NW Open Water Swim Series offers athletes the opportunity to compete with other swimmers in a casual, professional, and safely managed event. We will bring you out to beautiful Hagg Lake, where you will compete in either a 750m or 1500m open water swim, or if you want the challenge, you can swim both races. As triathlete ourselves, we realized that one of the most intimidating aspects of the three legs of a triathlon is the open water swim. Having the opportunity to get out in the water amongst other swimmers, will help increase not only your ability and fitness, but also your confidence. And to make it interesting, we have made it a series, where you will earn points for each race you swim. At the end of the 4 week series, we tally the points and the top three male and female will get awards. You don't have to always be the fastest to win, just the most consistent.

 

Dates 

Last 4 Tuesdays in May 2019
May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

 

Time 

6:00pm - 750m
6:30pm - 1500m

 

Location

Henry Hagg Lake - BOAT RAMP "C"
50250 SW Scoggins Valley Rd
Gaston, OR 97119

 

****NEW PARKING RULES****

YOU MUST STOP AT TOLL BOOTH TO GET PARKING PASS

Hagg Lake is a Washington County Park and does require a parking pass. Unlike previous years, you now MUST go through the booth at the park entrance. There are two machines there to get a pass for $7. We will NOT have any passes to sell at racer check in, so if you don't have one you risk getting a ticket. Please allow for an extra few minutes to get through the toll booth.

We will have passes for volunteers at no cost!  

 

Rules/SAFETY

  • Series consists of four races per distance. Each distance will swim one race per week. You will earn points after each race is completed.

  • MUST check in with registration EVERY week at least 15 minutes prior to start of event.

  • You must be at the starting line for the start of the race. Due to safety issues, we WILL NOT allow swimmers to start late.

  • Swim caps will be provided and MUST be worn during the race.

  • Your best 3 races will be counted towards your overall series points.

  • Awards are given to top 3 male and 3 female swimmers.

  • There is a very short 15-20ft run to the finish line once you get out of the water. Your time does not stop until you pass the finish line. Sorry, but there is actually a really good reason for this. If you have a disability that will prevent you from the run, please notify the Race Directors when checking in, and we will stop your time at the waters edge and add 3 sec.

  • Be polite to your fellow swimmer in the water, or out of the water, or just in general be polite.

  • Have FUN! Because if you aren't having fun, what's the point?

  • Weather - This is Oregon, so weather can change from hour to hour. In cases where lightening, high winds or heavy rains are present, we will either start race a few minutes late, or cancel. Decisions will likely be made at the lake within half hour of start. Because of our permits, we are not able to do make-up days, so in the event of cancelling a single day event, the series will become a 3 race series. Please follow our Facebook page for up to date information

  • WETSUITS: We will make judgment call each week. Water temperatures will be in the low-mid 50's at the start of the season, so it will be cold.

 

Scoring

The race is scored based on your finish time compared to the winner (male and female scored separately). For instance, Whitney finishes the 1500m race in 19min 30sec and is followed by Cyndi coming in at 20min even. Whitney's score will be a perfect 100, while Cyndi will be 97.5 points.  How do we get this you ask? Well we use math. Take the winning time of 19min 30 sec, or 19.5 and divide that by the next finishers time, in this case, 20 min, then multiply by 100 and wa la! 19.5/20 x 100 = 97.5. Here is a link to last years female 1500m finishers. You don't necessarily have to be the fastest swimmer out there to podium for this series; you just have to be consistent.

 

BBQ/Raffle/Awards

After the last race in the series (May 28th), we will host a BBQ with food, snacks and beer from our good friends at 10-Barrel Brewery. During the BBQ we will be presenting awards to the top 3 series winners for each distance, both male and female.  But for those of you who don't get an award, you will still be there for the raffle. Last year we had some awesome shwag to give away from our sponsors. And this year we will be raffling off all sorts of stuff from sponsors. You get 1 ticket for every race you swim. Do both series and that is a total of 8 raffle tickets.

 

REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY

There are no refunds or transfers allowed. In the case of a single race being cancelled because of weather or other emergencies, the series will become a 3 race series and your points for your best 2 races will be counted towards your total.

 

Directions and Parking

FROM PORTLAND

Take HWY 26 West to Exit 57 (Glencoe Rd). Take Left at top of the overpass (heading South on Glencoe Rd). 1.25 miles take a Right on Zion Church Rd at the traffic light. Stay on this road for approx. 3.75 miles (Note: Zion Church Rd will seemlessly turn into Cornelius Schefflin Rd). At first roundabout do a 1/4 turn; at second round about take 3/4 turn onto Martin Rd.  Stay on Martin for 1.75 miles. At stop sign, take left on Quince St (Hwy 47). Stay on HWY 47 for approximately 5.75 miles. Look for signs to Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake on the right. Turn right onto Scoggins Valley Rd and proceed 3 miles to park entrance. Stay right, bypassing the toll booth, and make first left heading towards Boat Ramp "C".  Stay on road ~3 miles and Boat Ramp C will be on the right hand side. Event and parking will be to your right when you enter the boat ramp.

Note: Many GPS units, including Google and Apple will take you on a different route from Portland through TV Highway and downtown Hillsboro. Though it will get you there, you will have traffic issues during rush hour. We suggest the directions above. Please remember, due to limited day light, we have to start on time, and there are no late starts.

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PARKING RULEs HAVE CHANGED

YOU MUST STOP AT TOLL BOOTH TO GET PARKING PASS

Hagg Lake is a Washington County Park and does require a parking pass. Unlike previous years, you now MUST go through the booth at the park entrance. There are two machines there to get a pass for $7. We will NOT have any passes to sell at racer check in, so if you don't have one you risk getting a ticket. 

We will have passes for volunteers at no cost!