Open Water Swim Competition Specifics


Sunday August 10 2014


Best GPS Address:

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH. 44102

Lake Erie
Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio

* Public facilities will be available at 6:30 a.m.

Events and Divisions

The Open Water Swim will be held in the waters of Lake Erie at Edgewater Park in Cleveland.

Participants will have the choice of three distances:

½ Mile 1 Mile 2 Mile

Each distance has the same age groups within men’s and women’s divisions as the Indoor Swimming events. The three best times in each gender division’s age group will receive a medal. A participant’s age group is determined by that person’s age as of 31 December 2014. The age groups are as follows:

18-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49
50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79
80-84 85-89 90-94 95-99 100+  

Participants wearing wetsuits will be in a separate group, with men’s and women’s divisions and age groups. Note: the average water temperature for Lake Erie from 2000 through 2011 is more than 72 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year.

To view the Open Water Swim course click here

For projected water quality click here

To view the Open Water Safety Plan click here


Each participant must be a valid 2014 member of US Masters Swimming or the international equivalent organization from the participant’s home country.


The Open Water Swim competition will occur on 10 August 2014. 

Open Water Timeline:

Check-in: 6:45am

Pre-Race Instructions: 7:45am

Start of First Heat: 8:00am

Start of Final Heat: 8:30am

Final Swimmer out of the water: 10:00am

Conclusion of Awards Ceremony: 11:30am


The competition will be conducted under the rules for Masters of the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and following the recommendations of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) and US Masters Swimming.

* Free food and drinks will be provided (bagels, fresh fruit, water, juice, etc.)

* Please have picture I.D. available at check-in.

* Swim caps are REQUIRED and provided by GG9

* Participants must bring their own towels.