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Practice Swims

2016 Open Water Practice Swims

This is the Fort Ritchie Practice Swim page. To see the practice swims in Luray, VA click here.

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Wetsuit Wearhouse now has a wetsuit rental program! !

Status: We will begin practice swims in May. Check out the schedule below.

Lake: Lake Royer (private lake, host of Fort Ritchie Triathlon and Swim Fest)
Warning: Swimming is strictly prohibited in Lake Royer unless organized by Racine MultiSports. 
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) 


2016 Schedule:

We will keep you posted on Facebook the day before each practice swim so you can have updated information on conditions and cancelations.  Click on the logo below to follow us.

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

SWIMS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELATION DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER. We will use Facebook to announce last minute changes.






We can only schedule one swim in August due to our availability and the lake availability.

Thursday, 25th, from 6pm to 7:30pm


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

Caution: These swims are at your own risk.  We do not provide lifeguards or emergency medical support during these practice swims. You must use your own judgement on what you can handle with respect to water conditions and your ability to swim in open water.  

New Open Water Swimmers
:   We invite new open water swimmers to practice with us.  We require that you are comfortable swimming laps in a pool before trying open water swimming.  Keep in mind we do not have lifeguards at our practice swims.  We will require you to wear a flotation device (Swimmer Safety Pod) so that we can see you and will give you flotation to hang on to any time you might need it.  The pod does not alter your swimming but floats behind you providing visibility and safety. The lake has a shallow section that you can practice in before heading out to deeper water.  We thank our friends at Meet Supplies for providing us with the Swimmer Safety Pod. 

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.                                                                 

:  2016 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.

    -Swim course length varies depending on number of swimmers
    -Turn buoys to practice sighting
    -Kayaker with flotation aide (no life guards or emergency medical)
    -Water for hydration
    -Access Comm. Center locker rooms after swim-except Holidays
    -Swim Caps provided
    -Water time will be 1.5 hours

    -Only Racine MultiSports can organize the swims
    -Swim caps must be worn for safety (included)
    -Must sign a waiver upon arriving if you did not register online
    -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 30 minutes prior to swim time
    -Sign waiver, pay and receive your swim cap at the lake

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