2013 USMS 10K National Open Water Championships- Las Vegas

edited March 2013 in Event Announcements
If you need an excuse to come to Vegas for the weekend, here it is!

SATURDAY MAY 18, 2013
10K National Championships • 5K • 1 Mile Open Water Swims

Registration is now open for the LV10K!
http://www.LV10K.com

The swims takes place in Lake Mead, home to the Hoover Dam just a short drive outside of Las Vegas, NV. Water temp is expected to be a comfortable 74º (23ºC). Participants will receive a silicone cap, event shirt, awards, a cupcake and a post race massage!

Early bird pricing ends 3/31.
www.lv10k.com

Comments

  • edited March 2013
    imageOff topic:
    1/ Why are there buoys every 100 yards? Isn't that overdoing it?
    That's almost the same as a poollane line. Part of the charm in openwater is sighting.
    2/ Is every lap including a land passage? Isn't it supposed to be openwater swimming? Can't the whole race be kept in the water with the exception of start and finish?
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  • Niek, last year in the Applegate Lake the setup was very similar. We didn't actually have to exit the water, but they had a table near the starting point where we could stash our food. I'm not fond of swimming loops, but I suppose it was the most practical way to handle feedings.
  • edited March 2013
    @heart If I ad the numbers than it's all way to the shore. (280+686+686+284+284+280)x2=5000
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  • edited March 2013

    Why are there buoys every 100 yards? Isn't that overdoing it?

    My guess would be that since this is a multiple loop course, the frequent placement of buoys will help prevent head-on collisions.
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • edited March 2013

    the frequent placement of buoys will help prevent head-on collisions.

    Sighting helps against that also.
    A pool line helps even better. Need only 1250 meter line = 25 x Olympic length.
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  • Niek the LV10k is a national championship race. Buoys are there for course accuracy and safety. Swimmers don't exit the water to feed /hydrate, they pass the table each lap.

    If you are looking for a more scenic race, our other event Slam The Dam has an 8k point to point and takes place in October. There are zero buoys for the first 2 miles. You'll need a kayak escort for Slam, but not the LV10k.

    www.Slamthedam.com
  • I just can't imagine going to Las Vegas to participate in any athletic event.
  • Good luck with the event. Sounds like a great swim. Sorry I won't be there. USMS just isn't my cup of tea, and I don't anticipate registering with that organization in the future.
  • I just can't imagine going to Las Vegas to participate in any athletic event.

    I've done the Vegas half marathon twice and the marathon once. Big fun. :) Nothing quite like running down the middle of the strip at night with about 40,000 other folks.
  • Race Report:

    Despite everything that has happened with USMS open water events, the folks at Las Vegas Swim did a nice job with this event.

    Highlights

    A beautiful day with air temperatures climbing into the 90's
    Water temp was at the sweet spot, officially 72F, a couple channel swimming veterans and I thought it was a little cooler but doesn't really matter as it felt great.
    The Lake Mead water was much clearer then I expected which made positioning and drafting easy.

    The course itself was an elongated Tee 2500 meters in length. There were some minor downsides to this. Generally if you kept left of the course buoys it mostly good however there was some near head on collisions that a more rectangular course would have eliminated. At then end of each loop for all practical purposes swimmers had to exit the water on a gentle sloping boat ramp to access the feed area and come through the scoring loop. It's a bit frustrating watching the younger and leaner swimmers that you'd had no problem pacing with in the swim, scamper in and out while this fifty plus guy with 20 extra pounds had to stand up slowly to avoid cramping and regain land equilibrium. I would have preferred a in water feeding set up.

    I didn't really get a chance to talk with any of the race organizers so I don't know if any of the course characteristics and feed area was a result of the new insurance requirements but I speculate it might have been. Overall a very nice race, an excellent venue at least this time of year.

    Just a side note, I think Lake Mead is a good choice for spring swim training for anyones upcoming summer marathon swims. One can catch a flight to Vegas from almost anywhere U.S., lodging is relatively in expensive, Boulder beach has easy access.
  • Thanks for the great review. Curious if you, or anyone else from the forum is planning to do the Slam the Dam event in October? I'm registered for the 8k and would love to meet some members from the site.
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