Indy Open Water Challenge. We are glad you could join us at Eagle Creek and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Events Offered

Swimmers selected 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 featured 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 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 5th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge will open in March. Stay tuned for the online entry date and note that there will be NO RACE DAY ENTRIES.

REGISTRATION WEBSITE: Coming in March 2018


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 2018 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 for the 5th Annual Indy Open Water Challenge beginning in March 2018. There will be NO RACE DAY ENTRIES.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Coming in March 2018

ENTRY FEES:

  • Early Pricing (cut-off dates to be determined): $50
  • Late Pricing (cut-off dates to be determined): $65

Swimmers will also be able to register (once registration opens in March) in person at any Runners Forum location. Entries completed in a Runners Forum store will receive $10 off the entry fee.

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

RESULTS:  Results are 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 are given to the 3 places, male and female, for each distance. All participants who finish receive a finisher medal.

AWARDS PRESENTATION:  Awards 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 are given to the first 100 entrants. After 100 registrations are received, swimmers may pre-order & purchase their commemorative t-shirts. A limited quantity are also typically on sale at the event.

HOT DRINKS & SNACKSHot coffee is available before and after the swim to help keep you warm.  We 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 are emailed to participants and volunteers prior to the event.

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

EVENT PERSONNEL:
        Race Referees: Mike and Pam Wilson
        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. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS YEAR'S RACE. We look forward to seeing you all next year at Eagle Creek!
 

Event Partners

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


EVENT RESULTS

2017 - 1-Mile Challenge, 2-Mile Challenge, 1-Mile Wetsuit Challenge, 2-Mile Wetsuit Challenge
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