Cascade Lakes Swim Series

Elk Lake, Oregon July 28,29, and 30, 2017

The 5000 is also the USMS National Open Water Championships!

For Results see the bottom of this page.

500, 1000, 1500, 3000, & 5000-meter swims 5 Swims in 3 Days!

Hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics and Bend Metro Park & Recreation District. Sanctioned by Oregon Masters Swimming Inc. for United States Masters Swimming. Operating under Special Permit from the United States Forest Service.

Elk Lake, a beautiful, clear mountain lake nestled in the sunny Oregon Cascades 32 miles from Bend. Water temperature has varied from 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit and will be posted on race days.

The Cascade Lakes Swim Series features five open water swims over three days! Adult participants may enter any or all of the five swims. Friday’s swim is a 3000-meter swim on a triangular course. Saturday’s swims are an individual 500-meter time trial on an out-and-back continuous floating line course and a 1500-meter swim around a triangular course. Sunday’s swims will include a 5000-meter swim consisting of three loops of a diamond & triangular course and a 1000-meter swim on an irregular course following the shoreline.

The Cascade Lakes Swim Series includes a Short Series (500, 1000, & 1500-meter swims) and a Long Series (1500, 3000,& 5000-meter swims). Each swimmer may enter one distance series only and must complete all three series swims to be eligible for Series awards. For series awards, points will be based on finish order in each race, with a Category II suit (includes wetsuits) deduction (10% time penalty) when applicable. Swimmers who complete all FIVE swims will be eligible for special Survivor awards.

Elk Lake is a great place to bring your family for an outdoors experience and extravaganza. We plan fun events for children on Saturday morning between the two swims.

Open ONLY to 2016 USMS registered swimmers, who will must be 18+ on Friday, July 29, 2016. USMS “One-Event” registration—covering all races—is available for adults over 18 for only for $21.

Current USMS rules will govern this event. Category I suits are scored separately from Category II suits- including wetsuits - which are welcomed in all swims.

The 1500, 3000 & 5000-meter swims will use a mass start. The 500-meter swim will use an individual start and the 1000-meter swim will use small heats; these swims will be seeded fastest-to-slowest based on entered 500- yard time. Day-of-Race entries or those not submitting a seed time will not be seeded in advance and will swim last. No changes allowed in seeding times at the race, so enter accurately.

Safety boats will monitor the entire course and medical personnel will be on-site. Swimmers must wear a brightly colored swim cap, have their race number on their arms or hands, and follow all announced safety rules.

One race is $35, and each additional race is $5 more. There is also a required $5 per swimmer surcharge to help cover the cost of USMS-mandated event insurance. No additional charge for entering a Series (Short or Long). Entry fee includes a swim cap and the post race meal on your race days.

Entries must be postmarked by July 20th. Entries postmarked between July 20th and 24th will incur an additional $10 late fee. Entries AFTER July 25th are considered Day of race entries and must pay a $20 late fee. Day of Race entries have caused delays in the race start times - so we really prefer you enter in advance to help us stay on schedule.

Will be posted on,and as well as at Elk Lake after each race.

Friday, July 28, 2017 - Tentative Schedule
4:30—5:30pm Registration/Check-In for 3000-meter race
6:00pm Start of 3000-meter race

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Tentative Schedule
7:45—8:45am Registration/Check-In for 500 & 1500-meter races
9:30am Start of 500-meter race
10:15—11:00am Check-in for the 1500-meter
11:45am Start of the 1500-meter race

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Tentative Schedule
7:15 am—8:15am Check-In for 5000 & 1000-meter races
8:45 am Start of the USMS 5000-meter Championship race
10:00—11:00am Check-In for the 1000-meter race
11:45 am Start of 1000-meter race

Pre-race instructions 15 minutes before each start time. A picnic lunch and awards ceremony will follow the finish of races each day.

Masters age groups are 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, and so on in five-year increments as high as necessary for both women and men. Awards to individual Masters swimmers by age group:

NO DOGS at Elk Lake (USFS Rule), but they may be in the campground on a leash. Never leave your dog unattended in a car!

Parking is limited to two large pullouts off the Cascades Lakes Highway, the Six-Lakes Trailhead, and the Little Fawn Group Campground. A shuttle bus will run Saturday & Sunday (only) between the campground, trailhead, and the race site before & during registration and after races are completed. There will be no general parking at the race site until after event activities have concluded. Your car must display a 2016 NW Forest Pass to park anywhere other than the highway pullouts or the campground.

Group Camping
Little Fawn Group Campground is reserved for our use this year. You MUST register with us for a spot. NO drop-in camping will be allowed at the group camp site and registration will be cut off at 50 people. The group site will be available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for a fee of $8 per camper over 12 years of age, per day. See the Lodging and Camping page for further information.


Bob Bruce, email Coach Bob or phone 541-317-4851.

2016 Results

2015 Results

2104 Results

2013 Results

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