Stephen Root - Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson to Incline Creek

34.3 km (21.3 miles)

9 hours, 35 minutes on 10 August 2020

Observed and documented by Mark Lutzker


  • Name: Stephen Root
  • Gender: male
  • Age on swim date: 49
  • Nationality: United States
  • Resides: Mill Valley, California

Support Personnel

  • Tom Linthicum - pilot
  • Jon Grunstad - co-pilot
  • Geoff Butler - kayaker
  • Justin O'Reilly - kayaker
  • Mark Lutzker - observer

Escort Vessel: Ghostrider (Tahoe Keys)

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: TYR jammer, goggles, silicone swim cap.

Route Definition

  • Body of Water: Lake Tahoe
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Camp Richardson Beach (38.938492, -120.039341)
  • Finish Location: Public beach SE of Incline Creek mouth (39.238282, -119.945648)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 34.3 km (21.3 miles)


LongSwimsDB: Lake Tahoe.

Swim Data

  • Start: 10 August 2020, 00:00:00 (Pacific Daylight (America/Los_Angeles, UTC-7)).
  • Finish: 10 August 2020, 09:35:39
  • Elapsed: 9 hours, 35 minutes, 39 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 67 69
Air Temp (F) 60 73
Wind (knots) 0 6

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 30 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: Carb drink every half-hour. Every hour: gels, peanut butter, baby food + bars.

Observer Log

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Swimmer Statement

What inspired you to do this swim?

After swimming the Vikingsholm width, I had to swim the full length.

Describe how you planned for the swim.

I kept swimming for a year after the Viking swim.

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challegnes?

It was difficult to get used to the boat and kayak lighting. I didn’t expect to get cold. I was happy in the middle.


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