Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost to swim in the Aly Fell Memorial Open Water Swim?

10K USMS / USA Swimming $70
5K USMS / USA Swimming $60
2.5K USMS / USA Swimming $50
800m USA Swimming $30

Be sure to sign up before the race, as race day registrations will increase to:

10K USMS / USA Swimming $80
5K USMS / USA Swimming $70
2.5K USMS / USA Swimming $60
800m USA Swimming $40

Can anyone enter the race?

This is event is open to all USMS (United States Masters Swimming) and USA Swimming registered individuals.
An additional $22 (USD) one-event USMS registration fee is required if the registrant has no current swim affiliation (USMS, FINA, Canadian Masters, etc.)
Full membership in USMS allows swimmers' participation in all other USMS open-water races, pool meets, clinics, coaching and magazine subscription for the rest of the year. For more information, contact PNRregistrar@usms.org

What time do the races start?

08:00 Check In begins
08:45 Mandatory safety briefing for ALL swimmers
09:00 10K Starts
09:10 800m Starts
09:20 5K Starts
09:30 2.5K Starts

Is there a time limit on the race?

Yes, each event has a time limit, after which, we will be required to pull any remaining swimmers from the water.

10K 180 Minutes
5K 130 Minutes
2.5K 60 Minutes
800m 45 Minutes

Can I wear a wet suit?

If you are a USMS swimmer, wetsuits are permitted, just make sure you sign up for the wet suit division of the race you are entering. If you are entering as a USA Swimming competitor, unfortunately you will not be permitted to wear a wetsuit.

What is the temperature of the water in Lake Padden?

The water temperature is expected to be between 65F - 69F

I'm allergic to latex, can I wear my own swim cap?

Yes, but please make sure that your swim cap is the same color as your wave in the race.

10K Neon Pink
5K Neon Orange
2.5K Neon Green
800m Yellow

If I am unable to come to the race because I am sick or injured, can I get a refund?

No, sorry, there are no refunds, deferrals or transfers for any reason.

Can I have a friend take my spot in the race if I can’t make it?

No, sorry, there are no refunds, deferrals or transfers for any reason.

If I can’t make the race, can I apply my race fee to next years event?

No, sorry, there are no refunds, deferrals or transfers for any reason.

What happens if the race has to be cancelled due to lightning, water quality, or some other event courtesy of Mother Nature?

On race day we will wait out any severe weather as long as we can, but if the conditions are deemed unsafe for swimmers to be in the water we will, regrettably, have to cancel the race. You will still get your race cap, commemorative gift and the yummy refreshments. However, we will not be able to offer any refunds, deferrals or transfers.

Why can’t you offer any refunds, deferrals or transfers?

For this type of event the money has already been spent by race day on mandatory permits, insurance, equipment rentals, lifeguards, search and rescue, medical personnel, food etc.