Open Water Swim

The 2013 IGLA open water swim will take place in Lake Washington off the coast of beautiful Mercer Island on Sunday, August 18th, 2013.

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2013 IGLA Championship Open Water Swim

1-mile and 2-mile swims

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Sanctioned by PNA for USMS Inc. #363-W001


LOCATION: Luther Burbank Park Swim Area 2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

COURSE: 1-mile triangular course, twice around for 2-mile competitors. Water temperature expected to be around 70 deg F. Wetsuits permitted.

TIME: Check-in begins at 7:30 AM and, should spaces remain, race-day registration closes at 8:00 AM. Competitors who wish to change divisions must do so by 8:00 AM. Mandatory competitor meeting at 8:30 AM; 2-mile race starts at 9:00 AM, 1-mile at 9:05 AM.

RACE DIRECTOR: Meghan Meinerz, 919-672-8542,

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all 2013 USMS or foreign registered swimmers 18 years of age and above as of August 18, 2013. Non-members may pay a $20 one-event USMS registration and all non-PNA members must provide a current copy of their Masters registration.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event. Neoprene wetsuits are allowed. Time limit: swimmers more than 250 yards from the finish at 11:00 AM will be picked up and returned to shore.

SAFETY: Lifeguards on paddleboards and volunteers in kayaks will monitor the course perimeter with the assistance of a motorboat for the purposes of evacuating swimmers who are unable to finish or who are experiencing a medical emergency.

AWARDS: Participation awards to all entrants. Special awards presented to the overall winners in each of the 1-mile and 2-mile events (wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions). Ribbons presented to the top 3 finishers in 5-year age groups in all four events.

ENTRY FEES: $50 by July 20th. Registration will increase to $60 on July 21st and through race day. Only 300 entries will be accepted.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Online registration closes at 11:59 PM PDT on August 15. The availability of race-day entries will be posted at:

CHANGES:  If you would like to change to/from the wetsuit division or the distance of your race, you may email by August 15th or do so in-person at the Open Water Swim check-in prior to 8am.

PAPER ENTRIES: Not accepted except for race-day registration, if space is available. See above.

RESULTS: Results will be posted at the finish line as they are available and on the IGLA website, see link above.

ADDRESS/DIRECTIONS: 2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island. Parking is limited at the park, please plan to carpool or take advantage of public transit or use IGLA Shuttle from downtown Seattle.

Sound Transit provides frequent service from Seattle and Bellevue via Route 550 to the Mercer Island Park and Ride which is only a 5 minute walk to the park.  From the park and ride, walk east on North Mercer Way for 0.2 miles until the intersection of Island Crest Way and SE 26th St.  Turn left and walk (0.1 mile) to end or road.  Walk directly into the park here.  The swim beach is located towards the south end of the park.

VOLUNTEERS: Anyone interested in volunteering as a kayaker please email the event director at If you have a kayak — great! If not, one can be provided for you.

PAID LIFEGUARDS: Anyone interested in being a paid lifeguard please email the event director at Lifeguards should be comfortable operating a paddleboard.