Steelman Open Water Swim
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 8, Sunday, 8:30 AM;
1.5 mi, 3 mi; Lake Nockamixon;
♦Quakertown, PA (Nockamixon SP, Tohickon launch, Mountain View Dr).
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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.
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.
About ten portable toilets with hand sanitizers.
Leave bag on grassy areas adjacent to boat launch and parking lot.
Swimmers wearing wetsuits are not eligible for age-group awards.
The water can be warm.
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.
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 back at boat ramp.
Exit water and cross blue timing mats.
Volunteers remove timing chips.
Electronic chip with ankle strap.
Cap. Steelman souvenir varying by year—shirt, shorts, blanket, towel.
Water, Gatorade, pizza, bagels, fruit, and cookies aplenty.
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