Race Information

ASA# OW17-1014


WHO:  Adults 18 & older. Youth 12-17.

WHAT:  A 10-12 mile, open-water swimming race.  6-person relay.


WHY:  for FUN | Competition | to promote clean water, conservation, awareness | to promote open water swimming.


WHEN:  Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • Check-in: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
  • Start: 8:30 a.m.
START & FINISH:  The 2017 Lake Travis Relay will start and finish near Emerald Point.

WATER LEVEL NOTES: We're thrilled with the recent rains that have brought Lake Travis water levels to 100% full. LCRA Water Quality Report


HOW: Six swimmers per team will each complete a 20-minute leg, then a 15-minute leg, then 10-minute legs until their team has completed the designated course. Swimmers will swim in the same successive order throughout the 15-minute leg and the 10-minute legs as they do in the 20-minute leg.


CATEGORIES / DIVISIONS: 

  • Men72-107 / 108-239 / 240-299 / 300+
  • Women72-107 / 108-239 / 240-299 / 300+
  • Mixed (3 male & 3 female swimmers): 72-107 / 108-239 / 240-299 / 300+
  • First ResponderFire Fighter / EMT / Military / Lifeguard / Law Enforcement / Open 1st Responder (any combination of First Responder divisions)
  • High School6 swimmers of any combination of gender currently enrolled in any accredited school or academy, or home-schooled, grades: 9-12.
  • Collegiate6 swimmers of any combination of gender, currently enrolled full-time in an accredited institution of higher learning (university, community college, med or law school, post-grad, or in a post H.S. accredited vocational/technical school.)
  • Open: 6 swimmers of any combination of gender and age
For Men, Women, and Mixed the division will be determined by the aggregate of the six swimmers' ages as of the day of the swim. First Responders divisions will be determined by the professional makeup of the relay.  

ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES: Entry fee is determined by the date of team registration. Entry is considered "complete" only if all ASA fees & swimmer registration info is submitted by the deadline. Incomplete entries are subject to late fees
  • $360 / team if paid on or by Sunday 9/10
  • $450/ team if paid Monday 9/11 through Wed. 9/20
  • $540 / team if paid Thurs. 9/21 through close of entries 
Entry fee is determined by the date of team registration. Entry is considered "complete" only if all ASA fees & swimmer registration info is submitted by the respective deadline. Incomplete entries are subject to late fees.

SWIMMER REPLACEMENT: There is a $15 team member replacement fee for each replacement after team entry has been submitted.  $25 on or after 9/21.

ELIGIBILITY: Adults 18 & older.  Youth 12-17.  Must be must be registered with ASA.  Swimmers may register with ASA for 2018 ($25) and enjoy discounts on 5 other event days in 2017, or a swimmer may register for this event only ($15).
 
TEAM MEMBERSHIP: Team affiliation will not affect affiliation for other events or organizations. Swimmers may affiliate with any team for this event.

RULES: 2017 ASA Open Water Rules will govern this event. No drafting. No fins, snorkels, heart monitors, wristwatches, pull buoys, floats or any other artificial aids permitted. No tech suits. Please familiarize yourself with ASA Rules.

COSTUME:  No tech suits. A swimmer may wear only one suit. Please make sure you wear an acceptable suit as follows: Swim suits shall not cover a man's body higher than the top of the pelvic bone or the belly button and shall not cover any part of the body below the top of the knee. Swim suits shall not cover a woman's body outside the shoulder-joints or above the shoulder-line and shall not cover the any part of the body below mid thigh. The material of suits may consist only of cotton, lycra, nylon, polyester, and spandex. Any swimmer wishing to compete in a suit constructed of other materials must apply to ASA for permission in writing. If you have any questions about the suit rule please contact: Dr. Keith Bell, Race Director at 512-327-2260.


BOATS: 
Each team must provide its own escort boat, one stopwatch, and at least two working cell phones. Teams should make boating arrangements early. All teams must have someone 22 years of age or older driving the boat.

TEAM IDENTIFICATION ON BOAT: All escort boats are to display a banner or sign on the side of their boat with the team name. Banner or sign must be at least poster board size. Please be prepared with zip ties, rope or whatever it takes to display sign.

ESCORT PADDLER: It is required that each team have an escort paddler, in addition to the escort boat, to accompany swimmer in the water. During the swimmer exchange, the kayaker should escort the swimmer who is beginning his leg while the escort boat picks up the swimmer who is completing his leg. At no time should a swimmer be left unattended in the water.  Safety first.

AWARDS: Awards for winning team in each division. Overall award for fastest team in First Responder category. Overall winning relay team name and team members' names engraved on Lake Travis Relay perpetual trophy. 

MANDATORY CAPTAIN'S MEETING: Friday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m. Each relay team shall have an appointed Captain.  The Captain shall attend the Captain's Meeting and is responsible for knowing all the rules and serving as a point of contact for the relay. Division confirmation, team number, team verification, start and finish procedures, boating procedures and instructions, safety & emergency procedures, caps, t-shirts, and more will be discussed.  Boat Drivers, Escort Paddlers, other swimmers, welcome but not required. 

LOCATION OF CAPTAIN'S MEETING:
 Westover Club
8706 Westover Club Dr.
Austin, TX  78759

CONTACT: Sandy 512-327-0955

BOATS, CELL PHONE, STOPWATCH:  Each team must provide its own escort boat, one stopwatch, and at least two working cell phones. Teams should make boating arrangements early.  All teams must have someone 22 years of age or older driving the boat and follow all lake rules.

TIME LIMIT:  The race cut-off time for the relay is 6.5 hours.  At 6.5 hours from the start of the race teams not having finished the course will be considered signed off from the official race.  Teams not finishing within the allotted time limit will not be issued a finish time or place in the results. Note: Participants may be charged for boats not returned within a reasonable time after race end time limit, so get clear with your rental facility.


2017 Lake Travis Relay T-SHIRTS: Each on-time entrant will recieve a “2017 Lake Travis Relay” t-shirt.  Extra t-shirts can be pre-ordered. We encourage you to consider outfitting your support crew — boat driver, kayaker — in a 2017 Lake Travis Relay t-shirt.

PLEASE NOTE: All Race Fees Are Non-Refundable.  Shirts not guaranteed after 10/2.  Information subject to change.

QUESTIONS / NEED HELP: Any questions please don't hesitate to call race organizers: Keith Bell, 512-327-2260 or Sandy Neilson-Bell, 512-327-0955.  










  



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