Foster Lake Cable Swims

An event hosted by Central Oregon Masters Aquatics at Foster Lake near Sweet Home, Oregon. Both a two-mile and one-mile race are being offered. Races this year will be on June 25, 2016.

Essential Information Links (Please read if you have not done a cable swim before):

Cable Swim Course at Foster Lake

Conduct of Foster Lake Cable Swims

USMS Open Water Swimwear Rule Summary

USMS Cable Swim Records

So What on Earth is a Cable Swim?

USMS rules tell us that cable swims are open water swims done on a specially designed one-quarter mile straightaway course defined by a cable including frequent buoys.  These courses are built to demanding specifications, with measurement tolerances within six inches only, and include an in-water start and finish. 

What are the benefits of cable swims?  They are a way to hold an open water swim in a well defined, relatively small area.  They are the easiest open water courses to patrol and maintain swimmer safety.  They are great venues for up-close, in-your-face competitive racing.  Records are kept.  And they provide a friendly transition from pool swims to open water swims, because cable swims share common elements with both kinds of swimming.

Pool swimmers will feel at home because cable swims include…

Open water swimmers will feel at home because cable swims include…

Come join the fun at the Foster Lake Cable Swims, at the only permanently-anchored cable swim course in the western United States!

Race Schedule (subject to change due to conditions):

7:30 am Lewis Creek Park opens for swimmers
8:00 am Check-in opens for all swims
8:45 am Check-in closes for Two-Mile Swim
8:50 am Pre-race meeting & marshaling for Two-Mile Swim
9:15 am Start of Two-Mile Swim
11:00 am Check-in closes for One-Mile Swim and awards for Two-Mile race
11:20 am Pre-race meeting & marshaling for One-Mile Swim
11:45 am Start of One-Mile Swim
1:00 pm Awards for One-Mile
1:15 pm Relay entries close

Eligibility & Rules

Open ONLY to 2016 USMS members or foreign equivalents. Eligibility will be automatically verified for online entries. USMS "One-Event" membership covering all races, is available for adults 18+ for $21. Current USMS rules will govern this event. In both cable swims, Catgory II suits - including wetsuits - are welcomed but scored in separate categories. See link above on swimwear for more details.


Final Results for 2015

2015 Two-Mile and One-Mile Cable Swims

Final Results for 2014

Race #1 & #2: 2014 Two-Mile and One-Mile Cable Swims

Final Results for 2013

Race #1: 2013 Two-Mile Cable Swim

Race #2: 2013 One-Mile Cable Swim

Final Results for 2012

Race #1: 2012 USMS Two-Mile Cable National Championships

Race #2: 2012 One-Mile Cable Swim

Results from 2011:

2011 USMS One-Mile Results (Foster Lake Ev #2)

2011 Foster Lake Full Results (Ev #1 & Ev #2)

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