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Practice Swims

2014 Open Water Practice Swims

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Lake:          Lake Royer (private lake, host of Fort Ritchie Triathlon and Swim Fest)
Swimming is strictly prohibited outside of the Racine MultiSports organized swims. 
Location:     Fort Ritchie Community Center                                     
                    14421 Lake Royer Drive
                    Cascade, MD 21719

Cost:            $10.00 Pre-register               
                    $15.00 Same day (show and swim rate) 


2014 Schedule:

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Current water temp is approx. 
degrees as of 
April 21, 2014, at 5pm

Showers are available at the community center after the swim, except Holidays.



April 22- Tuesday, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

April 29- Tuesday, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


May 6- Tuesday, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

May 10- Saturday,
2pm to 3:30pm

May 13- Tuesday, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
May 20- Tuesday, 6:00pm to 7:30pm






We are very pleased to offer this opportunity at such a low cost.  The property at Fort Ritchie is restricted to the residents that live in Fort Ritchie.  Racine MultiSports has exclusive rights to use the lake for these swims.  Swimming is otherwise prohibited in Lake Royer outside of these organized practice swims.

Water Conditions:  The water in Lake Royer is clean and is usually free of underwater vegetation.  The lake is treated throughout the year to keep vegetation to a minimum.  Water temperatures will vary and once the water temp is over 65 degrees wetsuits will not be required. 

Purpose:  These swims are designed to give newer to advanced swimmers an open water venue to practice swimming.  We will not provide coaching at these practices yet feel free to bring your coach.

Benefits:  Test a new wetsuit, swim with other people without lap lanes, sight buoys and turns, measure your speed, and get comfortable in open water.

Course:  The swim course changes based on the number of confirmed swimmers.  Course will be an out and back loop, either 150 meters or 300 meters around, swimming in a counter-clockwise direction.  The olympic distance swim is either 10 laps of the 150 course or 5 laps of the 300 lap course.                                                                 

:  2014 pricing will be $10.00 if you register no later than 8pm the night before the swim to confirm your spot.  All others will pay $15.00 for same day registration.  Fees must be cash or check paid to Ken Racine.

Parking:    We ask that everyone park in a designated parking spot, no parking along the road.

    -300 meter marked course (per lap)
    -Turn buoys to practice sighting
    -Kayaker with floatation aide
    -Water and Heed for hydration
    -Access Comm. Center locker rooms after swim-except Holidays
    -Swim Caps provided
    -Water time will be 1.5 hours

    -Events must be scheduled in advance
    -Only Racine MultiSports can organize the swims
    -Swim caps must be worn for safety (included)
    -Must sign a waiver upon arriving
    -Do not enter the water until authorized

    -Register ahead of time to confirm your spot
    -Visit the Community Center for rest rooms
    -Park at the lake (see Map above)
    -Arrive at the lake at least 15 minutes prior to swim time
    -Sign waiver, pay and receive your swim cap at the lake

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