HEART OF THE ROCKIES OPEN WATER SWIM
Sunday July 11, 2021
1K, 2K and 5K Swim
This out and back swim in the magical waters of Lake Windermere.
Lake Windermere is warm and actually a widening of the mighty Columbia River with the headwaters located 20 kilometers south of Invermere. That said, wet suits are highly recommended.
Athletes swim the course then exit and run 100m to the timing mat on the path. Note that 5km swimmers have an out and back segment followed by the 1km course to complete the full distance.
The race starts and finishes at James Chabot Provincial Park in conjunction with the Heart of the Rockies multisport festival. The park is located just south of the intersection at Laurier Street on 3rd Avenue and consists of large washrooms, picnic areas, and beach area with ample parking.
Ages are based on the competitor’s age as of December 31st of the race year.
1 Km and 2 Km Swim:
Participants in the 1 Km and 2Km Swim must be 10 years or older. There are three categories each for male and female:
5 Km Swim:
Participants in the 5Km Swim must be 12 years or older. There are three categories each for male and female:
Escort canoes and kayaks are recommended for all swimmers. Swimmers participating without an escort boat do so at their own risk! If you do not have your own escort boat, water craft can be rented from Columbia Kayak and Canoe near James Chabot Provincial Park. If you have a “Swim Buddy” (visibility floatation device), please wear it during the race. Although, Lake Windermere is relatively quiet early in the morning, there will still be limited boat traffic.
Change of Event
Please notify us no later than 12:00 noon on Saturday (the day before race day) to change the distance of your swim.
Official timed results will be posted for all distances and posted online as you cross the finish timing mat.
Cancelation or DNF
If you are unable to complete your event (or do not start the event), please inform a volunteer or race official as soon as possible, and provide your full name and assigned race number.
Binoculars may be handy for spectators on shore and of course we suggest that you bring a camera.
Designated parking is available in areas in and surrounding James Chabot Provincial Park. Parking attendants will be directing traffic towards these areas. Vehicles parked in James Chabot Park will not be allowed to leave until after the race has finished due to safety concerns and congestion. Anyone needing to leave the race area prior to 12:00 pm should park outside the park. Please allow our volunteers to direct you. Please refer to the parking map on our website.
Pets in James Chabot Provincial Park
Pets ARE NOT ALLOWED in the park. Park Officials will be in attendance and you will be required to remove your pets from the area.