Sunday, June 2, 2013 - Race Time 8:05AM
National Harbor, Maryland
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| SWIM INFORMATION
Check in opens at 6:00 AM
Mandatory safety meeting at 7:25 AM
Water taxi leaves pier at 7:45 AM
Water Entry and Race Start: 8:05 AM
LOCATION: North Cove (Main Pier) at National Harbor, MD 20745
See www.nationalharbor.com for Hotels, Directions, Maps and other information.
Event Web Site: www.washingtonscrossingswim.com
For Info contact: email@example.com
Event Director, Denis Crean, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Water & Safety Coordinator: Kurt Thiel
Referee: Denis Crean
SPONSOR/HOST: WaveOne Swimming, www.waveoneswimming.com
COURSE: Course shall be swum from the Virginia side of the Potomac River to the Maryland
side culminating at the beach of National Harbor. The course shall be approximately 2,300
meters or 1.3 miles. The start and finish will both occur "in water". Click here for map.
ENTRIES: All entries must be submitted on the official paper entry form or online at (CLICK
Entry Deadline: Paper entries must be received by Friday May 31, 2013. Online entries must
be submitted by 5pm, June 1, 2013. All signatures, including coach’s verification, if
necessary, must be on the entry form prior to participation. Walk-up entries will be
accepted on race day until 7:10am. There will be an additional $10 fee for event day entries.
COACHES FOR TEAM ENTRIES AND INQUIRIES: Email: email@example.com
ENTRY FEES: $70 until May 1. $75 until May 25, $85 until June 1. $95 on June 2.
RULES: 2013 USMS Swimming Rules will govern this event. Eligibility: Each swimmer must
be entered on the official entry forms provided. Only one swimmer may enter per entry
form. Swimmers under 18 entering the meet must have form completed and signed by
their parent or guardian.
SWIMMER CHECK-IN: Check in opens at 6:00 AM for body marking
Mandatory safety meeting at 7:25 AM. Mandatory attendance is required for the SAFETY
briefing on the pier. Water taxi leaves pier at 7:50AM .
SWIM START: Swimmer shall board the Potomac Riverboat Company water taxi prior to
7:45AM for a 7:45AM departure to the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Swimmers shall
enter the water from the boat and line up for a mass in-water start. All swimmers must
show assigned number and be wearing a race supplied cap to be allowed water entry.
SWIMMERS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have a disability that needs our attention, please
notify us prior to the event so we can prepare for your needs.
SAFETY: This event follows USMS safety guidelines. Kayakers will be located on the
course and safety craft will be on site and prepared to administer aid if necessary. Kayakers’
instructions to swimmers must be followed. Meet swim caps will be provided and must be
worn by all competitors. Water Safety Check In-Out: Swimmers MUST check in to board
the water taxi and check out upon race completion. Once a swimmer exits the water
during a race, the swimmer may not re-enter the water during that race. Support crews shall
be designated to monitor approximately 250 meter stretches of the course. All crews will
have a leader that is in marine radio contact with the on-land and on-water safety
coordinators. Coast Guard has approved the event and will supply watercraft to secure the
main channel traffic in the river. County rescue departments shall be on site and
coordinated to provide safety support and rapid response.
TIME LIMIT: Maximum time limit in the water shall be 100 minutes from the start.
Swimmers still on the course at MTL may be removed from the swim course at the Referee’
s discretion. It is the event director's intention to provide ample time for all swimmers to
finish the event.
WEATHER DELAY: Will be at the sole discretion of the Event Director. Race will be rain or
shine, delays or cancellation may result from high winds, atmospheric electrical activity or
other endangering conditions.
CANCELLATION: Will be posted on the event web site: www.washingtonscrossingswim.
com at the earliest point possible; please check the web site before traveling to the venue.
Entry Fees are nonrefundable. Refunds of any portion or kind will not be given for any
reason other than forced withdrawal 48 hrs prior to the start of the swims.
RECOGNITION AWARDS: Awards are first, second, and third place times in each event by
gender & age group. Men and women will swim concurrently but scored separately per
standard USMS 5 year age groups.
WATER TEMPERATURE: Temperature ranges from 70F - 74F for this time of year.
WETSUITS and SWIM APPAREL: Article 303.7.3B of U.S. Masters Swimming Rules states
that "Wetsuits or any other heat retaining swimwear may be allowed at the discretion of
the event director when the water temperature does not exceed 78 degrees Fahrenheit..."
This 78 degree limit will be enforced. Please look for water temperatures to be posted the
last week prior to the event.). Use of wetsuits will be announced on swim day. Any
swimmer wearing a wetsuit will be ranked separately. Swimmers may wear a “full-body”
suit as long as the suit does not extend below the ankle or beyond the shoulder and does
not cover the neck. Swimmers wearing wet suits or full body suits will be scored
separately. A reasonable amount of body grease may be applied after body marking. Up to
two swim caps may be worn and the outer cap must be the colored race cap provided on site
to all competitors. In addition to goggles, nose-clips, ear plugs, and watches are
SWIM TIMES: Will be posted on the website asap following the event.
VOLUNTEERS: Swimmers and their families are welcome to volunteer to help run the swim.
If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
EVENT DIRECTOR and WaveOne Swimming reserve the right to make changes at their sole
discretion. All events and pricing subject to change without notice. WaveOne Swimming is
a dba of United States Open Water Swimming Association.
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Swim Course - click to enlarge
Swimmers meet for check in on the Commercial or North pier of National
Harbor. After the mandatory safety meeting and a briefing of race conditions,
swimmers will take a water taxi to the western shore of the Potomac River in
Alexandria, Virginia, where the race begins with a water start. At the sound of the
starting horn, swimmers will travel approximately 2.3 kilometers back on a well
marked course, to the National Harbor beach lagoon to be greeted by the
sculpture, the Awakening. The course will be marked by large buoys every 500
meters. Full powered and human powered safety personnel will be in the water
to accompany swimmers throughout the race.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Swim Distance: 1.3 Miles
Course Map here>>
6:00 AM - Check in opens
7:25 AM - Mandatory safety
7:45 AM - Potomac Riverboats
depart National Harbor.
8:05 AM Race start in
Potomac River, Alexandria, Va
$70 until May 1
$75 to May 25
$85 to June 1 when on-line
$95 Race day
Check in Location:
North Cove/Commercial Pier
at National Harbor, MD 20745
Maximum number of
swimmers is 150.
Race director reserves the
right to adjust start times for
weather or river conditions.