Steelman Open Water Swim

For 2018, the original date (July 8) has changed to July 15.

The Steelman open-water races offer Philly-area swimmers a local lacustrine venue with a choice between a 1.5-mile or 3-mile swim in Pennsylvania's Nockamixon State Park, a short drive north of the city. Swimmers can also form a relay team for a 3-mile course. This event has well-managed, one-stop logistics, plus a very enthusiastic director.

When, what, where
Jul 15, Sunday, 8:30 AM; 1.5 mi, 3 mi; Lake Nockamixon; 🌎 Quakertown, PA (Nockamixon SP, Tohickon launch, Mountain View Dr).
See also
Event's website. Lin-Mark.
Registration
Pre-registration is required online and closes at about 450 swimmers. Check-in at the Tohickon boat launch on Mountain View Drive/PA-563. (This is not the park's marina, which is further sothwest on Mountain View Drive.) Look for large tent adjacent to the parking lot, and have your bib number (from list of entrants) and ID handy. Check-in opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 8:30 AM.
Parking
The Tohickon launch area has free parking a few yards from all activities. Enter the lot from Mountain View Road and follow the directions of race volunteers into your spot. Space is somewhat limited, and car-pooling is thus encouraged. Overflow parking is available at Nockamixon Marina's Lot 13, about two miles southwest on Mountain View Road. Vans shuttle swimmers between Tohicon and Lot 13 both before and after the races. Do not park on grass at either location.
Restrooms
About ten portable toilets with hand sanitizers.
Bags
Leave bag on grassy areas adjacent to boat launch and parking lot.
Wetsuits
Swimmers wearing wetsuits are not eligible for age-group awards. Not popular. The water can be warm.
Start
Start at boat ramp; in-water start from standing depth. There are four waves: (1) All 3-mile individuals; (2) male 1.5 mile; (3) female 1.5-mile; (4) all 3-mile relay. The ramp is smooth on bare feet, but the submerged end is a little slippery.
Course
The course for individual swimmers is a triangle with a 1.5-mile perimeter. It is marked by twenty orange buoys and is easy to follow. Swimmers circumnavigate the triangle once for the 1.5-mile race or twice for the 3-mile race. (The relay course is different.)
Finish
Finish back at boat ramp. Exit water and cross blue timing mats. Volunteers remove timing chips.
Timing
Body marking. Electronic chip with ankle strap. Time clock.
Amenities
Cap. Steelman souvenir varying by year—shirt, shorts, blanket, towel. Water, Gatorade, pizza, bagels, fruit, and cookies aplenty.
Inception
2009
Last wet-feet review
2017